Afternoon Tea Week with Spode

When Spode got in touch recently to team up with them for Afternoon Tea Week, how could I refuse?

Renown for great products I was thrilled to say yes.

I love a good afternoon tea, endless Earl Grey with lots of finger food. There’s plenty of worse ways to spend a few hours.

The thing is I’d actually been looking to update the crockery at home. I’ve been doing a lot of purging recently, it feels good to streamline, but I wanted to replace it all with something that would stand the test of time.

You know me by now, I love a classic, something that won’t date. I think I found it with this mixture from Spode, William Morris’s Strawberry Thief and the leafy, green hues of Ruskin House. I’m always mixing and matching, it keeps things fresh and these two ranges complement each other without competing.

sunflowers william morris strawberry thief afternoon tea spode

Here’s a shot, pre-food frenzy, I’m looking forward to getting some use out of the cake tins. They are much deeper than the ones I had before, meaning I can make bigger cakes!

spode afternoon tea

We took our afternoon tea outside to make the most of the incredible summer we’ve had this year.

I must confess that I hung out in the chilled food aisle for longer than necessary to get some treats for our afternoon tea. I’ve barely been able to put the oven on, it’s just been too hot!

summer afternoon tea outside

afternoon tea with spode

What I noticed straight away whilst unpacking the new crockery was the quality of the products, checking several times that they are dishwasher safe and I can verify that they are. The glaze doesn’t scratch, I’ve often noticed grey scratches on the cheaper brands I’ve had in the past. The pattern print is flawless too, something as detailed as this and you could be forgiven for a smudge here and there, but it’s as sharp as a pin.

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”  William Morris

The useful and beautiful boxes are well and truly checked in this case.

afternoon tea outside with william morris

I love the elegance of the Strawberry Thief Cup & Saucer sets. These would make a great gift too as the boxes are covered in the famous print.

What are your thoughts on the mix and matching? Would you mix two sets?

This is obviously a really informal setting, but it could easily become a bit grander with a dark tablecloth, vintage glassware and a candelabra centrepiece. It will be perfect for Christmas, but I intend using it all year round. It’s too lovely to keep for special occasions.

I stuck with the William Morris pattern for the main items like the dinner plates and the girls loved the chocolates in the trinket dish. Definitely keeping that exclusively for treats.

afternoon tea picnic in the garden

I love the quiet elegance of the Ruskin House range too, the mugs are the perfect size for when you don’t want a full cup of tea, but just a pick-me-up. We used them for orange juice, but they’d also make great kid-sized hot chocolates. Ideal for that after school treat come Autumn time. I love a pattern clash like the Strawberry Thief tray above with the Ruskin cake plates

Do you enjoy Afternoon tea? We mixed savoury and sweet here which I prefer. Let me know in the comments if you’ll be treating yourself to Afternoon Tea this week.

Afternoon Tea Week runs from 13th-20th August 2018

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46 Comments

  1. Kirsty
    August 15, 2018 / 11:58 am

    Oh look at the plates! Aren’t they dreamy

    • Susie
      Author
      August 15, 2018 / 1:56 pm

      Such a classic arent they!

  2. August 15, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    these are beautiful high quality china sets – great choices. It’s definitely worth buying from places like Spode as the china lasts for decades. I’m with you – I mix and match. Love Bec xx

    • Susie
      Author
      August 15, 2018 / 1:53 pm

      That is very true, working out cost per use over the time I’ll own it, and it’s well worth the initial investment

      • Susie
        Author
        August 15, 2018 / 3:09 pm

        Hahaha- haven’t done that yet!

  3. August 15, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    I’m swooning over the William Morris print – he’s one of my favourites. As you say, it never goes out of style!

    • Susie
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 4:11 pm

      Yes! I knew you’d agree! Thanks x

    • Susie
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 4:11 pm

      Cheers lovely, I’m really pleased with them x

  4. August 16, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    The crockery is stunning!

    • Susie
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 4:14 pm

      Yeah I’m over the moon with it!

  5. The Cheshire wife
    August 17, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    Coming from stoke on Trent , I’ve been brought up understanding the true value of a good pot ( potteries dialect for anything China ) it’s not about the cost it’s about the value and the fact it’s used so much ( cost per use kinda thinking )

    I love the fact there all a mixed set – it reminds me of my mum and dads.

    If your a true stokie you always check your plate / cup/ mug / saucer / bowl when your done – it always puts a smile on your face when it turns out it’s from your home town 🙂 I’ve found pots from stoke in the USA, Cuba, Kos , and Turkey

    • Susie
      Author
      August 17, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      Aw I love that story! Thanks for sharing!

