How to Throw The Perfect High Tea Party

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How To Throw the Perfect Tea Party |

Hosting Mother’s Day at Home

When I still lived in Philly, my sister and I created a tradition of taking our mom and both of our

grandmothers to an afternoon tea for Mother’s Day.

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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.

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What is the Menu for High Tea?

A good tea party should have a mix of savory and sweet options.

I also try to serve bite size goodies, so that knifes and forks are not needed.

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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.

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When thinking of portions, I like to make sure each guest would be able to try everything twice.

 For champagne, I recommend a bottle per two people, but no judgement if you know you need more!

This is also helpful if you’re hosting a tea party for a large group.

Afternoon Tea Menu Ideas

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  • Blackberry Scones

(Made from Trader Joe’s mix) se

rved 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.

  • Cheese & Salami Sandwiches

Genoa salami and Havarti cheese topped with a sliver of avocado on multi-grain bread

  • Cheese Sandwiches

Havarti cheese  triangles served with a slice of roma tomato and garnished with dill on multi-grain bread

  • Cucumber Sandwiches

served with cream cheese on multi-grain bread topped with a mint leaf

  • Assortment of miniature sweets ( Trader Joe’s frozen section)
  • Fresh strawberries 
  • Cookies

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 How to throw the perfect tea party is to not worry about making everything from scratch.

For other hosting tips, check out this post.

Other Appetizer Ideas

Pizza Bites (perfect for kid friendly tea party)

Mini Brie Bites

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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.

What you serve at your high tea party or what is the menu for high tea is all up to you.

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.

Tip for Hosting a Mother’s Day High Tea:  If you don’t own a set of tea cups, stop by the

local thrift shop and find a few “sister” cups.


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What Happens at a High Tea Party?

The short answer, is anything you want. You could exchange gifts, you could make

vision boards you can relax and simply enjoy each other’s company or you can try and read your tea leaves!

Another great way to have a great time together is to make cocktails.

Instead of traditional champagne switch it up with this fun drink!