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15 Sweet Tea Party Desserts Recipes

When hosting a tea party, the menu must be planned in advance. And your tea party guests are going to expect elegance, variety, and deliciously sweet treats to choose from. What a daunting task that can be! Fortunately, there are so many options to choose from when creating your tea party menu. 

To help you with planning your next tea party, here are 15 sweet recipes that your tea party guests will go crazy for! From lavender cupcakes to macarons, playing card cookies to homemade donuts, and even cheesecake bites and scones, there is an idea or two here for everyone’s sweet tooth! 

Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

Forget the pineapple, and make this elegant upside down cake with fresh orange zest and blood orange juice instead! The marriage of citrus and cake is just perfection, and only takes 10 minutes to prepare. No frosting makes this one super easy to make.

sweet dessert tea party cake

Honey Lavender Cupcakes

A beautiful addition to your tea party spread, these purple lavender milk and honey cupcakes will be gone in seconds! Topped with gorgeous honey lavender buttercream, these cupcakes will take center state on your tea party desserts menu.

honey lavender cupcakes tea table

Plum Tartlets

Puff pastry, cream cheese, and fresh plums make for the most beautiful and delicious individual appetizers for a tea party! These look elegant, but are so quick to make you’ll be surprised.

plum tartlets tea party dessert

Butter Cookies

An elegant but extremely easy and simple cookie made with only 6 ingredients! Who doesn’t love a good butter cookie, especially when it’s accompanied by a cup of your favorite tea.

butter cookies for tea party

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Cored strawberries full of delicious cheesecake filling, then topped with chocolate shavings! These look complicated, but they’re really easy to do and look like you spent a lot of time in the kitchen.

cheesecake stuffed strawberries afternoon tea

Strawberry Rhubarb Tartlets

A delicious tartlet recipe made with fresh strawberries and rhubarb, then topped with a vanilla cream.  These tartlets are vegan and can be made ahead of time so you’re not rushing around on the day of your tea party.

strawberry rhubarb tartlets dessert for tea

Playing Card Cookies

Similar to a Linzer cookie, these adorable playing card cookies make a great addition to any tea party.  Marry a vanilla sugar cookie with strawberry white chocolate and chocolate ganache and you’ve got a sweet tea party dessert that looks charming as well.

tea party cookies

Lemon Blueberry Donuts

Fluffy baked vegan donuts flavored with lemon and blueberries, then topped with a lemon zest glaze! Blueberry and lemon are one of my all time flavor combination favorites, and these don’t disappoint!

blueberry lemon donut tea dessert

Peach Rose Cupcakes

Vanilla rose water cupcakes topped with a fresh peach frosting! Pretty and sweet – perfect for your tea party desserts table!

peach cupcake tea party

Strawberry Scones

Homemade buttermilk scones with fresh strawberries is the perfect brunch item to add to your tea party! A tea party isn’t complete without at least one scone. These strawberry studded scones have a light glaze that makes them the perfect tea party treat.

strawberry scones tea party dessert

Cinnamon Swirls

Puff pastry cinnamon rolls are small and easy to eat with your hands. Your tea party guests will definitely need a double batch at least! Store bought pastry saves time in these sweet little cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon Swirls sweet tea party table

French Vanilla Macarons

No tea party would be complete without a set of sweet and decadent macarons! These macrons are the perfect pairing for a hot cup of English tea and look amazing piled on your tiered tea tray of desserts.

Lemon Bars

Lemon curd and powdered sugar could not be more appetizing, these homemade lemon bars will be a hit! Sweet and tart and perfect to grace your tea party desserts table. These have a buttery shortbread crust and can be made ahead of time to save you stress on your tea party day.

lemon bars

Orange and Maple Madeleines

A unique flavor twist on a classic French cookie! This classic is perfectly paired with any hot drink, but tea is an absolute match made in heaven.

Madeleine dessert tea party

No Bake Cheesecake Bites

Individual filo dough shells filled with cheesecake and topped with berries are a deliciously sweet and elegant way to feed your tea party guests! These elegant little fruit desserts don’t even require baking. You can even sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top to make them extra fancy.

cheesecake small bites

Have plenty of sweet tea party dessert ideas now? Check out these savory tea party food ideas if you’re looking for some great ideas for savory bites for your next tea party. If you have some coffee lovers among your guests, why not serve an affogato – a delicious mixture of espresso and ice cream.

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