Tea Party Tea Sandwiches :: 3 Filling Recipes

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I’m so excited for the return of Downton Abbey.  We were late to the party on this one, but played catch up last Spring just in time to watch this new season live.  I can’t help but wonder if the show’s popularity will cause a surge in tea parties for showers and other occasions.  Either way a tea party is as classic and timeless as it gets and I’ve shared quite a few ideas for them here on the blog.

I love the mini foods served at a tea party, especially tea sandwiches {I’m definitely more of a savory lover than a sweets lover}.  They’re just so cute and full of flavor, and the possibilities for fillings are endless.  Here are 3 fantastic tea sandwich fillings that you should add to your list of things to try: chicken salad; pineapple-nut; apricot & ham.  Make sure to use fresh white bread for a classic tea sandwich, or wheat for an updated “healthier” version.

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Chicken Salad filling

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded or chopped chicken
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (or more if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup celery, diced
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted

Chop chicken very finely (I put it in a food processor and pulsed 3-4 times until minced).

In a bowl, combine chicken and mayonnaise, and mix well. Add curry and continue to mix.

Fold in remaining ingredients.

Spread on bread, top with another slice, remove crusts, and cut into shapes.

Pineapple-Nut filling

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Combine cream cheese and crushed pineapple until well blended.

Add pecans and fold into mixture.

Spread on one slice of bread and top with other. Remove crusts and cut into shapes as desired.

Apricot & Ham filling

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • sliced ham

Combine cream cheese and preserves until well blended.

Spread a layer on both slices of bread, place a slice of ham on one side, and top with the other side. Cut off crusts and cut in to shapes as desired.

Be sure to follow these tips for serving tea sandwiches at your next tea party:

  • Make the fillings a day ahead so the flavors have time to fully develop.
  • Spread your filling on the bread, cut off the crusts, and cover sandwiches with a damp paper towel.  Wrap them with saran wrap and refrigerate until ready to set out for the party.  This will keep the bread from drying out.
  • Cut each of the different sandwich flavors into different shapes.  Here I cut the chicken salad into rectangles, the pineapple-nut into hearts {using a cookie cutter}, and the apricot & ham into triangles.  This makes them easily recognizable as well as adds a decorative touch. You can even print out a sign so guests know which shape correlates to which flavor.
  • Use a serrated edge knife to get clean cuts through the bread.
  • Remember these ingredient measurements can be increased or decreased according to your own taste.  The idea is to combine the given flavors, but you may want to add a more or less mayonnaise,  nuts, or cream cheese if you like it a certain way.

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Which sounds like your favorite?  Do you plan on hosting a tea party this year?


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Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Sounds great! I’m having a tea party for my granddaughter’s Girl Scout troop. I think I’ll use these recipes. I wonder how many sandwiches the fillings will make?

  2. Lovely! I’m hosting an afternoon tea party and these are just what i was looking for! Thanks!

  3. These look and sound amazing…Oh, and I’m here from Blondie’s Journal.
    I am not planning a tea party any time soon but these would be adorable to serve to my Bunco group…the ladies would adore these pretty sandwiches. Can’t wait for April to get here so I can make them…help me decide on sides to serve…I know what desserts I will make.
    Thanks so much. bj

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