If you’ve read the much-loved tale of The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr, you’ll know that little Sophie was visited by a very hungry beast who ate and drank everything in her house. This cheeky tale is now being retold live on stage and is currently touring the UK. It’s one of the best things to do in Poole with kids, so why not book your tickets today for a fun day out?
In the meantime, let’s think about more civilised tea parties that (ideally) don’t involve big cats. They’re a great way to mark a special occasion and often feature delicious treats for all to enjoy. With this in mind, here are five of the best finger foods to serve at a tea party.
Cute little cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off are a perfect addition to any afternoon food table. Cut into triangles, they’re easy to hold, healthy and utterly delicious. While cucumber is a popular choice of sandwich filling, you could also go for classics such as egg mayonnaise with cress, or tuna and sweetcorn for a little bit of variety.
Mini ham and cheese quiches are another savoury treat that are sure to get taste buds tingling. With a buttery pie crust loaded with soft, creamy egg mixture and plenty of cheese, these snacks can be rustled up in a regular muffin tin and baked to perfection. They’re little bites of heaven that will undoubtedly satisfy your tea party guests.
A somewhat civilised addition to a tea party, smoked salmon and cream cheese crostinis are filling, delicious and easy to make. As a party like this usually consists of lots of mini items that people can pop on their plate, crostinis are the ideal size. If you don’t like smoked salmon then feel free to play around with other toppings such as mozzarella, tomato and basil.
Steal the show with some homemade scotch eggs. These are surprisingly easy to make and with a variety of recipes online you won’t be short of choice. Don’t fancy making your own? Then buy scotch eggs with a whole egg inside, cut them in half and sprinkle with pepper and herbs for an eye-catching finish.
Now for the sweet stuff. No tea party would be complete without a fair serving of sugar. Mini lemon meringue pies combine the sharp, tangy flavour of lemons with soft meringue and melt in your mouth pastry. Go the extra mile by making your own lemon curd. This is easier than you might think to whip up and jars of lemon curd can be stored in the fridge for several weeks.
If you’re looking for ‘plays near me’ don’t miss The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Research ‘theatres near me’ and locate a showing close by. The production offers a great day out for the whole family and as there’s no interval, it’s especially designed for little ones.