Vegan Tea Sandwiches & Tea Party Tips

Plan the perfect afternoon tea party! Serve these delicious vegan tea sandwiches along with your favorite loose leaf tea and delightful, dairy-free desserts. You'll love our tips and tricks for creating the very best afternoon feast for friends and animal-lovers.
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Cucumber avocado vegan tea sandwiches arranged on a plate.
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Let’s get this par-tea started! If you’re someone who loves vegan food and fabulous parties (and who doesn’t?), you’ll love our plant-based plan for hosting your very own afternoon tea. All you need are a few delightful table decorations, a pot or two of steaming tea, and several scrumptious vegan tea sandwiches.

Sadly, the most common tea party sandwiches contain dairy and animal products. We’re convinced that eliminating the dairy and meat only enhances the flavor, while also saving the animals! Woo! We guarantee that these vegan tea party recipes will tempt and tantalize even non-vegan friends and family. (Shh…if you don’t say anything, we won’t either!)

Wishing you the most wonderful and magical vegan tea party adventure! Let us know in the comments below what you’ll serve at your next afternoon tea. We’d love to hear all about it!

Side view of vegan afternoon tea sandwiches on a plate with a tea cup in the background.

How Should I Prepare For a Vegan Tea Party?

The most important elements of a tea party are the freshly brewed tea, fabulous food, and decadent desserts. And, of course, your closest friends! But, there are a few overlooked details that can transform a regular old beverage and buffet into something really special.

Another helpful tip is to make the desserts and baked goods ahead of time. It will save you time and stress the day of your festive tea.

Holding up an Earth Mama vegan tea tag that has an inspiring message about kindness.

What Is the Best Time for a Tea Party?

The most common time for an afternoon vegan tea party is between 3:00 and 5:00 pm. That way, it’s more of a treat and, as hostess/host, you are not required to do a lot of cooking. If you’d like to prepare a “high tea”, it would be similar to a dinner and would take place around 5:00 pm. With this type of tea party, you should include more substantial food, such as a warm main dish.

Our favorite high tea main dishes include:

How To Serve Vegan Finger Sandwiches

Traditional finger sandwiches are simply sandwiches cut into slim triangles or rectangles (also called “fingers”). All you need to do is to make a batch of vegan tea sandwiches and do a bit of careful slicing with a sharp knife. Ideally, you should count on one full sandwich per person. In case your guests are extra hungry or thinking the tea party is more like lunch, it’s best to add an extra sandwich count to the list.

Serving these dainty, itty-bitty sandwiches is super fun. The time-honored way is to display your delicious food on a three-tiered tea party tray. But, feel free to use anything you have on hand such as pretty platters, a variety of plates, or even a couple of cake stands. Whatever you decide will be just right.

Here is how to arrange the foods in each tier:

Four vegan tea sandwiches on a plate with a tea cup in the background.

Must Have Recipes for a Vegan Afternoon Tea

It’s very exciting to create a mouthwatering menu for a tea party, especially a vegan one. These heavenly recipes will have your guests hankering for more! Choose at least 2-3 different choices for each tier.

Desserts (Top Tier)

Baked Goods (Middle Tier)

Sandwiches (Bottom Tier)

When you’re making the sandwiches, make sure to use vegan bread (preferably white) and dairy-free cheese. Slice the finished sandwiches into 4 delicate triangles (or “fingers”) and layer in sections onto the bottom tier of the tea tray. Always make your sandwiches fresh right before serving. No one likes stale or dry sandwiches!

Hand holding up a cucumber avocado vegan tea sandwich.

Don’t Forget the Tea!

To make the very best beverage, use loose leaf tea. Fill the kettle with cold, filtered water, bring to the desired temperature (on package instructions), and brew for the suggested amount of time.

Vegan Tea Party Locations

If you’re just not into planning, decorating, and spending time in the kitchen, consider going out for a tea party celebration. Although there aren’t too many (yet!) that specialize in vegan tea parties, here is a list to check out:

If you’re lucky enough to be in London, there are some incredible vegan afternoon tea restaurant options!

The outside of a vegan tea house called Muir's Tea Room in California.

More Vegan Sandwiches To Try

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Vegan Avocado Cucumber Tea Sandwich

Author: Michelle Cehn | World of Vegan
5 from 10 votes
Traditional tea party sandwiches with a plant-based twist! Instead of a cholesterol-laded lunch, try this cool and creamy, cruelty-free sandwich instead. You'll adore these avocado-filled, savory sandwiches. Dress up fancy, drink your tea, and dive into deliciousness.
Cucumber avocado vegan tea sandwiches arranged on a plate.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 finger sandwiches


  • 2 slices white bread
  • ¼ avocado, thinly sliced
  • 5 rounds cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon green onions, finely sliced
  • dash salt
  • dash pepper
  • dash garlic powder, optional


  • On top of one slice of bread, add the avocado slices. Then, layer with slices of cucumber.
  • Sprinkle with green onions, salt, pepper, and garlic powder (optional).
  • Top with the second slice of bread, press down gently. If desired, slice off the crusts and cut into 4 triangles.


  • Substitute vegan mayo for avocado, if desired. 
  • Feel free to add more or less avocado and cucumber to your taste.
  • Swap the green onion for red onion, if you like that type better.


Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
Course — Brunch, Lunch
Cuisine — American
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  1. 5 stars
    I went to school with a girl from the UK & she introduced me to cucumber sandwiches they are honestly delicious

  2. 5 stars
    These sandwiches look so cute and delicious! Will love to serve this at a tea party!

  3. 5 stars
    Very useful tips for hosting a successful vegan tea party. Thanks for sharing all the recipes for various tea party snacks.
    Those tea sandwiches are really tasty, quick to prepare and pretty.

  4. 5 stars
    These vegan tea sandwiches are so delicious! I love how cute they are too!

  5. 5 stars
    Lovely sandwiches and perfect for Mother’s Day!

  6. 5 stars
    adorable and delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    Love this easy vegan tea sandwich recipe! My friend is hosting a tea party soon so I will definitely be sending her this guide!

  8. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    My mom is all about the tea parties right now so this is perfect! Thanks for such an inclusive article!

  9. 5 stars
    Best tea party sandwich ever! Both creamy and crisp with fresh avocado and cucumber. YUM 😀

  10. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    These are amazing!!! Perfect for spring and fancy picnics and tea parties 🙂

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