The best Mother’s Day afternoon tea ideas

Afternoon Tea

by Hannah James |
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There’s nothing better than indulging in a spot of afternoon tea with your mum. Putting the world to rights over a warm cup of tea and cake - what's not to love? So with Mother’s Day just around the corner (March 19, 2023), we thought we’d take a look at the best afternoon tea-inspired gifts to show your mum just how much she is loved.

Finding the best Mother's Day gift is difficult especially if your mum is notoriously difficult to buy for. So, if creating your own afternoon tea isn't going to get you in mummy's good books we have also found some of the very best Afternoon tea experiences.

What is afternoon tea?

Afternoon teas have been a British staple for decades (The mid-19th century, if we are going to be exact). Traditionally it involved a bunch of ladies sitting around a table enjoying a selection of finger sandwiches, biscuits and cakes. And, let's be honest, what's not to love about a hot beverage and a selection of cakes? But now, there are so many different types of afternoon teas. Did you know you can even get afternoon tea deliveries sent directly to surprise your mum with on this special day?

Whether you choose a traditional afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, or one fuelled with gin or prosecco, there’s plenty to choose from that will leave your mum feeling that extra bit special.

Here’s a selection of our favourite afternoon tea hampers and experiences. Now there’s only one question left, what goes first… the jam or the cream?

Best Mother's Day afternoon tea gifts

Best budget afternoon tea
Postal Hampers Cornish Cream Tea Hamper
Price: £23.99


Letterbox hampers are all the rage nowadays and are just perfect for surprising your mum. No need

Best biscuit selection
Traditional Afternoon Tea Time Treats Biscuits and Cake Hamper Box

Rrp: £35.00

Price: £35.00


A lovely traditional afternoon tea for your mum to enjoy. Packed with delicious tea, cake,

Best afternoon tea with macaroons
Teatime Delights Hamper, Luxury Food u0026amp; Afternoon Tea Gift Hampers

Rrp: £39.00

Price: £38.00


Another delightful afternoon tea hamper, packed full of sweet treats to make your mum feel special

Editor's Pick


Treat your mum this Mother’s Day with this delectable Fortnum&Mason hamper. It’s on the more

Best alcoholic afternoon tea


For the Prosecco-loving mothers out there, this luxury little cream tea set is heaven-sent, from

Best personalised afternoon tea


This quirky adaptation of an afternoon tea is perfect for the gin-loving mums out there. Not only

Best non-traditional afternoon tea
Emma Bridgewater X Biscuiteers Time For TeaBiscuiteers


These gorgeous biscuits are a fun take on traditional afternoon tea. The Time for Tea collection

Best Vegan/Vegetarian option


This cute little Afternoon Tea at Home box from Cutter Squidge is perfectly packaged and comes

Best M&S Hamper


This isn’t any old Mother’s Day hamper. This is an M&S Hamper...with champagne. You cannot go

Our favourite Afternoon tea locations

Most Afternoon tea locations
Buyagift Afternoon Tea Gift Experience Box
Price: £34.99
Alternative retailers
Argos£35.00View offer


If you’d rather wait and enjoy an afternoon tea experience with your mum in person, then this

Best spa day afternoon tea


Afternoon tea with that added extra. If you want the full-on pamper experience, why not treat your

Best Afternoon tea for the whole family
Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour for Two Adults and Two ChildrenBrigit's Bakery & Afternoon Tea Bus Tours


Calling all Peppa Pig Fans! Jump on board to celebrate a Mother's Day you won't forget. The whole

Best Afternoon tea for families with children 5+
Afternoon Tea with Champagne for Two in The Domes At London Secret Garden KensingtonBrigit's Bakery & Afternoon Tea Bus Tours


If you are looking for an Afternoon Tea that the family can enjoy, jump on board the Paddington

Best Afternoon tea at a tea room


With six tearooms to choose from (York, Harrogate, Harlow Carr, Stonegate, Northallerton, and

Best London Afternoon tea


The Palm Court afternoon tea brings a fresh take on our favourite classic mealtime. Sandwiches and

Best luxury afternoon tea


If you fancy getting dressed to the nines and treating your mum to the ultimate luxurious


What should I wear to afternoon tea?

Usually, you would wear something smart casual - think jeans and smart top or floral spring dress. However, there is no set rule of what you must wear - unless of course you are heading to The Ritz. So pick something that makes you feel good. If you are having a high tea at home you have the option to wear something smart or opt for some cosy pjs.

What is the difference between afternoon tea and high tea?

High tea and afternoon tea sound very similar however, there are some distinct differences in the food served. Where guest of an afternoon can expect cakes and light sandwiches, a high tea consists of a more substantial food selection including meat, egg or fish dishes as well as breads and desserts.

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