Afternoon Tea Party Ideas for Hosting at Home

by Tonya Staab
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Are you hosting an afternoon tea party at home? We have put together a menu for you including delicious food and tea your guests will love.

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In Australia, some of our family traditions, including afternoon tea, were adopted from Britain. Afternoon tea, also known as high tea, is often served in fancy hotels and restaurants. It is normally served for girls’ days out, Mother’s Day, bridal showers, and baby showers and consists of finger sandwiches, bite-sized desserts, pastries, and tea.

For afternoon tea at home, my mum would put out an assortment of biscuits or cake, fresh fruit, tea, and pastries. There were always fresh flowers from the garden in the middle of the table too. It always seemed to be the time of day that neighbors, family, or friends would pop over too. I have carried on that tradition and have afternoon tea with my kids every day after school. We don’t sit around the table as I did growing up, but it’s still an important time of day for us to connect as a family.

Note: Our ‘high tea’ is very different from the actual definition of high tea. I encourage you to research the history of high tea.

Afternoon tea party table idea with tea, scones, and jam.
Afternoon tea party with tea and scones.

Afternoon tea menu

  • An assortment of teas including herbal and regular for guests who prefer cream and sugar.
  • Finger sandwiches with assorted fillings such as smoked salmon, egg salad, or cucumber with cream cheese.
  • Scones with jam and freshly whipped cream. Alternatively, flavored scones with a little butter.
  • Biscuits (or cookies)
  • Chocolate éclairs
  • Mini pavlovas
  • Muffins
  • Tea loaf
  • Fruit or jam tarts
  • Fresh fruit
  • English muffins with assorted jams, lemon curd, or marmalade

I included two of the four new Bigelow Tea herbal teas in our afternoon tea table.

  • Lavender Chamomile Herbal Tea with Probiotics
  • Ginger Peach Turmeric Herbal Tea
  • Matcha Green Tea with Turmeric
  • Green Tea with Ginger plus Probiotics
Bigelow herbal tea lavender chamomile and ginger peach turmeric
Bigelow Tea in lavender chamomile and ginger peach turmeric.

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How to serve afternoon tea

What are some of your favorite bite-sized foods you would include for afternoon tea? Let’s get more ideas flowing in the comments. I’d love to try more with the kids.

Assorted cookies, mini cupcakes, and donut holes on a tray for an afternoon tea party.
Cookies, mini cupcakes, and donut holes for an afternoon tea party.
Trays of food for an afternoon tea party including finger sandwiches.
Egg salad and cucumber sandwiches for an afternoon tea party.
Scones with jam, cream and tea.
Scones with jam, cream, and tea.

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Ginger peach turmeric herbal tea from Bigelow.
Ginger peach turmeric herbal tea.

Looking for a recipe that uses Bigelow Ginger Peach Turmeric herbal tea? Make our peach bourbon iced tea recipe, it’s delicious. Use the same recipe to make a pitcher of iced tea using the Lavender Chamomile flavor too.

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An afternoon tea party Pinterest image.

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1 comment

Darell Anderson October 2, 2019 - 12:12 pm

With my children when they came in from school and the cupboards were bare I always managed to make a batch of pikelets and the tradition is carried on with her children coming home or particularly on weekend afternoons.


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