What tea foods go on which level of the Afternoon Tea Tray? (You might want to copy this post for quick reference!)
Back in 2010, I went through a big stack of my special tea books and I was surprised how few of the authors addressed this and since I have seen photos doing it so many different ways I thought it would be good to come to some conclusions. This is of course is OPEN FOR DISAGREEMENT! I tend to be from the school of do what you like.....except when it comes to calling Afternoon Tea by the term "High Tea" which is incorrect. I am not very flexible about that.
First of all, a 3 tiered tray can be used to serve 2 -3 people with plenty of food for each.....a very large tray (such as below) might serve 3 - 4 people.
Friendship Tea Blog. She has been to England (and lots of other places) many times and has really become an expert.
So here is my newest preferred order of the 3 levels which means I have come full circle back to what I first believed to be correct: The smaller top level holds the sweets. It's nice to have 3 types of finger sweets.
The middle level which graduates in size should hold the scones. Plan on about 2 scones per person unless they are huge!
Bottom level is for savories such as savory tarts or finger sandwiches . Allow about 4 - 5 savory finger size items per person. It is nice to have variety - I like to make 3 different types of savories.
So basically you are eating from the bottom up!
LEFTOVERS? I recommend giving guests paper kraft handled bags which you could decorate with stickers or art or a poem to take the leftovers home - place a couple sandwich bags inside.