I can be a bit “Bah Humbug” about Christmas, however, by the time the 1st December rolls around, I am equally and reluctantly as festive as the next person.
Having decided this year that I was going to “Treat” myself more to the odd gift throughout my weight loss journey, instead of going out for dinner, I would buy myself the odd pamper session or piece of clothing for each milestone reached.
Well, this was a big one, 2 stone down and feeling fantastic, so instead of reaching for the nearest Afternoon Tea venue, I have instead decided to treat myself to the most beautiful tea set I have seen in a long while. I did actually have myself a mini tea party to satisfy my selfish desires to christen the use of this gorgeous tea pot and matching cups. It was rude not to ; )
The Golden Carp tea set designed by British Ceramic Designer, Alison Appleton.
I first set eyes on this beautiful tea set whilst researching the upcoming Home Show at Earls Court in January 2013, spotting her beautiful website whilst browsing the stall holders planning to be there.
Her online catalogue is the most ornate and unique tea and coffee pots I have ever seen, having been selling her work for over 15 years, her love of tea mixed with her creativity simply shows from the very first page on her website.
The Golden Carp collection was inspired by Parisian tea salons and it’s porcelain teapot and matching gaiwans (small Japanese inspired tea bowls to drink from) are decorated with beautiful carp and lotus flowers. It’s the prettiest aqua green/blue colour with a gold lid on the teapot, which also houses an integral stainless steel tea filter inside.
Each Alison Appleton tea set has its own story. The Golden Carp is the pot of good fortune. The lotus leaf symbolised prosperity as it emerges from the mud into a beautiful bloom, the carp symbolises strength of purpose and the gold signifies wealth.
This teapot is a perfect pourer, so important for a tea lover to have a teapot that doesn’t drip onto your finest white linen as you serve your guests. In fact, a friend once told me that there is a reason you find so many teapots in charity shops and at car boot sales, because they drip when they pour and nobody wants a dripping teapot. It’s so true, I tried to beat this theory, but she was right and in my opinion you just can’t bet your very own brand new, ornate teapot to enjoy showing off to your friends when you have them round for afternoon tea!
The Golden Carp teapot is available to buy online directly at £55 and the matching Golden Carp Gaiwans (tea cups) are priced at £24 for a set of four.
Each purchase also comes with a few samples from a selection of aromatic loose leaf teas, mine being an Earl Grey and a Darjeeling Second Flush to enjoy with my new investment.
It’s great to see that Alison supports some of my favourite tea brands too, such as Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate, Fortnum and Mason, Teahorse and The Rare Tea Company, she has superb taste, even if I do say so myself.She just needs to meet the fabulous Kandula Tea ladies for a full set ; )
Not only do they offer this beautiful tea set, Alison has designed many other tea, coffee, mug & picnic sets, having worked hard to have them stocked in department stores such as John Lewis, Harrods, Marks & Spencers and many more besides. Some of the other collections include “Darcy” (a stunning black clay that looks like cast iron, but much lighter to hold), “Camellia” (a classic white teapot), “Emperor’s Bird” (inspired by the tale of the Emperor and the Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen) and “Woodland” (a porcelain 900ml teapot with a wooden handle and inspired by enchanted forests).
All of these sets would make gorgeous Christmas presents for a tea lover, or if you need Xmas Gift Inspiration for anybody who loves afternoon tea, here is a lady who can help you.
Each tea set also comes in a stunning gift box, in a different style & colour for each design, packed snugly into a large boxes, one for the teapot and one for the cups.
1/12/12 - Hope Street Winter Arts and Crafts Fair-Liverpool
6/12/12- Wentworth Hall Christmas Fair- Sheffield
9-8/12/12- Winter Arts Market- St Georges Hall- Liverpool
13/12/12- Wentworth Hall Christmas Fair- Sheffield
13-15/01/13 – Home Show at Earls Court – London
Alison Appleton has in fact, after a fantastic chat about afternoon tea, also kindly offered to give away this exact Golden Carp tea set to one extremely lucky reader of The Secluded Tea Party.
This is going to make a superb and very exciting Christmas gift for yourself or for a tea loving friend or family member...
To gain a chance of winning this stunning teapot and set of 4 gaiwans with some beautiful loose leaf tea thrown in for good measure, simply complete the following steps:
Sign up to the Alison Appleton Mailing List Here. (Compulsory)
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“Like” Alison Appleton Design on Facebook for an additional entry. (Optional)
Simply leave a blog comment below for each entry step you take (See Ts & Cs below)
Miss Sue Flay
Miss Sue Flay's competition terms and conditions:
Entrants not meeting the above requirements will be deemed invalid and therefore not included in the draw. Signing up to both Mailing Lists is a compulsory action and the additional entry requirements are optional, giving you additional chances to win, however they will be deemed invalid if the entrant has not completed these compulsory requirements.
Entrants must leave a separate comment below (on this blog post) for each step completed.
The competition will run from 8am on Monday 3rd December 2012, through to midnight Sunday 16th December 2012. I will contact the winner within a week of the competition ending. If the winner doesn't respond or accept the prize within 2 weeks of notification, we reserve the right to draw a new winner. With regret, the competition is open to UK residents only.