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Sep 21 2010

Tea Sandwiches for a Bridal Shower

Published by at 10:59 pm under appetizers,Friends,Parties


This past weekend, I, along with the other bridesmaids, hosted a Bridal Shower for my girlfriend Cecille who will be walking down the aisle in November. We decorated my house in a Wonderland theme with luscious colors of turquoise, purple, and hot pink for the Saturday afternoon tea party. It was only fitting that I took care of the menu for the lovely occasion, so it was my first time catering without the help of my husband-the-chef. Luckily everything turned out as planned, and the guests were all smiles. You can’t have a tea party without tea sandwiches, so here is my version of two classics: Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches and Chicken Curry with Cranberry Tea Sandwiches. It was nice to have two distinct flavors for the sandwiches, and even nicer that it was easy to make!

The Egg Salad filling starts with boiling 10 eggs. The most time-consuming part about making this is peeling the shell, which I loathe. As you can see, some of my eggs were brutally tortured during the process, while I spared the other ones with a cleaner shell removal.

Now the fun part: break up the eggs in a bowl using a fork until its crumbly. Then add 1/2 cup mayo, 1/4 cup relish, and 3 tbsp Dijon mustard. (Use light mayo to make it healthier.)

For extra flavor and kick, add 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp paprika, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.

Spread your choice of sandwich bread with butter (this helps keep the sandwich from getting soggy), then spread on the Egg Salad mixture. Using a serrated knife, cut off the edges of the sandwich.

Depending on how you like the tea sandwiches to look, you can either cut them into 3 symmetrical rectangles, or into 4 triangles. You will yield more if you cut them into triangles, but I think the rectangles look more elegant.

For the Chicken Curry with Cranberry filling, I boiled 1 lb of chicken thighs then pulsed it in the food processor until it's shredded. This gets dressed with 1/2 cup mayo, 1 diced celery stalk, 1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries, 3 tbsp Dijon mustard, 2 tsp curry powder, and salt & pepper. Adjust the measurements if you want a stronger curry flavor or vice versa.

Chicken can get dry, so additional mayo or Dijon will help keep it moist. Both mixtures for the tea sandwiches can be prepared a day in advance; just refrigerate then spread on the bread right before the party starts!

If you don't have cranberries on hand, you can also use raisins. This helps give the sandwich a nice sweetness while the celery gives it that fresh crisp.

Besides tea sandwiches, the girls also feasted on Mini Sliders, Mini Frittatas, and other bite-sized dishes. Keep everything small, simple, and delicate - just like tea parties are supposed to be.

This Wonderland tea party wouldn't have been complete without this amazing custom-made red velvet cake done by my friend Julia of Cakes by MJ. It was just too pretty to put a knife through it, but somehow we still managed to stuff our faces with the deliciously moist cake. :) A fun, successful, and satisfying Bridal Shower, indeed!

21 responses so far

21 Responses to “Tea Sandwiches for a Bridal Shower”

  1. Connieon 21 Sep 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks for preparing all of the food. It was all very delish. :)

  2. Belinda @zomppaon 21 Sep 2010 at 11:41 pm

    What a spread! Great sandwiches and that cake is stunning! Best of wishes to your friend.
    .-= Belinda @zomppa´s last blog ..Photo of the Day- Happy Meal =-.

  3. supattraon 22 Sep 2010 at 2:13 am

    Very nice cake…can i have one..

  4. Joyon 22 Sep 2010 at 7:21 am

    That looks so good.

  5. RavieNomNomson 22 Sep 2010 at 7:36 am

    That all looks so good! What a great selection!

  6. Roxanon 22 Sep 2010 at 7:38 am

    Wow, what a lovely bridal shower. The decorations and food spread look great! Your girlfriend is lucky to have friends like you :)

  7. Conor @ HoldtheBeefon 22 Sep 2010 at 7:38 am

    Great classic sandwiches done well :) That cake is very impressive! I’d like to see everyone’s teeth if they ate the black icing, hehe.

  8. Chrison 22 Sep 2010 at 8:40 am

    hey that looks good and fairly easy to make… how about the recipe for them burgers??? come on daniel give it up!!! =)

  9. Sandyon 22 Sep 2010 at 9:01 am

    Those tea sanwiches were certainly very delicious and I’m glad I had a chance to try one! Or two, or three, or four… :)

  10. Stephanieon 22 Sep 2010 at 9:18 am

    Everything looks so very delicious and well presented. Where did you get the buns for the mini sliders? I’m probably looking at all the wrong places but I haven’t been able to find them. Thanks.

  11. Alisaon 22 Sep 2010 at 12:58 pm

    What a seriously cute party. My husband’s family is very English, and they love serving tea sandwiches and tea of course! I really enjoy them, but have never thought to make them.
    .-= Alisa´s last blog ..Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Risotto =-.

  12. thefoodaddictson 23 Sep 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Chris – We’ve already shared the recipe for the burgers. :) You can check it out here – http://thefoodaddicts.com/the-secret-ingredient-to-delicious-burgers/

    Stephanie – I got the mini buns at Fresh and Easy!! They just started carrying it. I went to the one in Norwalk on Rosecrans, which I think should be fairly close to you. They are soo adorable and perfect for sliders!

    @Everyone else – Thanks for the comments! We wish we can respond to each comment individually but we don’t have the time right now!

  13. Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raveson 24 Sep 2010 at 2:47 pm

    There’s just something about tea sandwich that sets it apart from the rest. For some reason cutting the crusts off makes it “taste different” thank a regular egg salad or ham & cheese. Best wishes to the bride.

  14. Bianca@ South Bay Rants n Raveson 24 Sep 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Wanted to add that I’m going to a tea party tomorrow night & upon further glance at the invitation I need to bring a finger food…you’ll be pleased to know I’m taking these!
    .-= Bianca@ South Bay Rants n Raves´s last blog ..Lobsterfest Swims on Down to Redondo Beach =-.

  15. Sherryon 25 Sep 2010 at 5:49 am

    Love the cake. If you like making tea sandwiches check out a few I have put on my blog. I love the purple egg/beet heart on. http://www.rosemaryandthegoat.com — sherry

  16. Danaon 26 Sep 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Looks like you ladies did a great job! I love the cake :)
    .-= Dana´s last blog ..Bibimbap Korean Mixed Rice =-.

  17. Amyon 27 Sep 2010 at 9:18 am

    So pretty!!! What a lovely shower. That cake rocks!!!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Wordless Weekender- Peppers =-.

  18. My Restaurants Melbourneon 28 Sep 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I love your egg mixture with the relish and dyjion mustard. I’ll have to try that combination next time. the cake looks spectacular
    .-= My Restaurants Melbourne´s last blog ..Twisted Vine =-.

  19. suzie greenon 19 Apr 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Just a note, for the best way to always have shells come of easy , salt the water while boiling!! you can be generous , the salt will not make the egg taste like salt , but the shell will come right off…works every time!

  20. Birmingham Plumberson 19 Dec 2011 at 1:53 am

    The cake looks amazing. You’ve done a wonderful job with the food, I recently went to a baby shower and sandwiches do seem to be the favourite.

  21. rosanaon 18 Jun 2012 at 8:34 am

    How many do the above tea sandwich recipes feed?

    Thanks!

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