I get a lot of questions from brides about tea sandwiches. For some reason most of us envision stale, smashed, little old lady fare when we think of tea sandwiches. Everyone always wants to know what will they look like and how will they be displayed.

There are as many variations of the tea sandwich as the traditional sandwih. We cna go super modern or stay traditional. These bite size delicies are great for light receptions and can round out any hors d’ oruvres or cocktail menu. I have about 10 varieties on our traditional menu, but create custom flavors for creative brides.

For spring and summer I recommend classic southern tomato sandwiches. They scream Southern Belle and everyone loves these.  Another great pick is cucumber. Weve created a tasty cucumber sandwich that is always a hit.

Do not automatically think that tea sandwiches are too retro or out of style for your reception. Check with your caterer and see what choices they can offer and how they will display these traditional favorites!

Very Chic Selections from Martha Stewart- fresh herbs make the perfect garnish

Very Chic Selections from Martha Stewart- fresh herbs make the perfect garnish

Mini Smoked Salmon Baquettes from Bonsior Catering

Mini Smoked Salmon Baquettes from Bonsior Catering

Modern Cucumber Open Faced Sandwiches from Willliams Sonoma

Modern Cucumber Open Faced Sandwiches from Willliams Sonoma

Found on Flickr. Arent these wild, but cute. Someone needs to order these as I think they would be a great conversation piece!

Found on Flickr. Arent these wild, but cute. Someone needs to order these as I think they would be a great conversation piece!

Beautiful Sandwiches from Swiss Hotel- high tea style

Beautiful Sandwiches from Swiss Hotel- high tea style

What is a tea Sandwich? Good Question. Heres what Wikipedia says:

A tea sandwich is a small prepared sandwich meant to be eaten at afternoon teatime to stave off hunger until the main meal.

The tea sandwich may take a number of different forms, but should be easy to handle, and should be capable of being eaten in two bites. It may be a long, narrow sandwich, a triangular half-sandwich, or a small biscuit. It may also be cut into other decorative shapes with a cookie cutter.

The bread is traditionally white, thinly sliced, and buttered. The bread crust is cut away cleanly from the sandwich after the sandwich has been prepared but before serving. Modern bread variations might include wheat, pumpernickel, sour dough or rye bread.

Fillings are light, and are “dainty” or “delicate” in proportion to the amount of bread. Spreads might include cream cheese or mayonnaise mixtures, and the sandwiches often feature fresh vegetables such as radishes, cucumber, asparagus, or watercress. The cucumber tea sandwich in particular is considered the quintessential tea sandwich. Other popular tea sandwich fillings include pimento cheese, smoked salmon, fruit jam, curried chicken, and egg salad.

Sculpted Open Faced Variety of Tea Sandwiches- Great Presentation

Sculpted Open Faced Variety of Tea Sandwiches- Great Presentation