Mother's Day afternoon tea at home

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Mothering Sunday, 6 March, is a day for celebrating the love, support, and delicious meals mums have made all year round. How do you plan to spoil your mum this year? You could give her flowers, chocolates or a pampering session – or you might like to treat her to a proper afternoon tea, all made by your own fair hands.

Let’s start with the savoury bites. A classic afternoon tea normally begins with some light, fresh sandwiches (crusts optional). We think these elegant Inside-out cucumber sandwiches are a great twist to the classic version and are super easy to prepare. For something a little fancier, try this Smoked salmon loaf, which can be stacked high and sliced into sections to reveal colourful layers of salmon, cucumber and parsley. Or try making a batch of gorgeously creamy Mini asparagus and Gruyère quiches.

No afternoon tea would be complete without the quintessential English scone and we have a simple recipe for Perfect scones that’s guaranteed to give good results. Whether you enjoy them the Devonshire way (topped with clotted cream and then jam) or Cornish style (topped with jam and then clotted cream), fresh scones are just the thing with a cup of tea. If you have plenty of time, you could even make your own jam – for something special, try this Raspberry and rose jam.

If you’re looking for reinventions of the traditional scone, try experimenting with flavours, like we do with our Orange and cinnamon scones, or maybe these Blueberry and buttermilk scones that are oozing with thick berry jam and clotted cream.

The king of showstoppers is a beautifully decorated cupcake and these Earl Grey tea cupcakes with a lemon buttercream frosting are fabulous. The added Earl Grey tea gives an aromatic flavour of bergamot orange and citrus fruit. A classic Battenburg sliced into neat little bites is the perfect petit fours, and will add pretty pastel colours to your spread. Or for a fun twist on a French classic, try these impressive but easy-to-make Lemon meringue eclairs.

To wash it all down, we recommend this fragrant finest* English breakfast tea. If your mum would like something a little stronger, then crack open the Prosecco and make this vibrant, refreshing cocktail – the Raspberry bellini. Raise a cup of tea, or a glass of bubbles, to celebrate your mum this Mother’s Day and tuck into a homemade afternoon tea packed with delightful sweet and savoury bites.

We hope this has inspired you to create your own DIY afternoon tea. What delicious treats will you be making your mum this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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