Hosting A High Tea Party? Serve These Essentials

One great way to enjoy a wonderful evening with friends is by hosting a high tea. Considered the evening meal for many in the United Kingdom, you can host either a casual or more formal high tea event for your friends and loved ones. Either way, you should consider serving these things to make it truly authentic -- and delicious!


Obviously, you cannot have a high tea without serving the most important thing -- tea! Don't serve iced tea. Instead, invest in a high-quality type of tea bag or tea leaves and prepare tea for yourself and all of your guests in a teapot. Then, make sure that you serve all of the necessary accompaniments, such as lemon wedges, milk, heavy cream and sugar.


Since high tea is seen as more of a meal than a snack, it is important to serve it with stick-to-your-ribs, savory foods rather than sweets. This means that you'll want to skip cakes and biscuits and instead serve a nice bread. If you don't want to make it homemade, opt for a loaf of crusty bread from your favorite bakery, and slice it into fat pieces that can be served with real butter.


Vegetables are a favorite at any high tea party. You can offer a simple salad or a platter of roasted vegetables, but an even better option can be to serve washed, cut vegetables that can be easily eaten with your hands, such as baby carrots, fresh-cut celery, broccoli and other favorites. Consider offering a few dips on the side, such as a cheese dip and ranch dressing.

Cheese, Crackers, and Meat

A simple solution that can turn your high tea into a filling meal that's still dainty and that pairs nicely with your tea is to prepare a nice platter with cheese, crackers and meat. Choose a few different types of crackers, and slice up cheddar and other favorite types of cheese. Then, look for tasty meats that will go along well with your crackers and cheese, such as pepperoni, ham and turkey, which should be sliced thin and small so that they will fit nicely on the crackers.

If you are planning on hosting a high tea for yourself and all of your loved ones, you probably want to ensure that it's as enjoyable as possible. One great way to do so is by planning the right menu. For more help with planning a high tea, contact a professional like those at Clumzy Clover Teas & Treasures.