A Tea Party Menu Needs
the Two S's

Let's talk about your tea party menu and what should be included on it.
The event, the number of guests and of course, your budget will determine what goes on your menu.

Most teatime parties are "low" or Afternoon Parties. This teatime should
include the two S's - Savory and Sweet .

A cream tea consists simply of tea, scones, and cream for the scones. High teatime recipes , whose name is misused and misunderstood in America, requires heartier fare.

For a guideline, remember that teatime parties are known for their dainty fare. Finger sandwiches and bite size portions are the trademark of teatime. . Finger sandwiches and bite size portions are the trademark of teatime. For the typical tea menu there are three “courses”, so to speak.

  • You start first with finger sandwiches, which are known for their crustless, triangular shapes. The quintessential teatime sandwich is the cucumber sandwich.
  • Next come the other savories, such as the scones and muffins.
  • Lastly are the sweets, which crown the afternoon teatime with the wide variety of delectables.

The menu should be both pleasing to the eye, as well as the palate. What I love about teatime parties is that it doesn’t have to require a lot of time and expense to provide a delicious and interesting menu. Small portions allow you to both prepare and “taste test” a variety of tasty delicacies.

Most of all, don't forget, friend, that your own creativity adds interest to your menus!



Use these tips for help on picking Party Food.

For theme menus and ideas, see Teatime Party Themes and for a more detailed recipe list visit our


Menu Ideas

Two Tiered Tea Party Food

Menu 1
teapot Ham Puffs Pecan Scones Sliced Fruit small teapotLemon Squares red teapot Chocolate Mousse Tarts

Menu 2
Cranberry Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches Sour Cream Scones with Curd Cheese Balls Orange Pound Cake Oatmeal- Chocolate Chip Cookies Carrot Tea Cakes

Menu 3
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches Cream of Potatoes Soup Cheddar Scones with clotted cream Carmel-Apple Tarts Mini Eclairs Raspberry Cream

Menu 4
Asparagus Quiche Fruit Salad Cinnamon/Sugar Scones Creme de Menthe Bars Mini Cheesecakes

Menu 5
Rare Roast Beef Sandwiches with horseradish mayonnaise Shrimp Salad Sandwiches
Deviled Eggs Mini Cranberry Nut Muffins Fruit Tarts Petite Fours



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