Throwing your own tea party literally puts you in control of the budget and the food selection. With no time to spare baking tarts, scones and cakes, these no-bake afternoon tea food ideas can be quite friendly also to the pocket.
1. Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse
Add a merry round of sweetness into your tea party spread with this mini-strawberry cheesecake mousse. The sweetness of chocolates and citrus-y goodness of the strawberries gives a sense of balance to the bitter sensation of the various tea flavors on the menu. All it takes is to melt chocolates and mix them with graham cracker crumbs as cupcake base. Fill them with pureed strawberries folded into whipped cream. Refrigerate for a few hours and then, top them all with a mixture of strawberry cream, cream cheese, lemon zest, vanilla and sugar. Place mango slices layered on top with a strawberry slice at the center. Refrigerate and serve when the tea party commences. Great for summer!
2. Frozen Key Lime Pies
Probably one of the most popular high tea food ideas usually served in the summer, this one can be prepared year-round. Think about such silky smooth sweet filling as any key lime pie–only in miniature pieces and frozen to perfection. All it takes is to crush those adorable graham crackers and mix them with soft cream cheese. Whip up the topping with key lime juice and sweetened condensed milk, and voila! Those cute little dessert spoon at tea time will definitely do these sensational dessert justice.
3. Egg-and-Bacon Brioche Soldiers
Ditch the usual egg-and-chive tea sandwiches. Instead go for more bold and filling egg and bacon brioche soldiers. Brunch-inspired, this no-bake afternoon tea food idea is quite easy to prepare. The boiled egg and mayo mixture can be prepared the fortnight while buttering and grilling of the brioche loaf as well as the flipping of those tasty bacon can be done in a jiffy. Assemble the sandwiches then, cut them into rectangular slices and voila—finger foods to titillate your taste buds!
4. Mini Salt Beef Bagels
Add a touch of sophistication to your afternoon tea party with these finger sandwiches. Healthy and flavorful, these little bites appeal to the taste buds and visuals. To make simply make a pickle out of radishes overnight. Toast those bagels and spread with mustardy creme fraiche before topping with thinly sliced roast beef and pickled radishes. Tangy and delicate yet astoundingly delicious!
5. 2-Ingredient No-Bake Mini-Cupcakes
What is a tea party with no cupcakes? Instead of time-consuming baking, this 2-ingredient no-bake mini-cupcakes will do the trick. All you need is a pack of LÄRABARs (preferably, the 16-pack variety for more flavors and selections). You can buy it now from Amazon and choose only the flavors you want for the spread. Purely customizable, it is also vegan and gluten-free. Simply break each bar into half and mold it into your mini-muffin liner. Fill with a dollop of sugar-free vegan marshmallow fluff and add toppings of your choice of sprinkles, shredded coconut, dried fruits, or chocolate chips or slivers. Makes a great addition to kiddie tea parties!
LÄRABAR 16-Flavor Variety Pack
These no-bake afternoon tea food ideas are but tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of recipes which offer no hassle and less prep time than the usual. You can try lemony crab and cucumber clubs or any club sandwich of your choice. Or perhaps, no-bake macaroons and other sensationally sweet desserts. Besides, there really is no rules when it comes to food for tea parties. The idea is to not wear yourself out to be able to enjoy the festivities without sacrificing the taste of the foods you serve.