An afternoon tea buffet with a carrot cake muffins and tea

Afternoon tea party at home

Are you looking for a nice way to spend an afternoon with friends or family at home? Do you need some inspiration for something different than pizza? We have prepared for you the perfect afternoon tea at home, with easy recipes, which however promise total success!


Spending some time with friends at home shouldn’t be stressful. That’s why, if you decided to cook for them, plan your menu early. You can even cook some of the things ahead. This way, you will not be stressed the day of the afternoon tea party. A lot of the recipes we are sharing with you, can be cooked ahead and put in the freezer.

  1. Decide what you will cook.
  2. After reading each recipe make a list of the things you will need to buy.
  3. If you decide to cook some things ahead, split your shopping list accordingly.
  4. Check if for every recipe you have the right serving utensils.
  5. Make sure that you have a nice and clean tablecloth.
A carrot cake served in a plate with a fork. Around it there are some flowers
Carrot cake – Recipe from Madame Ginger

The days of shopping

If you have decided to split the cooking process and cook some things ahead, split your shopping list accordingly. On the first shopping day, you should buy everything for the recipes that you decided to cook ahead, as well as the ingredients that you need for the other ones such as flour and sugar. Buy fresh vegetables, ham and fruit one day before the afternoon tea party.

The days of cooking

What I found is always very useful for me is to organise myself well before I start cooking. It is important that your cooking surface is clean. Put all the ingredients you will need in front of you (Mise en place), measure the right quantities and have your recipe book / iPad, etc. next to you. Check if you need to preheat the oven and now you are ready to start cooking!

An afternoon tea table, with sandwiches, a cake muffins and tea served

The day of the afternoon party

Take the things you have already cooked out of the refrigerator, so that they gradually come to room temperature. Cook the rest of the things you have decided to. Set your table. Don’t forget to put some flowers and decorate it appropriately. In case you want, you can warm up the things from the freezer for just a few seconds in the microwave.

Now it’s time for you to get ready and wear a beautiful smile to welcome your guests. We wish you a great time with them!

Stay tuned to find out more about the recipes we suggest for the most tasty afternoon tea party!

Somebody sitting in front of a table with an afternoon tea, cakes and muffins served

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