Children’s Afternoon Tea Ideas

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I think it is fair to say I am a huge fan of afternoon tea and I make it my mission to regularly review afternoon tea for this bog. As much as we like going out for tea sometimes we find it fun to have a homemade afternoon tea especially when we are looking for a child-friendly tea.

Our family favourites to include for a homemade afternoon tea are:

Finger Sandwiches And Rolls

Afternoon tea should always start with some savoury finger rolls and sandwiches. Our favourites are egg and cress milk rolls and we are also fans of mini croissants filled with grated cheese and ham.


  • 4 eggs
  • 2-3 tbsp mayo
  • 6 small milk rolls
  • Cress
  • Ground pepper

To make the egg and cress milk rolls:

  • Boil eggs for 8 minutes, shell and chop
  • Once cool, mix with mayo and ground pepper
  • Cut the milk rolls in half and slice part of the way down the middle
  • Add the egg mayo and top with cress

Vegetable Dips

To add a little healthiness to the afternoon tea carrot sticks and celery along with breadsticks make an ideal accompaniment with dips such as hummus or homemade salsa.


What better way to begin the scone course than we a tasty cheese scone? this recipe is easy to make and the kids will love helping to make these tasty cheese scones. You will need

  • 200g self-raising flour, plus a little more for dusting
  • 50g butter at room temperature
  • 25g porridge oats
  • 100g of cheddar and red Leicester
  • Pinch of paprika
  • 150ml milk

To make the cheese scones:

  1. 1. Heat oven to 220c/fan 200c/gas 7.
  2. Place the flour and paprika in a bowl and rub in the butter.
  3. Stir in the oats and cheese, then add the milk a little at a time. You want a consistency that can be rolled.
  4. Dust the surface with a little flour and roll out the dough to 2cm thick.
  5. Using a pastry cutter and cut out scones.
  6. Place on a greased and floured tray and brush with milk.
  7. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

No afternoon tea is complete without a sweet scone.  As this is a children’s afternoon tea party why not make a chocolate chip scone:

We love this chocolate chip scone still warm fresh from the oven.  It’s also an easy recipe for young children to help to make. You can get the recipe by signing up for the Buckets Of Tea Club newsletter in the sidebar.


Who doesn’t like cupcakes?  They are easy to make and kids love to get involved especially with the icing and decorations.  They can be as simple as butterfly cakes with vanilla buttercream to more adventurous cupcakes like these cola cupcakes with peanut frosting.


I love making little simple trifles for the kids to eat as it’s an easy way of getting them to eat some fruit.  My children love banana trifles which are made with cubes of sponge placed in the bottom of a little cup or glass, topped with some sliced banana then covered with a couple of spoons of ready-made custard. 

We also mix things up with sponge, strawberries and strawberry custard.  As a little treat, I crumble a little meringue on top with a small drizzle of ice cream syrup.  Again, the kids can get involved in making these.

Alternatively, try my chocolate and raspberry trifle which is sure to impress any little one as well as the adults.



Instead of tea why not serve a homemade fruit milkshake?  Simply blend some berries and a banana with some natural yogurt and a little milk.  The milkshakes look adorable served in little milk bottles with straws.

Is there anything else that you would serve at a children’s afternoon tea party?

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