High Tea

An afternoon escape courtesy of a steaming teapot, sweet treats, and a few stylish friends.

High Tea
Photo by Becca Sabot

Here’s a pleasant fact: You’re never too old—or too young—for a tea party. Whatever your poison, invite your dear ones in for a cup of spring tea, coffee, or cocoa. Bring out the special linens and doilies, which even hip restaurants are embracing again. Mix and match your favorite cups and saucers in both porcelain and plastic. Layer in a few sweet treats and fresh flowers, and you’ve got yourself a dreamy afternoon escape. Once you lift that teapot even your youngest of guests will surely be impressed with the fancy yet impromptu style of an age-old tradition—especially now that you’re playing their game.

Ceramic teapot ($70), white and gold coaster ($9), gold spoon ($12), and Italian linen napkins ($65 for set of four), all from The Foundry Home Goods,; Watercolor Petals cup ($18), from Anthroplogie,; children’s teacup and saucer ($28 for set), from Pacifier,; doilies ($2.29), from JoAnn Fabrics,; peonies ($5–$8 each), from Spruce,; macarons ($1.75 each), from Patisserie 46,; red flower jasmine tea ($4.99), from TeaSource,