5 Recipes for the Perfect Springtime Tea Party

Throw your own tea party, complete with drinks, finger foods and sweets with these delicious and delicate recipes that are sure to please a crowd.
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Whether you’re hosting a bridal shower, a birthday party or celebrating Mother’s Day, springtime and teatime are natural companions. High tea is called “high” because it is served at a table, rather than while sitting in low and comfortable chairs. British lower classes had tea and sandwiches for the evening meal, while upper-class Brits consumed tea as a midafternoon event that replaced lunch. Scones, elegant cakes and dainty finger foods were standard fare.

Using those special linen napkins or granny’s pretty teacups, serve up your very own interpretation of teatime.

This menu incorporates Mississippi early produce, Mississippi tea, fresh flavors and easy serving. Tea production in Mississippi is flourishing. Not long ago, the only tea growers in North America were outside of Charleston, South Carolina. Since 2012, tea is being grown, harvested, steeped and poured right in local Mississippi counties. Brewing tea is an art and brings to mind simpler times, connections to other worlds and possibly political upheaval. Even with its colorful and sometimes violent history, we consider it a civilized beverage. 

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