I had a horrible time coming up with a favorite, but I narrowed it down to two(ish). One was a gift and the other is a reminder of my dream vacation.
First, an Old Country Roses 25th Anniversary tea trio with my OCR teapot.
The teapot (with matching creamer and sugar) was a present from my parents on my 30th Birthday. This is still the only larger sized fancy English bone china set I have.
But on to the main event of this part of the post:
This 25th Anniversary set with its rose arbor and cottage was a gift from my sister (and mother). My sister tracked the set down for me. Definitely the prettiest landscape pattern I have--and I have a bit of an addiction to landscape patterns.
I love to travel, one of the reasons I started this blog was to share pictures and stories (and tea) from my adventures. If you've visited me before you might recognize this picture:
It first appeared in one of my favorite posts--about my trip to London and tea at the Orangery at Kensington Palace (here if you would like to read more about it).
I didn't buy a set of these while I was over there (I found a set with a unicorn in Scotland and couldn't say no) but I regretted not getting this set so much that in the end I ordered the teacup and saucer.
This set is so detailed and gorgeous! Lots of color, flowers and gold in interesting designs influenced by the different palaces that are cared for by the Historic Royal Palaces. Their website describes the pattern as follows: "This exquisite fine bone china tea set is exclusive to Historic Royal Palaces. The delicate details have been inspired by the gardens at Hampton Court Palace,
the golden gates at,
the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London
and the gold border detail on the Reubens ceiling at the Banqueting House."
As you can see, I visited all those places! The set is also (appropriately) made in England.
Here is a better look at the front of the saucer:
Now all I need to do is get the luncheon plate!
I'm joining these tea parties this week: