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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.
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.
If you want to have fancy tea sandwiches at your tea party, then you'll want to check out this recipe. Aside from a variety of cut styles, I wanted a variety of fillings: tarragon chicken salad, cucumber and cream cheese, and a dilled egg salad.
Jam and chocolate spread on fluffy, soft white bread is always a winning treat, right? And these wicked sandwiches are even more fun when decorated like playing cards and served at a tea party, packed lunch or picnic spread.
This Olive Oil Apple Bread has something for everyone. It’s an incredibly simple recipe for those who don’t consider themselves bakers. It’s only sweetened with applesauce – it has absolutely no added sweetener at all (although there is an optional maple glaze because I’m nice like that). And most importantly, it’s delicious! Juicy chunks of apple and warm spices infuse a moist, fluffy loaf.
This delicious pound cake recipe takes the traditional pound cake and raises it to a whole new level by enhancing the flavor with Earl Grey tea while retaining the dense and moist interior that pound cake is known for.
Jane Austen fans, we are going to reunite today with a bit of tea and scones! We hosted a tea party recently and needed to come up with gorgeous and still delicious Lemon Lavender Scones for her friends! These were a huge hit with the gals and we are all still talking about them months later.
This recipe is Steve's Devon standard, honed over many years of baking, and the tiny hint of sweetness works well. Serve with strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, gooseberry or plum jam and clotted cream. Lemon, lime or passion fruit curd also work well. To make fruit or cherry scones, just add fruit in - see the note in the recipe for quantities
This recipe for blueberry biscuits with a lemon glaze makes for a delicious treat in the summer or any time of year! Lush, ripe blueberries (or use dried!) in a flaky buttermilk biscuit with a sweet lemon glaze on the top make for a perfect mouth-watering appetizer.
Sweet, nutty, and earthy, these Lavender Coconut Tigernut Flour Cookies are an alluring and delicious treat to bake! Gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and allergy-free, whether you enjoy them as a snack with afternoon tea or a healthy dessert, this recipe is bound to be a new favorite!
This basic macaron recipe is perfect for beginners. In this post, you’ll find all my tips and tricks for perfectly full shells with pretty little feet and smooth tops, as well as my detailed video tutorial to walk you through the entire process!
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.
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!
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