Hosting a Christmas Tea to Celebrate the Holidays

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Make forever memories by hosting an Afternoon Christmas Tea this holiday season.

It’s easier than you might think, with a bit of planning and some inspiration.

So get inspired by the following images, recipes and ideas to deck your halls, light some candles, and create easy but memorable treats.

And we’ve gathered some of the best ideas we could find.

Christmas Tea Decor Ideas

Christmas Tea Tablesettings
Christmas Tea China
Afternoon Tea Resources

Christmas Tea Menu Recipes and Ideas

Christmas Tea Scones
Christmas Tea Sandwiches
Christmas Tea Savory Recipes
Christmas Tea Sweets

Christmas Tea Tablesettings and Inspirations

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Christmas Afternoon Tea at London’s Ritz Carlton

“During the Christmas season, traditional Afternoon Tea in The Palm Court at The Ritz will be given a festive twist. You can enjoy with your family and friends, servings of delicate finger sandwiches, delicious pastries, mouth-watering cakes and freshly made scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve whilst listening to the glorious sounds of The Ritz choir singing well-known carols.”

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Hosting an Afternoon Christmas Tea to Celebrate the Holidays | 31Daily.com

Hosting an Afternoon Christmas Tea to Celebrate the Holidays | 31Daily.com

Hosting an Afternoon Christmas Tea to Celebrate the Holidays | 31Daily.com

Hosting an Afternoon Christmas Tea to Celebrate the Holidays | 31Daily.com

Hosting an Afternoon Christmas Tea to Celebrate the Holidays | 31Daily.com

Placecards

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Christmas Tea China

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Royal Crown Derby “Elizabeth”

“The alluring and versatile gold-trimmed Elizabeth from Royal Crown is festive three ways. Learn how to incorporate this beautiful pattern into your holiday table settings.”
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Porlien 17-Piece Gold Tea Set

“Sparkling gold details fringed with romantic rose red accents on this 17-piece tea set, perfect for the holidays and entertaining.
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Christmas Tea Scones

Ginger Pecan Cranberry Scones

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“A cozy treat throughout the holidays, made perfect with a cup of tea.”
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Cinnamon Date Scones

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Serve at a Christmas tea — or simply curl up before a fire with Cinnamon-Date Scones and a freshly brewed cup of tea.
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Cranberry Pecan Scones

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“Cranberries, toasted pecans, and chopped rosemary make flavorful Cranberry-Pecan Scones.”
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Cranberry Orange Scones

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A beautiful and seasonal scone for Christmas.
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Butter Pecan Scones

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“These Butter-Pecan Scones are delicious with clotted cream.”
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Gluten-Free Banana Nut Scones

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“These delicious Gluten-Free Banana-Nut Scones feature pecans, banana chips, and cinnamon.”
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Tarragon Scones Eggs Benedict

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“Eggs poached in a mixture of white wine and spiced white tea add a new twist to Eggs Benedict. Serve them over flaky Tarragon Scones with Truffled Hollandaise Sauce.”

Make-Ahead Tip: Tarragon Scones can be mixed, rolled, and cut up to a week ahead of time. Place unbaked scones on a rimmed baking sheet, and freeze. Store in a resealable plastic bag. Bake scones, unthawed.
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Christmas Tea Sandwiches

Christmas Tree Tea Sandwiches

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“Cucumber tea sandwiches are always welcome at teatime, but this charming version will enchant your guests.”
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Smoked Turkey and Cranberry Cream Sandwiches

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“These Smoked Turkey and Cranberry Cream Sandwiches are a delightful addition to any holiday tea event.”
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Beef au Poivre and Watercress Tea Sandwiches

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“These watercress tea sandwiches are made even better with caramelized shallot butter.”
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Ham Salad Tea Sandwiches

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“These Ham Salad Tea Sandwich Stackers are a delightful treat.”
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Egg ‘n’ Cress Tea Sandwiches

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“These tea sandwiches look very festive when we cut them out with a holly leaf cookie cutter. We use both white and wheat bread to vary the color and flavor.”
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Christmas Tea Savory Recipes

