Individuals in the United States typically serve high tea sandwich recipes in the mid-afternoon with tea and scones or other sweets as part of a tradition known as afternoon tea. In Great Britain, high tea is usually a substantial meal served in the late afternoon or early evening.
A host serves high tea sandwiches with tea at the beginning of the afternoon tea event. High tea sandwiches feature buttered bread and delicate fillings such as cucumber and watercress. The cook removes the crusts for a more attractive presentation. The host serves scones with jam and cream after guests eat the sandwiches, and then cake, iced buns or tarts finish the tea.