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45 KIDS’ TEA PARTY FOOD IDEAS PLUS KIDS’ TEA PARTY MENU
Here is a list of delicious kids’ tea party food ideas, everything from finger sandwiches to tea cakes, tasty sweet and savoury recipes.
Whether the afternoon tea is for a birthday party or other celebration, these recipes and ideas will have all the kids asking for more!
I’ve put together a quick afternoon tea party menu to give you a framework from which you can plan your own menu.
After you’ve taken a look through the menu, scroll down to the roundup of sweet and savoury recipes that you can use for homemade afternoon tea party food.
KIDS TEA PARTY MENU
Use this list of food perfect for a tea party to put together a menu for your child’s birthday celebration.
A great way to make things fun and easy is to offer finger foods-small, easy-to-eat items that don’t require utensils or assistance for little ones.
With finger food firmly in mind, here is a list of food ideas for a children’s tea party:
1. FINGER SANDWICHES
Remove the crusts and slice sandwiches into fingers or triangles. Alternatively, use cookie cutters to create fun shapes.
Top with sprinkles or edible glitter for an added creative flourish.
2. MINI QUICHES
Mini quiches are perfect bite-sized food for afternoon tea parties.
3. PINWHEEL SANDWICHES
Pinwheel sandwiches made from wraps are great alternatives to traditional sandwiches.
4. SAUSAGE ROLLS
Sausage rolls – whether meat-based or vegetarian – are absolute retro-party staples. There are some scrumptious alternatives to the classic version around.
5. CLASSIC PARTY SNACKS
No kids’ tea party table is complete without some savoury snacks. They are the ballast that helps keep the sugar levels more manageable!!
Grazing bowls filled with crisps/potato chips of various varieties always go down as savoury snacks to balance out the sugar.
I also know many kids love cheese straws and breadsticks or grissini.
Scones are well-known for afternoon tea parties served with jam and cream. Plus, they’re easy to make! Cheese scones are a great savoury addition to an afternoon tea menu.
Use interesting-shaped cookie cutters for homebaked cookies or sprinkle them with decorations.
8. TEA CAKES
Tea cakes are the highlight of any tea gathering. A French Fondant Fancy is the perfect cake for a kids’ afternoon tea party. Mini Victoria sponge cakes are fun, and cupcakes are super easy to make.
Mini brownies decorated with sprinkles give extra visual appeal and are a great size for little hands to manage.
Macarons are a great way to create an elegant atmosphere at a tea party for tweens or teens. With many beautiful colours, they make the perfect centrepiece of a cake stand.
10. COLOURFUL CANDY
Adding small, colourful bowls of treats like M&Ms, and Skittles is a good way to make your party food look fun and appealing.
11. CHOCOLATE FONDUE OR CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN
Kids of all ages love melted chocolate, so make afternoon tea more interactive with chocolate fondue and assorted sweet treats like marshmallows or strawberries for dipping.
12. FRESH FRUIT
If you need to ensure something healthy, try making fruit skewers or placing chopped fruit in grazing bowls on the table for everyone to enjoy.
13. JELLY AND ICE-CREAM
Bring back the nostalgia of UK kids’ parties with a delicious and modern twist: Jelly and ice cream using Ben & Jerry’s and fruit-flavoured jelly.
45 KIDS TEA PARTY FOOD IDEAS
Pick and choose a selection of sweet and savoury recipes and ideas from the list to create an afternoon tea that will delight kids.
SAVOURY AFTERNOON TEA IDEAS
This is a selection of recipes and ideas for afternoon tea party savoury food, finger foods, sandwiches, sandwich fillings, mini quiches, pinwheels, sausage rolls, savoury scones and sliders.
SWEET TEA PARTY MENU IDEAS
A selection of recipes, ideas and inspiration for sweet tea party food, sweet treats, scones, macarons, tea cakes, fruit skewers, chocolate fondue, cookies and more.
HOW TO MAKE A KIDS’ BIRTHDAY TEA EXTRA SPECIAL
There are a few things you can do to make a birthday tea party extra special for the birthday boy or girl and their guests.
- Give the tea party a theme – go with a classic like a teddy bear tea party, or give the party a colour theme for older kids.
- Include a DIY activity as part of the tea party fun – set up a cupcake decorating station or have the kids bake their own cupcakes or scones.
- Serve finger sandwiches with fun fillings rather than traditional fillings; think Nutella and banana, sprinkles and cream cheese. Cut finger sandwiches with fun-shaped cookie cutters for added creativity.
- Use fancy cake stands and afternoon tea stands to create a visual feast.
- Make a homemade fruity mocktail and serve it from a fancy jug into fancy party cups or glasses.
Related: Free PDF printable tea party colouring booklet for toddlers and preschoolers
OVER TO YOU
No matter what food you choose for your kids’ tea party, make sure to include something for everyone. With creativity and imagination, you can create a fun and memorable afternoon tea experience that your kids and their friends will love.
Don’t forget to read my post on hosting a wonderful afternoon tea party for kids and teens for even more ideas and inspiration.
Hello, I’m Luci, founder of Mums Make Lists (Est. 2011). Over the last decade or so, I have combined my experience as a mum, journalist and shopping editor to create useful guides and lists of ideas and inspiration to make it easier for busy parents to plan and host kids’ parties and find great gifts. Plus I create beautiful party printables, from invites to party games. Read more.