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12 Gifts Perfect for Party Hosts

12 Gifts Perfect for Party Hosts

Stylish essentials that are sure to enhance any get-together

Jane Bruce

Stone placemat

She’s the person who will pull together a meal for four with just a few hours notice. The guy who will never go as far as serving delivery pizza when the guys are over for the game ("If you’re going to serve takeout, at least dress it up" is his motto). The person on your list who loves a party, and has hosting one down to a science.

So what do you get them when they have all the basics — the wineglasses, plates, silverware, and functional serving dishes — that get the job of serving people at a get-together done? Bringing something baked might be nice if you're on a budget, but not for your best friend or mother. Instead, think of the little statement items that pack a punch of style and can be used for a variety of occasions, be it a casual breakfast for four or a once-in-lifetime celebratory meal for a momentous birthday.

From wineglasses with a patch of chalkboard to ensure that no glass goes missing (or is emptied by someone else) over the course of a night and stylish cocktail napkins that look expensive and fancy but can be laundered and tossed after a couple of uses to a richly patterned tablecloth that can be both dressed up for a formal dinner party and also toted along to the beach for an impromptu picnic in the sand, we’ve selected 10 of our favorite statement-making items. There is something for every budget, and for every sort of person on your list who loves to throw a party. Santa, are you listening?

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It's a Beautiful Day for a Tea Party Brunch

If a certain royal wedding got you longing for a civilized afternoon of tea trays and finger foods, why not host a perfectly lovely tea party of your own? There are plenty of occasions when a tea party is exactly the right move: Mother&aposs Day, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays with your besties — they&aposre all good reasons to indulge in tea and picture-perfect nibbles.

I&aposll share recipes and suggestions for food, drinks, and gracious touches to make your party complete, plus make-ahead tips to keep it on the easy side. You know, just in case you&aposre fresh out of royal household help.

The Setting

According to the Tea Etiquette Guide, traditional tea is served in the afternoon. But rules are made to be broken, so let&aposs turn this into a late morning/early afternoon tea party brunch.

  • If you have the space and the weather permits, hold the party outside. (Provide umbrellas for shade or advise everyone to wear lovely wide-brim hats.) Otherwise, bring the outdoors in with loads of cut flowers and branches.
  • Did Great Aunt Jane leave you her tea set? Dust it off and set it out. Or hit up a thrift store for random tea cups and saucers. No need to go all matchy-matchy.
  • For Pinterest-perfect displays, set out the food out on trays and cake stands embellished with berries and edible blossoms.
  • Small plates
  • Teaspoons
  • Dessert forks (optional)
  • Cloth napkins
  • Tea: loose or bags
  • Tea strainer
  • Hot water
  • Brewed coffee
  • Milk
  • Sugar or honey
  • Thinly sliced lemons (not wedges) for the tea

Pretty Party Nibbles

This easy tea party menu is built around finger foods that can be eaten in one or two bites so you don&apost have to fuss with knives and forks. Looks count in tea party food, so play with garnishes to easily glam things up.

Savory Sandwiches

Try these sandwich ideas, pictured above.

  • Brie + balsamic strawberries + fresh basil
  • Sliced hard boiled eggs + crumbled bacon + chives + horseradish mayonnaise + pimento-stuffed olives + tomatoes + parsley
  • Cucumber + herbed cheese + lemon zest
  • Smoked salmon + cream cheese + capers + pickled red onions
  • Sliced apples + chicken salad + chopped pecans

Make-ahead tip: You can make sandwiches up to one day ahead of time. Spread the bread with a thin layer of butter to keep the toppings from making the bread soggy overnight, and wrap well with plastic wrap so the edges of the bread don&apost dry up.

Mini Quiches

In addition to the tea sandwiches, you should include at least one classic brunch-type dish on your menu. Mini quiches fit the bill beautifully, combining the cuteness of tea food and breakfast-ness of brunch food. As for what kind to make, it&aposs easy to take a basic mini quiche recipe and change it up with a variety of add-ins to suit your tastes.

Make ahead tip: Bake and freeze ahead of time, then reheat at 350° F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Sweet Scones

There&aposs an unwritten rule that it&aposs just not tea without scones. Don&apost bother fact-checking, though, because it&aposs unwritten. To be in compliance, you&aposll want your menu to include sweet, biscuit-like scones with plenty of jam and butter or clotted cream. Be sure to cut them smaller than usual because you&aposll be serving several other tea tidbits as well.

