An Autumn Afternoon Tea Party is a perfect time to treat yourself, friends, and family to a beautiful respite during the fall busy season.
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.
To learn the differences between Afternoon Tea and High Tea: Visit our British Tea Primer.
We’ve gathered some easy yet beautiful ideas to host your own Autumn Tea.
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. The menu is redolent with fall’s favorite spices—rich vanilla beans, silky cinnamon, fragrant cloves, and crunchy peppercorns—the perfect complements to ripe pears, creamy pumpkin, and salted caramel.
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.
If you’re fortunate to have autumn china, serve with seasonal elements, and tiny goodies.
Autumn Afternoon Tea Scones
The autumn season almost begs for scones. Filled with warm, fall spices, they are the epitome of a fall themed Afternoon Tea.
Pumpkin Pecan Scones with Brown Butter Glaze
Almost like a soft pumpkin cookie, this scone is a perfect addition to any fall Afternoon Tea. The brown butter adds a nice nutty taste to the glaze.
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Vanilla Bean Scones with Pear Spiced Compote
“These vanilla bean scones have just a hint of vanilla and taste even better served with a spiced pear compote.”
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Brown Sugar Butter Pecan Scones
A melt-in-your-mouth scone, perfect to welcome fall.
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Petite Apple Cinnamon Scones
A delightful and delicious addition to any fall tea.
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Perfect Spiced Pumpkin Spice Scones
Inspired by Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Scones, these are packed with pumpkin and delicious fall spices.
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Fresh Apple Cinnamon Scones
“Fresh diced apple and cinnamon chips complement each other beautifully, flavor-wise; and a topping of crunchy, cinnamon-enhanced coarse sugar is the perfect foil to the scones’ tender texture.”
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Scottish Oat Pecan Scones
These Scottish Oat Maple Scones are crumbly and amazingly delicious. Perfect for an autumn afternoon tea with that quintessentially favorite maple flavor. Serve with a dab of Irish butter.
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15-Minute Pumpkin Scones
With 3 simple ingredients… and 15 minutes, these pumpkin scones are incredibly easy. Almost not a recipe at all.
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Fall Afternoon Tea Sandwiches
Perfect respite for Afternoon Tea.
This Heirloom-Tomato Crostini is a flavorful bite of Campari tomato, fresh basil, and Boursin cheese.
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Turkey and Apple Goat Cheese Tea Sandwiches
These tea sandwiches combine “sweet honey and peppered turkey, tangy dill, creamy goat cheese, and crisp, tart green apples sandwiched between a decadent homemade cranberry orange bread.”
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Goat Cheese Pecan Tea Sandwiches
“Instead of pimiento cheese for your party sandwiches, try this filling of creamy goat cheese and crunchy pecans.”
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Kale Pecan Pesto and Turkey Tea Sandwiches
“Turkey and a kale-pecan pesto are layered in these Kale-Pecan Pesto and Turkey Tea Sandwiches.”
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Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels
Mix it up with these Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels… “It doesn’t get any easier than this 5 ingredient pinwheel! Chive and Onion cream cheese, deli turkey meat, spinach, a few dried cranberries and a large tortilla!”
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Smoked Turkey Waldorf Croissants
Crunchy apples, pecans, and dried cranberries add zip to Smoked Turkey Waldorf Sandwiches.
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Autumn Savory Ideas for Afternoon Tea
With cooling temperatures, warm up guests with a selection of delicious savory options for Afternoon Tea.
Pork and Mushroom Puff Pastry Swirls
“Ground pork, mushrooms, and a honey-mustard sauce combine to make Pork and Mushroom Puff Pastry Swirls a delicious teatime savory.”
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Sweet Potato Crostini with Cheese, Pear and Thyme
Incredibly simple, yet profoundly delicious and special for any autumn tea.
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Curried Squash Soup
“A bowl of velvety Curried Squash Soup is a perfect addition to any fall tea.”
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Salmon-Cucumber Canapés with Wasabi Aïoli
“These scrumptious salmon canapés are perfect any time of day.”
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Apple-Chicken Sausage Crostini with Apple-Kale Slaw
“Crisp apples, chicken, sausage, kale, and tangy vinaigrette slaw combine to make savory teatime crostini bites.”
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Butternut Squash Pear Soup
“Butternut Squash-Pear Soup — Delight in the complexity of our Butternut Squash–Pear Soup. The popular harvest gourd—roasted with garlic until tender—joins the succulent Bartlett variety in a velvety purée that includes onion, shallot, and chicken broth. Rosemary and ginger lend woodsy, Asian flair, and shaved Parmesan crowns the flavorful bisque.”
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Apricot-Chive Chicken Salad in Puff Pastry Shells
“This easy chicken salad gets a new twist by adding apricot.”
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Bacon Dip and Sweet Potato Canapés
Make your own sweet potato chips in the microwave for these Bacon Dip and Sweet Potato Canapés… or a bag of store-bought chips works too!
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Pumpkin Leek Tarts
“Prosciutto, leeks, and fresh thyme add a savory flavor to pumpkin in these Pumpkin-Leek Tarts.”
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Fall Sweets for Afternoon Tea
Occupying the top tier of the tea server, or served all on their own, autumn sweets will make an Afternoon Tea memorable.
“Filled with Cream Cheese Frosting, these Pumpkin Cakes are a rich fall dessert.” And perfect for an Autumn Afternoon Tea.
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A lovely addition to any tea or fall meal.
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Gingerbread Pear Loaf
“Gingerbread-Pear Loaf holds a surprise: tart Bosc pears that reveal their shapely forms when the bread is sliced.”
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Pecan Shortbread Cookies
“Caramel Apple Grapes are the perfect snack! Grapes dipped in caramel and then in nuts. A little treat that tastes like caramel apple in every bite.” And I would add, an easy and beautiful addition to any tea!
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An iconic taste of the season, perfect for any gathering, and extra special for an Autumn Tea.
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A stunning addition to any tea or holiday gathering!
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For ideas and recipes on scones, savory courses, sweets and more, visit our Afternoon Tea link here.
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