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3 Easy Fancy Tea Sandwiches – How To Plan A Tea Party With Your Children

Heart shaped finger sandwiches 2 bowls of sandwich spread.

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Valentine’s day is a fun time to invite friends & family over for a tea party with traditional tea party sandwiches finger food. Having little tea sandwiches at any party is a fun way to get children involved in preparing the food, setting the table, creating decorations for the table, and learning basic party manners.

I have the recipe for 3 fancy finger sandwiches; Pineapple Cream Cheese, Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Mozzarella Cheese, and Pimento Cheese. The adults at the tea party will enjoy these recipes but they may be a little too fancy for the little ones. You may want to check out the recipes in the post below for the Most Kid Friendly Tea Party Sandwiches.

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3 Fancy Tea Sandwiches heart shaped - How to Plan a Tea Party with your Children

Hosting a Valentine’s Day Tea Party is a perfect way for kids to show their love to special families, like grandparents, aunts, and favorite family friends and neighbors. Having a mix of an older generation and young friends make the party lively and memorable for all.

Where we live in the North East of the United States January is the month to put away the Christmas Decoration, and declutter.  February is the month that we are snowed in and everyone starts getting “cabin fever”.   Our family has all gone home to regroup, and little ones are feeling cooped up. Valentine’s Day is an ideal time to get the family distracted from all the snow and create a fun activity.

For Your Next Party, you need this 12 page beautifully designed Workbook Tips & Trick, Manners & Etiquette, for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, Baby/Wedding Shower, & Birthdays. The E-Book is full of fun facts and tips to make your next party a success. 

Formal Invitations

pink envelope, pen and bowl, gray envelope

One of the basic skills of a tea party is sending an elegant invitation. Teapots and flowers are the traditional elements of an invitation. If your kids are helping design the party, hand made invitations they design freehand or on the computer add a special touch.

Invitations should be sent out at least 3 weeks in advance. I would recommend calling each guest or texting to find a date that everyone can attend. However, mailing out a physical invitation will teach your kids how to design an invitation with all the necessary details. This is the time to give a lesson on addressing an envelope and putting the stamp in the right place. We just do not do this much anymore but formal mailing is a skill our kids still need to know.

If you want to make your envelope even more special check out this post where my friend Nora has created special stamps to give your envelopes an extra touch of creativity.

Setting A Tea Party Table

white place setting with gold silverware and pink and red flowers

Soft pastels of white, cream, pink, and red bring in color in your home during the dreary days of winter. Pretty napkins, flowers, and food that have a spring feel add to the festive tea party feel.

You don’t need a lot of fancy dishes and teacup sets to have an elegant Tea Party. One way to set an elegant table for a kid’s friendly tea party is to shop the clearance section of a department store or kitchen store.

I was able to purchase on a budget enough dishes by collecting springs designed teacups and salad plates.  I created a mix and match the theme, with every cup and saucer set different.  I also collected different teaspoons and salad forks for a fun table setting.

You can also search the sale and clearance section of department stores for beautiful tablecloths for a formal look to your tea party table.

Taking my girls out shopping for all the table setting items was so much fun. We learned which table size to use to determine if a table cloth was going to fit. Each girl was able to use their own taste in determining the teacups. 

It is never too early to teach the art of hospitality.  Demonstrating a mindset of finding lovely items that your guests will appreciate and the fun of finding joy in making others happy.

Centerpieces for the Table

Next, you will want to brainstorm ideas for a centerpiece for the table. If you are like we are in the cold north, fresh flowers from your local grocery store are an inexpensive and simple idea. If you are having a cake, setting the cake on a beautiful cake stand is also a simple and elegant solution.

women arranging flowers in a tea pot
tea party table setting with tea cups, tea pot with flowers, family pictures in frames

Look at the local thrift shop and you can find cake stands or tiered serving towers that are a simple inexpensive and elegant table centerpiece.

At my daughter’s wedding shower we used teapots I found at garage sales and filled them with flowers from the local discount store. You can use fresh or even silk flowers in the teapot and your table setting will be complete.

Tea Party Menu

To begin with, when planning your menu for a kid-friendly tea party, keeping the food simple is best. Finger sandwiches are just the right size for little hands. 

A simple lettuce salad or jell-0 salad, scones, or biscuits are easy to make the day ahead. Cookies or cakes for dessert. We love to make homemade marshmallows and cut them into shapes that fit the tea party theme.

pink heart marshmallows in a green dish on a black cutting board

MENU IDEAS:

  • Tea Sandwiches
  • Salad
  • Jell-O Salad
  • scones
  • Biscuits
  • Rolls
  • Cut Veggies
  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pasta Salad

2 Pasta Salad Recipes That Are Perfect For Any Party:

♥Quick & Easy Chicken Pasta Salad

♥Extra Lemon Pasta Salad

Tea Party Manners

A Tea Party is the best time to start instructing and practicing table manners as well as basic etiquette when hosting a guest in your home. In our busy lives, we do not practice on a daily basis the basic table manners.  I seldom set a basic place setting of a plate, fork, knife, and spoon with a napkin and water glass. Here are a few options on where to start.

START WITH BASIC ETIQUETTE & TABLES MANNERS:

  • Greeting Guests On Arrival
  • Taking Coats & Scarfs
  • Helping Older Guests
  • Basic Place Setting
  • Elbows Off The Table
  • Napkin In Your Lap
  • How To Pass Items At The Table
  • Please & Thank You

Heart shaped finger sandwiches 2 bowls of sandwich spread.

