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TEA TRAVELS™ Articles and Recipe Index

Articles, Menus, Recipes and Photos By Ellen Easton ©2007-2016 – All Rights Reserved


Ellen Easton, author of Afternoon Tea~Tips, Terms and Traditions (RED WAGON PRESS), a lifestyle and etiquette industry leader, keynote speaker and product spokesperson, is a hospitality, design, and retail consultant whose clients have included The Waldorf=Astoria, Plaza Hotels and Bergdorf Goodman.  Easton’s family traces their tea roots to the early 1800s, when ancestors first introduced tea plants from India and China to the Colony of Ceylon, thus building one of the largest and best cultivated tea estates on the island.


Tea Menus:

Afternoon Tea From The Garden

A traditional afternoon tea menu was not created with the dietary restrictions one faces in today’s modern world.  To be mindful of vegetarians, as well as those watching high cholesterol, blood sugars, and heart healthy choices, creating a healthy afternoon tea menu can be a challenge.

Autumn Afternoon Tea
Whether your afternoon tea is prepared from scratch, store bought items, or a combination of the two, the key to any good party is a balanced menu. The occasion need not be an expensive endeavor, provided all items are served fresh and presented in a style pleasing to the eye, your guests are certain to have a great time.  Do not be a tea snob, but regardless if the teas served are loose-leaf or from a tea bag, all tea must be decanted before pouring.


Buffet Tea for Easy Entertaining
It is very simple to have a buffet tea a home.  A buffet tea needn’t be expensive, nor time consuming to prepare.  There are many marvelous sources available by mail order and in your local supermarkets.  All it takes for one to create a beautiful buffet tea party is imagination and a good guest list.  Check out Ellen hints and tips for the perfect buffet tea.

Children’s Afternoon Tea Party Menu

When using imagination, a child’s tea party is not limited to all girls.  A children’s tea can be a teaching experience in a social setting.  Young boys and girls alike can learn the etiquette of table manners and conversation.  A theme tea can be the springboard to a history lesson or even encourage kindness and the responsibility of community volunteerism.  Including children in a holiday tea can bind the traditions from one generation to another.  The recipes may be enjoyed by the child in everyone.

Gluten Free Tea Menu

You can have a wonderful tea party without the worries with this Gluten Free Tea Menu.  Whether your party is an indoor formal affair or an outdoor garden celebration.  It is a great excuse to put on your favorite dress, pearls, and gloves with the added indulgence of a fabulous new hat.  Invite your friends and loved ones for a festive gathering that is gluten free.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Menu

Mother’s Day should be everyday. Celebrating the women who raise children is not limited to just the women who give birth. Any woman who takes the time to nurture and oversee the well being and development of another, often sacrificing their own needs and dreams, deserves distinctive recognition. We would not be who we are without these wonderful people.


Rose Garden Tea with the Queen
Maintaining a tradition that began in 1860 with Queen Victoria, every year Queen Elizabeth II opens the private gardens at Buckingham Palace to host three afternoon tea parties, each attended by 8,000 guests respectively.


Springtime Tea Menu
A springtime tea is the perfect time of year to embrace the luxuries of fashion. Whether your party is an indoor formal affair or an outdoor garden celebration. It is a great excuse to put on your favorite dress, pearls, and gloves with the added indulgence of a fabulous new hat. Invite your friends and loved ones for a festive gathering.

Summer Rose Tea

According to the folklore of tea, once upon a time a lady was not allowed to socialize unescorted except in her rose garden.  It was here women met, unrestricted by social rules of etiquette, to speak freely amongst the roses.  Throughout Europe, during the 1800s, the theme of the rose continued to weave a thread, as afternoon tea flourished in both the public gardens and tearooms.

Victorian Tea

A delicious and beautiful menu for an outstanding Victorian Tea.



Tea Salons:


Afternoon Tea Renaissance – The Plaza’s Palm Court
Surrounded by the European splendor of the Palm Court courtyard, the afternoon tea caters to the different tastes of its sophisticated clientele.  A blend of the best tea – time traditions with new and innovative ideas, creates a balance and flavorful combination to appeal to all guests.


Bergdorf-Goodman Pret-A-Portea – Afternoon Tea for the Fashionista
Cafe BG in Bergdorf-Goodman, New York City’s epitome emporium of chic and The Berkeley of London have combined forces to present the ultimate three-course afternoon tea.  When the craftsmanship of couture meets the artistry of haute cuisine the results are fashion week fabulous.




Tea Articles and Information:

Afternoon Tea – Food Service Styles
With so many serving options available, anyone can have a tea party and serve with ease.  Learn about English-Style Tea Service, French-Style Tea Service, Russian-Style Tea Service, and Buffet-Style Tea Service.  The information is by Ellen Easton and her book, Excerpt From A Tea Party Planner.

