When I still lived in Philly, my sister and I created a tradition of taking our mom and both of our grandmothers to afternoon tea for Mother’s Day. Each year we would take them to a different hotel in the city that offered afternoon tea, and each year it was something we all looked forward to the most. Afternoon tea seems like a very complicated and posh affair because of the variety of offerings and the delicate china, but it doesn’t have to be. Today, I’m sharing a simple blueprint for how to throw the perfect tea party at home, complete with what to buy, how to serve and what to make for Mother’s day or just an afternoon with your girlfriends.
You don’t need fancy china to host a perfect tea party. You can make it work with just a few platters, appetizer plates, tea cups and champagne flutes. You also don’t need to serve individual teapots for each person. Ideally, two people can share one tea pot. I do love my tiered plate stand, which I received as a wedding gift, (currently 15% off with code MOM), but you don’t need it. Plus, there is something romantic and sweet about having an eclectic dishware collection at a tea party. So if you don’t own a set of tea cups, stop by the local thrift shop and find a few “sister” cups.
A good tea party should have a mix of savory and sweet options. When thinking of portions, I like to make sure each guest would be able to try everything twice. I also try to serve bite size goodies, so that knifes and forks are not needed. As I mentioned, you don’t need a tea kettle for each person, but I do like to serve at least two tea varieties, for example a black tea and a fruit, lighter tea. For champagne—currently this Mumm Napa Brut Rose is my favorite—I recommend a bottle per two people, but no judgement if you know you need more!
Blackberry Scones (Made from Trader Joe’s mix) served with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter.
Latke or potato pancakes ( Trader Joe’s ready to serve) topped with smoked salmon, sour cream and garnished with dill
Genoa salami and havarti cheese topped with a sliver of avocado on multi-grain bread
Havarti cheese and genoa salami triangles served with a roma tomato and garnished with dill on multi-grain bread
Cucumber and cream cheese on multi-grain bread topped with a mint leaf
Assortment of miniature sweets ( Trader Joe’s frozen section)
Homemade style chocolate chip cookies with macadamia nuts
I didn’t have to spend the entire day in the kitchen to throw a perfect little tea party to celebrate Mother’s day, or any other event. All it takes is a bit of imagination, a little prep and a whole lot of bubbly.
Wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s day celebration.