Texas Caviar and Goat Cheese Crostini

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“Traditional Texas caviar is a mixture of corn kernels, black-eyed peas, and bell pepper tossed in a light vinaigrette. Served with goat cheese on toasted baguettes, this Southern favorite becomes a gourmet treat.”
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Creamy Chestnut Mushroom Soup

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“This is an easy, festive, perfect-for-the-season soup. Earthy chestnuts and mushrooms are simmered in a fresh herb-infused broth before being pureed into a creamy soup.”
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Mini Cheese Ball Bites

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Perfect sized cheese ball bites make the perfect savory for a festive afternoon tea.
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Pepper Jelly Brie Bites

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“Pepper jelly brie bites are the perfect appetizer for any party or gathering. Crispy phyllo shells filled with slightly spicy pepper jelly topped with creamy brie cheese. Sweet and spicy bites of flaky deliciousness!”
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Mini Yorkshire Pudding Canapés

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Mini Yorkshire Pudding Canapés with roast beef and horseradish sauce, perfect for Christmas Tea.
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Chocolate Waffles with Earl Grey Syrup

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Chocolate Waffles, flavored with cocoa powder and chocolate tea, make a delightful breakfast treat on Christmas morning. The added surprise: The syrup is infused with Earl Grey tea.

Make-Ahead Tip: Earl Grey Syrup can be made up to a week in advance and refrigerated until needed. Get a head start on Christmas morning breakfast by mixing dry ingredients for waffles (baking mix, sugar, and cocoa powder) the night before. Then add wet ingredients in the morning.
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Spicy Curry Walnuts

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“These Spicy Curried Walnuts are simple to make and are a lovely Christmas gift for family and friends to enjoy during afternoon tea.”
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Christmas Tea Sweets

Mincemeat Braid

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“A medley of dried fruits, distilled spirits, and spices, mincemeat reflects Canada’s—particularly British Columbia’s—English roots, where this fruity mix originated.”
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Chocolate Espresso “Tea” Coffee Cake

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“A timeless classic coffee cake filled with a moist and rich dark chocolate flavored with a touch of espresso. A cake you’ll come back to time and again.”
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Red Velvet Cupcakes

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“Topped with a generous swirl of Coconut Buttercream Frosting, Red Velvet Cupcakes are a tempting treat.”
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Mini Snowflake Cupcakes

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“Mini Snowflake Cupcakes pictured Gingerbread Candy Bark and Chocolate-Filled Christmas Tree Cookies.”
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Spicy Gingerbread Bundt Cake

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Perfect for a holiday tea… or an evening curled up in front of the fire.
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Orange-Glazed Pound Cake

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“Garnished with kumquats and fresh rosemary is a fabulous Christmas dessert.”
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Fruitcake Bars with Figs and Plums

Holiday Fruitcake Bars with Figs and Plums | 31Daily.com

“These delicate, fruity and nutty bar cookies deliver the holidays, bite by bite. Filled with the season’s finest sweet-smelling spices, fruits, and toasted nuts.”
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Cranberry Crumb Bars with Cinnamon and Ginger

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“The cranberry filling is sweetly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and the zest of an orange. Every bite, truly, takes like Christmas.”
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Tea Size Plum Pudding

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“This updated interpretation of a traditional English Plum Pudding is made in the microwave oven.”
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Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes

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“A party fit for a queen… throw the tastiest street celebration in town with these delicious nibbles.”
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Easy Mini Christmas Tree Cupcakes

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“These mini Christmas tree cupcakes were super easy and fun to make. All it takes is some buttercream icing, piping bags, tips, and sprinkles.”
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Chocolate Cranberry Christmas Mini Cakes (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free)

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“Simple cakes that aren’t complicated to make and look great on a festive table.”
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Afternoon Tea Resources

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Make Ahead Afternoon Tea Sandwichs
Afternoon Tea Scones
Afternoon Tea Savory Ideas
Afternoon Tea Sweets
How to Serve an Easy Afternoon Tea
An Autumn Afternoon Tea
A Summer Afternoon Tea

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

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