Make-ahead tip: Scones can be baked and frozen ahead of time. Reheat on a lined baking sheet in a 350º F oven for about 5 minutes or so. Watch Chef John make classic Scottish scones with currants.

Dainty Desserts

When you&aposre trying to figure out what to serve, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, "What would a princess eat?" Here are a few lady-like answers in the dessert category.


It's a Beautiful Day for a Tea Party Brunch

If a certain royal wedding got you longing for a civilized afternoon of tea trays and finger foods, why not host a perfectly lovely tea party of your own? There are plenty of occasions when a tea party is exactly the right move: Mother&aposs Day, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays with your besties — they&aposre all good reasons to indulge in tea and picture-perfect nibbles.

I&aposll share recipes and suggestions for food, drinks, and gracious touches to make your party complete, plus make-ahead tips to keep it on the easy side. You know, just in case you&aposre fresh out of royal household help.

The Setting

According to the Tea Etiquette Guide, traditional tea is served in the afternoon. But rules are made to be broken, so let&aposs turn this into a late morning/early afternoon tea party brunch.

  • If you have the space and the weather permits, hold the party outside. (Provide umbrellas for shade or advise everyone to wear lovely wide-brim hats.) Otherwise, bring the outdoors in with loads of cut flowers and branches.
  • Did Great Aunt Jane leave you her tea set? Dust it off and set it out. Or hit up a thrift store for random tea cups and saucers. No need to go all matchy-matchy.
  • For Pinterest-perfect displays, set out the food out on trays and cake stands embellished with berries and edible blossoms.
  • Small plates
  • Teaspoons
  • Dessert forks (optional)
  • Cloth napkins
  • Tea: loose or bags
  • Tea strainer
  • Hot water
  • Brewed coffee
  • Milk
  • Sugar or honey
  • Thinly sliced lemons (not wedges) for the tea

Pretty Party Nibbles

This easy tea party menu is built around finger foods that can be eaten in one or two bites so you don&apost have to fuss with knives and forks. Looks count in tea party food, so play with garnishes to easily glam things up.

Savory Sandwiches

Try these sandwich ideas, pictured above.

  • Brie + balsamic strawberries + fresh basil
  • Sliced hard boiled eggs + crumbled bacon + chives + horseradish mayonnaise + pimento-stuffed olives + tomatoes + parsley
  • Cucumber + herbed cheese + lemon zest
  • Smoked salmon + cream cheese + capers + pickled red onions
  • Sliced apples + chicken salad + chopped pecans

Make-ahead tip: You can make sandwiches up to one day ahead of time. Spread the bread with a thin layer of butter to keep the toppings from making the bread soggy overnight, and wrap well with plastic wrap so the edges of the bread don&apost dry up.

Mini Quiches

In addition to the tea sandwiches, you should include at least one classic brunch-type dish on your menu. Mini quiches fit the bill beautifully, combining the cuteness of tea food and breakfast-ness of brunch food. As for what kind to make, it&aposs easy to take a basic mini quiche recipe and change it up with a variety of add-ins to suit your tastes.

Make ahead tip: Bake and freeze ahead of time, then reheat at 350° F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Sweet Scones

There&aposs an unwritten rule that it&aposs just not tea without scones. Don&apost bother fact-checking, though, because it&aposs unwritten. To be in compliance, you&aposll want your menu to include sweet, biscuit-like scones with plenty of jam and butter or clotted cream. Be sure to cut them smaller than usual because you&aposll be serving several other tea tidbits as well.

Make-ahead tip: Scones can be baked and frozen ahead of time. Reheat on a lined baking sheet in a 350º F oven for about 5 minutes or so. Watch Chef John make classic Scottish scones with currants.

Dainty Desserts

When you&aposre trying to figure out what to serve, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, "What would a princess eat?" Here are a few lady-like answers in the dessert category.


It's a Beautiful Day for a Tea Party Brunch

If a certain royal wedding got you longing for a civilized afternoon of tea trays and finger foods, why not host a perfectly lovely tea party of your own? There are plenty of occasions when a tea party is exactly the right move: Mother&aposs Day, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays with your besties — they&aposre all good reasons to indulge in tea and picture-perfect nibbles.

I&aposll share recipes and suggestions for food, drinks, and gracious touches to make your party complete, plus make-ahead tips to keep it on the easy side. You know, just in case you&aposre fresh out of royal household help.

The Setting

According to the Tea Etiquette Guide, traditional tea is served in the afternoon. But rules are made to be broken, so let&aposs turn this into a late morning/early afternoon tea party brunch.

