Plan the perfect High Tea & Impress Your Friends


High Tea

There is something special about ‘High Tea’ which has become so popular in recent years.  I love the British tradition of making ‘tea time’ special and using beautiful teapots, cups and saucers.  It brings back an age of refinement, very ‘Downton Abbey’ style and I always like to add a glass of bubbles to make it an occasion.

Here are my tips for creating your own ‘High Tea’ occasion. Plus I’ve put together some of my favourite quick and easy recipes for making your own special ‘High Tea’.  Perfect for a birthday, mother’s day, baby shower or just a social catch up.  These mini versions of old time favourites will be sure to please.

So dust off your best china, lay the table –  Oh and don’t forget some bubbles!

What you will need

I’ve listed below what you could use for that extra special occasion. However it doesn’t matter if you don’t have all of the items. The main thing is to have everything matching and they don’t have to be expensive. You might even want to try a colour scheme or theme depending on the occasion.

China teapot, sugar bowl and milk jug

Cups, saucers, teaspoons

Small plates

Dessert forks and spoons


Try to select a colour to match your china setting


I love a crisp white cloth to me it oozes elegance however you can select a colour if you wish –  it is your ‘high tea’.

Champagne Flutes

I always think a glass of bubbly makes any occasion special!  You can add orange juice if you prefer.

Tiered Cake Stand

Shot Glasses

The menu

You can select anything for your high tea but try to include a mixture of sweet and savoury.  I’ve listed below some ideas and you can click on the links to get the recipe.


There are so many flavours of tea these days that we are spoilt for choice.  My favourite is still Earl Grey but why not visit your local tea shop and get some ideas to try something new.

Chocolate Mousse in Shot Glasses

Chocolate Mousse is delicious and makes a special addition to your High Tea Menu.  So quick and easy to make.  Click here for the Recipe

Mini Scones with jam and cream

What High Tea Menu would be complete without the traditional scones, jam and cream.  Try these dainty sized mouthfuls of deliciousness!  Click here for the Recipe

Ribbon Finger sandwiches

Dainty and with delicate fillings these finger sandwiches are one of the musts for a high tea.

Click here for the Recipe

Mini quiches

These are a savoury addition to any high tea and are Also great for parties or snacks.

Click here for the Recipe


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9 thoughts on “Plan the perfect High Tea & Impress Your Friends

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  2. Pamela Shank

    PERFECT!!! I love the tradition of high tea, I do tea parties with my grand daughters when we can get together. Yours looks beautiful. I once got to go to The Greenbrier Resort and they do a formal high tea each day.

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thanks Pamela! I love high tea and its tradition it always makes me feel special. Your grand daughter is lucky to have you and share special tea parties together. Have a beautiful day and I must check out your website. 🙂

  3. Charlotte

    So fun! We love having tea parties and going to tea rooms (that is my mother, sister, and I). I will be pinning this for our next tea party…thanks for sharing your ideas 🙂

  4. Sandy Sandmeyer

    I’ve never been to a high tea before, Sue. It’s such a lost art and the tea rooms here are all closing for lack of interest. This sounds like a fun thing to do. Thanks for sharing your post at the Over the Moon Link Party.

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh that is a shame Sandy as I know you would love it. Such as shame that it is dying out in your area – you will just have to do one and resurrect the tradtion. x

    2. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh that is a shame Sandy as I know you would love it. Such as shame that it is dying out in your area – you will just have to do one and resurrect the tradition. x

  5. Suzi T

    It really is popular again and many places are offering high tea at ridiculous prices I might add. Got given beautiful China when we married and it’s hardly been used. Like the thought of dusting it off for high tea!

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes High Teas are really for special occasions because the prices are so high. It is just a little bit of luxury to enjoy occasionally. We all have beautiful china and unfortunately most of it is just in the cupboard so yes why not dust if off and enjoy a high tea at home.


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