Hosting a Christmas Afternoon Tea
Capture forever memories by hosting an easy Christmas Afternoon Tea this holiday season. Be inspired by beautiful teatime finger foods, table settings, serving ideas and more.
Hosting a holiday tea is easier than you may think, and is easily doable with a bit of planning and some inspiration.
Here you will find inspiring recipes, ideas, and images to help you deck your halls, light candles, and create easy but memorable finger foods and treats your guests will love.
Turn on some holiday music and prepare to be inspired by some of the best Christmas tea ideas we could find.
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Christmas Table Settings and Inspirations
Sparkling confections perfect to serve at a holiday party or send home with guests, Snowflake Truffles boast delectable coconut-flavored filling enveloped in a crisp vanilla shell.
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.”
Offer tidings of comfort and joy to guests who come to call during the holidays. Amid the hustle and bustle that so often characterizes the end of the year, an unhurried observance of teatime beckons. Set before a decorated tree, our table shines brightly with Yuletide cheer.
Friends and family gather “for teatime around a table that beautifully combines silver and gold along with classic red and green are sure to enjoy this enticing menu of sweet and savory treats.”
Holiday Tea Service for a Christmas Tea
Spode Christmas Tree Gold 4-Piece Place Setting
Elizabeth (Gold Trim) Footed Cup & Saucer Set by Royal Crown Derby
Noritake Holly & Berry Gold 5-Piece Place Setting
Holly Ribbons 2 Tiered Serving Tray (Dinner & Salad Plate) by Royal Worcester
Royal Albert Old Country Rose
Czech Porcelain Tea Set Royal Hunt
Set Your Holiday Table | Williams Sonoma
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.”
48 Christmas Tea Recipes
There is nothing more festive, more holiday, than a Christmas Afternoon Tea. And, it's easier than you think to host your own with these delicious, holiday recipes and table setting ideas!
"Flavored with delectable hazelnuts, fresh raspberries, and a scrumptious Whipped Cream Frosting, this beautiful and impressive dessert is perfect for afternoon tea at Christmas."
Red Velvet Cake
"The pièce de resistance of any celebration, sumptuous Red Velvet Cake boasts a festive wreath of sugared cranberries and rosemary."
Chocolate Bundt Cake: Deliciously Simple Christmas Cake
Rich and utterly divine, this Chocolate Bundt Cake is an easy-to-make, super moist, dense, chocolate pound cake recipe you won't forget anytime soon. Rich but simple with a hint of espresso.
Snowflake Sandwich Cookies with Eggnog Spice Filling
"Pretty snowflake sandwich cookies flavored with a scrumptious and festive Eggnog Spice Filling make a picture-perfect sweet for the holiday season."
Chocolate Espresso Coffee Cake
“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.”
Honey Spiced Clementine Cakes
"Baked in individual portions, Honey Spiced Clementine Cakes dazzle with sliced fruit that caramelizes during the baking process for a mouthwatering dessert" perfect for Christmas Tea.
Soft and Spicy Gingerbread Bundt Cake
"Perfect for a holiday tea… or an evening curled up in front of the fire."
Simple Pecan Tassies Recipe
Simple to make Pecan Tassies are perfect, teacup-size bites of deliciousness and perfect to add to your holiday tier tray.
Orange-Glazed Pound Cake
“Garnished with kumquats and fresh rosemary is a fabulous Christmas dessert.”
“This updated interpretation of a traditional English Plum Pudding is made in the microwave oven.”
Chocolate Cranberry Christmas Mini Cakes
“Simple cakes that aren’t complicated to make and look great on a festive table.”
Mini Orange Marmalade Cakes
"An homage to Esther Bolick’s signature dessert in the treasured Mitford series, our Mini Orange Marmalade Cakes feature ribbons of marmalade between layers of fluffy cake crowned with creamy vanilla frosting and fresh begonias."
Cherry Danish Christmas Tree
"This beautiful Cherry Danish Christmas Tree doubles as both a scrumptious offering for a brunch-themed tea and as a pretty centerpiece for your holiday tablescape. "
Swedish Tea Ring: Festive Sweet Bread
Christmas Swedish Tea Ring, filled with cinnamon, sugar, and raisins and topped with a simple powdered sugar glaze, is a beautiful and delicious Scandinavian recipe for the holiday season!
Gingerbread Tea Cookies
Every holiday baker needs a recipe for Gingerbread Cookies that boasts both good taste and a generous yield.
