Christmas Tea Party: a British inspired Christmas tea party menu, complete with recipes and decor ideas for high tea.
This Christmas Tea Party was so much fun to put together, and the perfect fun festive party to celebrate the holidays. Many years ago when I was 18, I lived in England for a year. It was then that I developed a love for afternoon teas, and learned all about the traditional tea party fare. I had so much fun putting together a British inspired menu for our Christmas tea party.
I decorated the table with some beautiful Christmas trees down the centre of the table on a knit runner. I added some twinkle lights and pretty candles.
At each place setting I started off with some pretty vintage tea cups. These were the first thing I found for the tea party and they set the tone for the whole party. They’re from the thrift store which is the perfect place to find tea cups for a tea party. They certainly add an authentic feel.
I mixed my vintage tea cups with plain white plates, and pretty gold cutlery to match their gold trim. At each place setting I included a Christmas cracker -another very British addition to the table. I gave these Christmas crackers a makeover with some pink paper, and new ribbons and embellishments to tie them into our party perfectly. Later I also included these pretty iridescent champagne flutes. Champagne makes a wonderful addition to a tea party -inspired by the fancy high tea menus at the hotels down town. We didn’t have champagne but we did include some sparkling strawberry juice that my kids enjoyed.
Christmas Tea Party Decor
In addition to our pretty table, I thought it would be fun to add a few simple tea party inspired decorations. On our little mini Christmas tree, I used an old metal tea set as decorations on the tree. The tea pot made the perfect tree topper, and the cups and saucers make adorable ornaments.
On the side cabinet I added in some light up marquee letters to spell out “tea”.
Christmas Tea Party Menu
Traditionally a full afternoon tea has a savoury course to begin with, mostly comprised of tea sandwiches, followed by scones with cream and jam, and then small sweets and desserts.
- egg salad on mini croissants
- turkey sandwiches with cranberry mayo -find the recipe here
- cucumber sandwiches
- mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and horseradish cream
- sausage rolls
To make the Mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and horseradish cream, I picked up some frozen Yorkshire puddings at the grocery store, and baked them according to the package instructions. I aded some roast beef deli meat, some lettuce, and horseradish cream.
- scones with jam and cream -find the Easy Food Processor Scones recipe here
- Christmas fruit cake
- mini raspberry trifles
- mincemeat tarts
- assorted cookies -chocolate chip shortbread cookie recipe here
- mini cupcakes
The scones are a quick and easy recipe, or pick some up at the bakery. In England it’s traditional to have scones with jam and clotted cream. It’s very difficult to find clotted cream here, and very expensive so I’ve substituted some whipped cream. It’s not the same as clotted cream, but it’s quite delicious.
Old fashioned Christmas fruit cake is such a traditional British treat around the holidays. These days many aren’t fans of it, but if you enjoy it, it is the perfect Christmas-y addition.
Another traditional British treat at Christmas is mincemeat tarts. I picked some up at the bakery. Add an assortment of any of your favourite Christmas cookies.
The trifles are an easy addition. Start with some store bought pound cake, cut into cubes and layered in the bottom of a dessert cup. Next layer on some custard -homemade or from a can. Then add a layer of raspberry jam and sprinkle of fresh raspberries. Top it all off with some whipped cream, and decorate with another raspberry and a leaf of holly(but don’t eat the holly).
This tea party was so much fun, especially with our English inspired menu and fun pink Christmas decor.
With a Christmas tea party like this one to enjoy, life really is a party!
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