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The Notorious Tea Party Menu

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Do you like tea? Do you like parties? Then you should definitely throw your very own afternoon tea party, and make it one event to remember. In spite of the conservative name, a tea party menu is not all about sharing different kinds of teas and talking about the weather — there are Queen-inspired sandwiches, acceptable afternoon drinking and pastries. Pastries, everybody.

If hosting a tea party symbolizes just one more step into proper adulthood, there are many things to take care of to make it a good one. Pull out your finest china, stretch out your most colorful tablecloth and get cooking with our Notorious Tea Party Menu.

The Basics


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All over the table, you will need:

  • tea, obviously
  • sugar cubes
  • milk
  • lemon slices
  • food, but we will get to that
  • drinks which are not tea; we will get to that as well.

Savoury: Lemony crab & cucumber clubs


For 12 sandwiches:

  • 200g white crab meat
  • 6 tbsp mayo
  • zest 1 lemon + a squeeze of juice
  • small handful chives, snipped
  • 9 slices wholemeal bread
  • a bit of softened butter
  • ½ cucumber, finely sliced

Mix the crab, lemon zest, mayonnaise, chives and some lemon juice in a bowl together with black pepper. Spread butter one side of each slice of bread. Divide the crab mayo between 3 slices of bread, then top each with another slice, butter-side up.  Add cucumber slices on top, season with salt and pepper, and finally add the last pieces of bread, butter-side down. Cut off the crusts and cut into triangles before serving. recipe by

recipe by BBCGoodFood

 Sweet: Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastries


For 8 pastries, you will need:

  • 230 grams cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp strawberry jam
  • 12 medium strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cans crescent rolls
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • granulated sparkling sugar

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Beat the cream cheese in a bowl, together with powdered sugar, vanilla, and strawberry jam until it’s all smooth and creamy. Unroll the crescent roll dough and divide into four rectangles. Put the rectangles on a baking sheet, which should be ungreased. Divide the cream cheese mixture between the four pieces of dough, but remember to leave a thin border around the edges. Add some strawberry slices on top of the cream cheese mixture. Fold the dough and press along edges firmly with a fork. Brush the top of each pastry with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Cut three diagonal slits on the surface of each pastry. Bake for 13 to 16 minutes. Cool pastries for 10 minutes before serving. recipe

recipe by: FiveHeartHome

More Drinks: Strawberry Pineapple Mimosas


For 8 mimosas, you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 bottle sparkling white wine
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, thinly sliced

Mix orange and pineapple juice in a pitcher. Pour the mix into champagne flutes until half full, then fill the glasses with white wine. Serve immediately, garnished with strawberries. recipe by: DamnDelicious

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