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Fall Tea Party

Fall Tea Party: a fall inspired tea party menu enjoyed in a fall garden.
Fall Tea Party: a fall inspired tea party menu enjoyed in a fall garden.


Every season has its charm, but is there anything more pleasant than a warm fall afternoon, with the sun shining, and the leaves turning? And there’s nothing better than tea parties, so enjoying afternoon tea in the garden before the cold weather arrives, seemed like the recipe for a great time.

fall tea party menu

The Garden

I love to add a few seasonal touches outside for fall. I’ll be sprucing up the front porch in the next few days. This year though, I started with my favourite spot, my white garden. And be sure to check out all the amazing outdoor spaces all decorated for fall at the end of the post as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Fall Series.

fall tea party in the garden

It was the spring before last year when I started a bit of a refresh in this space. I made this garden about 10 years ago, and it was time to refresh the paths, and sort out some of the plants. I loved the little space between the house, deck, fence and pergola, and the way that it was almost like a little secret courtyard garden. So I decided to widen out the pathway and create a sitting area, where I could enjoy it even more. This has definitely become my favourite spot to be. So I thought it would be the perfect spot to add a few fall touches to with some mums and pumpkins.

fall garden party

Now that I’ve decorated this spot for fall, I think I always will in the future. It’s just such a lovely spot to sit, and every time I do sit here this time of year, I think that soon we’ll have to pack up the furniture for winter, so I better enjoy it even more while I can.

fall garden with pumpkin

Once I started thinking about pretty mums and heirloom pumpkins in this space, I started thinking about a cup of tea to enjoy too, and before long I was having dreams of a fall tea party.

autumn tea party

You know we love a tea party around here, and the garden decorated for fall seemed like the perfect complement. We’ve had many tea parties over the years, but never before a fall themed one, with special fall treats. So I got planning and came up with the loveliest menu, which turned into a truly delightful fall afternoon in the garden with friends.

what to serve at a fall tea party

Mums and Pumpkins

To get the space ready, I bought a few white mums for the space. Since the beds are full of perennials, I decided to add some galvanized steel containers into the garden. This way they stand out a little more for fall, and don’t disturb any of the perennials that are taking up all the space.

how to host a fall tea party

I had some kale, dark potato vine, and dusty miller already, and I mixed the mums in with some of them. The star of the show is the lovely pumpkins. I bought a mix of white, pink, and grey. The mums and the pumpkins gave an instant feeling of fall, helped by the changing leaves in the forest in the background.

fall garden fountain

fall tea in the garden

For the tea party, I brought out some cozy indoor blankets and throw pillows. Is there anything cozier on a fall afternoon than curling up with a throw outside?

Havanese dog in the garden

fall tea party in the garden

And even the little fountain looked ready for fall with a few mum blooms floating in the water.

fall flowers in a garden fountain

fall fountain

Fall Tea Party

fall tea party menu

For our flavorful autumn tea menu we served:

Sandwich Ideas

We wanted to include the flavors of fall with our harvest tea party. First things first, we started with the sandwiches. Turkey was the perfect choice, with a perfect cranberry sauce mayo, to make you think about Thanksgiving flavors. We have a favourite British bakery that makes delicious sausage rolls, so they are an easy choice for us. You could also include traditional finger sandwiches like cream cheese and cucumber,don’t forget to cut the crusts off. Salmon tea sandwiches would be a good choice too. And if you’re serving kids, you really can’t go wrong with the classic peanut butter and jam. Use seasonal cookie cutters to cut out the pb&j sandwiches for a fun festive touch.


You can’t have a high tea without scones. This is the perfect time of year for some apple treats, and we paired our plain scones with some homemade apple butter and sweet whipped cream. It’s difficult to find real clotted cream here, but whipped cream makes a great substitute. Other great choices would be serve mini pumpkin scones. tea party menu ideas

And don’t forget a good, big, hot pot of tea for tea time. I love regular black tea, but a herbal tea for fall would be lovely too. If everyone enjoys somethingAnd don’t forget a good, big, hot pot of tea for tea time. I love regular black tea, but a herbal tea for fall would be lovely too. If everyone enjoys something different, be sure to have a few smaller pots, tea bags, and the kettle boiled.different, be sure to have a few smaller pots, tea bags, and the kettle boiled.

autumn tea party

High tea traditionally involves a three tiered tray. Each level is a different course -savoury sandwiches, scones and cream, and lastly sweets for dessert. We created the same feel with three separate footed plates, one for each course. 

tea party sandwiches

tea party menu

what to serve at a tea party

For our savoury course I picked up the sausage rolls at the bakery. And you could certainly pick up the scones, and the sweets at your favourite spot and make this tea party a little easier to put together. 

fall tea party ideas

We were inspired by the flavour of the seasons. We were sure to include turkey and cranberry, pumpkin, apples, and pecans.

backyard tea party

This tea party was so fun to put together. And even more fun to enjoy. Perhaps every season change should be greeted with a special seasonal tea party in its honour.

backyard tea party

tea and scones

Whether it’s just a few pumpkins, and some store bought fall treats, or lots of homemade favourites a fall tea party is the perfect way to make life a party.

More Fall Inspiration


Today I’m joined by a talented group of blogging friends who are also sharing their Fall Outdoor Spaces with you! Just click on the links below the images to be taken to see their full post.

The Happy Housie

The Handmade Home

Taryn Whiteaker Designs

Rooms FOR Rent

Grace in My Space

Southern State of Mind

Cassie Bustamante

Craftberry Bush

Nick & Alicia

Inspiration for Moms

Zevy Joy

A Pretty Life

Two Twenty One

Jennifer Rizzo

Modern Glam

Lolly Jane

The Tattered Pew

Tatertots and Jello

She Gave it a Go

Life is a Party

Hallstrom Home

Amber Tysl

The DIY Mommy

Clean & Scentsible

This is Our Bliss

You might also enjoy our Fall Party here.

Also check out our Fall Dessert Table here.

You might also like our Pie Party here.

The Pie Party: pies, pie pops, pie fruit dip, pie toppings and beautiful decor make the perfect outdoor fall pie party for family and friends.


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