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An Autumn Afternoon Tea: Celebrating a Glorious Season

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An Autumn Afternoon Tea Party is a perfect time to treat yourself, friends, and family to a beautiful respite during the fall busy season.

Pear Cake for An Autumn Afternoon Tea: Celebrating a Glorious Season

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Autumn and tea go hand in hand with the stormy weather, gorgeous fall colors, seasonal occasions to gather, creating a warm and memorable gathering that will be remembered throughout the cold days of winter.

An Afternoon Autumn Tea: Celebrating a Glorious Season | 31Daily.com

To learn the differences between Afternoon Tea and High Tea, Visit our British Tea Primer.

Brown and White tea service with autumn tea treats.
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Hosting an Autumn Tea.

We’ve gathered some easy yet beautiful ideas to host your own Autumn Tea.

1. Create An Autumn Afternoon Tea Menu

From the first warming cup of tea to the last, your guests will be delighted with our flavorful autumn tea menu.

Floral Arrangement for an Afternoon Tea

The menu is redolent with fall’s favorite spices—rich vanilla beans, silky cinnamon, fragrant cloves, and crunchy peppercorns— the perfect complement to ripe pears, creamy pumpkin, and salted caramel.

2. Polish the Silver

Get a jumpstart on the season by polishing your silver and celebrating with an Autumn Tea Party. This set is a stunning sterling silver Gorham Strasbourg teapot.

Silver Teapot

How to Polish Silver >

3. Use Autumn Themed China

If you’re fortunate to have autumn china, serve with seasonal elements, and tiny goodies.

White Teapot with Orange Pumpkins

4. Afternoon Tea Courses

Make a selection of autumn-flavored recipes guests will love. Here are some delicious and easy ideas.

Afternoon tea generally consists of three courses, though some teas serve many more.

Chloe Hemery, head pastry chef at London’s Milestone Hotel, has served tea to Queen Elizabeth. She says, “There’s the savoury course with tea sandwiches, the scones course served with clotted cream and jam, and, finally, the third course of sweet pastries.”

An Autumn Afternoon Tea Recipes

Afternoon Tea at 31Daily

For ideas and recipes on scones, savory courses, sweets, and more visit our Afternoon Tea link here.

To read more on hosting or serving your own Afternoon Tea, be sure to check out these helpful posts.


  1. This afternoon fall tea looks amazing! My sister, daughter and nieces do tea frequently and this looks better than most we have attended. I will make recipes from this post. Now I can’t wait till fall (my favorite season) to get here! Thank you !!

    1. Hi Barb! I absolutely love an autumn tea. I’m so glad you liked the post! Have fun with your tea! I’m already thinking about pumpkins too!

  2. This post will be a resource for years to come. However, the link for the “15 Minute Pumpkin Scone” recipe is actually a duplicate of the “Apple Cinnamon Scone” recipe above it. I’d really like the Pumpkin Scone recipe, so if you update that, please let me know. Thanks.

    1. Thank you so much, Karen! I hadn’t caught that — so appreciate you’re bringing it to my attention. Have updated the link!

  3. This post will be a resource for years to come! However, the link for the “15 Minute Pumpkin Scones” recipe is incorrect. It is actually a duplicate of the link for the “Apple Cinnamon Scone” recipe above it. Please let me know if you update to provide the correct link, as that pumpkin scone recipe is what I wanted most (although I am saving several others, too). Thank you.

  4. Now THIS is a blog post! My goodness, I don’t even know where to start. Beautiful pictures and delicious recipes. Lovely experience just reading this and I hope to actually make several of these recipes for a fall baby shower. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much, Donna! It was such a pleasure to write! Have fun with your baby shower. Those are special times!

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