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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re fortunate to have autumn china, serve with seasonal elements, and tiny goodies.
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.”
"Guests discover an intriguing herbal note in Rosemary Shortbread with Pear Preserves. The golden mellow fruit offers a pleasant contrast to the hint of fragrant woodsy character in these delightful cookie sandwiches."
Mini Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Balls, a festive, delicious appetizer or snack for the holidays, that's so simple and easy it will become your go-to recipe. Packed with cranberries, pecans, fresh parsley and seasoned with cinnamon and honey. It's incredibly delicious.
“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.”
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!”
These easy pumpkin scones are the first thing I bake when fall leaves begin to color. Filled with warm autumn spices, moist and tender, and drizzled with cinnamon icing. They're coffee shop perfect, especially with a morning latte. Or incredibly wonderful with afternoon tea.
"What are you making? It smells like a fall day..." That was the reaction the first time we baked these moist, flavorful 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.
Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Maple Glaze is a healthier apple cake recipe made with yogurt and grated apple. Warm spices permeate this delicious and easy cake and an unforgettable brown sugar maple glaze is drizzled just before serving.
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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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