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Perfect Party Tea Sandwich Recipes

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Perfect Tea Sandwich Recipes

Adorable little Heart Tea Sandwiches are perfect for Valentine’s Day parties, or any lunch party. Adults love them because they are finger food, but your kids will love the cute little shapes and eat them up. So think of a sandwich differently and make a batch of Valentine’s Party Tea Sandwiches.

When I was a child and if you had told me the ingredients of finger sandwiches I don’t think I would’ve ever touched one. But cut them into mini Tea Sandwiches and I was all in.   When I would see any of these little shape sandwiches at a church function, I couldn’t get enough of them.

My love for these little-shaped sandwiches started very young, as our church served them for every party function. A women’s lunch or Christmas Eve potluck these little goodies would always be there.

Tea Sandwiches were my first introduction to cream cheese cucumber combination and ham salad. We have always had dill egg salad for lunch sandwiches but having egg salad in a fancy shape makes it extra special.

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How To Make Tea Party Sandwiches

They are so quick and easy to make and keep well in the refrigerator if you needed to make them the day before. Traditionally Tea sandwiches were crustless. You would purchase a regular loaf of bread remove the crust with a very sharp knife to make sure you got just the crust off and cut them into triangles and squares.

Probably around the late 60s and 70s bread companies around the holidays would make little tiny square crustless bread packages. They are not really crustless the crust is just very very light and thin. You can see one of these cocktail loaves here. 

heart valentines sandwiches

For my Valentine’s Day Party, triangles and squares just did not go with my heart theme, so I purchased some sturdy wheat bread and white bread that I could cut into adorable heart shapes for Valentine’s Day with my cookie cutters.

heart shaped tea sandwiches

Tea Parties at Our House

I am so excited to have everyone over for our annual Valentine’s Lunch Party. I have been crafting and planning for weeks. Every year in February I have the women our our family and kids to a fun heart themed tea party. Here in Ohio when it is freezing cold in February, Valentine Day is the perfect time for a party. We make fun food, cute crafts and plan all the fun adventures when spring arrives.

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Tea Party Sandwich Recipes

There are three basic recipes for Tea Sandwiches Recipes that have been the tradition in our family and I know your family will love each one of these flavors:

  • The 1st is a very traditional Cream Cheese filling with chive and sliced cucumber on top.
  • The 2nd sandwich is a Classic Egg Salad with Dill.
  • The 3rd is a traditional Ham Salad.

Each of these recipes is a quick and easy mix and ready to spread. Get all your ingredients out and ready to go before you start.  It is best if you have your eggs hard-boiled the day before and in the refrigerator so that they are cold.

The perfect cucumber cream cheese mini heart tea sandwich. Make these mini finger food heart sandwiches for an adult or kids tea party, church potluck, or a quick party appetizer. They taste delicious and will be part of your party decorations. 

The sandwiches can be made the night before, placed on your trays and covered with plastic wrap (This is the only kind I use), and kept in the refrigerator.

Perfect Tea Sandwich Recipes

Cream Cheese Cucumber Tea Sandwichs

Cream Cheese Cucumber Tea sandwiches are the simplest to make. Simply have your bread cut in the desired shape. Mine are hearts of course. Very simple tasty and very elegant.

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Perfect Party Tea Sandwich Recipes – Cream Cheese Cucumber

The perfect cucumber cream cheese mini heart tea sandwich. Make these mini finger food heart sandwiches for an adult or kids tea party, church potluck, or a quick party appetizer. They taste delicious and will be part of your party decorations. 

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 18 ounce package of regular cream cheese softened
  • 4 mini cucumbers
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • White or wheat bread cut into heart, triangle, or circle shapes

Instructions

  1. Place your cream cheese and a medium mixing bowl and with your hand mixer, whip the cream cheese to soft & fluffy (I did have to add about 2 teaspoons of water to get mine to mix).  You can also purchase cream cheese in a container that is pre-whipped.
  2. Fold in by hand, the tops of 2  chives finely chopped. Use as much or as little chopped chives depending on taste.
  3. Spread a layer of cream cheese between two shapes of your precut bread.
  4. Leaving the skin on the cucumber, slice the cucumbers very thin and place one cucumber on the top of the top piece of bread. You can also place a very thin slice of cucumber inside the sandwich. 

