36 Easy Recipes to Host A Mother’s Day Tea Party
Make this Mother’s Day truly special by hosting a delightful Mother’s Day Tea Party. Treat mom or the special mother figure in your life to an unforgettable afternoon filled with simple yet exquisite tea recipes and the company of her favorite people.
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Whether it’s a tea party for two, an outdoor picnic, or a garden party, she will know how special she is.
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Courses
Whether you’re serving afternoon tea for a couple of guests or are planning a larger tea party, serving tea courses creates an elegant and special atmosphere.
Three courses of tea are the most traditional. The first is a savory tea course with tea sandwiches. Secondly is a scones course served with clotted cream, jam, and lemon curd. A third course is dedicated to desserts.
Inspirations for Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
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Teatime for Two in the Garden with Mom
“Raise a cup to maternal affection by hosting an intimate Mother’s Day tea party beneath a canopy of blooms. Embroidered linens, beloved china, and lush nosegays set the scene for a charming repast.”
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A Picnic Afternoon Tea
“Pack your wicker basket with a combination of durable and delicate dishware for a whimsical afternoon tea that can be enjoyed in the sunshine or the shade.”
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Garden Party Afternoon Tea
A welcome, joyous afternoon tea is served en Plein air.
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“Presenting your tea on a three-tier tray, above, is an elegant tradition that began during the Victorian era. For the savories course, choose traditional teatime favorites such as Cucumber Cheese Canapés, Parmesan-Chive Gougères, and Tarragon-Poppy Seed Chicken Salad. These would go well with a cup of T2’s Ding Dong Oolong Tea.”
Tea Pairings for Mother’s Day Tea Party
The following tea pairings are appropriate for afternoon tea throughout the year. Choose the guest of honor’s favorite tea, but here are some suggestions if in doubt.
Darjeeling: All Courses
A vibrant tea loved for its aromatics and flavorful cup, Darjeeling tea is a delicious tea well paired with most everything at the tea table. However, it’s incredibly delicious with desserts and French pastries.
Earl Grey Tea: Dessert
Earl Grey Tea is one of the best-known black tea blends in the world. With its fruity and even sweet citrusy flavor, it pairs beautifully with the sweets course. Here’s a guide on how to properly brew Earl Grey Tea.
Chamomile Tea: Scones and Desserts
Chamomile is a caffeine-free herbal tea. It has an apple-like flavor which makes it pair well with the scones course and the sweets course.
Assam: Tea Sandwiches
Assam is a strong black tea that nicely complements finger sandwiches.
Mint Tea: Tea Sandwiches and Chocolate
Mint Tea, or Peppermint Tea, is a suburb choice for serving with tea sandwiches, chocolate, and fruit-filled sweets.
White Tea: Scones and Sponge Cakes
White Tea is naturally sweet with a somewhat strong flavor. It’s best to avoid serving White Tea with strongly flavored foods but is delicious with lightly flavored scones and sponge cakes.
Lavender Tea is a common Afternoon Tea selection. And is often used as ingredients for scones, sweets, and other baked goods.
Oolong Tea: Salty and Savory Course
Oolong tea has a complex flavor that pairs beautifully with the savory course or tea snacks that lend toward salty.
Recipes for Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
The following recipes are beautiful and perfect for a springtime tea party. From savory tea recipes to finger sandwiches, scones, and afternoon tea sweets.
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Mother's Day Afternoon Tea Recipes
Rose and Lemon Layer Cake
"To create a pièce de résistance worthy of the guest of honor, use a large fluted decorating trip to transform a frosted cake into a blushing bouquet. Pipe a series of equally proportioned rosettes around the base, and continue adding rows, overlapping each one slightly, until the sides and top are completely covered in petal-soft whorls of buttercream."
Lemon Buttercream Cakes
"Afternoon tea just isn’t complete without cake, and these Lemon Buttercream Cakes are the perfect ending to a lovely tea."