  6. August 20, 2018 / 8:28 am

    I say yes to mix and matching! The William Morris sset is my favourite with the strawberry and bird details. To be honest, afternoon tea doesn’t feel right if you go for plain crockery. Pattern all the way!

    • Susie
      Author
      August 24, 2018 / 6:37 pm

      That is such a great point Juan! I never thought of it!

  7. August 20, 2018 / 8:30 am

    What a lovely experience! Who doesn’t like a good afternoon tea? And these plates and cups are just gorgeous!

    • Susie
      Author
      August 24, 2018 / 6:35 pm

      Thank-you Claire! Enjoy the Bank Holiday!

  8. August 20, 2018 / 11:28 am

    I do love a bit of William Morris and I think the two designs Work really well together. Definitely the nicest cake tins I’ve seen in a while!

    • Susie
      Author
      August 24, 2018 / 6:35 pm

      Thanks so much Holly! I can’t wait to use them!

  9. Donna Ford
    August 20, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    Oh I love afternoon tea and the more I find out about William Morris the more I love his designs. Great look here! X

    • Susie
      Author
      August 24, 2018 / 6:34 pm

      Thanks so much Donna!! Enjoy your weekend

  10. heymamablog1
    August 21, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    What a beautiful print! Your table looks so inviting.

    • Susie
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 2:42 pm

      Thanks so much lovely!

  11. August 21, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    It’s so beautifully colourful. Love it. Your styling is gorgeous – as ever x

    • Susie
      Author
      August 24, 2018 / 6:31 pm

      Ah thanks so much Lucy! Have a great weekend!

  12. August 21, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    I love the designs you choose. And they do go so well together. I’m a huge fan of Spode. Their Blue Italian teacups are my absolute fave!!

    • Susie
      Author
      August 24, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      It was pretty hard to choose actually, but these won out in the end x

  13. August 21, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    Oh be still my beating heart ! What a stunning set and as always your gorgeous photography ! xxx

    • Susie
      Author
      August 24, 2018 / 6:44 pm

      Aw you are too kind, thanks for the compliment!

  14. August 21, 2018 / 11:22 pm

    I love good quality homeware and I feel it all starts with a nice tea or coffee set. Anything you touch should be great and make you sparkle! I didn’t know it was Afternoon Tea week, I will certainly have an earl grey and some cake as a celebration 🙂

    • Susie
      Author
      August 24, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Enjoy the Earl Grey, I can’t get enough of it at the moment

  15. freshdesignblog
    August 22, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    I’m all for mixing and matching! The designs look fab and your tea looks delicious.

    • Susie
      Author
      August 24, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      Thanks so much! Have a great Bank Holiday!

  16. August 22, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    I love William Morris and that is my favourite quote I used it I my A level extended essay on the arts and crafts movement.
    Also thank you for bringing afternoon tea week to my attention x

    • Susie
      Author
      August 24, 2018 / 6:46 pm

      Such a brilliant quote isn’t it!

  17. August 24, 2018 / 8:37 am

    Gorgeous tableware and such a classic! Great photography too! 😀

    • Susie
      Author
      August 24, 2018 / 6:46 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words xx

  18. August 25, 2018 / 10:01 am

    Lovely photos Suzie. I’ve got to say I’m not one for mixing and matching pattern but this looks great. And I totally agree with you on the benefits of investing in good quality china. I think its a sign of true adulting! lol

    • Susie
      Author
      August 26, 2018 / 3:06 pm

      Hahaa! That is so true! Thanks love

  19. August 27, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    totally dreamy set up here, you have me looking around the hotel room now for something sweet. I love tea, and a bit of cake, it’s my comfort food really!

    • Susie
      Author
      August 28, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      Aw hope you found something!

  20. August 30, 2018 / 8:25 am

    What a stunning set up and agree that the two patterns mix beautifully! It’s so nice to have gorgeous high-quality dinner sets to use every day – it just makes everything that little bit special 🙂 Gorgeous items and gorgeous pictures – I want to come to tea at yours next!! 😉 xxx

    • Susie
      Author
      August 31, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      Aw anytime lovely! Thanks for stopping by today xx

  21. August 30, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    I can’t resist an afternoon tea, and this one looks so nice on the Spode set. I do like that you’ve mixed and matched the set too

    • Susie
      Author
      August 31, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      Aw thanks so much lovely, have a great weekend x