3 Easy Fancy Tea Sandwiches Recipes

Pineapple Cream Cheese:

Heart shaped finger sandwiches bowl of sandwich spread pecans on white plate hidden mickey

Ingredients: 

1 8oz cream cheese room temperature
1 8oz crushed pineapple in its own syrup, drained well.
1 cup chopped pecans
Bread with the crust removed (Make sure the bread is not too soft or it will be hard to maintain its shape)
Cookie Cutters, Heart-shaped for Valentine’s day

Instructions:

Make sure that the cream cheese is at room temperature or it will not mix well.  Next, drain the pineapple well for 10 minutes so that the crushed pineapple does not make your spread watery. 

Place the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, mix until the cream cheese is creamy.  At this point, you will want to hand mix to keep a nice texture. 

Hand mix in the drained crushed pineapple and the chopped nuts. (you can change up the nuts to whatever type of nut you like). After mixed refrigerate to keep fresh and have the spread cold for your sandwiches.

Remove the crust from the bread and cut the bread into cute shapes. Spread a teaspoon full of the pineapple cream cheese in between two slices of bread that you have cut into shapes.

After you have a decorative shape so each guest can have a heart sandwich, you can cut the remaining sandwiches cut in simple triangles so as to not waste too much of the bread.

Place on a decorative plate and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until time for the party.

heart shaped finger sandwiches on white plate

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Mozzarella Cheese:

bread cheese tomatoes basil on black cutting board

Ingredients: 

1 Jar Sun Dried Tomatoes packed in olive oil
1 package of Fresh Basil Leaves (one for each sandwich)
1 ball Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Ball
Bread with the crust removed (Make sure the bread is not too soft or it will be hard to maintain its shape)
Cookie Cutters, Heart-shaped for Valentine’s day

Instructions:

This recipe is the simplest as you are just assembling the ingredients in layers.

Remove the crust from the bread. But into decorative shapes. On the bottom piece of bread layer a thin slice of Mozzarella cheese, layer first with a basil leaf, and then layer on 1 medium sun-dried tomato or 2 small tomatoes top with the second piece of bread.

It is also fun to make these as open-faced sandwiches, leaving out the top layer. However, you may need a fork and knife at the place setting.

bread cheese tomatoes basil on white plate, finger sandwiches

Pimento Cheese Tea Sandwiches:

3 Fancy Tea Sandwiches - How to Plan a Tea Party with your Children on red plate

Ingredients: 

1/4 8oz cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or 1 cup cheddar cheese and 1 cup Monterey jack cheese)
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 small jars of pimentos chopped small & drained (about 1/2 cup)
1 tsp dijon mustard
salt & Pepper
Bread with the crust removed (Make sure the bread is not too soft or it will be hard to maintain its shape)
Cookie Cutters, Heart-shaped for Valentine’s day

Instructions:

Make sure that the cream cheese is at room temperature or it will not mix well.

First, place the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, mix until the cream cheese is creamy. 

Add and continue to mix with mixer the mayonnaise, sour cream Parmesan cheese, mustard, salt & pepper.  At this point mix in by hand the pimentos and the cheddar cheese. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to make the sandwiches.

Remove the crust from the bread and cut the bread into cute shapes. Spread a teaspoon full of the spread in between two slices of bread that you have cut into shapes.

After you have a decorative shape so each guest can have a heart sandwich, you can cut the remaining sandwiches cut in simple triangles so as to not waste too much of the bread.

Place on a decorative plate and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until time for the party.

3 Fancy Tea Sandwiches - How to Plan a Tea Party with your Children on red plate
3 Fancy Tea Sandwiches - How to Plan a Tea Party with your Children

Find time in your schedule to plan and host a Tea Party with your children. You will not regret it. The time planning & preparing with your family will be memories in the making.

Consequently, you will not believe how much fun you and your children will have and how the memories will last a lifetime. My girls still talk about all the fun we had, and now as adults have hosted their own fancy tea parties with friends.

~Susan

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14 Comments

  1. I love all of these ideas. I like how you have given us a full tea party guide to follow. My daughter has seemed to outgrown these, but that may be because I’ve never been a huge fan of these growing up myself. However, your post makes them seem fun and worth doing. #happinessishomemade

  2. I have yet to have a proper tea party with my kids. I remember when they were babies and the Queen Mary ship used to have tea time there. I thought that when they got older I would take them but the ship no longer does it so now I have to find another place for a tea party or just make our own using your recipes. Thanks for linking up at #OMHGWW and hope to see you next week!

  3. Everything looks so sweet and pretty. What a great idea to have a tea party for children. I love it! Thanks for linking up! #fiestafriday

  4. This brings back such sweet memories…I would like to invite you to my blog party “The Classy Flamingos” which is held each Wednesday thru Friday. You’ll get large picture exposure and shout outs. You may get PINKED and get even more exposure! I hope you’ll come join us. ~Linda poinsettiadr.com

  5. My mom used to make hearts and star shaped sandwiches for us. We were so tickled! It was really special!

    1. Thank you so much, I am glad I was able to bring back a fun memory.

  6. So pretty and yummy! And such a great planner, too! Thanks for sharing, Sue (I believe you shared these on Homestyle Gathering this week, right? I’ve been sick so I’m a bit out of it!)

  7. Susan, I love this post. Afternoon tea is my “thing” and I’m a firm believer in teaching children manners, etiquette, common courtesy and kindness. The sandwiches are the most important part of the tea (well, apart from the tea itself) and yours look delightful! #HappinessIsHomemade

  8. Hi Sue! Love your tea party ideas and especially the recipes. Pinning!

    1. Thank you so much! February is the perfect time as nobody wants to be outside in the cold. Plan a party.

  9. This is the sweetest idea, wish i still had littles to do this with but could totally do this for mother’s day. Can’t wait to try out those pasta salads, my family loves pasta salad.

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