Time to share a pot of tea—with two pretty cups, a sweet cake (three stackable layers), and plenty of Smart Stages songs, sounds and fun phrases to go around! Introduce the delights of pretend play while helping baby learn about sharing, manners, colors, greetings and more. She’s sure to thank you! Smart Stages Tea Set includes Smart Stages technology, an exciting new way to change learning content as baby grows. Every baby develops at their own pace, and Smart Stages gives you the ability to select the stage that’s best for your child! There are a variety of developmentally appropriate songs, phrases and sounds within three levels of play—just slide the switch, or enter baby’s age for automatic level changes.
As beautiful as some of the intricate patterns on vintage china are, sometimes I appreciate the simplicity of tea sets that have minimal decoration. So much beauty can be conveyed in the shape of a tea set. This reminds me of something I read recently about why Suzie Cooper started her own pottery. She had been a designer at a number of other potteries but was getting increasingly frustrated that the shapes of some of the pieces she was given to decorate weren’t suitable for her designs. This prompted her to start her own pottery so that she had control over both the shape and pattern of her items. This seems to make sense as certain shapes of tea sets seem to work well with certain patterns. An obvious example is a tea set that has an angular shape which is perfectly suited to an Art Deco pattern.
I should probably just get the whole set..oh bone china.. why do you have to be sooo expensive!? Royal Albert Dinnerware, Rose Confetti 3-Piece Tea Set
Linking back to the start of this post, maybe some tea sets are designed such that they look best without any pattern at all. Modern china often has no or at the most a minimal pattern, why can’t the same be true for vintage china? It turns out there are many pieces of vintage china with minimal patterns or without any pattern at all.