  • If you have the space and the weather permits, hold the party outside. (Provide umbrellas for shade or advise everyone to wear lovely wide-brim hats.) Otherwise, bring the outdoors in with loads of cut flowers and branches.
  • Did Great Aunt Jane leave you her tea set? Dust it off and set it out. Or hit up a thrift store for random tea cups and saucers. No need to go all matchy-matchy.
  • For Pinterest-perfect displays, set out the food out on trays and cake stands embellished with berries and edible blossoms.
  • Small plates
  • Teaspoons
  • Dessert forks (optional)
  • Cloth napkins
  • Tea: loose or bags
  • Tea strainer
  • Hot water
  • Brewed coffee
  • Milk
  • Sugar or honey
  • Thinly sliced lemons (not wedges) for the tea

Pretty Party Nibbles

This easy tea party menu is built around finger foods that can be eaten in one or two bites so you don&apost have to fuss with knives and forks. Looks count in tea party food, so play with garnishes to easily glam things up.

Savory Sandwiches

Try these sandwich ideas, pictured above.

  • Brie + balsamic strawberries + fresh basil
  • Sliced hard boiled eggs + crumbled bacon + chives + horseradish mayonnaise + pimento-stuffed olives + tomatoes + parsley
  • Cucumber + herbed cheese + lemon zest
  • Smoked salmon + cream cheese + capers + pickled red onions
  • Sliced apples + chicken salad + chopped pecans

Make-ahead tip: You can make sandwiches up to one day ahead of time. Spread the bread with a thin layer of butter to keep the toppings from making the bread soggy overnight, and wrap well with plastic wrap so the edges of the bread don&apost dry up.

Mini Quiches

In addition to the tea sandwiches, you should include at least one classic brunch-type dish on your menu. Mini quiches fit the bill beautifully, combining the cuteness of tea food and breakfast-ness of brunch food. As for what kind to make, it&aposs easy to take a basic mini quiche recipe and change it up with a variety of add-ins to suit your tastes.

Make ahead tip: Bake and freeze ahead of time, then reheat at 350° F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Sweet Scones

There&aposs an unwritten rule that it&aposs just not tea without scones. Don&apost bother fact-checking, though, because it&aposs unwritten. To be in compliance, you&aposll want your menu to include sweet, biscuit-like scones with plenty of jam and butter or clotted cream. Be sure to cut them smaller than usual because you&aposll be serving several other tea tidbits as well.

Make-ahead tip: Scones can be baked and frozen ahead of time. Reheat on a lined baking sheet in a 350º F oven for about 5 minutes or so. Watch Chef John make classic Scottish scones with currants.

Dainty Desserts

When you&aposre trying to figure out what to serve, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, "What would a princess eat?" Here are a few lady-like answers in the dessert category.


It's a Beautiful Day for a Tea Party Brunch

If a certain royal wedding got you longing for a civilized afternoon of tea trays and finger foods, why not host a perfectly lovely tea party of your own? There are plenty of occasions when a tea party is exactly the right move: Mother&aposs Day, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays with your besties — they&aposre all good reasons to indulge in tea and picture-perfect nibbles.

I&aposll share recipes and suggestions for food, drinks, and gracious touches to make your party complete, plus make-ahead tips to keep it on the easy side. You know, just in case you&aposre fresh out of royal household help.

The Setting

According to the Tea Etiquette Guide, traditional tea is served in the afternoon. But rules are made to be broken, so let&aposs turn this into a late morning/early afternoon tea party brunch.

  • If you have the space and the weather permits, hold the party outside. (Provide umbrellas for shade or advise everyone to wear lovely wide-brim hats.) Otherwise, bring the outdoors in with loads of cut flowers and branches.
  • Did Great Aunt Jane leave you her tea set? Dust it off and set it out. Or hit up a thrift store for random tea cups and saucers. No need to go all matchy-matchy.
  • For Pinterest-perfect displays, set out the food out on trays and cake stands embellished with berries and edible blossoms.
  • Small plates
  • Teaspoons
  • Dessert forks (optional)
  • Cloth napkins
  • Tea: loose or bags
  • Tea strainer
  • Hot water
  • Brewed coffee
  • Milk
  • Sugar or honey
  • Thinly sliced lemons (not wedges) for the tea

Pretty Party Nibbles

This easy tea party menu is built around finger foods that can be eaten in one or two bites so you don&apost have to fuss with knives and forks. Looks count in tea party food, so play with garnishes to easily glam things up.

Savory Sandwiches

Try these sandwich ideas, pictured above.