A Proper Afternoon Individual Tea Setting

A properly set afternoon tea table should not be a daunting task.  In fact, the setting of a proper table is easy.  The reason being is that every item has a purpose for its place.  Once one understands the “why”, the rest is not too difficult to remember.  Apologies to those who are left handed but the original European dining etiquette was established to create order at the table.  As the majority of people are right handed, to avoid chaos, the order is set to accommodate a right- handed setting.

A Tea Tasting

For your own enjoyment, a special event, a theme party, business venture or classroom education, having a tea tasting is an easy and fun way to explore the vast variety of offerings available in the world of tea.

Broadway’s Best Teatime Rituals

I have been fortunate to know many talented people in the Broadway community, including the late Katherine Hepburn, as brilliantly portrayed by four-time TONY nominee Tovah Feldshuh in TEA AT FIVE, sharing a mutual love of afternoon tea;  Linda Purl, star of the TONY nominated TOM SAWYER, a life-long friend, and I have spent many an afternoon sharing our lives over a cup of tea;  Lucie Arnaz, THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG; and three-time TONY award winner Charles Strouse, beloved composer/lyrist of BYE, BYE BIRDIE, APPLAUSE, and ANNIE.  Each have their own unique tea rituals.  I am an advocate in the belief that one should never be a tea snob, as tea, in any incarnation, fosters friendships.?

Decorating Teatime Sandwiches and Savories

Decorating teatime sandwiches and savories can be as easy as using a cookie cutter, scissor, and vegetable scraper.  One need not be a master chef to create a pretty and imaginative presentation.

Decorating Teatime Sweets

Valentine’s Day or any other festive occasion can be dressed up with easy to prepare decorated sweets.  One need not be a professional to enhance beautiful treats.

Etiquette Faux Pas and Other Misconceptions About Afternoon Tea

Due to the new popularity of Afternoon Tea, many people have jumped on the bandwagon, including hotels, caterers, party planners, and protocol and etiquette “experts.”  While their enthusiasm is well intended, unfortunately a great deal of misinformation is being perpetuated by these “experts.”

History and Protocols of Napkins

For over six hundred years, the European culture of using table napkins has, in fact, been an evolutionary process.  What is now a custom, taken for granted, is actually a tradition rich in ceremony, etiquette and history.

How To Brew Perfect Tea

Learn how to brew a perfect pot of tea.  Article excerpted from Tea Travels… For the Holidays, Anyone Can Make Perfect Tea, by Ellen Easton.

Invitation to Afternoon Tea

The invitation has just arrived in the mail.  What do you do next?  When one is invited to an afternoon tea, or any event for that matter, there are protocols that apply and should be followed.

Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Treasure Trove of Tea

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located at 1000 Fifth Avenue, nestled in the heart of New York City’s Central Park’s upper East Side is a treasure trove for any tea lover.  As there are literally over eighty-thousand tea related objects of decorative art, silver, porcelain, furniture, sculpture, paintings, and photography, one could literally spend an entire day or more exploring the artistic wonders that the museum has to offer.

Retro Dinner Parties

1959 Back Yard Tented Summer Dinner Dance for 50 people and an early 1960s Sit Down Christmas Dinner for 20 people.

Tea and Health: Exploring Herbal Teas

For thousands of years, much has been written and said about the health benefits of tea.  It is important to consider the source of information before embracing it.  It is equally important never to begin any new dietary or supplementary regime without consulting with your personal physician.

Tea Time Enhancers

Flavors can enhance your teatime experience.  While some flavors complement one another, there are no rules as to how you combine them, only personal preference.  Be mindful that the added flavors do not overpower the original tea or food.   A plain tea may be turned into a chai by adding a dry spice mix.  A plain scone may be enriched by the harvest of a season’s offerings. Edible flowers, fresh or crystallized, are always a welcome addition to add beauty to your tea time.

Tea Time F.A.Q.

Ellen Easton answers questions asked by readers of her book and this web site.

Tea Glossary – Tea Terms and Definitions

Navigating the landscape in the world of tea can be a daunting task for those who are not familiar with the vernacular.  Whether one is a tea aficionado or a novice entering the tea arena, understanding the terms may help to enhance one’s overall tea time experience.

Teatime with Lady Carnarvon at Highclere Castle – the Real Downton Abbey!

As I have a family link to Highclere Castle through my great grandmother’s relation to Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon, I thought it would be interesting to explore the tea traditions with the current and 8th Countess, Lady Carnarvon.

The Afternoon Tea Gowns

La Belle Epoque,1880-1914,”the beautiful era,” was a gilded age, bringing with it great opulence coinciding with the demise of the old fashioned aristocracy and traditional ways.  Dominated by a society indulging in the refinements of luxurious elegance, the era was defined by women unburdened with financial constraints who were able to gratify themselves with extravagant home entertaining and fin-de-siecle esthetics.

