Celebrate Mother’s Day by hosting a Mother’s Day Tea with simple, beautiful afternoon tea recipes, and a gathering of her favorite people.
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.
“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.”
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.”
Garden Party Afternoon Tea
A welcome, joyous afternoon tea served en plein air.
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.”
TEA PAIRINGS FOR MOTHER’S DAY AFTERNOON TEA
The following tea pairings are appropriate for afternoon tea throughout the year. Choose the guest of honor’s favorite tea, but if in doubt, here are some suggestions.
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 especially 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 afternoon tea.
From savory tea recipes to finger sandwiches, scones, and afternoon tea sweets.
"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."
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!
"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."
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.
"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."
"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."
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!
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.