Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea

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A Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea is a lovely way to gather friends, young love, or lasting relationships. Celebrate the holiday with those you love over fragrant cups of tea and simple finger foods.  

Side vertical view of tea being poured into a Lady Carlisle Teacup for Valentine's Day afternoon tea with tea treats in the background.

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We’ve gathered beautiful yet simple table setting ideas and easy, delicious recipes. Following, you will find simple, festive recipes and table settings to spark ideas for creating and hosting your own Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea.

Valentine's Day Table Setting

Planning Valentine’s Day Tea Parties

What comes to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day? Are they roses? If so, in what color? Do you favor pastels or ruby reds?

It helps to take color hints from your serveware. Is there a particular china you want to use? What colors can you find in their patterns?

Closeup side view of a Lady Carlisle teacup.

I love to serve Valentine’s Day tea, or any spring tea, using Royal Albert, Lady Carlyle. The colors are perfect for me, and the china is delicate and beautiful.

And then finger foods, which teatime treats do you want to serve? Which ones seem most appropriate for a Valentine’s celebration? (Hint: following are several dozen recipes to inspire you).

Sie view of heart-shaped linzer cookies on a class dessert stand

Those questions are the starting place for all tea parties and afternoon teas I love to host.

Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea Menu

You’ve heard of mood boards. In essence, this is a teatime mood board. Begin to think about all of the things you love about Valentine’s Day.

Is it hearts and flowers, Victorian Valentine’s Day cards, sweet treats, mini chocolates? What about candy and finger foods?

As you create a mental image (or vision board), I’m positive you’ll create a memorable Valentine’s Day tea party that is uniquely your own.

Creating a Tea Party Guest List

Once that image is in your mind, write a guest list (even if it’s for another person), and think about what they like. What do they talk about, what are they drawn to, their hobbies, tea they love to sip?

Finally, take it one step further and determine the mood you want to create. Do you want your tea party to reflect a certain era, like Victorian? Or do you prefer modern and simple, perhaps casual and fun?

And then, it’s all about gathering tea ideas, recipe ideas, and inviting special people to your tea.

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