The Gift of Good Manners

The holiday season is a time for celebration and gift giving.  To insure a good time is had by all, there can be no better gift than the gift of good manners™.  No child is too young begin the learning process of civility and no adult is too old to refresh one’s social skills.  Practicing a few simple rules, in advance, will guarantee that the guests as well as the hosts will feel comfortable and relaxed at the holiday table.  Understanding the reason why a rule is, in fact, a rule can be helpful when teaching a young child.   As early as possible engage young children to participate in the process.   Children will learn by watching and doing! Take the time to set the table correctly.  Designate one day a week for each child to set the table. Have a private tea party to make learning not only educational but fun.

Understanding Tea Time Service

Afternoon Tea is one of the most special times of the day.  An occasion one looks forward to with great anticipation and high expectations for a perfect experience.  But have you ever considered what your perfect experience entails to produce?

What is a Tea or Etiquette Consultant?

Just because a person or institution has a high profile, TV presence, books with pretty pictures, attends trade shows, or an attractive advertising campaign does not necessarily mean they are providing accurate information or are the best teachers.  Before signing on for an expensive program, do your homework, consider the source and question the background and credentials from whence the information is provided.

Yerba Mate

Is it a tea or is it an infusion?  The answer is Yerba Mate can be both. Yerba Mate can be a tea provided that the Yerba Mate leaves are blended with tea leaves.  Revered for centuries by the native peoples of the Guarani tribe for its medicinal qualities, of late scientists and consumers alike are rediscovering the wealth of health benefits associated with Yerba Mate.



Ellen Easton’s recipes:


Beverage Recipes:

Apple Tea Toddy

Ellen’s Holiday Tea Blend

Hot Chocolate

How To Brew Perfect Tea

Iced Tea Punch

Maple Tea


Cakes and Tea Bread Recipes:

20-Layer Crepe Cake

Almond Honey Pound Cake

Chocolate Icebox Cake

Cinnamon-Vanilla Tea Cake with Spiced Crumb Topping

Classic Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Classic French Vanilla Cake

Financier Almond Cake

French Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Cream

Gingerbread Tea Loaf

Mini Vanilla Cupcakes

Mississippi Mud Cake

Pumpkin Tea Cake

Reva’s Rose Petit Four Cake

Quatre-Quarts Pound Cakes

Spring Bonnet Petit Fours

Sticky Toffee Sponge Cake


Candy and Cookie Recipes:

Almond Macaroons

Candied Orange Rind

Chewy Ginger Cookies

Crystallized/Candied Edible Flowers

Maple Shortbread Cookies

Mini Chocolate Tea Brownies

Mini Vanilla Meringue Kiss

Orange Blossom Infused Chocolate Truffles

Sugar Cookies

Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Cookies


Condiment Recipes:

Apple Butter

Pumpkin Curd

Rose Petal Jam

Tea Sandwich Spreads (Orange Marmalade Spread and Fig Spread)


Misc. Dessert Recipes:

An Apple A Day
Apple Butter, Apple Biscuit Scones, Apple Boursin Cheese Open Face Finger Sandwiches, and Apple Tea Toddy Recipes

Baked Apple Sauce

Chocolate Bowls

Dark Chocolate Mousse

Hazelnut Creme Filling and Maple Creme Filling

Tea Infused Eggs (Marbelized Eggs)

Tea-Infused Orange Cream Pudding


Savory Recipes:

Almonds – Learn About Almonds
Financier Almond Cake, Almond Glaze, and Almond Whipped Cream Recipes

Betsy’s Black Bean Salad

Chicken Ginger Curry and Toasted Coconut in Endive Leaves – Gluten Free Recipe

Goat Cheese and Fig Cucumber Cups – Gluten Free Recipe

Holiday Pumpkin Soup

Marinated Beet and Roasted Walnut Cornucopia

Mushroom Lemon Dill Tartlet

Reva’s Vegetable Quiche

Roasted Asparagus with Grated Dill Coddled Egg Yolk Recipe

Salmon Mousse with Cucumber Sauce

Tuna Nicoise in Celery Stalk – Gluten Free Recipe


Scone Recipes:

Apple Biscuit Scones

Ellen’s Plain Scones

Holiday Butterscotch-Ginger Tea Scones

Lavender Scones

Orange Cranberry Scones

Plaza Scones – Pastry Chef Jasmina Bojic’s Scones

Rose Petal Drop Scones


Tea Sandwich Recipes:

Apple Boursin Cheese Open Face Finger Sandwiches

Decorated Easter Egg Tea Sandwiches

Tea Sandwich Spreads (Orange Marmalade Spread and Fig Spread)

Turkey-Cranberry Sliders



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72 pages of how to’s, 27 photos, history, etiquette and FAQ about afternoon tea, serving styles and more. 

64 pages, 21 color photos. A complete holiday menu includes 25 easy to prepare recipes; theme teas, decorating & gift ideas; invitation template and secret sources.



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One Response to “TEA TRAVELS – Articles and Recipe Index”

  1. Geraldine Warden

    Love it, Love it. What else can I say? I plan to do each and every thing I can in this article.


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