How do you plan the perfect Mother’s Day tea party? Glad you asked. It requires one to gather enough bits ‘n bobs to create a spread straight out of a British period drama. While the first order of business is to pick out the top afternoon teas, a good menu goes way beyond that. You’ll need a wicked scone recipe, a posh finger sandwich, and a lush dessert (our favorite part). For first timers, this list of tasks might seem a bit daunting, but that’s why we’re here to help. We’ve gathered our cheekiest tea party recipes so you can celebrate mom like the queen she is with a little planning and lots of love!
Honey Spiced Earl Grey Tea
The quintessential English tea party should consist of AT LEAST one of the classics. We’ve chosen Earl Grey for ours, but we’ve added our own special twist! Orange, ginger, and cinnamon sticks add vibrant flavors to this earthy beverage, while honey gives it a sweet touch. It’s simply the perfect way to begin your event.
Get the recipe: Honey Spiced Earl Grey Tea
For those who are interested in trying something a little less traditional or who live in a warm climate, why not try this refreshing mocktail? Lime and mint add freshness to the crisp cucumber water that doubles as a great cocktail when you add vodka or gin.
Get the recipe: Cucumber-Mint Faux-jitos
Green Tea Cooler
If you’re sticking to mocktails this year, this one’s for you. Cucumber, ginger, and lime add a tangy twist to brewed green tea. Plus, the bubbles from ginger ale will make this cooler feel like a fancy cocktail, no alcohol required!
Get the recipe: Green Tea Cooler
Blueberry-Basil Green Tea Spritzer
We know basil-blueberry isn’t the combo you’d usually think of when it comes to tea but hear us out! Herby basil helps cut the sweetness of blueberries while hydrating lemon juice brings it all together. Your mom will LOVE all the antioxidants, too!
Get the recipe: Blueberry-Basil Green Tea Spritzer
Fancy a scone, or two? Make your own with this easy recipe. Pro tip: smother them with creamy butter and sweet jam— it will leave you absolutely buzzing!
Get the recipe: Strawberry Scones
Easy Olive Oil and Herb Biscuits
Perhaps the most comparable to a savory British scone, these fluffy biscuits make a great alternative to more sugary treats if your sweet tooth needs a break. The bulk of the dough is made in the food processor, so you can enjoy them with your tea in no time.
Get the recipe: Easy Olive Oil and Herb Biscuits
Spicy Pimiento Cheese Finger Sandwiches
Tea sandwiches are a must, but instead of the English cucumber version, we’re going with Southern flavors for this classic recipe. Packed with plenty of Pimiento cheese and extra Parmesan, these bite-sized snacks pack a bold punch.
Get the recipe: Spicy Pimiento Cheese Finger Sandwiches
Smashed Avocado and Chickpea Finger Sandwiches
Not a fan of spice? No problem! Opt for a tamer yet equally satisfying veggie filling! Thanks to baby spinach and chickpeas, you’ll get plenty of fiber in this plant-forward sandwich.
Get the recipe: Smashed Avocado and Chickpea Finger Sandwiches
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Talk about the ultimate throwback! This classic egg salad sandwich recipe is made even easier and faster with store-bought hard-cooked eggs for a no-cook tea party recipe.
Get the recipe: Egg Salad Sandwiches
Loaded Devil Eggs
Why limit yourself to one topping when these loaded deviled eggs have it all: relish, chives, cheese, AND dill. After all, your mom deserves the royal treatment!
Get the recipe: Loaded Devil Eggs
Earl Grey Shortbread Cubes
The best way to elevate any shortbread recipe is easy. Simply add some tea! Earl Grey adds a subtle layer of citrusy flavors to these cookies while vanilla amps up the sweetness.
Get the recipe: Earl Grey Shortbread Cubes
Russian Spice Cookies
Can’t decide between coffee or tea for dessert? Why not have both! The spice cake here resembles a chewy carrot cake-like flavor profile infused with the strong flavors of these favored caffeinated beverage. These tender treats are when coated in a mouthwatering confectioner’s sugar glaze. Trust us, you won’t be able to have just one!
Get the recipe: Russian Spice Cookies