As I was preparing tea last night (that can only mean we had guests)...I was thinking that I do really quite like my teapot.
And since Gracious Hospitality is hosting a 'favorite teapot' event this week...I'll share it with you today...along my other favorites. I own three teapots...and they are all treasures, or I wouldn't have them.
The first one is part of my first ever china set...which I have had since the ripe old age of four. It is packed away for the most part...and comes out only on special occasions when I have a tea party with my granddaughters.
As a teenager, my mom encouraged my sister and I to each pick out a pattern of fine china, so that she could start buying us the occasional piece as gifts. I guess neither of us are too flamboyant, as we chose very basic pieces...hers was Chantilly (white with silver trim) and mine was Val'Dor (white with gold trim). I've never regretted my choice, since white dishes are always in style...and match with everything.
The teapot for my Royal Albert set has always been a favorite...as it was a wedding gift from a special uncle and aunt. Uncle Dave and Aunt Justina live in Winnipegosis, Manitoba...and have made the trek out to B.C. for more special occasions than I can recall. They are actually celebrating their 50th anniversary this summer...and for the first time ever, we are planning to travel to their fair town for the celebrations.
A few years ago, I thought I would increase my bone china dinner service to twelve place servings, so I could properly set the table for large dinner parties. After doing a little price checking, I abandoned (maybe postponed) that plan, in favour of an entire new set of Martha Stewart dishes called Chantilly Lace...in an ivory colour. They were being discontinued, and I got my twelve place settings for far less than one setting of the bone china. I found a few odd serving dishes to go with my new set...but no teapot. One day I happened upon a line of china at a local country decor boutique which matched my dishes beautifully...
...and had a tea pot. It is part of a set called Cream Lace...so I've added the teapot, cream & sugar, salt & pepper...and lots of decor items. Oh yes...and beautiful coffee mugs...since my original set had only teacups (not really my cup-of-tea).
Last night we had strawberry shortcake on Chantilly Lace dishes...and Earl Grey tea served in my Cream Lace teapot. (And a few of us had coffee!)
So that is the tale of my three favourite teapots! Others have come and gone over the years...but these three remain.