If last week’s lemon + fresh cranberry scone recipe didn’t tip you off, let me declare my feelings clearly and with abandon right here: I love tea.
I love hot tea in a mug at my desk. I love making a cup of tea properly with loose tea leaves and drinking from a teacup. And I especially love partaking in that honored tradition of Afternoon Tea. Tea is warming, calming and one of my favorite ways to socialize.
And so, when I was overdue to catch up with two of my best friends, it seemed the perfect time to host a Winter Tea Party. A lingering afternoon, that crisp winter light glaring off the icy sidewalks, and a seasonally-inspired menu for Winter Tea. Won’t you come join us next time?
For a simple winter table setting I used my Royal Albert mint polka-dot tea service, along with basic white dishes, napkins and white votive candles. A paperwhite was the single floral adornment for the table, letting the bright bites take center stage.
If you’d like to throw your own Winter Tea Party, here’s my seasonal menu (sandwiches detailed below):
Tea begins with light and cake-y pumpkin scones topped with traditional Devonshire Cream – a luxurious must-have for any proper tea.
Rather than a salad, the pumpkin flavor carries through with a hearty roasted carrot + pumpkin soup course. Topped with feta cheese to counter the sweetness of the carrots, this dish packs in the veggies and warms you to the core.
Three seasonal sandwich bites round out the menu, featuring comfort foods and a winter palette of orange and cranberry. The ricotta and orange marmalade toasts are a light, bright flavor and so simple to prepare. Ooey gooey grilled cranberry, ham + brie sandwiches feature dried cranberries dotting the melted cheese, like a little hidden surprise of flavor. And a classic finale, the mini chicken pot pies look much more complex than in reality. Using refrigerated pie crust, a simple roast chicken breast and frozen peas and corn, these tiny cups came together in a snap.
All that’s left is to boil some water and pour the tea!
Are you also a tea lover? I’d love to know if you decide to host a Winter Tea Party, Mes Amies!