  • Brie + balsamic strawberries + fresh basil
  • Sliced hard boiled eggs + crumbled bacon + chives + horseradish mayonnaise + pimento-stuffed olives + tomatoes + parsley
  • Cucumber + herbed cheese + lemon zest
  • Smoked salmon + cream cheese + capers + pickled red onions
  • Sliced apples + chicken salad + chopped pecans

Make-ahead tip: You can make sandwiches up to one day ahead of time. Spread the bread with a thin layer of butter to keep the toppings from making the bread soggy overnight, and wrap well with plastic wrap so the edges of the bread don&apost dry up.

Mini Quiches

In addition to the tea sandwiches, you should include at least one classic brunch-type dish on your menu. Mini quiches fit the bill beautifully, combining the cuteness of tea food and breakfast-ness of brunch food. As for what kind to make, it&aposs easy to take a basic mini quiche recipe and change it up with a variety of add-ins to suit your tastes.

Make ahead tip: Bake and freeze ahead of time, then reheat at 350° F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Sweet Scones

There&aposs an unwritten rule that it&aposs just not tea without scones. Don&apost bother fact-checking, though, because it&aposs unwritten. To be in compliance, you&aposll want your menu to include sweet, biscuit-like scones with plenty of jam and butter or clotted cream. Be sure to cut them smaller than usual because you&aposll be serving several other tea tidbits as well.

Make-ahead tip: Scones can be baked and frozen ahead of time. Reheat on a lined baking sheet in a 350º F oven for about 5 minutes or so. Watch Chef John make classic Scottish scones with currants.

Dainty Desserts

When you&aposre trying to figure out what to serve, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, "What would a princess eat?" Here are a few lady-like answers in the dessert category.


It's a Beautiful Day for a Tea Party Brunch

If a certain royal wedding got you longing for a civilized afternoon of tea trays and finger foods, why not host a perfectly lovely tea party of your own? There are plenty of occasions when a tea party is exactly the right move: Mother&aposs Day, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays with your besties — they&aposre all good reasons to indulge in tea and picture-perfect nibbles.

I&aposll share recipes and suggestions for food, drinks, and gracious touches to make your party complete, plus make-ahead tips to keep it on the easy side. You know, just in case you&aposre fresh out of royal household help.

The Setting

According to the Tea Etiquette Guide, traditional tea is served in the afternoon. But rules are made to be broken, so let&aposs turn this into a late morning/early afternoon tea party brunch.

  • If you have the space and the weather permits, hold the party outside. (Provide umbrellas for shade or advise everyone to wear lovely wide-brim hats.) Otherwise, bring the outdoors in with loads of cut flowers and branches.
  • Did Great Aunt Jane leave you her tea set? Dust it off and set it out. Or hit up a thrift store for random tea cups and saucers. No need to go all matchy-matchy.
  • For Pinterest-perfect displays, set out the food out on trays and cake stands embellished with berries and edible blossoms.
  • Small plates
  • Teaspoons
  • Dessert forks (optional)
  • Cloth napkins
  • Tea: loose or bags
  • Tea strainer
  • Hot water
  • Brewed coffee
  • Milk
  • Sugar or honey
  • Thinly sliced lemons (not wedges) for the tea

Pretty Party Nibbles

This easy tea party menu is built around finger foods that can be eaten in one or two bites so you don&apost have to fuss with knives and forks. Looks count in tea party food, so play with garnishes to easily glam things up.

Savory Sandwiches

Try these sandwich ideas, pictured above.

  • Brie + balsamic strawberries + fresh basil
  • Sliced hard boiled eggs + crumbled bacon + chives + horseradish mayonnaise + pimento-stuffed olives + tomatoes + parsley
  • Cucumber + herbed cheese + lemon zest
  • Smoked salmon + cream cheese + capers + pickled red onions
  • Sliced apples + chicken salad + chopped pecans

Make-ahead tip: You can make sandwiches up to one day ahead of time. Spread the bread with a thin layer of butter to keep the toppings from making the bread soggy overnight, and wrap well with plastic wrap so the edges of the bread don&apost dry up.

Mini Quiches

In addition to the tea sandwiches, you should include at least one classic brunch-type dish on your menu. Mini quiches fit the bill beautifully, combining the cuteness of tea food and breakfast-ness of brunch food. As for what kind to make, it&aposs easy to take a basic mini quiche recipe and change it up with a variety of add-ins to suit your tastes.

