24 Delicious Tea Sandwiches Perfect for Tea Parties

Looking for tea sandwich recipes for your next tea party? If you’re looking for finger sandwiches that are adorable and tasty, I’ve got them right here!

Tea Sandwiches

Tea sandwiches are bite-sized sandwiches made to be eaten in the afternoon at tea time. 

  • Also called finger sandwiches, they should be easy to handle.
  • Sized to be a light snack and to be eaten in 2-3 bites.
  • Usually crustless to give it a dainty and delicate look.
  • They’re the first course of an afternoon tea.

Because they’re small and easy to eat with your hands, tea sandwiches are great finger foods to serve as appetizer for parties or for baby and bridal showers.

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My Secret to Perfectly Shaped Tea Sandwiches

Cookie cutters are the perfect tool to making sandwiches look uniform.

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Questions You May Have

How many tea sandwiches should I make for each person?
For each person, prepare 3-4 tea sandwiches if you’re serving these with scones and bite-sized sweets.

Can I make these tea sandwiches ahead of time?
The sandwich fillings can usually be prepped a day or two before.

Assemble the sandwiches the night before and cover with wax paper then a damp paper towel in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will keep the sandwiches fresh overnight without drying out the bread.

How can I prevent the sandwiches from getting soggy?
To keep the sandwiches from becoming soggy, make sure that there is a layer of mayonnaise or butter on the side that is touching the bread. Cucumber sandwiches are the trickiest to keep fresh so I would recommend assembling the day of.

What’s the best tea to pair with tea sandwiches?
Traditionally, black tea is served with afternoon tea and they pair great with tea sandwiches. I recommend whole loose tea like Ceylon or Darjeeling and you can’t go wrong with a classic black tea blend like Earl Grey.

Tea Sandwich Tips

  • Frozen bread cuts a lot more neatly than room temperature bread.
  • Get a loaf of white bread that hasn’t been sliced and cut it horizontally to get the most surface area to cut bread circles out of.
  • For messy fillings, it’s easier to handle if you put them into plastic sandwich bags and use it as a piping bag by cutting off a corner.

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24 Tea Sandwiches for Tea Time

Serve these mini sandwiches with perfectly brewed tea and your guests will be raving!



Delicious Tea Sandwiches for Tea Time

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  • 9 months ago

    Coming over from the tea drinkers group! These all look fabulous! We have our own herbal tea farm and tea shop online. We have a great affiliate program if you are ever interested 🙂 Cheers!

  • Nat L
    1 month ago

    Thanks for the article, links, recipes! Ordered the cookie cutters which worked perfectly, and the little wooden forks were just right!! Everyone loved the spicy avocado sandwiches (I made with dark rye as I could not find pumpernickel at any of my local stores), and the cucumber ones were refreshing! Thanks again!!

    • Oh, How Civilized
      4 weeks ago

      Wonderful! Happy to hear the tea sandwiches were hits!

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