Hosting an afternoon tea party is a great way to share your love of tea. It’s a fun way tog et your friends and family together, try out new herbal and true tea flavors and enjoy a few classic snacks in the spirit of British tea enjoyment. No afternoon tea or high tea event is complete without tea sandwiches. Here are some of our favorite tea sandwiches and loose tea pairings you can try at your next get-together.

The Basics of Hosting An Afternoon Tea Party

Afternoon tea is an English affair that pairs tea with snack items. The events can be elaborate and fancy with upscale pastries decorated with gold leaf and designed to welcome foreign dignitaries or special guests. It can also be a relaxed affair with a simple cup of black tea, finger sandwiches, and sweet pastries like scones, cupcakes, and crumpets.

Afternoon tea is usually accompanied by a British black tea such as English Breakfast Tea or Earl Grey Tea. You can also use herbal tea blends such as hibiscus tea or peppermint tea depending on your flavor preferences. Once you’ve selected a few types of tea to serve, you’ll want to put some thought into the finger foods you want to serve. Here are some of our favorite tea sandwiches that are sure to be a hit at your next tea party.

The Best Tea Sandwich Recipes & Tea Pairings

Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches

No tea party is complete without egg salad sandwiches. Grab a few slices of fluffy white bread and cut them into round or diagonal slices. Since this sandwich is a bit thicker than other options, we recommend using thin slices of bread if possible. Mix together Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, salt, and chopped-up hard-boiled eggs. Spread the egg salad on the bread slices and enjoy!

Tea Pairing: Organic Earl Grey Cream Tea

Our Organic Earl Grey Cream Tea is the perfect British tea to enjoy with these staple finger sandwiches. This tea blends the citrus notes of bergamot with earthy black tea leaves and hints of dried vanilla for a creamy, indulgent flavor.

Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches

Start by whipping up your favorite chicken salad recipe using ingredients like tarragon, mayonnaise, parsley, dill, and chicken. Spread the mixture on thin slices of white bread and add a few pieces of thinly sliced cucumber on top. Cut the sandwiches diagonally and serve without the crust.

Tea Pairing: Indian Spiced Chai Black Tea

Our Indian Spiced Chai Black Tea combines masala spices such as cardamom, ginger, peppercorns, cloves, and cinnamon with the roasted flavors of black tea leaves. It’s a vibrant blend that has just the right amount of spice to balance out the creamy notes of chicken salad sandwiches.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber sandwiches are a classic afternoon tea offering. They’re super easy to make and the simple flavors are sure to please most palates. Take two slices of white sandwich bread, add a spread of salted chive butter and use a mandolin to cut cucumbers into thin slices before placing on the bread. You can use round cookie cutters to make tea sandwiches without crust in a fun new shape.

Tea Pairing: Jasmine Pearl Green Tea

Jasmine Pearl Green Tea offers vegetal and floral flavors that burst into a delightful sensation the moment it hits your taste buds. Best of all, this tea comes in pearls that delicately unfurl as they brew. It’s the perfect visual addition to a stunning backyard tea party.

Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Ham and cheese sandwiches are another popular choice. Take a few slices of high-quality ham and your favorite cheese — we like to use provolone, cheddar, or pepper jack for a spiced-up flavor — and place them on white bread. Add a smear of Dijon mustard for a French touch.

Tea Pairing: Licorice Root Tea

Licorice Root Tea boasts sweet, salty, bitter, and sour notes, hitting all the bases when it comes to flavor. It plays up the salty and savory notes in ham and cheese sandwiches and offers a spiced and robust tasting experience. 

BLT Tea Sandwiches

Take a strip of bacon, one tomato slice, and a strip of lettuce and place them on whole wheat bread with mayonnaise spread. Cut the crust off the sandwiches and slice them diagonally for plating.

Tea Pairing: Formosa Oolong

Our Formosa Oolong Tea has peach, herb, and amber notes that play on the tasting notes found in this BLT sandwich.

Caprese Tea Sandwiches

Add an Italian flair to your tea party with a Caprese finger sandwich. Take a round cookie cutter and slice Campari tomatoes about ¼” thick. Add a slice of mozzarella cheese and a few basil leaves. Serve with cocktail forks or a festive toothpick.

Tea Pairing: Silver Moonlight Wild White Tea

Keep things light with our Silver Moonlight Wild White Tea. It offers delicate floral notes and a mild almond-like flavor that plays on the understated yet delicious tastes that make Caprese sandwiches among the most popular sandwich choices.