Make ahead tip: Bake and freeze ahead of time, then reheat at 350° F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Sweet Scones

There&aposs an unwritten rule that it&aposs just not tea without scones. Don&apost bother fact-checking, though, because it&aposs unwritten. To be in compliance, you&aposll want your menu to include sweet, biscuit-like scones with plenty of jam and butter or clotted cream. Be sure to cut them smaller than usual because you&aposll be serving several other tea tidbits as well.

Make-ahead tip: Scones can be baked and frozen ahead of time. Reheat on a lined baking sheet in a 350º F oven for about 5 minutes or so. Watch Chef John make classic Scottish scones with currants.

Dainty Desserts

When you&aposre trying to figure out what to serve, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, "What would a princess eat?" Here are a few lady-like answers in the dessert category.


It's a Beautiful Day for a Tea Party Brunch

If a certain royal wedding got you longing for a civilized afternoon of tea trays and finger foods, why not host a perfectly lovely tea party of your own? There are plenty of occasions when a tea party is exactly the right move: Mother&aposs Day, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays with your besties — they&aposre all good reasons to indulge in tea and picture-perfect nibbles.

I&aposll share recipes and suggestions for food, drinks, and gracious touches to make your party complete, plus make-ahead tips to keep it on the easy side. You know, just in case you&aposre fresh out of royal household help.

The Setting

According to the Tea Etiquette Guide, traditional tea is served in the afternoon. But rules are made to be broken, so let&aposs turn this into a late morning/early afternoon tea party brunch.

  • If you have the space and the weather permits, hold the party outside. (Provide umbrellas for shade or advise everyone to wear lovely wide-brim hats.) Otherwise, bring the outdoors in with loads of cut flowers and branches.
  • Did Great Aunt Jane leave you her tea set? Dust it off and set it out. Or hit up a thrift store for random tea cups and saucers. No need to go all matchy-matchy.
  • For Pinterest-perfect displays, set out the food out on trays and cake stands embellished with berries and edible blossoms.
  • Small plates
  • Teaspoons
  • Dessert forks (optional)
  • Cloth napkins
  • Tea: loose or bags
  • Tea strainer
  • Hot water
  • Brewed coffee
  • Milk
  • Sugar or honey
  • Thinly sliced lemons (not wedges) for the tea

Pretty Party Nibbles

This easy tea party menu is built around finger foods that can be eaten in one or two bites so you don&apost have to fuss with knives and forks. Looks count in tea party food, so play with garnishes to easily glam things up.

Savory Sandwiches

Try these sandwich ideas, pictured above.

  • Brie + balsamic strawberries + fresh basil
  • Sliced hard boiled eggs + crumbled bacon + chives + horseradish mayonnaise + pimento-stuffed olives + tomatoes + parsley
  • Cucumber + herbed cheese + lemon zest
  • Smoked salmon + cream cheese + capers + pickled red onions
  • Sliced apples + chicken salad + chopped pecans

Make-ahead tip: You can make sandwiches up to one day ahead of time. Spread the bread with a thin layer of butter to keep the toppings from making the bread soggy overnight, and wrap well with plastic wrap so the edges of the bread don&apost dry up.

Mini Quiches

In addition to the tea sandwiches, you should include at least one classic brunch-type dish on your menu. Mini quiches fit the bill beautifully, combining the cuteness of tea food and breakfast-ness of brunch food. As for what kind to make, it&aposs easy to take a basic mini quiche recipe and change it up with a variety of add-ins to suit your tastes.

Make ahead tip: Bake and freeze ahead of time, then reheat at 350° F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Sweet Scones

There&aposs an unwritten rule that it&aposs just not tea without scones. Don&apost bother fact-checking, though, because it&aposs unwritten. To be in compliance, you&aposll want your menu to include sweet, biscuit-like scones with plenty of jam and butter or clotted cream. Be sure to cut them smaller than usual because you&aposll be serving several other tea tidbits as well.

Make-ahead tip: Scones can be baked and frozen ahead of time. Reheat on a lined baking sheet in a 350º F oven for about 5 minutes or so. Watch Chef John make classic Scottish scones with currants.

Dainty Desserts

When you&aposre trying to figure out what to serve, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, "What would a princess eat?" Here are a few lady-like answers in the dessert category.


It's a Beautiful Day for a Tea Party Brunch

If a certain royal wedding got you longing for a civilized afternoon of tea trays and finger foods, why not host a perfectly lovely tea party of your own? There are plenty of occasions when a tea party is exactly the right move: Mother&aposs Day, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays with your besties — they&aposre all good reasons to indulge in tea and picture-perfect nibbles.

