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Buy Porcelain Tea Sets Online

Updated on July 21, 2013
A beautiful china tea set by Lenox.
A beautiful china tea set by Lenox.

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Are you thinking about giving porcelain tea sets as Christmas gifts this year? Every little girl needs a tea set. When she’s a toddler, she should start out with a plastic or acrylic tea set. When she gets beyond the putting-small-things-in-her-mouth stage, she could move up to a tin or wooden tea set. Then, once she gets old enough to really appreciate breakable items and learns to take care of her possessions, she needs a pretty porcelain tea set or china tea set. Having her own pretty dishes for serving will make her feel special, and it provides a valuable lesson in handling delicate items carefully and caring for them appropriately. That’s my take on it, but maybe it’s just a “Southern thing.” Perhaps learning to act "lady-like" was our first initiation into becoming genteel ladies of society, so to speak.

When I was a kid, all little girls had a tea set. Like I said, maybe it’s just a Southern tradition. We’d dress up in play clothes or in our mothers’ high heels, fancy hats, and boas and have tea parties with our friends. If friends weren’t available when we were in the mood for tea, we’d sit our stuffed animals around the little table and enjoy our tea with them. Sometimes our “tea” was Koolaid, and sometimes it was iced tea – the house wine of the South. We would also enjoy cookies or tiny sandwiches from our dainty, delicate porcelain plates. We used our very best manners while at our tea parties. Once in a while we could even cajole our guy pals or older brothers to join us for tea by luring them with homemade cookies!

I still have one of my porcelain tea sets from my childhood. It’s in the Blue Willow pattern and it’s displayed proudly in my dining room. As an adult, I purchased a set of dishes in the same pattern, so I can entertain adult family members and the grandkids at the same time, using matching plates, cups, saucers, and serving pieces in the same beautiful pattern. If you're planning to buy a porcelain tea set for a little girl on your gift list, you might want to find out if the mother has a china pattern that can be matched with the tea set. If not, you might want to find a tea set in a pattern that's also available in regular tableware.

I’ve carried on the tea set tradition, too. When my three daughters were children, they all had tea sets. In the last couple of years, I’ve also given plastic tea sets to my granddaughters as Christmas gifts. Two years ago, l gave my oldest granddaughter, who was seven years old at the time, a porcelain tea set as a Christmas gift. She was old enough not to break it. Her younger sister is seven now, and I think it's time for her to receive a porcelain tea set, too.

If you’re trying to decide on birthday gifts or Christmas gifts for little girls, or for not-so-little girls, a porcelain tea set would be an excellent choice. They can be played with, displayed on a shelf or in a curio cabinet, and handed down for generations. Start your own family tradition this year!

Below are several lovely porcelain tea sets and china tea sets offered for sale online. Most are at a discounted price, and they’ll be delivered right to your door! If you’re looking for a tea set for a toddler girl, click the link found below the tea sets for sale. If the child is old enough, buy her a porcelain tea set, instead.

Porcelain tea sets and china tea sets


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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, Nancy, the girls need to be old enough to be careful with it!

      Mulberry, it was a big tradition around here!

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      Christine Mulberry 8 years ago

      It sounds like a wonderful tradition. I recall seeing little girls playing with tea sets from old movies, paintings, and so forth. I loved playing dress up so I'm sure I would have loved having a tea set as well.

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      nancy_30 8 years ago from Georgia

      My daughter is still a toddler so I'll wait a little while before I get her a porcelain set. The one at the top was so cute.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Awww...that's sweet, Katie!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Pam, I still have mine. I cherish it!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Audrey, always good to see you, my friend!

    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Cherish those memories, Veronica!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Deb, thanks for the kind words!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Sheila, I'm glad to know that tea sets aren't just endemic to the South! lol

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, HP, I think you're right!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Why, thank you, Sandy!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, Ethel, I find it refreshing that kids still play with things like tea sets!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Ron, that's great that you still have some of your boy toys!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, Bpop - I know you must treasure that tea set!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, HH - that is way cool!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Loveofnight, we used to do the same thing!

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      katiem2 8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Adorable Tea Set, My two daughters and I have always enjoyed tea parties and the tea set is a must have

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      Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

      Habee, I love tea sets and have one antique set that I got from my mom that I keep on my china cabinet. I had a little porcelain one as a child that I kept for years, but we moved so much that it got broken which was really sad. Thanks for a nice hub.

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      My sis and I had one too that we bought at the import store - it wasn't fancy but it did the trick....the one above is gorgeous! Great info.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      I remember my sister and I shared one as small kids. This brought back lovely memories.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Habee, Luv these! I remember my first porcelain tea set! Wonderful idea to pass on the legacy! Great variety to select from! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      sheila b. 8 years ago

      I'm older than you, but we did have tea sets in New England, too. And like you, I loved mine and took care of it and had tea parties under the tree on the front lawn. And like the others before me, thanks for the memories!

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      H P Roychoudhury 8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It gives children, a kind of satisfaction.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      These tea sets look lovely.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Very sweet. Glad to hear that little girls still like such things

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      rprcarz50 8 years ago

      habee ,

      Very good Hub . You really brought back many memories about my farm tractors , semi-trucks wagons etc. , all the toys I had as a kid , and some I can hand down to grand children.

      Nice work


      As Always Also a2z50

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      I have a tea set that belonged to my Mom. It's as lovely as she was.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      I still have my doll's house and i still love looking at it. Thank you for taking us back into the best time of our life.

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      loveofnight 8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      i remember when i was a little girl going into my moms jewelry and dressing up for my tea parties, i almost forgot about those days. thx for bring such nice memories back to mind.


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