It’s not always easy finding ways to surprise Mom considering she knows all the tricks in the book, right? And I’m sure you want to do something different to make her feel special. Breakfast in bed is old and treating her to dinner at her favorite restaurant, well, that has been done way too many times. But what about inviting the queen of your home to an unforgettable high tea?
Recipes and Tips to Host an unforgettable High Tea experience
A propah British high tea couldn’t be a more perfect way to celebrate Mom, and yes, I promise, the essentials for a High Tea are simple.
A floral tablecloth
If you don’t own a fvintage looking floral tablecloth, a pretty pastel colored linen tablecloth will work. (If disposable tablecloths are all you have, use those.) Get a vase, or two, fill each with colorful, fresh flowers to add that burst of happiness on the table.
Steaming hot tea in a teapot, which will be served in teacups with saucers, are a must.
What’s a tea party without tea, right? And no, not iced tea, but a good ol’ pot of steaming tea.
But if you ask me what my favorite of all teas is, I would have to go with a traditional Indian cardamom chai, made from scratch, or even fresh ginger chai.
A 3 tiered platter.
Most often than not, all, or at least most, of the goodies for a High Tea are arranged on a 3 tiered tray with scones on top, sandwiches in the middle and tea cakes, muffins and pastries on the lowest tier. While I used a glass tiered tray, you can choose a more rustic look with this gorgeous iron 3 tiered treat stand.
You really can’t do a traditional High Tea without scones, and I would recommend you bake these an hour before your tea party commences as they’re best straight out of the oven.
The recipe I use is adapted from the original, found a good while ago, by USA Weekend’s columnist Pam Anderson. This is so good and incredibly easy.
Enjoy these single-serving cake or quick bread treats that originate from the United Kingdom
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt plain
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients together (use only 2 tbsps of sugar) and set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together the egg, butter and yogurt.
Now add the wet mixture to the dry, gradually, ensuring you knead the mixture well to eventually form a large ball of dough that has come together.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out some of the dough, approximately 3/4 inch thick and cut triangles out of the same
Sprinkle the top with a little sugar from tbsp left over.
Place the triangles on a cookie pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes or so, till it becomes golden brown.
Serve these with lemon curd, marmalade or any other fruit preserve of your choice.
These taste delicious minus an accompaniment too.
Now here’s where you can get really creative. You can really make whatever sandwich Mom prefers but if you would like to do something along the traditional high tea menu route, make cucumber sandwiches (fresh cucumber slices held together with butter)
- 2 boiled eggs
- 1/2 cup fresh spinach chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh lettuce chopped
- 1-1 1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1-2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
- Pinch of salt
- 4-6 slices of bread
Boil the eggs till they're cooked all the way through.
Remove the shells when cool and place in a bowl.
Take a potato masher and mash up the eggs well.
Season with pepper and salt.
Throw in the spinach and lettuce.
Add the mayonnaise and mix all the contents in the bowl well.
Spread this between two slices of bread to make your egg salad sandwich
Both sandwiches can be made independently by older kids.
My 10 year old made the egg salad sandwiches from start to finish while my 5 year old helped layer the cucumbers on each slice and make individual sandwiches with the same.
Muffins and Fresh Fruit Tarts
When I think of England, I think of Paddington Bear and his love for Britain’s popular orange preserve, marmalade.
These marmalade nut muffins are a great addition to the tiered platter.
If Mom likes kiwis, she may take a fancy to fresh kiwi tea cakes too. (You can pour the batter into muffin trays to make these mini kiwi tea muffins.)
You can also buy frozen tart shells, bake and fill the shells with lemon curd (top this with fresh strawberries or blueberries) or blend fresh strawberries into homemade custard and top this with blueberries.
I remember my mother would serve sausage rolls at every birthday party I had, as a child. These are easy to make, either with a Pillsbury biscuit dough as covering or you can make this from scratch using my Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Muffins recipe as base except you would omit the cheese and wrap a 1″ long sausage piece (of your choice) with the dough.
You can do the same with mozzarella sticks to make mozzarella rolls.
Biscuits (aka Cookies)
And finally, you just have to have ‘biscuits’ to complete your traditional High Tea. You can bake cookies, like my 3 ingredient shortbread cookies, from scratch. or pick up some popular English biscuit favorites, like McVities and Scottish Walkers Shortbread.