Shrimp salad with rémoulade, curried chicken salad with raisins and pecans, herbed cucumber, scones and pies are menu ideas for afternoon tea. Multiple courses served at table or an afternoon tea buffet are two possible forms of presentation.
Multiple course afternoon tea menus have a structure that is similar to a multiple course lunch menu but are typically more casual, with a savory first course followed by sweet or savory pastries, sandwiches and desserts. Cold or melon soups, salads and quiche are ideas for first courses for a summer afternoon tea.
Tea sandwiches only require a few layers and ingredients, such as garden vegetables or pesto. Petit fours, small cookies and cupcakes are all potential desserts.
An afternoon buffet-style tea may contain the same items as a multiple course tea served at table. Bite-sized items work best, such as deviled eggs, small muffins and fruit breads, tea sandwiches, blinis and caviar.
Easy-to-assemble finger foods that do not require utensils to eat may consist of any ingredients, such as salmon and chive cream cheese sandwiches, little croque monsieur sandwiches, and sliced fruit with cheese and nut dip. For beverages, a selection of green, black and fruit teas served hot or cold gives guests many options. Champagne, port or sherry are viable additions or alternatives.
More ideas, setups and instructions are available at WhatsCookingAmerica.net and AnAfternoonToRemember.com.