Join in the celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years on the throne by hosting a Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea. My ideas and recipes make it easy to put together a celebration of any size.
You can host a Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea for as many people as you like. Tea for two is a great way to catch up one on one with a friend or you can serve a large group buffet-style so people can help themselves.
A Traditional Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea traditionally consists of tea sandwiches (also called finger sandwiches), followed by scones with jam and cream and then cakes and pastries.
Ideas for Tea Sandwiches
- Cream cheese and smoked salmon
- Egg salad
- Coronation Chicken (chop the chicken pieces very small)
- Cheddar Cheese and chutney
- Shredded carrot and hummus
- Thinly sliced ham or chicken
- Cucumber sandwiches with butter or cream cheese (try adding finely chopped mint to the cream cheese)
Quick and Easy Scone Recipe
My Grandma’s Orange and Raisin Scones take less than 30 minutes to make and are delicious served warm. Of course you can leave out the orange rind and raisins to make plain scones if you prefer. Click here for the recipe. Or check out my step by step video instructions.
If you need a gluten-free scones recipe, try my gluten-free Blackberry and Apple Scones.
Cakes for a Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea
If you are serving a multi-course afternoon tea, it’s nice to serve a selection of cakes. Lemon Drizzle Cake is very traditional or try one of my favourite variations, Rhubarb and Ginger Drizzle Cake (pictured above). You might also like Gluten-Free Coffee and Walnut Cake (there’s a version with gluten too), Easy Cherry Loaf Cake, or my Auntie’s Old-Fashioned Spice Cake (g/f version available).
What Else Can I Serve at Afternoon Tea?
Pastries, squares and traybake are a lovely addition to afternoon tea. Try Raspberry Bakewell Tart Squares (or my Lemon and Blueberry variation). Lemon Almond Streusel Bars are delicious served cut in small squares. Or make an easy No-Bake Orange Cheesecake in a loose-bottomed square pan and cut in squares to serve.
A big bowl of ripe, juicy strawberries makes a delicious addition that also looks absolutely gorgeous on the table.
A glass of sparkling wine, champagne or Prosecco makes a lovely addition to a festive afternoon tea. Offer a cold, non-alcoholic beverage like old-fashioned lemonade or chilled infused water for those who do not like hot tea.
It’s Okay To Keep Things Simple
Don’t let the idea of the work involved in preparing a multi-course afternoon tea put you off. While it may not be traditional, there is no reason you have to go all out. Freshly baked scones with jam and cream served with your favourite tea make a perfect Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea celebration all on their own.
How to Decorate for Your Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea
If the weather is fine, you can host your Platinum Jubilee Afternoon tea outdoors. Either way, set a table with pretty placemats, napkins and your favourite china or crockery. Feel free to mix and match your china to keep things elegant but casual. Of course, you will want to use colourful red, white and blue decorations, a liberal sprinkling of Union Jacks and perhaps a few sparkles and crowns.
Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea for Kids
Kids love tea parties, and when better to have one than for the Platinum Jubilee. Of course, a fun and playful afternoon tea is also a great idea for children’s birthday parties at any time.
I recommend non-breakable plates and cups for a children’s afternoon tea. Offer kid friendly treats like jello or jelly with whipped cream, biscuits or cookies or maybe even cupcakes made from your favourite cake recipe. Decorate iced cupcakes or cookies with red, white and blue sprinkles or sweets.
If the children are quite little, substitute a delicious kid-friendly cold drink for tea.
Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea for a Crowd
To serve a Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea to a large group, serve everything buffet style so people can help themselves. Make sure everything is easy to pick up by cutting cakes, traybakes or squares into individual serving size pieces.
To keep costs and effort down, consider a ‘pot luck’ afternoon tea. Guests can bring sandwiches, scones or cakes to contribute to the party. Be sure to organise who is bringing what in advance.
If you don’t have a lot of your own teacups or plates, consider vintage china hire/rental. You can also build up your own collection of non-sentimental china by visiting your favourite charity shops.
Wishing You A Wonderful Platinum Jubilee Celebration!
However, you celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, I hope you will raise a teacup or a glass to toast Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne. Have a wonderful time!