Who doesn’t love a tea party? Whether you’re meeting for some girl time, or your tea party has a purpose, like a bridal shower, you’ll need to start off your tea party menu with some delicious finger sandwiches.
What is a Finger Sandwich?
Finger sandwiches, or tea sandwiches, are small, savory bites served as the first course at a tea party. They are usually small and daintier than the average sandwich – just one or two bites.
Popular Finger Sandwich Fillings
These tiny bite tea party sandwiches can be made out of nearly anything savory, but the most popular fillings are:
- Cream cheese
- Smoked Salmon
- Roast Beef
The bottom tier of a tiered tea party tray always boasts a selection of savory bites and finger sandwiches. Here are some tried and true choices for your next afternoon tea party menu.
Goat Cheese & Fig Jam Sandwiches
These sweet and savory finger sandwiches get their balance from the combination of goat cheese and fig jam. Kiwi and Carrot created these vegetarian finger sandwiches that also contain pecans and fresh herbs for a fresh, delicious taste treat.
Pressed Italian Finger Sandwiches
These colorful tea party sandwiches from the Laughing Spatula are filling combinations of pesto, salami, provolone and ham.
I love the look and color of these finger sandwiches. It’s nice to have some savory foods that can stick to your ribs and these really fit the bill.
Italian Pinwheel Finger Sandwiches
These rolled finger sandwiches are a great choice because they can be less messy than other tea party sandwiches.
These Italian rollups from the Daily Appetite really standout because they don’t require any cooking, are easy to assemble, can be made ahead and you can change up the ingredients to suit your guests.
Turkey Craisin Croissant Finger Sandwiches
While these sandwiches may be messier than the previous choices, they are delicious enough to include in this list.
Everyday Jenny created these using only a few ingredients. They’re easy to put together and can be made ahead to make your tea party preparations even easier.
Gruyere & Mushroom Finger Sandwiches
These mushroom and cheese bites were created by Sprinkle and Sprouts. They’re a great savory addition to that bottom tier of your tea party tray.
They’re a bit like mini grilled cheese sandwiches, but instead of being cooked in a frying pan, they’re cooked in the oven. Delicious!
Egg Salad Finger Sandwiches
What tea party would be complete without the addition of egg salad tea sandwiches?
The Reluctant Entertainer created these Downton Abbey style egg salad finger sandwiches. Not only yummy, they’re a perfectly English addition to your modern tea party menu.
Artichoke Tea Sandwiches
These vegetarian finger sandwiches were created by What’s Cooking America and contain chopped artichoke hearts.
I love the unique flavor of the artichoke hearts and seasonings in these delicious finger sandwiches.
To make it easier to assemble these tea sandwiches, freeze the bread before cutting and spreading on the ingredients.
Crab Salad Finger Sandwiches
This recipe was created by Savor the Flavour. They combine the richness of crab meat with the crunch of bell pepper, cucumber, and celery.
They really are an elegant addition to a savory course for any tea party menu.
Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches
This classic recipe for cucumber tea sandwiches was created by Chew Out Loud.
It’s hard to imagine a tea party menu without a cucumber sandwich. This recipe is deliciously traditional. Made with cucumber, lemon, dill, and, cream cheese, these finger sandwiches are perfect for a baby or bridal shower themed tea party.
Pimiento Cheese Tea Sandwiches
Pimiento cheese isn’t just for spreading on celery! These festive sandwiches were created by Pink Piccadilly Pastries.
These colorful finger sandwiches are delicious and a great addition to your savory course.
Turkey Tarragon Tea Sandwiches
If you like turkey, this is the recipe for you. Bonnie at Thirsty for Tea created these from Thanksgiving leftovers, but they’re equally good on a tea party table.
These sandwiches combine the licorice-like flavor of tarragon, with the crunch of smoked almonds. Delicious!
Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Finger Sandwiches
I have to admit that I am a sucker for smoked salmon so these smoked salmon tea sandwiches by Olga in the Kitchen, are one of my all-time favorites. Just looking at these makes my mouth water.
So elegant, simple, and delicious, these tea sandwiches can be made ahead to make your party day more manageable.
Gouda and Tomato Tea Sandwiches
This recipe comes from Natasha’s Kitchen. Natasha created these yummy small bites with baguettes, cheese, and tomatoes.
Simple and delicious. Since the bread base is a baguette slice, they are just the perfect two bite open face finger sandwich.
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Variations
The Kitchen is My Playground creates a recipe that can be slightly altered to make three different styles of cucumber finger sandwiches: open-faced, traditional, and triple decker.
It’s a genius way to mix up a traditional tea party recipe.
Mini BLT Sandwiches
This recipe from Oh, How Civilized is a mini-version of the traditional bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.
This tea party finger sandwich may not be the most traditional on the list, but it makes for a perfect tiny savory bite.