Turkey & Tarragon Sandwiches

Looking to try something a little out of the ordinary? Skip the cucumber sandwiches and try this savory option instead. Use a food processor to grind up 1 cup of roasted turkey, ¼ cup of toasted almonds, and 1 small shallot. Add black pepper, salt, and tarragon to taste and spread the mixture on rye bread.

Tea Pairing: Organic Ginger Turmeric Tea

Keep the spiced notes going with our Organic Ginger Turmeric Tea. It's a healthy powerhouse that offers a warm, peppery flavor that builds on the roasted notes in this turkey sandwich recipe. 

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Rose and Lavender Tea Sandwiches

These floral tea sandwiches are just what you need if you’re looking to take the look of your tea party to the next level. Start with a few slices of fluffy white bread and spread both slices with lavender-infused honey. Place organic rose petals on each slice of bread. You can soak the petals in rose water to increase the floral flavor and even arrange the petals on top of the sandwich in the shape of a rose.

Tea Pairing: Organic Rosehip Tea

Our Organic Rosehip Tea pairs perfectly with the floral notes in the lavender honey and the delicate flavor of the rose petals. Not only is it sweet, but it also offers mild tart notes to make things more interesting.

Prosciutto and Apple Sandwiches

Take a thin slice of prosciutto and place it on a slice of Italian herb bread. Add a few arugula leaves, an apple slice, and drizzle balsamic dressing over the sandwich. Serve with a toothpick or appetizer fork.

Tea Pairing: Apple Spice Tea

Our Apple Spice Tea is the perfect choice for highlighting the crisp notes of the apple in these tea sandwiches and contrasting the salty flavor of prosciutto with the sweet and spicy undertones in the tea.

Fig and Goat Cheese Tea Sandwiches

This sandwich combination is the perfect pairing for an English tea party. We like to serve this tea sandwich as an open-faced sandwich, drawing inspiration from melty brie cheese appetizers. Start with a slice of bread — we like to use sourdough — and spread a thin layer of goat cheese on top. Pop the bread into a toaster oven or a regular oven and melt the cheese until it's gooey. Add a dollop of fig jam and sprinkle a few toasted pecans on top for the finishing touch.

Tea Pairing: Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

For a true visual treat, pair this stunning sandwich with our color-changing Butterfly Pea Flower Tea. The tea brews into a bright blue hue and changes to a deep purple color when a slice of lemon is added. It will also turn fire red with the addition of hibiscus flowers.

Smoked Salmon and Capers Sandwiches

Combine a few scoops of cream cheese with chopped dill, onions, and chives in a small bowl. Mix well and spread onto your slices of bread. Add a thin slice of smoked salmon on top and sprinkle a few capers and lemon zest on top.

Tea Pairing: Lemon Black Tea

The zesty flavors of this tea sandwich are enhanced by the citrusy notes of our Lemon Black Tea. It offers the perfect blend of tangy lemon notes and the malty, chocolate hints found in black tea leaves.

Avocado and Cream Cheese Sandwiches

Bring your love for avocado toast to your next tea party with this simple tea sandwich recipe. Spread cream cheese on both slices of bread and delicately place thin slices of avocado on top. Garnish with a few pieces of watercress or sprouts and serve with an appetizer fork.

Tea Pairing: Egyptian Chamomile Tea

Our Egyptian Chamomile Tea is the perfect herbal tea choice if you’re looking to relax and unwind. It tastes just like a crisp green apple, making this simple avocado and cream cheese sandwich feel more innovative and upscale.

Spicy Roast Beef and Pickle Sandwiches

Take two slices of rye bread or pumpernickel bread and spread a blend of horseradish, deli mustard, and mayonnaise onto both slices. Add a few roast beef slices and pickles with a few arugula leaves. Slice the sandwich diagonally and cut off the crust before serving.

Tea Pairing: New England Breakfast Iced Tea

Cool off in the summertime heat with our New England Breakfast Iced Tea. The robust earthy notes pair perfectly with the rugged style and savory hints of roast beef.

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Celebrate You Love for Tea With These Delicious Tea Sandwiches

There are so many different sandwich fillings you can choose from to put your own spin on your next tea party. From savory sandwiches stuffed with roast beef or prosciutto to sweet treats like rose and lavender sandwiches, you’re sure to find a recipe that fits your tea party style. Use the tea sandwich recipes to wow guests at your next afternoon tea event, brunch, bridal shower, or baby shower. Whatever the occasion, these tea sandwiches are guaranteed to play up the flavors of your favorite loose leaf teas.