Over the last few years, US tea consumption has grown at a rapid rate, with more than 50 percent of Americans claiming to drink tea daily. In fact, the United States is now the third largest importer of tea in the world! But if you are like most of us, hosting a tea party may seem like something you would only see in a magazine, not something you would try on your own.
Fear no more, entertaining expert Krayl Funch, of the lifestyle blog AnAppealingPlan.com, is here to show us how hosting a tea party at home can be fun, stress free and easier than you think! Plus she’s sharing her best smoked salmon tea sandwiches.
Simple but Elegant Tea Party Menu
- Variety of Hot Teas
- Smoked Salmon + Dill Tea Sandwiches (recipe below)
Many of us are constantly looking for a fun ways to entertain at home but feel intimidated, worried that we will somehow fail at being the perfect hostess. If that sounds like you, I urge you to consider hosting a tea party complete with mini tea sandwiches and a variety of teas – they are a great way to invite friends over and since most of the work can be done ahead of time, are actually easier than you think!
To host a tea party at home you will need a few items which are easy to find and are worth the splurge to create a fabulous tablescape.
Available in most home or kitchen stores, three tier servers are a must for entertaining. Some come with their own plates, however I prefer versions that fit a standard dinner plate so I can switch out my collection of plates to suit the mood I am looking to achieve.
For your tea party, stack a different kind of tea sandwich or pastry on each plate, alternate colors for visual impact.
A Collection of Tea Pots
If you are reading this story I would guess you may have a tea pot or two in your collection already. If not I bet you are just looking for a reason to purchase that shiny version you spotted recently in the window!
Either way, a collection of tea pots in different shapes, sizes and patterns will add interest to your tea party table but also allow you to offer several varieties of tea to your guests. Be sure to create small labels for each variety so your guests can try each one.
A Variety of Cups + Small Plates
Depending on how many guests you will invite you will need at least one cup and one plate for each guest, I always put out a few extra to save from searching around in case a guest brings a friend or a neighbor happens to stop over.
Don’t worry too much about all your cups or plates match. These days the rules go out the window when it comes to mixing and matching styles or patterns. Use what you love and makes you feel happy!
See, I told you, with only a few items you are now ready to host your own tea party. So call your friends, tell them to put on their party dresses and invite them over for afternoon tea!
Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches
- 8 ounces whipped cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- salt and fresh ground black pepper
- 5 slices thin whole wheat sandwich bread
- 10 slices thin white sandwich bread
- 8 ounces smoked salmon
- 1/2 cup minced red onion
- In a small bowl mix cream cheese and dill together.Add lemon juice, season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Using a rolling-pin, gently flatten each slice of bread - if you are able to purchase extra thin bread rolling may not be necessary.
- Working on a flat surface, take 10 slices of the flattened white bread and 5 slices of whole wheat bread and spread with a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture.
- Top 5 slices of white bread with smoked salmon, then top with a slice of whole wheat bread, cream cheese side up. Top the 5 sandwiches with red onions and top with white bread cream cheese side down.
- Using a serrated knife cut off the crust on all four sides. Slice into quarters on the diagonal and serve.