What better way to show Mom how much you appreciate her than by organizing an afternoon tea? Skip breakfast in bed and opt for finger-friendly nibbles and an assortment of teas to make her feel like a queen! Indulge your English countryside fantasies with a curated selection of Farm Boy sweets, organic teas, and chef-created recipes. These simple steps and suggestions will help you cover all your bases to make sure Mom feels pampered.
Have Some Sweet Bites
Sweets are a must for any proper afternoon tea. Dainty, delicate bites look beautiful on plates and offer a delicious accompaniment to tea. We also love offering some fresh fruit that can be found in our stores for a pop of colour and a refreshing, juicy flavour.
The soulmate your tea is waiting for! Our flaky buttermilk scones are baked in small batches using quality ingredients like candied orange, wild blueberries, and juicy cranberries. Available in sweet or savoury options, try them in fragrant Blueberry & Lemon, zesty Orange & Cranberry, classic Raisin & Currant, or satisfying Red Wine Cheddar. Offer them with an array of our fruit jams!
A French-Canadian classic that’s begging for a spot of tea! Flaky pastry is rolled and baked with a sweet, buttery brown sugar filling. While they might resemble a cinnamon roll, our nun’s pastries are crispy with a delightfully crumbly texture. Try them in Classic or Maple flavours!
A traditional Scottish biscuit, shortbread certainly belongs on your plate during afternoon tea. Made from scratch and baked with 100% real butter and made with minimal ingredients, these melt-in-your-mouth morsels also happen to be nut-free. Offer them to your guests in any (or all) of our three decadent flavours: Lemon, Pure Butter, or Raspberry White Chocolate.
Give this childhood bakery favourite a grown-up makeover and serve it for afternoon tea! Gooey butter tart filling is baked in a crumbly shortcrust pastry for a mouthwatering bite. The crimped edges of these tarts add a refined elegance that makes them look right at home on your spread.
Some people like biscuits with their afternoon tea, but why not treat Mom to something a little bit different? This classic Dutch cookie is perfectly bite-sized with a crunchy-chewy texture that’s downright addictive. Filled with a sweet syrup, they’re available in three delicious options: Caramel, Maple, or Vanilla.
Offer a Variety of Teas
Selecting a variety of teas is probably the most important element to hosting an afternoon tea. Choosing options that you know your guests will enjoy is a good idea, but it also doesn’t hurt to offer some unexpected teas that might become new favourites! Our choices are all organic and available in most Farm Boy stores. Be sure to supply your guests with milk, sugar, lemon wedges, and any other sweeteners that they may desire.
One of the most well-known black teas, Earl Grey is a staple at most teas. Earl Grey is naturally sweetened with a floral, citrusy note thanks to the bergamot, a citrus fruit with a taste similar to lemons. Enjoy this tea hot or cold and paired with the sweets in your spread.
Offering a caffeine-free option is important for guests who may want to watch their intake in the afternoon (or for those who have caffeine sensitivities). Soothing and relaxing, this herbal infusion has a delicately floral taste with notes of apple and honey.
The only green tea on our list (and made with with organic green tea and jasmine petals), our jasmine tea has a floral flavour profile and intense scent. A unique choice in tea variety, the addition of sugar and milk to create a jasmine milk tea makes it a winner. Complement this tea is with fresh berries and fruity flavours.
Made with a blend of organic spices including cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, clove, and turmeric, our chai is warm and fragrant. Often mixed with sugar and milk, it’s a swoon-worthy sippable that goes deliciously with a dipped biscuit or pastry.
A second caffeine-free option to help soothe Mom’s stress away, this herbal tea is a classic and refreshing choice. Brighten it up with a squeeze of lemon or sweeten it with a spoonful of Farm Boy™ Pure Liquid Honey.
Make Finger Food
In addition to sweet bites, whipping up some savoury nibbles offers balance and elegance. We have three quick and easy recipes that are perfect for snacking on with pinkies raised. Try serving them on tiered serving platters or delicate saucers for a quaint vintage vibe (or go modern and minimalist like we did here!).
These hors d’oeuvres look like a lot more effort than they really are but we promise not to tell! For a bite that satisfies, stuff tender mushrooms with our Organic Old Cheddar Cheese, Sundried Tomatoes, and crispy panko breadcrumbs. Cheesy, garlicky, and oh-so-tasty, you’ll be looking for more excuses to make them!
Sashay into an afternoon spent in Buckingham Palace with these mini Yorkshire puddings! A classic breakfast dish that tastes just as good in the afternoon, try them with any of your favourite flavours of our Farm Boy™ Artisan Sausage! For the best taste, serve them warm for a truly melt-in-your-mouth experience. (Feel free to make prep even easier by using our Caramelized Onion & Balsamic Compote!)
Level up your leftovers in this recipe that comes to us from the Emerald Isle! Mashed potatoes form the base of this dish that uses indulgent ingredients like Wild Smoked Sockeye Salmon and Italian Caper Berries. The saltiness of the capers and the buttery texture of the salmon make for a delightful canapé that your guests will be reaching for.
Spring is in the air and nothing says spring quite like flowers. Brighten up your tablescape with a variety of colourful blooms in light or vibrant shades. A few vases here and there can make all the difference. Incorporate the floral element in your napkins, tablecloths, or serving pieces as well! Tiered platters, patterned teacups, or decorative place cards help add an extra special touch, and you can find a beautiful assortment at your favourite secondhand shop! We also recommend picking up a solo bouquet to gift Mom as an extra thank-you for all she’s done!