Elegant Finger FoodsNo one wants a sloppy tea party, so keep this in mind when you are putting together a menu. Small finger sandwiches are ideal for this type of event, and there are many different varieties that will go nicely with tea. Cucumber sandwiches are a perfect fit for a summer tea party wedding reception, while a little heartier finger sandwich would be ideal for winter parties.
Other ideas in this vein include small scones with a selection of different jams and toppings. Lemon curd goes well with both tea and scones, as do fruit-based jams and spreads. Remember to keep the foods small, easy to handle and as mess-free as possible for your tea party wedding reception.
Inventive IdeasHere is a great tip that is quickly becoming popular for tea party wedding receptions. Make small petit fours, and have them decorated using the color scheme you have selected for your wedding. This idea allows you to carry your theme all the way through the reception.
A Tea BarThe main fixture at a tea party wedding reception, is of course, tea. That doesn't mean that you have to stick with just one variety. For a fun event, set up a tea bar that includes teas from around the world. Your guests will then be able to select from a nice Oolong, or an Earl Grey or even a special herbal tea from Malaysia. This makes an afternoon tea party wedding reception a lot of fun and gives your guests more of a variety, particularly if they are looking to reduce their caffeine intake or simply prefer a different type of tea.
A variant of this would be to have everyone bring their favorite tea, and then set up a steeping and sharing station where guests could experiment with different tastes and find new favorites.