10 Tasty Tea Sandwiches for Any Event

Don't settle for boring appetizers at your next party. Give a buffet table a boost with these ten recipes for delicious tea sandwiches both savory an sweet. 10 Tasty Tea Sandwiches for Any Event ~ Tipsaholic.com #teaparty #teasandwich

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Tea sandwiches are the perfect size and shape for easy eating at any event, but are often considered a sideshow instead of the main attraction when it comes to party food. Don’t settle for boring spreads and lackluster fillings, give guests something to talk about! Use these tasty recipes for afternoon tea, party appetizers, or easy finger foods at your next get-together.

 

 

1. Easy Smoked Gouda Sandwiches

Don't settle for boring appetizers at your next party. Give a buffet table a boost with these ten recipes for delicious tea sandwiches both savory an sweet. 10 Tasty Tea Sandwiches for Any Event ~ Tipsaholic.com #teaparty #teasandwich

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With only four ingredients, this tea sandwich can be whipped up at the last minute if needed and uses a crispy fresh baguette for a base. A mayo and garlic spread complement the smoky flavor of the gouda.

 

2. Meatball Sliders

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For a heartier sandwich, a flavorful meatball slider is a great choice. Make this quick and easy finger sandwich using prepackaged Italian meatballs and marinara sauce and add a slice of provolone and a bit of Roma tomato for a mouthwatering combination.

 

3. Prosciutto, Apple, and Brie Sandwich

Don't settle for boring appetizers at your next party. Give a buffet table a boost with these ten recipes for delicious tea sandwiches both savory an sweet. 10 Tasty Tea Sandwiches for Any Event ~ Tipsaholic.com #teaparty #teasandwich

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Add a hint of sweet to your afternoon tea by serving these apple and brie sandwiches. The classic flavors of apple, brie, and prosciutto are complemented by a simple sage butter spread melted into a lightly toasted sourdough.

 

4. Fancy Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

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If you’re looking for a recipe that will impress even the most sophisticated palates, this smoked salmon sandwich is just the ticket. A hearty cream cheese and horseradish spread on a pumpernickel bread make the perfect base for a tender, thin slice of smoked salmon.

 

5. Strawberries and Cream Sandwich

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This sweet finger sandwich is simple to make and sure to be a hit at your next gathering. Simply slice strawberries thin, lay them over the cream cheese on bread, and drizzle the whole thing with honey. If you’d like to skip the honey but still want a sweet topping, try using a flavored cream cheese or make your own at home with this recipe.

 

6. Tomato and Basil Sandwich

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These little bites are a great option if you need some vegetarian fare on your party table. It’s also an easy sandwich to throw together in a hurry with only four ingredients (plus a little salt and pepper!).

 

7. Triple-Layered Avocado Sandwich

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Put a fresh spin on the old egg salad sandwich by making a batch of these “triples.” Fresh garden flavors like bell pepper and tomatoes blend with egg and avocado flavors in a single perfect bite.

 

8. Cucumber Sandwich

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A savory cream cheese and herb mixture is the perfect base for a cucumber on rye. If rye bread isn’t your thing, any number of breads can be swapped in. Make this simple sandwich even simpler by purchasing “cocktail” bread in miniature loaves.

 

9. Bacon and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Don't settle for boring appetizers at your next party. Give a buffet table a boost with these ten recipes for delicious tea sandwiches both savory an sweet. 10 Tasty Tea Sandwiches for Any Event ~ Tipsaholic.com #teaparty #teasandwich

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Basic grilled cheese receives a one-two-punch with this recipe. Stack your bread with cheddar, apple slices, and bacon, then cut it into perfect tea party bites. Serve it up for a snack that just about anyone will love!

 

10. Grilled Asparagus Tartines

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This tasty vegetables-only sandwich is made up of toasted bread, grilled asparagus, and some pesto and scallions for flavor. Use your oven’s broiler, a skillet, or a griddle to toast your bread and “grill” your asparagus if you don’t have a panini press.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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How to Host an Adult Tea Party

Tea parties can be a fabulous way to share an afternoon with friends. Start planning your adult tea party today with this great guide. How to Host a Tea Party for Adults ~ Tipsaholic.com #teaparty

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Afternoon tea is no longer just for little girls and their dolls. Adults can enjoy a tea party if it has the right food, drink, and decoration to go with it, and there’s no better time than now to host your own! Use this guide to plan, prep, and serve your guests at a fabulous adult tea party.

 

The Invitations

Send out your invitations early so your guests have plenty of time to plan around your tea. Tidy vintage printable invites may be your style, or try a DIY that’s a bit more casual. This invitation starts simply but is made more elegant with a paper doily. If you’d rather purchase invitations, you can find customizable downloads online on sites such as Etsy. Be sure to specify on your invitation what your guests should wear. Teas typically require a little dressing up, but you can make yours as classy or casual as you choose.

