Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for Your Next Tea Party

Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for Your Next Tea Party | 31Daily.com

If you’re hosting an afternoon tea, chances are you’re serving tea sandwiches. And would like to find some Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches.




We’ve gathered some delicious ideas and beautiful presentations. Plus some excellent advice from the pros on making them ahead.

Plus, if you’re hosting a tea party, be sure to visit our article on “How to Throw an Easy Afternoon Tea Party”

You might also want to check out our post, “How to Serve an Easy Afternoon Tea Party” for all kinds of tips on decor, serving courses and their order, etiquette… and even how to host a “no-frills” afternoon tea.

Pro Advice on Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches

A recent reader asked for advice on making tea sandwiches ahead. Here is some excellent advice from two pros:

First Tip:

Egg salad – make day ahead, cover tightly and refrigerate

Chicken salad or tuna salad – two days ahead, cover tightly and refrigerate

Smoked salmon with crème fraiche, or else plain yogurt mixed with a little sour cream and dill. You can freeze the packaged smoked salmon well ahead, defrost in the fridge the night before, cut into smaller slices for sandwiches the day of. The crème fraiche can be made ahead or purchased a few days before. The yogurt/sour cream mixture could be made the day before, cover tightly and refrigerate. You may need to drain some water off the top on the day of.

Cucumber sandwiches – the day before, you could slice the cucumbers. Cucumbers drain a lot of water, so line a baking sheet with paper towels or a not-fuzzy dishcloth. Lay out the sliced cucumbers in a single layer on the sheet. If you fill up the sheet, add another layer of paper towel or dish towel, then just keep laying out cucumbers. Cover the final top layer with paper towel or dish towel. Put tray in refrigerator, keep very cold so cucumbers don’t wilt. Assemble sandwiches the next day.

Second Tip: 

“We occasionally did tea sandwiches for my 30 year catering company. Fillings were all made ahead (mushroom duxelles, curried egg salad, salmon mousse, no cucumber). Four or five days ahead of the event, no problem. One day before, the sandwiches were made and cut and layered with damp doubled paper towels in a fish bin (or on a sheet pan, and then saran wrapped) and refrigerated. The amount of filling is pretty mniscule so soggy bread was never an issue, and drying out was not an issue because of the paper towels and containers. We preferred to use Pepperidge Farm thin sliced white and Pepperidge Farm thin sliced wheat. You can cut the sandwiches into 4 triangles or 3 bars- for variety.”

Tea Sandwich Recipes:


Radish-Poppyseed Tea Sandwiches

Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for Your Next Tea Party | 31Daily.com

“These Radish-Poppyseed Tea Sandwiches are a delectable treat. Pictured with English Pea Salad in Phyllo Cups.”

Get the recipe >


Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Herb Aïoli

Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for Your Next Tea Party | 31Daily.com

“These Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Herb Aïoli are a great addition to your upcoming afternoon tea events.”

Get the recipe >


Strawberry Tea Sandwiches

Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for Your Next Tea Party | 31Daily.com

“These tea sandwiches bring together sweet berries, fragrant herbs and creamy cheese in an unforgettable afternoon snack.”

Get the recipe >


Asparagus, Serrano Ham, and Goat Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for Your Next Tea Party | 31Daily.com

“Asparagus, Serrano Ham, and Goat Cheese Tea Sandwiches are perfect for afternoon tea in the springtime.”

Get the recipe >


Radish Tea Sandwiches with Creamy Dill Spread

Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for Your Next Tea Party | 31Daily.com

“In this radish tea sandwich recipe with a creamy dill spread, the delicate tea sandwiches are served open-face to show off the pretty sliced radishes on top.”

Get the recipe >


Salmon-Watercress Finger Sandwiches

Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for Your Next Tea Party | 31Daily.com

“Cream cheese, smoked salmon, watercress leaves, chives, and fresh lemon zest give these Salmon-Watercress Finger Sandwiches plenty of flavor.”

Get the recipe >


Strawberry–Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches

Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for Your Next Tea Party | 31Daily.com

“Fresh strawberries and mandarin oranges add a touch of sweetness to Strawberry–Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches.”

Get the recipe >


Roasted Chicken Tea Sandwiches with Tarragon-Watercress Aïoli

Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for Your Next Tea Party | 31Daily.com

“Tarragon-Watercress Aïoli adds a zip of flavor to these Roasted Chicken Tea Sandwiches.”

Get the recipe >


Kentucky Benedictine Tea Sandwiches

Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for Your Next Tea Party | 31Daily.com

“Cucumber, cream cheese, and fresh herbs make the filling for this delightful finger food. Add a festive trim with spicy micro-greens.”

Get the recipe >


British Tea Sandwiches

Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for Your Next Tea Party | 31Daily.com

“These classic sandwiches with a delicious twist are perfect for afternoon tea, picnics or lunchboxes.”

Get the recipes >


Mosiac Tea Sandwiches

Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for Your Next Tea Party | 31Daily.com

“Tea sandwiches are back in style! Our Mosaic Tea Sandwiches are colorful updates on the classic finger food that are all flavor and no fuss.”

Get the recipe >





More Recipes

Asparagus Rollups
Rolled Olive Sandwiches
Checkerboard Cheese Sandwiches
Chicken-Mandarin Orange Spread Sandwiches
Cucumber-Salmon-Watercress Sandwiches
Cucumber Sandwiches
Creamy Vegetable Sandwiches
Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches
Dried Tomato-and-Basil Sandwiches
Bacon-Olive Party Sandwiches
Egg Salad Club Sandwiches
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Goat Cheese-Olive Sandwiches
Mini-Muffuletta Bacon-Olive Party Sandwiches
Party Ham Sandwiches
Chicken-Cucumber Canapes
Artichoke-Cheese Spread
Chicken-Artichoke-Cheese Spread
Curry-Almond Cheese Spread
Pimento Cheese Spread
Peppered Cheese Spread



Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for Your Next Tea Party | 31Daily.com

Written by 

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

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.