Now that you have your new teapot, how will you keep the tea in it warm while you’re waiting to drink it? There are two possibilities and they should NEVER be used together: the tea cozy and the tea warmer.
First the cozy. It’s a cover for a teapot that can be knitted, crocheted or quilted fabric. They’re usually dome-shaped or they can be elasticized (or use a draw string) to hug the teapot. A tea cozy is deployed over a pot of hot tea to keep it warm a little longer—a bit of insulation, if you will. You don’t absolutely have to have one, but they are quite charming.
You know those little tea light candles you have about 100 of around the house? Well guess what? That’s exactly what you need for a tea warmer. The tea warmer is a little teapot stand that a tea light candle fits into and provides the teapot with some extra warmth. Some teapots (like this one) even come with their own warmers. I have to admit, I was skeptical about the ability of such a tiny candle to provide heat for a six cup teapot, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it actually works! Don’t forget to blow out the candle when the pot is empty. And PLEASE don’t ever use a tea warmer and tea cozy together: live flame + fabric ≠ a good thing.