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Mother's Day Afternoon Tea Party

Updated: Mar 22

A cute idea of how to spend Mother’s Day this year is by hosting an afternoon tea party for your Mum and family. The best thing about creating the afternoon tea yourself instead of going out is that you can cater for everyones favourite sandwich fillings, cakes and drinks to make it extra special!


What you need

For the food
  • Sandwich fillings of your choice (aim for two or more for variety)

  • Bread

  • Salad as a garnish

  • Scones

  • Jam

  • Clotted cream

  • Strawberries or raspberries as a garnish

  • Cupcakes or cakes of your choice

  • A larger cake (I chose a Battenberg)

  • Tea bags

  • Milk

  • Sugar

For the table
  • Tablecloth

  • Cake Stand (mine is Dunelm)

  • China tea set (I used a family one) Tea pot, tea cups, saucers, side plates

  • Cutlery

  • Napkins

  • Napkin holder

  • Tea lights

  • Tea light holder

  • Flowers

  • Vase

  • Little pots

  • Banner


Step One - Set the table


The first thing you will need to do is plan and set the table ready for your afternoon tea. You can make it quite simple like I have, or add the elements to a more extravagant table setting such as The Mother’s Day tablescape I created previously. Here


I always start with a nice tablecloth, this one from Dunelm worked so well with its pretty floral pattern however you can use any colour or design that works for you. A cake stand is the statement piece of the afternoon tea table if you want to throw a more traditional tea party. You can get lots of different designs with different tiers, I prefer a three tiered design as it gives you more layers for different rounds of the tea.


You will need to either find and borrow a china tea set from a family member (mine was my Mum’s) or buy or use a dining set that has tea cups/mugs, small plates and a tea pot. If you don’t have a tea pot, you can always make the drinks and bring them over to your guests.


Make sure you have cutlery and napkins ready for them to use as well as although afternoon tea is typically finger foods, they may prefer to use a fork or spoon for some parts of it and it is nice to have the option.


I also added finishing touches of tea lights in the tea light holders I used in the tablescape, but flipped them over as they have a side for tea lights and a side for candlesticks. Another extra detail I added was a little glass jam jar vase with some flowers in to make it feel more decorative. Finally I used a Happy Mother’s Day banner on the wall to complete the table design.



Step Two - Prepare the food

With the food I kept it quite simple with finger food. For the first layer of the cake stand I started with sandwiches. The fillings I selected were tuna and cucumber, and ham and cheese but obviously you can change these to suit your taste. When you have created the sandwich, you can cut off the crusts and cut them into rectangles to create finger sandwiches. Another cute idea is to use a cookie cutter, maybe a flower or heart and cut the sandwich out with them. Garnish the bottom layer of the cake stand with some salad, I chose rocket and then position the food on top, you can have a plate of spares and replenish throughout the party.


The middle layer is where the scones go. Every good afternoon tea includes scones with jam and cream. I picked up these mini scones from Tesco along with strawberry jam and clotted cream, however you could bake your own scones if you would prefer. I made some for my guests and left little pots with extra jam and cream for any spare scones so they can help themselves. I also garnished this layer with halved strawberries.


Finally the top tier, the cake! I bought cupcakes for the top layer as they looked pretty, however you can choose any kind of cake you wish. If you are a great baker then this is your time to shine! I also like to have a bigger cake option, I opted for a Battenberg as my family love them.



Step Three - Pour the drinks

The final stage to your afternoon tea party is to make your tea in the tea pot, and pour a cuppa for your guests. You’ll need to have sugar and milk available and maybe have flavoured teas for people who prefer that. You could also add Prosecco to the afternoon tea as it is a special occasion.


I hope you enjoy hosting afternoon tea for your family and I would love to be tagged in any images if you do!




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