Tea sandwiches that are easy to make for a party include egg salad sandwiches and cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches. Guests who are dressed up for a special occasion typically prefer bite-size tea sandwiches over larger, messy sandwiches because they're easier to eat.
When preparing to make any tea sandwich, the host should begin with good-quality bread sliced thinly with the crusts removed. Applying a thin coating of butter keeps the bread from getting soggy. Once the filling is placed in the sandwiches, the host cuts them on the diagonal to make triangle shapes. For an elegant look, the host can use two different colors of bread for each sandwich: one white and one brown.
To make an egg salad tea sandwich, the host begins with a cut-up hard boiled egg, 1 1/2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, and salt and pepper to taste. Then she adds 1 teaspoon of chopped green onion or chives for a boost in flavor and color.
Traditional cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches are made from skinned English cucumbers and whipped cream cheese. The host spreads cream cheese on both slices of bread and places thinly sliced cucumbers inside the sandwich. Alternatively, hosts can eliminate the cream cheese and add a sprinkling of mint and a dash of lemon juice.