I&aposll share recipes and suggestions for food, drinks, and gracious touches to make your party complete, plus make-ahead tips to keep it on the easy side. You know, just in case you&aposre fresh out of royal household help.

The Setting

According to the Tea Etiquette Guide, traditional tea is served in the afternoon. But rules are made to be broken, so let&aposs turn this into a late morning/early afternoon tea party brunch.

  • If you have the space and the weather permits, hold the party outside. (Provide umbrellas for shade or advise everyone to wear lovely wide-brim hats.) Otherwise, bring the outdoors in with loads of cut flowers and branches.
  • Did Great Aunt Jane leave you her tea set? Dust it off and set it out. Or hit up a thrift store for random tea cups and saucers. No need to go all matchy-matchy.
  • For Pinterest-perfect displays, set out the food out on trays and cake stands embellished with berries and edible blossoms.
  • Small plates
  • Teaspoons
  • Dessert forks (optional)
  • Cloth napkins
  • Tea: loose or bags
  • Tea strainer
  • Hot water
  • Brewed coffee
  • Milk
  • Sugar or honey
  • Thinly sliced lemons (not wedges) for the tea

Pretty Party Nibbles

This easy tea party menu is built around finger foods that can be eaten in one or two bites so you don&apost have to fuss with knives and forks. Looks count in tea party food, so play with garnishes to easily glam things up.

Savory Sandwiches

Try these sandwich ideas, pictured above.

  • Brie + balsamic strawberries + fresh basil
  • Sliced hard boiled eggs + crumbled bacon + chives + horseradish mayonnaise + pimento-stuffed olives + tomatoes + parsley
  • Cucumber + herbed cheese + lemon zest
  • Smoked salmon + cream cheese + capers + pickled red onions
  • Sliced apples + chicken salad + chopped pecans

Make-ahead tip: You can make sandwiches up to one day ahead of time. Spread the bread with a thin layer of butter to keep the toppings from making the bread soggy overnight, and wrap well with plastic wrap so the edges of the bread don&apost dry up.

Mini Quiches

In addition to the tea sandwiches, you should include at least one classic brunch-type dish on your menu. Mini quiches fit the bill beautifully, combining the cuteness of tea food and breakfast-ness of brunch food. As for what kind to make, it&aposs easy to take a basic mini quiche recipe and change it up with a variety of add-ins to suit your tastes.

Make ahead tip: Bake and freeze ahead of time, then reheat at 350° F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Sweet Scones

There&aposs an unwritten rule that it&aposs just not tea without scones. Don&apost bother fact-checking, though, because it&aposs unwritten. To be in compliance, you&aposll want your menu to include sweet, biscuit-like scones with plenty of jam and butter or clotted cream. Be sure to cut them smaller than usual because you&aposll be serving several other tea tidbits as well.

Make-ahead tip: Scones can be baked and frozen ahead of time. Reheat on a lined baking sheet in a 350º F oven for about 5 minutes or so. Watch Chef John make classic Scottish scones with currants.

Dainty Desserts

When you&aposre trying to figure out what to serve, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, "What would a princess eat?" Here are a few lady-like answers in the dessert category.


It's a Beautiful Day for a Tea Party Brunch

If a certain royal wedding got you longing for a civilized afternoon of tea trays and finger foods, why not host a perfectly lovely tea party of your own? There are plenty of occasions when a tea party is exactly the right move: Mother&aposs Day, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays with your besties — they&aposre all good reasons to indulge in tea and picture-perfect nibbles.

I&aposll share recipes and suggestions for food, drinks, and gracious touches to make your party complete, plus make-ahead tips to keep it on the easy side. You know, just in case you&aposre fresh out of royal household help.

The Setting

According to the Tea Etiquette Guide, traditional tea is served in the afternoon. But rules are made to be broken, so let&aposs turn this into a late morning/early afternoon tea party brunch.

  • If you have the space and the weather permits, hold the party outside. (Provide umbrellas for shade or advise everyone to wear lovely wide-brim hats.) Otherwise, bring the outdoors in with loads of cut flowers and branches.
  • Did Great Aunt Jane leave you her tea set? Dust it off and set it out. Or hit up a thrift store for random tea cups and saucers. No need to go all matchy-matchy.
  • For Pinterest-perfect displays, set out the food out on trays and cake stands embellished with berries and edible blossoms.
  • Small plates
  • Teaspoons
  • Dessert forks (optional)
  • Cloth napkins
  • Tea: loose or bags
  • Tea strainer
  • Hot water
  • Brewed coffee
  • Milk
  • Sugar or honey
  • Thinly sliced lemons (not wedges) for the tea

Pretty Party Nibbles

This easy tea party menu is built around finger foods that can be eaten in one or two bites so you don&apost have to fuss with knives and forks. Looks count in tea party food, so play with garnishes to easily glam things up.

