Did you know there is a difference between an afternoon tea and a high tea? An afternoon tea offers tea and light food to stave off hunger between lunch and dinner. A high tea is usually served around dinner time and is considered a working person's meal with meat or a heavier main dish.
MenuScones - Plain and Gluten-Free Raisin
Clotted Cream - Vegan "Clotted Cream"
Lemon Curd - Vegan
Tea Sandwiches - Tuna Salad, Egg Salad, Vegetarian, Cucumber
Tea - variety served with sugar, milk, or lemon
- Tea is served with milk and never cream. If a guest takes milk in her tea be sure to not offer her lemon - that is, unless she likes a curdled tea.
- The preserves, clotted cream, and lemon curd is served with the scones or quick breads.
- I used two tea pots of hot water and offered a variety of herbal teas in bags.
- You can purchase everything for a tea but with a little preparation it's quite easy to make.
- A simple presentation is all that is needed because the food and china will take center stage.
- If you're going to make your food, prepare the sandwich fillings the day before and assemble just before the party. The lemon curd, clotted cream and sugar cubes can also be made the day before.
- Creating a menu that will work with various diets is quite easy with a tea party. This party offered eggless, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free foods.
Other Afternoon Tea Menu Ideas - Smoked Salmon sandwiches, Barbecue Salmon Salad, Quiche, Fresh Fruit, Fruit Tarts, Lemon Cookies, Macaroons, Banana Bread, Devonshire Cream
This tea party was sponsored by Jane Green's publishing house St. Martin's Press, Twinings of London Tea, and Salem Baking Company. Through the generosity of our sponsors, each guest received one of Jane Green's books.
There aren't many things that pair so well as friends, tea, food, and a good book.
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