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How to Host a Victorian Tea Party Ideas Recipes

A Victorian tea party would be the most elegant of all. Everything in Victorian times was done with luxury. So bring out your grandmother’s china, silver, crystal, and serving pieces. The more elegant, the better. Of course, if you have a truly prized possession that would break your heart if damaged, don’t wear it to the party. Accidents happen! Before you prepare your house and prepare your food, you need to send out invitations.


There are so many options here. With today’s computer programs you can make some beautiful ones at home. Tuck real tea bags into the invitation. Maybe make some out of paper doilies and scrapbooking supplies.


You want to make the house as beautiful as possible. Fresh flowers are a must, use them everywhere. I had a birthday tea in early June and put vases of peonies everywhere, they are beautiful. Use traditional vases or teapots that no longer have lids. Sometimes you can find them at a bargain price since they don’t have a lid anymore! Use candles both candles and scattered votives or tea lights. I use some of those fancy shaped Christmas lights that are now being sold in all sorts of shapes. I have some pretty heart ones and some flower ones and even some dragonfly lights (those are for the fairy tea party – see my page on fairy tea parties) Play soft music in the background. There are even CDs of music from the Tea Party that you can buy. For tablecloths, try lace or damask. Scatter silk rose petals on your table. Use real linen napkins or fancy paper. I found some monogrammed napkins at an antique store in California last year. I guess they were cheap because not many people have an “O” monogram.

To serve pieces, you will need at least some of the following

Silver or Chinese Teapot

sugar and cream

salt and pepper shakers

Pitcher of water

Various serving trays

Tole Tray

Chinese serving dishes

pieces of silver to serve

glass serving pieces

glass plates

crystal bowls


pedestal cake plates

Porcelain or china teacups

Pretty dishes (mix and match is fine)

Jam or jelly serving jar

Small or fancy spoons

You don’t need to spend a lot of money. You can find great deals at your local thrift stores, flea markets, and antique malls. Mix & Match is definitely fine for teacups and saucers. Even mismatched sets are okay. Some have been given to me, but most come from estate sales or thrift stores. I have at least 24 cups and saucers to mix and match.

I love pedestal cake plates or tiered serving pieces. I have several that I bought at the Salvation Army. I bought an old Hobnail pie plate for $1. It has a repair on the pedestal part, but I cover it with the appropriate fancy tape! Be sure to use plenty of scented candles, get creative with your candle holders. Use taffeta paper or a mat under or over the serving pieces. Make sure you have a good glass or crystal handy for the water. Maybe not all your guests drink tea.

To use for serving sugar or with cups of tea, or as party favors, be sure to check out some of the little spoons I sell. Aren’t they sweet? Tie them to a tea bag with a small satin ribbon and you have a lovely tea party favor. If you can find some bargains, give each guest a fancy cup of tea to take home.


Offer your guests a variety of tea flavors. He left them outside in a lined basket. It’s also fun to use decorated sugar cubes and sugar flip flops!


There are many varieties of tea sandwiches that you can serve. Try to find a firmer style of bread, cut the crust and slice the sandwiches diagonally so you have 2 triangular sandwiches or 4 for slightly smaller sandwiches. Cucumber sandwiches have long been a tradition at tea parties. This is a simple one that everyone likes. Simply spread the softened cream cheese over the bread and top with thinly sliced ​​cucumbers. Simple. For a fall or Christmas tea, try the turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches. Use your favorite recipe for egg salad or chicken salad. try adding sliced ​​almonds to your chicken salad recipe, yum! For other fillings you can use watercress, tomatoes, cheese, cold cuts, smoked salmon or ham salad. For kids, spread softened cream cheese on bread and top with jam, cut with cookie cutter. On top of the sandwich, spread just a little softened cream cheese and sprinkle with sprinkles.


You can’t have a Victorian tea party without scones. You can find a variety of scone recipes on the Internet. I have also used scone mixes before. If you have a Panera Bread Store in your area, they have wonderful orange scones. You may want to have traditional devonshire cream, lemon curd or jelly or jams for your scones and biscuits.

Lemon Curd Recipe:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar

Mix melted butter and sugar. Add well beaten eggs and lemon juice. Place it in a water bath or over boiling water. Stir continuously for 15 minutes or until thickened. Let cool and refrigerate. It will keep for about 2 weeks.

Traditional Tea Cake Recipe:

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • milk
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • caraway seeds

Mix all the ingredients together, mix into a paste with a little warm milk, cover with a cloth and let sit for about an hour in a warm place. Stretch cuts with a round or shaped cutter and bake on a lightly greased or sprayed sheet pan at 350 degrees until golden brown. For other treats, serve a variety of breads, cakes, and cookies. Serve slices of banana bread, shortbread, your favorite Christmas cookies, ladybreads, lemon cookies or biscuits, orange cake, peach or strawberry tartlets or tartlets, petit forks, applesauce pie, brownies, or fudge sugar cake, carrot cake, gingerbread or tiny cupcakes


Need an excuse to have a Victorian tea party? The next time you host a bridal or baby shower, make it a tea party, a birthday party for a friend, a Christmas tea is always beautiful. Host one for your ladies’ group at church or ladies’ Bible study. Celebrate an anniversary, invite your grandmother or granddaughters, let your little girl invite her friends over for a dress-up day! Mix a tea party with an etiquette class, throw a garden tea party in the summer, and of course, there’s always Valentine’s Day, my favorite. Be sure to check out my website for tea accessories and tea party favors!


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