Savory Sandwiches

Try these sandwich ideas, pictured above.

  • Brie + balsamic strawberries + fresh basil
  • Sliced hard boiled eggs + crumbled bacon + chives + horseradish mayonnaise + pimento-stuffed olives + tomatoes + parsley
  • Cucumber + herbed cheese + lemon zest
  • Smoked salmon + cream cheese + capers + pickled red onions
  • Sliced apples + chicken salad + chopped pecans

Make-ahead tip: You can make sandwiches up to one day ahead of time. Spread the bread with a thin layer of butter to keep the toppings from making the bread soggy overnight, and wrap well with plastic wrap so the edges of the bread don&apost dry up.

Mini Quiches

In addition to the tea sandwiches, you should include at least one classic brunch-type dish on your menu. Mini quiches fit the bill beautifully, combining the cuteness of tea food and breakfast-ness of brunch food. As for what kind to make, it&aposs easy to take a basic mini quiche recipe and change it up with a variety of add-ins to suit your tastes.

Make ahead tip: Bake and freeze ahead of time, then reheat at 350° F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Sweet Scones

There&aposs an unwritten rule that it&aposs just not tea without scones. Don&apost bother fact-checking, though, because it&aposs unwritten. To be in compliance, you&aposll want your menu to include sweet, biscuit-like scones with plenty of jam and butter or clotted cream. Be sure to cut them smaller than usual because you&aposll be serving several other tea tidbits as well.

Make-ahead tip: Scones can be baked and frozen ahead of time. Reheat on a lined baking sheet in a 350º F oven for about 5 minutes or so. Watch Chef John make classic Scottish scones with currants.

Dainty Desserts

When you&aposre trying to figure out what to serve, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, "What would a princess eat?" Here are a few lady-like answers in the dessert category.


It's a Beautiful Day for a Tea Party Brunch

If a certain royal wedding got you longing for a civilized afternoon of tea trays and finger foods, why not host a perfectly lovely tea party of your own? There are plenty of occasions when a tea party is exactly the right move: Mother&aposs Day, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays with your besties — they&aposre all good reasons to indulge in tea and picture-perfect nibbles.

I&aposll share recipes and suggestions for food, drinks, and gracious touches to make your party complete, plus make-ahead tips to keep it on the easy side. You know, just in case you&aposre fresh out of royal household help.

The Setting

According to the Tea Etiquette Guide, traditional tea is served in the afternoon. But rules are made to be broken, so let&aposs turn this into a late morning/early afternoon tea party brunch.

  • If you have the space and the weather permits, hold the party outside. (Provide umbrellas for shade or advise everyone to wear lovely wide-brim hats.) Otherwise, bring the outdoors in with loads of cut flowers and branches.
  • Did Great Aunt Jane leave you her tea set? Dust it off and set it out. Or hit up a thrift store for random tea cups and saucers. No need to go all matchy-matchy.
  • For Pinterest-perfect displays, set out the food out on trays and cake stands embellished with berries and edible blossoms.
  • Small plates
  • Teaspoons
  • Dessert forks (optional)
  • Cloth napkins
  • Tea: loose or bags
  • Tea strainer
  • Hot water
  • Brewed coffee
  • Milk
  • Sugar or honey
  • Thinly sliced lemons (not wedges) for the tea

Pretty Party Nibbles

This easy tea party menu is built around finger foods that can be eaten in one or two bites so you don&apost have to fuss with knives and forks. Looks count in tea party food, so play with garnishes to easily glam things up.

Savory Sandwiches

Try these sandwich ideas, pictured above.

  • Brie + balsamic strawberries + fresh basil
  • Sliced hard boiled eggs + crumbled bacon + chives + horseradish mayonnaise + pimento-stuffed olives + tomatoes + parsley
  • Cucumber + herbed cheese + lemon zest
  • Smoked salmon + cream cheese + capers + pickled red onions
  • Sliced apples + chicken salad + chopped pecans

Make-ahead tip: You can make sandwiches up to one day ahead of time. Spread the bread with a thin layer of butter to keep the toppings from making the bread soggy overnight, and wrap well with plastic wrap so the edges of the bread don&apost dry up.

