How To Host A Simple Afternoon Tea Party at Home

by Tonya Staab

Want to host an afternoon tea at home? Here are some delicious ideas that your guests will love.

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Growing up in Australia some of our family traditions were adopted from Britain, and this includes afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is more of a low-key at-home version of high tea which you may know from fancy hotels and restaurants – which is very different from the actual definition of high tea, but it’s what most people know of being served in a higher-end environment – often for girls days out, Mother’s Day, bridal showers and baby showers. It often consists of tiny finger sandwiches, bite-sized desserts, pastries, and of course, tea. We basically grew up having five small meals a day, breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and then dinner.

My mum would place out an assortment of biscuits or cake, fresh fruit, tea, and sometimes pastries, and although we don’t sit around the table to have it like I did growing up, my kids still love coming in from school every afternoon and asking what’s for afternoon tea.

Afternoon Tea Food Ideas

  • Tea (of course), make sure to include an assortment of teas and for those who like cream and sugar, pop those onto the table too
  • Finger sandwiches with assorted fillings such as smoked salmon, egg salad, or cucumber with cream cheese
  • Scones with jam and freshly whipped cream, or flavored scones with a little butter
  • Biscuits (or cookies)
  • Chocolate éclairs
  • Mini pavlovas
  • Muffins
  • Tea loaf
  • Fruit or jam tarts
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh bread or English muffins with assorted jams, lemon curd, or marmalade

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  • Ginger Peach Turmeric Herbal Tea
  • Matcha Green Tea with Turmeric
  • Green Tea with Ginger plus Probiotics

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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 some more here with the kids.

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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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