5 Essentials For...Children's Afternoon Tea (Buckets of Tea Guest Posts)

If you are new around here, Hi, I'm Becky and if there is one thing I love its a list! With this in mind I created the 5 Essentials For, a guest post series for parenting and lifestyle bloggers. This week Candace shares her top 5 essentials for afternoon tea. This just sounds like so much fun, and something my kids would love, I can't wait to create a perfect afternoon tea using Candace's essentials!

Candace is a 40 something lifestyle blogger. Her blog, Buckets Of Tea is her space on the web where she can write all about the things in her life that give her inspiration, happiness and hope...all whilst she drink my way through buckets of tea! Find Candace over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Let's hand over to Candace...

I’m an absolute fan of afternoon tea and I make it my mission to regularly review afternoon tea for my blog.  As much as I like going out for afternoon tea sometimes we find it fun to have a homemade afternoon tea.  Afternoon tea is all about the occasion.  On such occasions a little extra effort needs to be taken to jazz up standard sandwiches and cake and if you have a cake stand to serve the tea on, all the better.  

Our family’s top five essentials to include for a homemade afternoon tea are:

1. Finger Sandwiches and Rolls

Our favourite sandwich filling is egg mayo on white bread, crusts cut off and cut into fingers.  We are also fans of mini croissants filled with grated cheese and ham.

2. Scones

No afternoon tea is complete without scones.  We love these chocolate chip scones still warm fresh from the oven.  It’s also an easy recipe for young children to help to make.

Remember scones can also be savoury as well as sweet and this easy recipe from Becky for cheese and chive scones would be a lovely addition to a children’s afternoon tea.

3. Cupcakes

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 a 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, sprinkled with crushed meringue and a drizzle of chocolate ice cream sauce.  
We also mix things up with sponge, strawberries and strawberry custard with strawberry sauce and crushed meringue or chocolate cake, raspberries, chocolate custard, crushed meringue and raspberry sauce.  Again, the kids can get involved making these.


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

What are your favourite additions for afternoon tea? Do you have 5 more essentials? If you are a blogger or reader and want to share your 5 Essentials for Afternoon Tea, or in fact your 5 essesntials anything, then get in touch by emailing me at oneluckymummy2013@gmail.com and use 5 Essentials in the subject line. 

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