 

Planning and Preparing the Menu

Every great tea party comes with two things: tea and dainty foods! You can make your party as extravagant or as simple as you like. In the tea department, provide your guests with options in both teas and tea condiments such as honey, milk, sliced lemon, and sugar. You may want to make both hot and iced teas available, depending on the season and time of day. Using bagged teas will allow guests to select what they like but a common pot of tea is also acceptable, as well as being more traditional. Foods should be relatively small and simple for a true tea party. Tea sandwiches, scones, bite-size desserts, fruit, cheeses, and simple appetizer-type foods make great choices. Chocolate dipped cookies or fruits are nice complements to tea as well, and you can find some ideas and recipes for more tea party foods here. Check out these great tea sandwich recipes to get started. Whatever you choose, make it pretty!

 

The Decorations

Choose a color scheme and see what fun tea accessories you can find to go along with it. The odd teacup can be hung with a few others from a tree (if your party takes place outdoors) or in windows as a decoration. Place a candle inside a teacup to cast a friendly glow on the table or fill one with flowers. Flowers are a favorite for tea party décor whether fresh or artificial and can be used in many ways. Paper doilies can be wrapped around mason jars or vases filled with flowers or used to make a tea party banner. A simple tablecloth can be paired with a fancy runner. Use a framed chalkboard to write a special message to welcome your guests. The Chickabug Blog and Pretty My Party have some great ideas.

 

The Table Settings and Buffet

A teapot of some kind will be needed for providing guests with hot water for their bagged teas, or to serve tea in general. If you choose to serve in the traditional way, cream and sugar dishes may also be needed. You may want to borrow or buy extras if you will have several guests at multiple tables. You don’t necessarily need a matching tea set to make things look fabulous. Old tea cups and saucers can be found at thrift stores for a steal! Just go with shapes, colors, and patterns that complement one another. Silverware can be dressed up in cloth or paper doilies, and cloth napkins may add a touch of sophistication. For a buffet table filled with your teas and foods, add dimensions. Shoe boxes or books stacked beneath a table cloth can add layers on which to set plates of food, or you may use a tiered service tray or two. Small tongs and spoons should be available for guests to use to take the items they like.

 

Finishing Touches

Make sure everything is set out before your guests arrive for tea. Once the party begins, make sure they remain comfortable and the tea keeps flowing! Traditionally, the hostess (or host!) is the designated “pourer,” but you may want to specify this to your guests before they dig in on their own. You may choose to play a game or keep things simple with good conversation and catching up with friends. Either way, congratulate yourself on hosting a great tea party when all is said and done!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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6 Favorite Foods for Tea Parties

Are you ready to take your tea party to the next level? Fill your table with a variety of these favorite foods for tea parties and dig in! 6 Favorite Foods for Tea Parties ~ Tipsaholic.com #teaparty #partyfood

 

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Tea parties for adults and kids alike need a good assortment of tasty treats, but where to begin? Check out these great ideas and try some of the recipes to take a tea party to the next level. Whether you’re into traditional tastes like scones and sandwiches or modern sweets like cupcakes and chocolate-covered strawberries, it’s time to fill your teatime table.

 

1. Scones

Scones are a food served at traditional English teas. They come in many flavors and can be topped with butter, jams, jellies, clotted cream and more. For a classic scone, try this recipe. One of these scones ought to do the trick if you’re looking for something a little different.

 

2. Tea sandwiches

A tea (or finger) sandwich is an easy way to fill your guests’ tummies with either savory or sweet, this collection of recipes has some great ideas for both. Try cutting your sandwiches with cookie cutters to add fun or follow a theme.

 

3. Tarts

Bite-size tarts are a great food to serve when you want to really make a buffet spread stand out. They come with in many flavors and with many toppings, which makes them a colorful addition to the table. Better Homes and Gardens has a great collection of recipes that are sure to impress your guests.

 

4. Fruit

Seasonal and buffet-friendly fruits like strawberries often make an appearance at an afternoon tea. They can be served plain alongside other fare, as a fruit skewer or salad, or even dipped in chocolate. Use a melon baller to create eye-pleasing shapes with watermelon or cantaloupe. You may even want to dress things up with a fruit flower like this salad from One Crafty Thing. To make your chocolate-dipped fruits better, follow these tips from The Stir

 

5. Cakes and Cookies

Cupcakes, sponge cakes, and other small and simple cakes make great sweets at a tea party. Cakes with a mild sweetness are usually preferred to the full-flavored, birthday-style cake. Madeleines are a classic tea cookie and can be made at home with a good recipe and the right supplies, or purchased, along with other varieties of simple cookies. You could even try a fun themed cookie like this chocolate-dipped “tea bag” cookie from Munchkin Munchies.

 

6. Cheese and Crackers

Sliced or spreadable, cheese is always welcome at a party. Use American favorites like cheddars or jacks, or go for something a little fancier with brie or Camembert. Provide guests with an assortment of crackers to pair with their cheeses.

 

Other Food Options

While not exactly traditional, there are other foods for tea parties that can really spruce up a table! Vegetables and dip served in small cups are a great option, especially if you want to keep things healthy or vegan. Deviled eggs are an easy bite-size food and small appetizers of any kind can also be appropriate. Check out these recipes to find something great to add to your teatime menu!

 

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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