Mini Quiches

In addition to the tea sandwiches, you should include at least one classic brunch-type dish on your menu. Mini quiches fit the bill beautifully, combining the cuteness of tea food and breakfast-ness of brunch food. As for what kind to make, it&aposs easy to take a basic mini quiche recipe and change it up with a variety of add-ins to suit your tastes.

Make ahead tip: Bake and freeze ahead of time, then reheat at 350° F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Sweet Scones

There&aposs an unwritten rule that it&aposs just not tea without scones. Don&apost bother fact-checking, though, because it&aposs unwritten. To be in compliance, you&aposll want your menu to include sweet, biscuit-like scones with plenty of jam and butter or clotted cream. Be sure to cut them smaller than usual because you&aposll be serving several other tea tidbits as well.

Make-ahead tip: Scones can be baked and frozen ahead of time. Reheat on a lined baking sheet in a 350º F oven for about 5 minutes or so. Watch Chef John make classic Scottish scones with currants.

Dainty Desserts

When you&aposre trying to figure out what to serve, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, "What would a princess eat?" Here are a few lady-like answers in the dessert category.


It's a Beautiful Day for a Tea Party Brunch

If a certain royal wedding got you longing for a civilized afternoon of tea trays and finger foods, why not host a perfectly lovely tea party of your own? There are plenty of occasions when a tea party is exactly the right move: Mother&aposs Day, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays with your besties — they&aposre all good reasons to indulge in tea and picture-perfect nibbles.

I&aposll share recipes and suggestions for food, drinks, and gracious touches to make your party complete, plus make-ahead tips to keep it on the easy side. You know, just in case you&aposre fresh out of royal household help.

The Setting

According to the Tea Etiquette Guide, traditional tea is served in the afternoon. But rules are made to be broken, so let&aposs turn this into a late morning/early afternoon tea party brunch.

  • If you have the space and the weather permits, hold the party outside. (Provide umbrellas for shade or advise everyone to wear lovely wide-brim hats.) Otherwise, bring the outdoors in with loads of cut flowers and branches.
  • Did Great Aunt Jane leave you her tea set? Dust it off and set it out. Or hit up a thrift store for random tea cups and saucers. No need to go all matchy-matchy.
  • For Pinterest-perfect displays, set out the food out on trays and cake stands embellished with berries and edible blossoms.
  • Small plates
  • Teaspoons
  • Dessert forks (optional)
  • Cloth napkins
  • Tea: loose or bags
  • Tea strainer
  • Hot water
  • Brewed coffee
  • Milk
  • Sugar or honey
  • Thinly sliced lemons (not wedges) for the tea

Pretty Party Nibbles

This easy tea party menu is built around finger foods that can be eaten in one or two bites so you don&apost have to fuss with knives and forks. Looks count in tea party food, so play with garnishes to easily glam things up.

Savory Sandwiches

Try these sandwich ideas, pictured above.

  • Brie + balsamic strawberries + fresh basil
  • Sliced hard boiled eggs + crumbled bacon + chives + horseradish mayonnaise + pimento-stuffed olives + tomatoes + parsley
  • Cucumber + herbed cheese + lemon zest
  • Smoked salmon + cream cheese + capers + pickled red onions
  • Sliced apples + chicken salad + chopped pecans

Make-ahead tip: You can make sandwiches up to one day ahead of time. Spread the bread with a thin layer of butter to keep the toppings from making the bread soggy overnight, and wrap well with plastic wrap so the edges of the bread don&apost dry up.

Mini Quiches

In addition to the tea sandwiches, you should include at least one classic brunch-type dish on your menu. Mini quiches fit the bill beautifully, combining the cuteness of tea food and breakfast-ness of brunch food. As for what kind to make, it&aposs easy to take a basic mini quiche recipe and change it up with a variety of add-ins to suit your tastes.

Make ahead tip: Bake and freeze ahead of time, then reheat at 350° F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Sweet Scones

There&aposs an unwritten rule that it&aposs just not tea without scones. Don&apost bother fact-checking, though, because it&aposs unwritten. To be in compliance, you&aposll want your menu to include sweet, biscuit-like scones with plenty of jam and butter or clotted cream. Be sure to cut them smaller than usual because you&aposll be serving several other tea tidbits as well.

Make-ahead tip: Scones can be baked and frozen ahead of time. Reheat on a lined baking sheet in a 350º F oven for about 5 minutes or so. Watch Chef John make classic Scottish scones with currants.

Dainty Desserts

When you&aposre trying to figure out what to serve, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, "What would a princess eat?" Here are a few lady-like answers in the dessert category.


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