14 Vegan Tea Party Recipes To Serve + Tips For Hosting

Vegan tea parties offer an excellent opportunity for socializing and having fun with friends and family from diverse dietary backgrounds. The tradition of afternoon tea originated in 19th century Britain, where Duchess Anna’s craving for a mid-day snack led her to pair tea with light refreshments before the evening meal.

Today, this delightful gathering has become a global phenomenon. Why not vegans join in on the fun too? By embracing this time-honored tradition and adapting it to their plant-based lifestyle, vegans can share a unique experience with others while promoting empathy and understanding for their choices.

Tools and Decor


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When it comes to teacups and teapots, I’m completely enamored. The delicate combination of cuteness and elegance is undeniable. While they’re primarily used for sipping tea, I must confess that I’ve been known to indulge in other beverages from them as well – much like with wine glasses, where I enjoy a glass of apple juice, pretending it’s the real thing. It may seem peculiar, but hey, being an adult is all about embracing your quirks.

Interestingly, the tradition of holding one’s little finger upright while sipping tea from these teacups actually ceased when British cup manufacturers shifted to producing a different type of cup. This subtle shift was originally employed as a balancing technique.Of course, you’ll need something to pour the tea from – which is why I prefer matching cups and pots that exude an air of harmony

Tea ( Duh.)


Ultimately, the pièce de résistance is selecting a suitable tea blend that resonates with your taste buds. While it’s open to experimentation with various options, traditional afternoon tea enthusiasts can opt for four timeless classics: Assam, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, and Lapsang Souchong. These stalwarts of the world of tea offer a reliable foundation for crafting an unforgettable afternoon tea experience.

Milk


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For those who cherish traditional English tea, this consideration ranks second in importance. While I’ve always preferred my tea unsweetened and unadulterated by milk or creamer, I understand the appeal of Oatly’s Barista for many. This plant-based milk alternative offers a rich, creamy texture that perfectly complements the nuances of a well-brewed cup of tea.

Savory Finger Food


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While traditional afternoon tea parties typically feature a variety of savory finger foods, such as small sandwiches and bites, there is one ingredient that stands out from the rest – cucumber. Its refreshing flavor and versatility make it a staple in many tea party spreads. But what if you’re looking to cater to vegan guests? Fear not! We’ve compiled a few delicious and visually stunning recipes that are sure to impress. For instance, the Cucumber Tea Sandwich is a classic combination of thinly sliced cucumber and cream cheese, served on whole wheat bread for a light and satisfying bite. Then there’s the Mediterranean Pinwheels, which bring together the flavors of hummus, cucumber, and sprouts in a neat and tidy package. And finally, Spicy Chickpea Avocado Cucumber Bites offer a delightful combination of cool and spicy, with crispy chickpeas adding a satisfying crunch. With these recipes on hand, you’ll be well-equipped to host a vegan afternoon tea party that your guests will never forget.

Tea Cakes and Scones


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When it comes to pairing tea with sweet treats, tea cakes and scones are a classic combination. These delightful baked goods can be enjoyed with a variety of jams, but berry-based options like strawberry, raspberry, or blueberry are particularly well-suited to complement the soothing quality of tea. And let’s be honest, there’s something special about indulging in dessert at an afternoon tea party – it’s as if you’ve earned permission to treat yourself without a hint of guilt (except perhaps on your birthday). The thought of savoring sweet treats alongside good company and a steaming pot of tea is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. In fact, the possibilities are endless when it comes to pairing tea with dessert, as evidenced by the diverse array of sweet treats that can be enjoyed in this context. From classic strawberry shortcakes to more exotic options like cherry almond cake or blueberry lemon almond cake, and even decadent chocolate peanut butter cupcakes or traditional Swedish semla buns (which just so happen to be gluten-free), there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Tiny Sweets and Pastries


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Aquafaba macarons, the delightfully airy and tender treats, are a perfect canvas for showcasing stunning visuals. Super Golden Bakes’ photo, capturing the essence of these bite-sized wonders, is a testament to the beauty that can be achieved in the world of baking. Meanwhile, the sweetness of Drunken Strawberries takes center stage as Julie Blanner’s captivating image presents an intimate moment with nature’s splendor. Lastly, Petit Fours, courtesy of Neurotic Mommy, demonstrate how even the smallest creations can pack a visual punch when paired with clever composition and artistic flair.

Other Drinks

When it comes to beverages, it’s a good idea to offer a variety of options beyond just serving tea. Some refreshing alternatives that my family enjoys are homemade rose and strawberry lemonades, as well as vegan and organic soda options. Additionally, infused waters featuring flavors like berry and mint can also be a great choice. These options can help cater to different tastes and preferences among your guests.

Champagne


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For enthusiasts of traditional afternoon tea parties, the serving of champagne is often a staple at special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries. However, there’s no rule that says you can’t indulge in some pinkish-beige bubbly fun on a Tuesday afternoon. In fact, why not treat yourself to a glass (or two) without apology? The world could always use a little more sparkle and a lot less judgment.

What are *your* favorite vegan tea party recipes?

Summary

When planning a vegan tea party, the key to success lies in offering a diverse and delicious selection of dishes that cater to your guests’ tastes. With 14 unique recipes and ideas to draw from, you’ll be well on your way to hosting an unforgettable afternoon affair. From savory sandwiches to decadent desserts, this impressive array of options ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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