When creating a menu for your afternoon tea party, it can be easy to overlook the tea itself. However, a few well-paired teas can help elevate your tea party event from good to unforgettable. According to Lindsey Goodwin, About.com Guide to Coffee/Tea, popular options for afternoon tea include Earl Grey, Rose Congou and Chamomile. For more information on selecting and pairing teas with your afternoon tea menu, read Top Ten Teas for Afternoon Tea.
Begin with a few pots of your favorite teas served with cold milk, sugar cubes, and lemon slices.
Prosciutto, Asparagus and Boursin Tea Sandwiches - These flavorful sandwiches would make a wonderful addition to your teatime buffet.
Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwiches - A very traditional tea sandwich.
Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Almonds - Add these to serve a more substantial tea party.
Raisin Scones - What would a tea party be without scones?
Clotted Cream - Here is a recipe to make your own, but it would be simpler to purchase.
Madeleines - A delicate cookie to sweeten your meal.
An Assortment of Petits Fours purchased at your local bakery.
Assorted miniature chocolates and pastel Jordan Almonds.
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