what to serve at high tea

what to serve at high tea

High Tea Ideas

If you’re hosting a high tea, you’ll want to make it special. For making this a successful event, we have broken down what you need to know before you start setting up.

1. Drinks & Serving Pieces

  • Drinks – Coffee and tea are both staples for a high tea. Some additional beverage options could be iced tea, fruit punch, or even sparkling water or lemonade.
  • Tea pots – for pouring the tea.
  • Tea strainers – for preventing leaves from entering the cups.
  • Cups & Saucers – for supporting the tea.
  • Sugar, Milk and Honey – for sweetening tea.

2. Sweet & Savory Like

  • Scones – warm, freshly-baked scones are an essential high tea treat. Serve with butter, clotted cream, and preserves to your liking.
  • Cakes – offer a selection of mini-cakes that complement the other finger food. Chocolate cake and fruitcake are classic favorites.
  • Sandwiches – cucumber and cream cheese, smoked salmon and cream cheese, bacon and egg and cheese are popular sandwich options.
  • Cookies – biscuits and cookies in a variety of flavors would be suitable for a high tea gathering.
  • Fruit – provide a selection of fresh fruit like grapes, strawberries and melon.
  • Savory Tartlets – bite sized quiches, tartlets or mini-pizzas make for good appetizers.

3. Table Settings

  • Tables – the table should look inviting and inviting. Choose a white or pale-coloured table cloth.
  • Teacups – place them in a very orderly fashion on the table, ensuring that each cup is centered to the person seated.
  • Napkins – ensure that you provide napkins on the table for your guests.
  • Plates – stack plates on the table, making sure there is room for each guest.
  • Utensils – place forks, spoons, and knives next to each plate.

By following these steps, you can create an exquisite high tea table for your gathering. Enjoy!


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