Tea Party Tea Sandwiches :: 3 Filling Recipes

Here are 3 fillings for tea party tea sandwiches. Make them all to give your guests variety, and cut them into cute shapes for presentation.

Today I’m sharing tea party tea sandwiches – 3 filling recipes for you to make and offer your guests variety. 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.

A tea party is as classic and timeless as it gets when it comes to entertaining, and I’ve shared quite a few ideas for them here, including my modern-meets-vintage luncheon. These sandwiches would be a great addition to that party.

Speaking of tea parties, 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.

Here are 3 fillings for tea party tea sandwiches. Make them all to give your guests variety, and cut them into cute shapes for presentation.

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.

Here are 3 fillings for tea party tea sandwiches. Make them all to give your guests variety, and cut them into cute shapes for presentation.

Which sounds like your favorite?  Do you plan on hosting a tea party this year? Find more inspiration in our tea party section.


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  1. Ginny says

    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. Robyn says

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

  3. says

    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

    • Chris says

      I agree, BJ. We women love little tea sandwiches ANY time!
      As for sides, deviled eggs are always gobbled up, as well as green salads or pasta salads.

  4. says

    These sandwiches look so cute! What a great idea to offer a wide variety of sweet and savory fillings, and to change up the shapes so my guests can easily tell them apart.

  5. Lindsay says

    These will be perfect for a showering hosting next weekend! Do you have a sense of how many sandwiches each filling recipe will yield?c

    • Chris says

      Hi Lindsay, if I recall correctly the cream cheese fillings would make about 2-3 full size sandwiches (that you would then cut into finger size sandwiches however you like).
      The chicken salad makes quite a bit more – maybe 6-7 full size sandwiches(?).

      The combinations are so forgiving that you can really tweak the amount to get more or less very easily.
      good luck!