Poppy Seed Chicken Salad in Phyllo Cups
"Traditional chicken salad is given a scrumptious upgrade in Poppy Seed Chicken Salad in Phyllo Cups."
Lemon-Mint Radish Tea Sandwiches
Fresh lemon, mint, and thin radish slices create delicate and delicious tea sandwiches.
Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches
Consider making finger sandwiches ahead of your tea. In this post are pro tips and recipes for making delicious tea sandwiches.
Mini Salad Cakes
Perfect for tea, this trio of crisp and colorful salad cakes are easy to make and taste as delicious as they look!
Mint Lavender Cucumber Sandwiches
"These delectable Mint Lavender–Cucumber Sandwiches are simple and delicious."
Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Pinwheel Tea Sandwiches
Asparagus and smoked salmon pinwheels with lemon chive cream cheese are fancy tea sandwiches perfect to serve as appetizers for baby showers, afternoon tea parties, bridal showers, or anywhere you’re serving finger foods! These easy roll ups are served cold – it’s one of my favorite finger sandwich recipes!
Strawberry Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches
"Fresh strawberries and mandarin oranges add a touch of sweetness to Strawberry–Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches."
Radish Flower Canapes
"These beautiful Radish Flower Canapés are delightful and delicious."
Herbed Gruyere Quiches
Cheese, dill, chives, and thyme make these Herbed Gruyere Quiches a savory delight.
With a crispy, light pastry crust and delicate flavors of spinach, broad beans, cheese, and tarragon, this quiche is sure to be a hit with guests. Whether you’re hosting a fancy brunch or a casual lunch, the coronation quiche is a perfect addition to your menu.
Easy Asparagus Quiche Recipe
Easy Asparagus Quiche recipe begins with a premade crust and is filled with fresh spring asparagus, green onions, savory bacon, and shredded Gruyère cheese. A simple but perfect brunch recipe.
Olive Tapenade Canapes
Savory Olive Tapenade Canapés are small bites of delicious flavor. Olive Tapenade Canapés pictured with Ratatouille Quiches and Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwiches.
Curry Avocado Egg Salad Phyllo Bites
"Egg salad with curry powder is something that my mum made often when I was growing up, so it has wiggled its way into the part of my brain that craves comfort food. We would also make it with mayo, but since then I’ve discovered some tricks to make a really good egg salad that is completely mayo-free."
An Asparagus Tart so easy, it's hard to believe. Incredibly delicious for brunch season with tender asparagus, grated cheese on puff pastry.
Anytime Almond Tea Cakes
These Almond Tea Cakes are delicate, buttery, light and tender treats, perfect for tea parties, afternoon snacks, or anytime you’re craving a sweet bite. Simple to make in a muffin tin for now or make ahead for later.
Berry Puff Pastry Tarts with Lemon Cream
These bite-size Berry Puff Pastry Tarts with Lemon Cream recipe is an easy afternoon tea dessert, Mother's Day brunch, or summer treat. Perfect, of course, with a cup of tea, a glass of frosted lemonade or iced tea, and a summer breeze. Easy, fresh, and perfect for the season.
Simple Lemon Curd Recipe
This easy Lemon Curd recipe is a velvety soft, utterly delicious 4 ingredient lemony spread that is exceptionally easy to make at home, on the stovetop, in 10 minutes. A perfect blending of sweet and tangy goodness. It tastes like springtime in every bite.
Traditional Irish Scones for Afternoon Tea
This traditional Irish Scones recipe is a light and delicious scone made with Irish butter and buttermilk. Lightly sweet with a moist, tender texture. Perfect for afternoon tea.
Earl Grey Scones
These Earl Grey Scones are tender and moist tea-infused scones that are incredibly delicious with hints of bergamot and fresh orange flavors. Easy to make, they’re perfect with tea or coffee or brunch… or just because.
Double Chocolate Scones with Butter Vanilla Glaze
For mothers who love chocolate, these Double Chocolate Scones are a decadent treat.
