Having your friends over for a spot of tea? Once the linens and tea cups are chosen a hostess needs to devise a menu for the tea party. You can be traditional or innovative. Tea time is usually mid- to late afternoon. Food is prepared before the guests arrive and served as a buffet or by individual servings. Delectable foods run the gamut of scones to slices of decadent chocolate cake.
Throw a tea party like the Regent and the Dorchester in London. Serve guests finger sandwiches. Make classics like egg mayonnaise with mustard cress on white bread cut into squares without the crust. Mix up a chicken salad using mustard mayonnaise and thinly sliced cucumber. Serve on multigrain bread with no crust. Try smoked salmon with a thin layer of cream cheese spread on granary bread. Have an offering of scones, both plain and fruit, in addition to a variety of French pastries. Put them on a tiered serving dish. As a condiment, add traditional clotted cream, lemon curd and strawberry preserves. Bake mini blackberry tarts and prepare a fresh fruit tray. To drink, serve teas such as jasmine and Earl Grey.
Sit in a summer garden with crisp linen, silver cutlery and fine china. Prepare a variety of finger sandwiches including honey roasted ham with cheese on country artisan bread, cut into squares with or without the crust. Add goat cheese with watercress on ciabatta or foccacia and cucumber, cream cheese and chives on rye. Prepare a spinach and artichoke or mushroom mini quiches. In addition, have a fresh fruit tartlet or mini lemon tarts. For warm weather, serve peppermint or chilled blueberry green tea. If the days are cool, serve orange, jasmine or Earl Grey.
Indulge your sweet tooth and your guests' for this tea party. Make finger sandwiches with hazelnut chocolate spread on white bread, cut into squares without the crusts. Prepare chocolate spread on walnut nut loaf and make mini sandwiches. Alternate the sandwiches on a cream coloured china plate. Include chocolate croissants and homemade mini chocolate chip muffins. Cut small squares of chocolate fudge brownies and slices of chocolate swirl pound cake. Serve with fresh fruit and English breakfast tea, Victorian Earl Grey, peppermint or green tea.
For an Asian take on a tea party, prepare samosas with vegetable and potato fillings. Serve with tamarind chutney as a condiment. Prepare an Asian Chicken salad served on a bed of romaine lettuce. Make tuna salad with a hint of fresh ginger and serve it on light, airy bread such as ciabatta. Consider Asian curry pastries filled with chicken, beef or vegetables. Add a tray of passion fruit pastries and pandan rice cake. Cut up star fruit, mango, coconut and honey dew melon. For drinks, consider white lotus flower or jasmine tea.