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 OPEN FOR DISAGREEMENT! I tend to be from the school of do what you like.....
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.
So here is my newest preferred order of the 3 levels: The smaller top level holds the scones. Figure 2 scones per person unless they are huge! The middle level which graduates in size should hold the 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 sweets and 3 different savories. The largest level holds the sweets which also should have variety. Of course, some prefer to put the sweets on the bottom and the savories in the middle - thus - eating from the top to the bottom.
Another one: Sandwiches on the bottom, scones in the middle and sweets on top!
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.