Afternoon Children’s Tea Party Menu

Afternoon Children’s Tea Party Menu

Excerpt from AFTERNOON TEA – TIPS, TERMS and TRADITIONS by Ellen Easton ©2006-2020 – All Rights Reserved

Children’s Tea Themes Ideas:

When using imagination, an Afternoon Children’s Tea 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.

Valentine’s Day – Craft a card

Easter – Color eggs

Christmas – Write a letter to Santa; trim the tree

Nutcracker Suite – Learn about the ballet

Birthday Party Tea

Etiquette Tea – Learn table manners and conversation.

Teddy Bear and Doll Tea – Bring your favorite bear or doll to join you for tea and also bring a toy to donate to a charity.

Welcome Tea – Introduce a new schoolmate to others.

Sing-along Tea

Storybook Reading Tea – Bring your favorite book to tea.

Comic Book Character Tea

Dress Up Tea

Princess and Pirates Tea

Craft Projects:

ART – decorate a picture frame, notebook cover, and/or hat

Face painting

FOOD – Sandwich, Cookie, and Cupcake Decorating


Tea Pots – Hats – Story Books – Dolls – Small Toys – Flowers in Teacups – Balloons

Children’s Afternoon Tea Party Menu

Plan your menu keeping in mind that children can be finicky eaters and others may have food allergies.

The usual custom is to either serve three or four selections for both the sandwich and sweet courses.  Do balance the menu to include different flavors and textures. Caffeinated tea for children is not recommended. However, there are many other beverage alternatives that may be substituted and served in a teacup. Cookies cutters will come in handy to create various shapes for sandwiches and sweets.

Decorative garnishes: colored sprinkles, sanding sugar, toasted nuts, shredded coconut flakes, food coloring, raisins, and assorted candies.

Sandwiches and Savory Selections:

Do not duplicate breads.  Place your fillings on white, rye, whole wheat, croissants, mini sliders, raisin bread, pita, or any other bread of your choice. Unless you are serving a large selection, try not to serve two cheese spreads on the same menu.

Egg Salad Tea SandwichesTurkey

Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches


Tuna Salad

Nutella Spread and Banana

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Cinnamon Cream Cheese

American Cheese and; Ham

Cream Cheese & Cucumber

Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato

Cinnamon Toast


Afternoon Children's Tea Menu Scones
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Mini Scones

Orange Cranberry Scones

Devonshire Cream or Whipped Cream

Raspberry Jam


Afternoon Children's Tea
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Spring Bonnet Petit Fours

Mini Chocolate Tea Brownie Bites

Gingerbread Tea Loaf

Sticky Toffee Sponge Cake


children's Afternoon Tea Menu Cookies
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Sugar Cookies – Comic Tea Sweets and Teacup Cookies

Maple Shortbread Cookies

Rice Krispies Treats

Afternoon Children's Tea Menu Lemon Bars
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Lemon Bars or Lemon Bar Teapot

Afternoon Children's Tea
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Pots de Creme

Cream Puffs with Orange Cream

Parfait – Creme Brulee, sherbet or Ice Cream


Afternoon Children's Tea Menu Cupcakes
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Classic Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Mini Vanilla Cupcakes

Mississippi Mud Mini Cakes

Chocolate bowls
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Sorbet Balls in Chocolate Bowls with Mini Fruit Bites and Strawberry Sauce

Fruit and Melon Ball Kabobs with Mini Marshmallows

Apple in Caramel Sauce or Mini Caramel Lady Apple

Beverage Selections:

Afternoon Children's Tea menu Beverages
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Rooibos Tea

Fruit Juice

Fruit Shake

Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Milk

Herbal Infusions

Pink or Yellow Lemonade

Check out more of Ellen Easton’s Tea Travels™ articles and recipes.  Learn about the History of English High Tea and more delicious Afternoon Tea Recipes.

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Comments and Reviews

3 Responses to “Afternoon Children’s Tea Party Menu”

  1. sera kurusiga

    Appreciate all the ideas. I am planning a tea party for my grand-daughter (4 yrs) and name sake and also a grandson (1yr) on the 3rd of June. I will try out some of these.

  2. Ruth A Flordelis

    I bought some teapot of Royal Roberts , I like the design . I’m planning to have tea party kind of with my girls and my granddaughter one of this weekend for the first time . Thanks for all the ideas . It should be fun!

  3. Simon

    What a fantastic idea! An Afternoon Children’s Tea Party Menu sounds like an absolute delight. It’s wonderful to see the thoughtfulness put into creating a menu that caters specifically to young ones. The combination of whimsical finger sandwiches, bite-sized pastries, and colorful desserts must make for an enchanting spread. And offering various teas, or perhaps some creative mocktail options, adds an educational and fun element for the kids. The tea party concept encourages social interaction and introduces children to the joys of sharing good food and company. It’s heartwarming to imagine them enjoying miniature treats and feeling all grown-up. Your Children’s Tea Party Menu will surely create cherished memories for the little ones and their families. Kudos on such a delightful idea!


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