Nothing is more classic than mother’s day tea.  Brunch may get all the hype, but no one can argue with a good-old-fashioned mother’s day tea party.  And why would they?  Its a fun, girly thing to do!

And pssst, its WAY easier than hosting a brunch. 😉  But no one has to know that.  Your mom, grandma, and whomever will just think you are sweet and clever.  So, let’s stick with sweet and clever.

You can go as simple or all-out as you want with a tea.  Just remember, its afternoon tea, not a meal.  It doesn’t need to be a food heavy production.  So simple, classic, buttery shortbread cookies are the perfect accompaniment to your afternoon tea session!  My recipe stays true to the classic shape and flavor.  (To shortbread recipe…)

So since it is called a TEA party.  We should probably have some tea.  Naturally, there isn’t any particular requirement for which type of tea you serve.  Or maybe you set out some tea bags and let everyone choose what they want?  Do whatever works for you… but I am thinking earl grey tea feels like tea-party-tea.  And if truth be told, I will take any opportunity to introduce people to the serious BEST earl grey tea on the planet.  Its called Creme de la Earl Grey and its made by Townshend Tea Co in Portland.  Its absolutely the smoothest and most flavorful earl grey tea on the planet.  I buy it looseleaf online. The tea has these pretty little blue mallow flowers amongst the tea leaves, so it even looks pretty.

At my tea party I will be serving earl grey tea with the option of transforming your cup o’ tea into a lavender london fog latte! I made mine with almond milk but non-fat dairy milk would work as well.  If you are using dairy milk, I recommend using skim/non-fat instead of 2% or whole milk because the latter types mask the flavor of the tea too much.   So if you want to take your tea-party to fancy-pants status, give these lattes a try.

While they may feel and taste fancy, they are SO easy to make.  5 minutes in total!!  You can find food-grade dried lavender in the bulk section at Whole Foods or other specialty grocery stores (PCC if you are in the Seattle area!).  But, the London fog’s are delicious with out lavender, too- especially if you are using a bergamot heavy Earl Grey.

Lavender London Fog Latte

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 tea lattes

  • 2-3 tbsp. looseleaf earl grey tea
  • 1/2 tsp. dried food grade lavender (optional), plus more for garnish
  • pot or kettle of boiling water
  • 3 tsp. sugar
  • 3/4 cup. almond milk (or non-fat dairy milk)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Place looseleaf tea and lavender in tea basket of tea pot. Pour boiling water over the top of the tea basket into the pot. Allow tea to brew for 4-5 minutes. Remove basket of leaves and stir in sugar.

Combine vanilla with almond milk and use espresso machine to steam the milk or heat it stove top. Pour brewed, sweetened tea 3/4 full in teacup or mug. Then add steamed vanilla milk to fill cup. If desired, garnish with pinch of dried lavender.