Vanilla Tea Cake Cookies
Vanilla Tea Cake Cookies are a simple buttery, soft vanilla tea cookie perfect for afternoon tea. Much like Scottish Shortbread, the ingredients are simple, but the texture and vanilla flavors are deliciously unforgettable.
Christmas Thumbprint Cookies
Christmas Thumbprint Cookies are buttery cookies filled with jam and rolled in finely chopped almonds. A classic Christmas cookie perfect for parties, cookie platters, or Holiday cookie exchanges.
Mini Snowflake Cupcakes
“Mini Snowflake Cupcakes pictured Gingerbread Candy Bark and Chocolate-Filled Christmas Tree Cookies.”
Buckingham Palace Shortbread Cookies
Buckingham Palace Shortbread Cookies are a recipe from pastry chef John Higgins that's perfect for the holidays or afternoon tea.
Recipe: Mini Victoria sponge cakes
“A party fit for a queen… throw the tastiest street celebration in town with these delicious nibbles.”
Lighter Christmas Cake with Apple and Fruit
This Christmas Cake is a delicious and moist cake packed with dried fruit, citrus zest, and applesauce. And with every bite, you will taste the holidays.
Cranberry Crumb Bars with Cinnamon and Ginger
“The cranberry filling is sweetly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and the zest of an orange. Every bite, truly, takes like Christmas.”
Christmas Tree Tea Sandwiches
“Cucumber tea sandwiches are always welcome at teatime, but this charming version will enchant your guests.”
Christmas Tea Savory Recipes
A trio of delightful savories with a cup of Simpson & Vail’s Assam Nahorhabi Black Tea, FTGFOP.
Smoked Turkey and Cranberry Cream Sandwiches
“These Smoked Turkey and Cranberry Cream Sandwiches are a delightful addition to any holiday tea event.”
Egg and Cress Tea Sandwiches
“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.”
Beef au Poivre and Watercress Tea Sandwiches
“These watercress tea sandwiches are made even better with caramelized shallot butter.”
Ham Salad Tea Sandwich Stackers
“These Ham Salad Tea Sandwich Stackers are a delightful treat.”
Tea-Poached Eggs Benedict
“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.
Santa Hat Scones
"These charming and oh-so delicious Santa Hat Scones are sure to delight children and adults alike at a whimsical Christmas tea."
“Cranberries, toasted pecans, and chopped rosemary make flavorful Cranberry-Pecan Scones.”
"Serve at a Christmas tea — or simply curl up before a fire with Cinnamon-Date Scones and a freshly brewed cup of tea."
Ginger Pecan Cranberry Scones
“A cozy treat throughout the holidays, made perfect with a cup of tea.”
Holiday White Chocolate Cranberry Scones
It's the holiday baking season and these White Chocolate Cranberry Scones are top of my list! Buttery, mildly sweet, infused with fresh cranberries and rich, velvety white chocolate.
Royal Currant Scones Recipe
A Royal Currant Scones Recipe, from the archives of Queen Elizabeth, to serve with afternoon tea, or anytime you're craving an authentic British style scone.
A beautiful and seasonal scone for Christmas.
“These Butter-Pecan Scones are delicious with clotted cream.”
Gluten-Free Banana-Nut Scones
“These delicious Gluten-Free Banana-Nut Scones feature pecans, banana chips, and cinnamon.”
Texas Caviar and Goat Cheese Crostini
“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.”
Mini Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Balls Appetizer
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.
Creamy Chestnut Mushroom Soup
“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.”
Mini Cheese Ball Bites
"Perfect sized cheese ball bites make the perfect savory for a festive afternoon tea."
Pepper Jelly Brie Bites
“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!”
Mini Yorkshire Pudding Canapes
Mini Yorkshire Pudding Canapés with roast beef and horseradish sauce, perfect for Christmas Tea.
Chocolate Waffles with Earl Grey Syrup
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.
Spicy Curried Walnuts
“These Spicy Curried Walnuts are simple to make and are a lovely Christmas gift for family and friends to enjoy during afternoon tea.”
“A medley of dried fruits, distilled spirits, and spices, mincemeat reflects Canada’s—particularly British Columbia’s—English roots, where this fruity mix originated.”
5 Minute Christmas Mini Pancake Stacks
While these Christmas Mini Pancake Stacks may be perfect for a holiday brunch or breakfast, they're equally perfect for a whimsical holiday tea or children's tea. Quick and easy and ready in about 5 minutes.
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