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
Capture the beauty of summer with this perfect for Afternoon Tea bouquet, created by floral designer Erin Benzakein.
Love in a puff vines
‘Platinum Blonde’ dahlias
‘Café au Lait’ dahlias
‘Kathryn Morley’ roses
‘Scabiosa Yellow’ zinnias
Summer Afternoon Tea Foods
Savories and Tea Sandwiches
“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 Aïoli, Ham-and-Apricot Pinwheels, and Lobster Salad in Puff Pastry highlight the season’s abundance of tender vegetables.”
Chicken and Tarragon Sandwiches
“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
“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
“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
“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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SALMON QUICHE WITH SPINACH, DILL, AND MOZZARELLA
Whether you’re baking for brunch, afternoon tea, or simply a gathering of friends, this Salmon Quiche is a treat your guests will love. Light, creamy and custardy with the seafood and savory flavors we love. Easy to make, so pretty to serve.
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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
“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
“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
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
“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
“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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Strawberry Sponge Cake
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
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
A delicious vegan lemon olive oil cake frosted with whipped coconut cream and accented with fresh lilac blooms.
“These delicious Lemon Tartlets are filled with homemade lemon curd.”
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Summer Afternoon Tea Inspiration
Savor the warmth of friendship with a flavorful luncheon served during a day of croquet.
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.
Although afternoon tea is a British tradition, Japan, too, offers an opportunity to enjoy tea time with all the luxurious trimmings.
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.
A garden gazebo is a soothing and relaxing setting for Afternoon Tea.
Afternoon Tea Ideas
- Simple and Easy Currant Buttermilk Scones
- A New Twist on Tea Parties
- Simply Southern Sweet Iced Tea
- Thirst-Quenching Peach-Raspberry Iced Tea
- Refreshing Caramel Vanilla Iced Tea Latte
- Banana Oat Bread
- 15-Minute Easy Pumpkin Scones
- Petite Apple Cinnamon Scones
- A Teatime Favorite: Healthy Black Currant Oat Scones
- Queen Elizabeth’s Drop Scones: A Perfect Teatime Treat
- Latin American Alfajores Tea Cookies with Dulce de Leche
- 10 Minute Easy Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes in Filo Shells
Afternoon Tea Resources
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