36 Easy Recipes to Host A Mother’s Day Tea Party

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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.

A teatime table for 2 in the garden with pink roses

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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.

“Tucked into a quiet enclave of the garden, a table for two laden with dainty treats bids the daughter’s first friend, greatest example, and dearest ally to enjoy an afternoon befitting her matchless beauty and grace.”

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

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea with pale greens and lavenders.

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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.”

Taking Tea with Mom in the Garden

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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.”

A picnic afternoon tea

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Garden Party Afternoon Tea

A welcome, joyous afternoon tea is served en Plein air.

Graden Party Afternoon Tea

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A Butterfly Afternoon Tea

“A pastel color palette, floral décor, and fanciful fare make a charming combination for an exquisite garden party, with or without butterflies fluttering among the flowers.”

Butterfly Afternoon Tea in the Garden

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Three-Tier Tray

“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 CanapésParmesan-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: 

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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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. 

Mother's Day Tea with My Family
An afternoon tea for my mom with her daughters and granddaughters at Portland’s Heathman Hotel Tea Room. Sadly, they’ve stopped serving tea.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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!!

  2. 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

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