Buttermilk Strawberry Scones
"These Buttermilk Strawberry Scones with Lemon Butter Glaze are a moist, flaky, and delicious scone, perfect for afternoon tea. Filled with fresh strawberries, they taste like spring, are easy to make, and are my favorite pink treat… ever."
Raspberry Cloud Cake
Beautiful and delicious this Raspberry Cloud Cake is a perfect way to honor mom.
"Could the afternoon hold a more sublime experience than sampling delicate French cookies while sipping a favorite blend? Savor the mingling of fruit and herb in delectable lavender-hued Blackberry-Thyme Macarons."
Simple Lemon Curd Tart Recipe
This French Lemon Curd Tart is inspired by Tarte au Citron, or French Lemon Tart. It's a creamy, slightly tangy lemon custard filling baked in a crisp, buttery shortbread crust. It's incredibly simple to make, and utterly delicious!
Mother's Day Tribute Tea
"Add a plethora of sweetness to the afternoon tea gathering as the event draws to a close with toothsome Chocolate Truffle Cakes, Macadamia-Coconut French Macarons, and Lemon Tartlets."
Strawberry French Madeleines
"Add a touch of elegance to your afternoon tea with these Strawberry French Madeleines."
Shortbread Tea Cookies with Lemon Curd
Shortbread Tea Cookies with Lemon Curd, topped with fresh blueberries, are tiny bites of perfection. Petit and perfectly sized for afternoon tea, they are melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
"These pink and green Bonbon Cookies are sweet treats that are destined to dress up any tea table," and are perfect for Mother's Day.
Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe
This easy Lemon Drizzle Cake is a beautiful recipe, perfect for days when you're craving a decadently tender dessert with abundant lemon flavoring. Or when you're looking for a traditional tea cake you know everyone will love.
10 Minute Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes in Filo Shells
This 10-minute recipe couldn't be easier. A simple sweet treat that's actually healthy.
Strawberry Bread with Lemon Icing
This classic Strawberry Bread with a Lemon Icing-style frosting is an incredibly moist and tender quick bread recipe that takes just minutes to prep. Filled with fresh strawberries this lemon-glazed strawberry bread is an indulgent, delicious treat – perfect for afternoon tea!
2 Minute Strawberry Mug Cake
This 2 Minute Strawberry Mug Cake is a sweet microwave treat that brings to mind, Strawberries and Cream. And the reminder that the strawberry season isn't too far off.
Victoria Sponge Cake: A Teatime Classic
This Victoria Sponge Cake is an afternoon teacake recipe, favored by Queen Elizabeth, with a long British royal heritage. An easy-to-make, simple two-layer cake that's lightly sweet, soft, and perfect!
Simple Anytime Almond Cake
This simple Almond Cake is an Almond Anytime Cake. Simple, incredibly moist, and delicious. A buttery, slightly sweet snacking cake perfect for teatime, breakfast, or midnight cravings.
My Mother and Mother’s Day Tea
I couldn’t conclude this post without thanking my mom for instilling a love of tea in her girls.
What gorgeous photos and wonderful recipes! Afternoon tea is my favorite venue to host and also to attend as a guest. Someone once invited me to a Tai Chi class, and I was so excited. I thought she said “high tea”; although I assumed she meant “afternoon tea”. Most people in Texas confuse those tea names. My daughter and I have been to England many times, and we’ve loved all our many tea experiences, especially in Cornwall with their local clotted cream. Yum! Thanks for your continued inspiration.
Hi Linda! On mornings when I need to leave super early, I pass a Tai Chi class. Your comment makes me giggle because so often (when no one is looking) I’ll try one of their moves at home. The balancing act is rather difficult! And most of those in the class I see are elderly. I’m impressed — but like you, would SO much rather attend an afternoon tea! It’s such a beautiful experience to host and attend. I too love Cornwall’s clotted cream!!
Oh my goodness what a blessing and a wonderful recipes and that setting of your mom and others at a lovely restaurant,thank you so much
Thank you, Cindy! That is so sweet of you to say. You’ve made my entire week :)!