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An Afternoon Tea
Dainty little tea sandwiches On a sunny afternoon Served with delicate tea In pretty china teacups Buttery shortbread cookies Ladies dressed in soft Flowing dresses and flowery hats Perched on the edge their seats Complimenting the host on her recipes
Well, that was the traditional afternoon tea, and still is for those who love the nostalgia of long ago. And that's fine. But if you're a modern girl or guy, you will probably want to experiment with new recipes and ideas for tea parties.
If you plan a traditional party, then choose cucumber, watercress, or a spread like pimento cheese for your sandwiches. Hummus is another spread possibility, one that has become more popular these days.
The idea is to serve dainty, finger sandwiches. They are not meant to be filling and you shouldn't have to work at them. A few tiny bites and you're done and ready for dessert – a few shortbread cookies or pecan sandies, maybe. A sip of tea and don't forget the pinkie pose!
Loaf sandwiches are another sandwich that's perfect for an afternoon tea. This is a sandwich made in the shape of a loaf, then sliced to serve.
Breads usually have the crusts cut off, remember we don't want to work at eating these little sandwiches. Choose country white, whole wheat, rye, pumpernickel or raisin bread.
A modern version of the tea sandwich would be those mini pocket pitas or mini croissants filled with your favorite hummus or salad sandwich recipe. Served with cucumber chips, raspberry herbal iced tea, and brownie bites and you have the perfect modern tea party.
Here are is a list of some traditional and non-traditional recipes for your afternoon tea.