An Easy Summer Afternoon Tea Anyone Can Host

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A Summer Afternoon Tea should be gracious, and delicious with summer flavors, beautiful with summer colors, and very doable. Here are some recipes, ideas, and inspirations to help you host your own Summer Afternoon Tea.

Summer Afternoon Tea Floral Arrangement

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Capture the beauty of summer with this perfect for Afternoon Tea bouquet, created by floral designer Erin Benzakein.

Materials Used:
Scented geraniums
Lemon verbena
Love in a puff vines
Seven-son flowers
‘Platinum Blonde’ dahlias
‘Café au Lait’ dahlias
‘Kathryn Morley’ roses
Scabiosa Yellow’ zinnias
Collarette dahlias
Feverfew

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Summer Afternoon Tea Foods

Savories and Tea Sandwiches

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“This trio of savories showcases a medley of spring’s brightest flavors. Clockwise from above left: Accents of green on Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Herb AïoliHam-and-Apricot Pinwheels, and Lobster Salad in Puff Pastry highlight the season’s abundance of tender vegetables.”

Chicken and Tarragon Sandwiches

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“Whip up these delicious high tea sandwiches in super fast time to create an elegant afternoon tea.”

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Garden Veggie Stack Tea Sandwiches

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“These Garden Veggie Stack Tea Sandwiches combine fresh eggplant, yellow squash, and tomato in a delicious tea savory.”

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Avocado on Toast with Smoked Salmon

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“Smoked salmon sandwiches are an afternoon tea classic. Try our open avocado on toast with smoked salmon and a tomato dressing for a little twist for your afternoon tea.”

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Salmon, Herb and Creme Fraîche Tarts

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“Smoked salmon is only made more delectable by fresh dill and chives. Teamed with crème fraîche these tarts are the perfect summer lunch or grown up party food.”

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Filo Bites

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“Fill homemade filo pastry baskets with a prawn cocktail or ham and asparagus filling then serve to guests – a perfect summer party canapés.”

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Scones and Tea Cakes

Pistachio and Rosewater Scones

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“Eric Lanlard’s recipe adds the fragrant flavors of rose water and pistachio to classic British scones for a Middle-Eastern spin on afternoon tea.”

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Pink Rhubarb Shortcakes

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“American shortcakes are more like scones than biscuits. Usually filled with strawberries and cream these pink rhubarb ones are a great British twist to serve at high tea.”

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Corn, Goat Cheese and Chive Scones

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Fresh chives and corn, cut from the cob, combined with goat cheese give these Corn, Goat Cheese & Chive Scones great flavor and texture.

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Cheshire Cheese and Walnut Scones

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“Our freezable cheese scones take just 30 minutes to bake and make a great emergency snack that cooks straight from frozen. The toasted walnuts give them a little extra crunch.”

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Earl Gray and Lemon Mini Tea Loaves

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“Urvashi Roe’s glorious Earl Grey and lemon loaf cakes are the perfect dinky addition to an afternoon tea. Pair with pear and honey green tea – an ideal blend of sweet and tangy that match these mini loaves brilliantly.”

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Desserts

Strawberry Sponge Cake

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Tiers of delicate sponge cake covered in succulent berries and a cloud of whipped cream with a hint of Grand Marnier make Strawberry Shortcake a perennial favorite of every generation.

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Orange Icebox Cake

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Old-Fashioned Creamy Orange Icebox Cake pairs vanilla-bean shortbread with a zesty buttercream kissed with citrus. A mound of freshly picked raspberries, blueberries, and mint crowns the show-stopping treat, and a light dusting of confectioners’ sugar offers the final touch.

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Vegan Lilac Lemon Naked Mini Cake

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A delicious vegan lemon olive oil cake frosted with whipped coconut cream and accented with fresh lilac blooms.

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Lemon Tartlets

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“These delicious Lemon Tartlets are filled with homemade lemon curd.”

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Summer Afternoon Tea Inspiration

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Savor the warmth of friendship with a flavorful luncheon served during a day of croquet.

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The heart of French style is imbued with a refined sensibility—a devotion to the pleasures of taste, smell, and touch. Its expression is as simple as a table set for tea.

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Although afternoon tea is a British tradition, Japan, too, offers an opportunity to enjoy tea time with all the luxurious trimmings.

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Welcome summertime’s beautiful weather and carefree days with a tea party on the patio. Invite your neighbors for a buffet-style outdoor tea party.

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A garden gazebo is a soothing and relaxing setting for Afternoon Tea.


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

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