The Return of the Tea Party
What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than a pretty and perfect high tea?
Don’t think of high tea as a stuffy, proper affair. It’s become a perfect casual mid-afternoon gathering, an easier (and more memorable) alternative to the classic cocktail party—and a simpler option if you don’t want to commit to a sit-down meal.
A traditional high tea includes sweet (wee tarts, cakes and cookies), savoury (think finger sandwiches and petite quiches) and scones, all arranged on a tiered serving tray with jam and clotted cream. But you’re not limited to one of each, and if you think small, anything goes. There’s no requirement to serve egg salad with watercress or cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off (though they’re lovely); instead, try bite-sized sausage rolls, sliders, thick curries served in toast cups, spanakopita triangles or cold cubed frittata. Any type of pie can be made into tarts by cutting rounds of pastry and pressing them into mini muffin cups to bake and fill (or fill and bake), or make small panna cotta or crème brûlée in Chinese soup spoons.
The key is to make it a mini celebration—the dishes don’t need to be complicated, just tiny and pretty.
Tea Party Recipe Ideas
- Wild Blueberry Scones
- Simple Strawberry Jam
- DIY Crème Fraîche
- Curried Coconut Chicken Puffs
- Choosing Which Type of Tea to Serve