I’m a big Jane Austen fan. I love her books, movies, and I even love traveling to Jane Austen-ish places. But, I really love a Jane Austen tea party! It doesn’t have to be fancy with decorations or anything. Just some great food and yummy tea!
If you’re feeling the same way, I’ve got some fabulous recipes for you to check out. Regardless of how big or small your party will be. And regardless of how fancy you want it, there are recipes here for everyone!
I’ve got savory recipes for your afternoon tea, bread recipes for a breakfast tea and scones and cookies for any time teas, lol.
Items you might want for your Jane Austen Tea
Here are a few items you might want when hosting your Jane Austen Tea Party.
A nice solid colored table cloth (maybe with a lace cloth over it) will be a good background for your pretty tea pitcher and tea cups. Don’t make this piece too busy, that way your food and tea are the stars of the show!
Whether you have one big tea set and everyone has the same cups or if our cups are all different doesn’t matter. You either create a classy high tea experience or a cozy tea with friends experience.
There is no wrong way to do this, but have fun with it. One fun way is to have each guest bring a tea cup to give away, and then let everyone choose their own cup.
It is a great idea to have a variety of tea choices for your guests. One way is to have several teapots with different tea labeled around the room. Another idea is to have multiple tea bags on the tables with just water in the teapots.
Like the table cloth, you don’t want anything too distracting. Add some color to go along with your theme, but they certainly don’t have to be too fussy. Just pretty, easy and functional!
Menu for your Tea Party
As I mentioned earlier, regardless of what time of day you’re holding your Jane Austen Tea Party, you’ll want to have a wide selection of delicious offerings.
Sandwiches for your Jane Austen Tea Party
Every tea party should have a nice selection of little sandwiches or appetizers. So, if you are in need of savory afternoon tea ideas, here are some fabulous recipes to get your party started.
Breads & Cakes for your Tea with Jane Austen
You’ll want some breads or cakes to go along with your Tea, especially if you’re having your Tea Party early in the day.
I’ve included several traditional and some unique recipes that are sure to please your tea party guests.
Scone recipes for your Jane Austen Tea
Every tea party, especially a Jane Austen tea party, needs to have scones. There are so many delicious recipes here that you’ll want to have a variety of scones at your tea party!
So, whether you want a traditional scone, a blueberry scone or something more unique, look through this list and have some fun.
Cookie & Biscuit Recipes for your Tea Party
Cookies and biscuits, as our neighbors across the pond call them, are a great way to round out your Jane Austen Tea Party offerings.
Whether you want the showy macron, some shortbread, or a yummy cream puff, these recipes will top off your Jane Austen Tea perfectly.
As I mentioned earlier, having a variety of tea at your tea party will give guests some good options.
And, just in case you don’t want Tea with Jane Austen (or maybe not traditional tea), here are a few other options you might enjoy.
Wrapping up your Jane Austen Tea Party
As you can see, from my viewpoint anyway, the main focus of a Tea Party is the food!
So, whether you make something fancy or stick with the traditional really doesn’t matter. As is always the case when we break bread with friends, it’s the company that matters!
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Becki is the author and founder of A Book Lover’s Adventures. She has a degree in elementary education, has worked and volunteered in libraries for years, and spent several years in the travel industry. All of this has led to a love of books and travel. Becki loves to share her love by finding literary escapes to share!