Afternoon tea has a few constants—finger sandwiches, crumbly scones with clotted cream and jam, sweets, and of course, the tea itself. The latter is always served in delicate little cups with matching saucers, and if you don’t have any stashed in your cabinets, we’ve found a few that would do the job. There’s classic floral-patterned sets from Royal Crown Derby and Royal Albert; Anthropologie, too, has reliably lovely designs ranging from simple black monochrome to bright multicolor. Read on to see 10 cup and saucer sets that are perfect for morning or afternoon tea.
The Delicate White and Gold Set
Anthropologie has gorgeous stemware, so it should come as no surprise that its tea cups are just as aesthetically pleasing. This particular set combines the elaborate patterns you’d expect with a more modern, streamlined silhouette.
Caskata Arbor Gold Cup and Saucer, $50 at anthropologie.com
The Monochromatic Set
If overt flowery patterns aren’t your thing, this black set is a good choice. The edges of the saucers are simply ruffled, designed to mimic flowers in a more understated way.
Evelyn Teacups and Saucers, Set of 4, $56.00 at anthropologie.com
The Cheerful Wedgwood Set
The bright, sunny color scheme on this Wonderlust set would be perfect for a garden party.
Wedgwood Wonderlust Teacup & Saucer, $55 at bloomingdales.com
The Royal Crown Derby Set
The pattern on this set is inspired by “the textures and weaves of flowers and plants,” according to the product description.
Royal Crown Derby "Chelsea Garden" Tea Saucer, $76 at bloomingdales.com
The “Marble” Set
For that friend who has to have all-marble everything, this porcelain set would be a great gift.
Vista Alegre Set of Four Carrara Teacups & Saucers, $168 at saksfifthavenue.com
The Sky Blue Set
This set, which was made in Hungary, has a hand-painted butterfly motif on the bottom of the saucer.
Anna Weatherly Anna's Palatte Sky Blue Tea Saucer, $62 at neimanmarcus.com
The Minimalist Glass Set
Not a fan of china? Grab this glass set instead, which comes with two sleek tea cups and matching saucers. The best part? They’re dishwasher-safe.
Hario Glass Teacup (Set of 2), $44 at food52.com
The Blue-and-White Patterned Set
Believe it or not, this detailed blue-and-white set is dishwasher-safe, too, which means you can enjoy tea as many times as you please.
Spode Blue Italian Teacup and Saucers, Set of 4, $144 at neimanmarcus.com
The Royal Albert Classic
Royal Albert is a teatime classic, and this particular pattern, “Old Country Roses,” originally launched in 1962. The design is inspired by an English country garden in full bloom, according to the brand.
Royal Albert Old Country Roses Teacup & Saucer Set, $23 (was $43) at amazon.com
Add a pop of color to your place setting with this vibrant Anthropologie set—you can pick from a Geo Lilac pattern (pictured), or Geo Teal, which leans more blue and coral.
Chelsea Mug & Canapé Plate Set, $30 at nordstrom.com