I just love tea parties! It’s the easiest way to entertain. There’s not much cooking involved, it fits most any budget, it’s so easy to plan, and it sounds so “high society”! Tea parties are great for most events including bridal and baby showers, birthdays, Mother’s Day, or just because days!
Now that the weather is much warmer you can even host your tea party out doors. Spring and Summer are perfect for vintage tea parties in your yard, balcony, or patio.
As I’ve mentioned not much cooking involved and fits most budgets. This is true, your menu can be tailored to your budget and culinary expertise, just so long as sandwiches are part of the menu, yes those dainty little crustless sandwiches cut into triangle, circles, or whatever shape you like.
All you really need for tea parties, other than tea or a beverage you prefer, are those little pretty sandwiches, and a sweet or two. Scones are traditionally part of the menu, but these days it’s not really a must have unless you really want to include them.
The sandwiches don’t have to be fancy, just tasty and pretty. You can serve pretty much any kind of sandwich as long as you make them small and dainty. Believe it or not I’ve served PB&J for a children’s tea party, cut into cute shapes with cookie cutters of course. The kids loved it!
But for an adult tea party you’ll probably want something a bit more upscale, not that PB&J isn’t good enough, it happens to be one of my personal faves!
For easy tea parties I like to serve cream cheese sandwiches. They’re so easy and you can find a variety of flavored cream cheese spreads (strawberry, pineapple, and salmon) in the dairy section of most grocery stores. They’re easy and very inexpensive. Spread them on different types of bread, white, wheat, or what ever, cut them into small triangles and you’ve got a sandwich variety fit for a tea party. If you want to get a bit fancier cucumber sandwiches are a nice touch although they require a bit more prep.
Another favorite of mine are Egg Salad sandwiches. They are super easy and quite inexpensive, not to mention delish! You can even make the filling the day before and store it in the fridge until ready to use.
Here’s my favorite Egg Salad Tea Sandwich. Hope you love it too!
6 Large Hard Boiled Eggs
1/2 Cup Mayonaise
1 Tsp. Sea Salt
1 Tsp. Black Pepper
3 Sprigs Fresh Dill, chopped
6 Slices White Bread
6 Slices Wheat Bread
Boil eggs – I find the best way to make hard boiled eggs is to place them in a saucepan and fill with water until the eggs are covered with water; place on stove and bring water to boil; turn off stove and cover saucepan with good fitting lid; let eggs sit in water until it cools about 1 hour or so.
Peel hard boiled eggs and chop in to small pieces and place in mixing bowl- I usually take the peeled egg and place it horizontally into an egg slicer and slice; then I lightly pinch the slices together and replace them vertically into the egg slicer. You end up with uniformly chopped eggs. Just dump them in the mixing bowl and do the same with the remaining eggs.
Add mayo and mix well.
Add salt, pepper, and dill. Mix very well to distribute spices evenly.
Spread one side of each slice of bread with a thin layer of butter.
Spread a small scoop of egg mixture on top of the buttered slice of bread.
Top with a second slice buttered side down.
Cut off crust with a sharp knife.
Cut into 4 triangles or squares with knife or in to desired shapes using a cookie cutter.
Cover with a damp cloth then wrap with plastic wrap, store in fridge until ready to serve.