If the occasion calls for something more refined than an old stained mug, what could be finer than these?
Six of the Best: Teatime treats
Just one's cup
Nobody in these parts does teaware quite like Little Luxuries and this beautiful blue teacup and saucer set perfectly captures the company's old-school English charm. Add a dainty tea strainer for extra cute value. Cup and saucer, Dh105 for set, tea strainer, Dh95, both Little Luxuries
Make sure your cupcakes make a good first impression by presenting them on this multi-patterned cake holder from Lakeland. Dh55, Lakeland. Or transform it into a centrepiece for your table by adding felt cupcakes, Dh100 each, Little Luxuries, Town Centre mall, Jumeirah
Sweet little things
Dainty cakes deserve similar cutlery, and these dessert forks and spoons, embellished with candy-coloured hearts, are perfect for the job. Dh115, Little Luxuries
This four-piece teacup and saucer set by Pip Studio is almost too pretty to take out of the box. A pink floral pattern and delicately drawn bird motif make it a must-have addition to any tea party table. Dh285, Little Luxuries
This Bloomingdale's Home tray brings to mind the Mad Hatter's tea party in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, setting the tone for an afternoon of fun. Dh250, Bloomingdale's, Dubai Mall
Tea doesn't get more quintessentially British than when it's brewed in a Burleigh teapot. With a classic floral motif made using techniques unchanged since the 18th century, it's also a piece of design heritage. Dh380, Harvest Home, Jumeirah Centre, Jumeirah
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