Keywords: Cream Cheese Cucumber tea sandwiches

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Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches

The next delicious classic tea party sandwich is filled with traditional egg salad.

Valentines Party Tea Sandwiches heart shaped bread with olive, dill and cucumbers on top on a white plate.
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Perfect Party Tea Sandwich Recipes – Egg Salad

Classic Egg Salad Sandwich mini finger food tea sandwich. Smooth creamy with the hint of fresh dill. 

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x

Ingredients

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  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup of light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh dill (or 1 teaspoon of dried dill)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh dill for garnish
  • white or whole wheat bread cut into shapes

Instructions

  1. The day before you make the sandwiches hard boil the eggs. Add eggs to cold water, put the stove on high, bring to a boil. Cover after they start to boil, turn off the heat, and let sit on the stove burner for 11 minutes. After 11 minutes rinse under cold water and put into the refrigerator.
  2. On the day that you’re going to make your tea sandwiches. Start by peeling and rinsing off The eggs.
  3. Using a hard boiled egg chopper, chop the eggs into small squares, this requires you to use the chopper in three different directions (This can also be done by hand been very careful not to crush the eggs).
  4. Mix the chopped hard-boiled eggs with mayonnaise and salt and pepper and chopped dill.
  5. Spread a layer of egg salad between two pieces of your prepared bread.
  6. Place a small sprig of dill on top for garnish.

Keywords: Egg salad mini tea sandwiches

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Classic Ham Salad Tea Sandwiches

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Perfect Party Tea Sandwich Recipes – Ham Salad

Classic Ham Salad mini tea sandwiches for the perfect tea party appetizer.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x

Ingredients

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  • 6 thick slices of cooked ham ground (not cold cuts) Ground it will make 2 Cups of ham
  • 1 cup of light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • One stalk of finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons Sweet Pickle Relish drained
  • Can of Large Green olives with pimentos
  • Pepper to taste (no need for salt as the ham is salty)
  • White or whole wheat bread cut into shapes

Instructions

  1. Make sure that the ham is cold.
  2. With the grinder attachment to a KitchenAid mixer or a food processor,  grind the ham.
  3. Mix the ham with mayonnaise, chopped onion, celery, and pickle relish, and a little pepper.
  4. Spread on your prepared cut shaped bread.
  5. Garnish with a small slice of olive.

Keywords: Classic ham salad sandwich

Perfect Tea Sandwich Recipes

I know you will have so much fun making these little sandwiches.  They are quick and easy and your kids will love making the shapes out of bread.  You can use any cookie cutter that is not too detailed.  Remember you can also make the traditional squares or triangles.

Valentines Party Tea Sandwiches heart shaped bread with olive, dill and cucumbers on top on a white plate.

What to do with the unused bread

Making shapes out of bread does leave a lot of unused bread.  I took all my loose ends and put them in a plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator to use for croutons later.  Everyone loves croutons no matter the shape.   I just make them bit sized, toss them with olive oil, basil, and oregano and bake at 350 until they are golden brown.

Have fun with your food and make mini sandwiches you will be surprised how they are eaten up.

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9 Comments

  1. I love tea party sandwiches! I feel so dainty eating tiny sandwiches and sipping tea – love it! Thanks for bringing it to FF:)

  2. These would be perfect for a tea any time of year! Thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

  3. oh my gosh you make me want to have a tea party right now! I love it!Thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy-we appreciate you!

  4. Tea sandwiches are definitely a classic. I can’t wait to give these a try with my girls sometime. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  5. Thank you, I love tea & tasty treats!I can adapt these with the gf & lf ingredients available here in Australia.

    You are most welcome to join me with your favorite tea & treat in a time of inspiration at teawithjennifer.blog
    Jennifer

  6. What a fun idea. I’m planning to host a tea party sometime this spring so I’m bookmarking this page. Thanks!

  7. Susan, I adore tea sandwiches! Really, you could mix up shredded cardboard and mayo and make it into cute little sandwiches, and I’d be all over them! Though I’d prefer your sandwich fillings.

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