To go with our last blog on tea party wedding themes, we thought we’d write up some of our ideas for menus. The beauty of the theme is that you don’t need expensive, grandiose meals. The authenticity of a vintage tea party wedding comes largely from the food; delicate sandwiches with locally-sourced fillings and sweet, flaking pastries and pies.
A major part of the day’s décor comes from the vivid colours of the fruits and jams on offer, too. They can add beautiful detail to an outdoor wedding in the summer and are a delicious refreshment for your guests. Just like the theme, the menu can be versatile: authentic canapés or intricate and adventurous dips and spices, hearty sausage rolls or exotic flavour combinations like chocolate and beetroot cake.
Here’s a few ideas for a basic tea party wedding menu…
– Smoked salmon with dill and cream cheese –
– Brie and cranberry –
– Goat’s cheese and watercress –
– Mature Cheddar and spicy tomato chutney –
– Wensleydale cheese with apple and walnut –
– Cucumber, cream cheese and dill –
– Wiltshire ham and English mustard –
– Smoked salmon with a lemon and dill cream cheese –
– Egg mayonnaise with watercress –
– Chicken, Parmesan and basil –
– Italian ham and blue cheese –
– Hummus, grated carrot, beetroot and pumpkin seeds –
– Curried chicken, raisins and pine nuts –
– Roasted vegetables and haloumi –
– Mini spinach, feta and pine nut filo tarts –
– Sundried tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto on sourdough circles –
– Spiced pea and potato samosas –
– Beef and horseradish crème fraiche Yorkshire puddings –
– Sausage rolls –
And while you need to have scones at your party, there’s always the option to have a selection of different jams and jellies to try them with. Gooseberry, apple, strawberry, apricot, blueberry, blackberry, cherry, plum, rhubarb, pear, the list goes on…
If you don’t fancy plain scones, you could try a mix of sweet scones, like chocolate chip or apple and cinnamon, or some savoury cheese scones – like cheese and asparagus.
You can let your imagination run wild with cakes and sweet dishes. Either save your wedding cake for the great final dish, or add a few sweet slices of drizzle cakes, carrot cakes, or crème patissiere in pastry puffs. You really can do anything you like!
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