From the June/July 2020 Issue  

Taking Tea Time

Writer Meg Fox

Pinkies up — or not — it’s time to give yourself or those you love the royal treatment

TABLE SETTING | Sprig & Vine brings the beauty of a lush English garden to the table in mix-or-match tones of white, turquoise, navy, blush and brown with touches of gold. The dinnerware is dishwasher- and microwave-safe. Fresh blooms of peonies and ranunculus add another color punch. Two-tiered server, $69.95; teapot, $69.95; trivet, $19.95; sugar and creamer set, $59.95; teacup and saucer set, $29.95; dessert plates (7.5 inches), $49.95 for four; dinner plates (10.75 inches), $69.95 for four; Valencia cocktail glasses, $59.95 for four. Colebrook flatware, $89.95 for a five-piece set.

Are you craving “me” time, tea-for-two or just a break from your typical routine? A little pampering may be in order. Break out the linens, the china and fresh flowers. And while you’re at it, dunk those scones, savor some sweet delectables or raise your spirits with some sparkling rosé.

This new lively setting of dining and giftware from Lenox serves up afternoon tea — or your beverage of choice — any way you like it. Called Sprig & Vine, the nature-influenced collection, which takes inspiration from vintage textiles, combines birds, bold colors and bright botanicals for a backyard aesthetic that breathes new life into your tabletop. The collection — designed to be mixed or matched — also boasts teacups and trays with sweetly scalloped edges, slivers of gleaming gold accents, contemporary coupe shapes and more.

GIFTWARE | Giftware items include a dip bowl that sits on stylized metallic branches, $39.95; hors d’oeuvre tray, $69.95; salt and pepper shakers, $39.95; and tidbit plates (6 inches), $44.95 for four.

ACCENT PLATES | Accent plates (9.25 inches) are available in turquoise, white and navy, $59.95 for four. BOWLS | This set of two glass bowls (18 ounces) perfectly complements the collection and can be used for sides, candy and more. Available in turquoise or blush. $29.95.