Morpha Life Afternoon Tea Party

When Sarah and I were in our twenties getting together with the girls meant “girls night out.” We’d usually start the the night off classy with dinner and drinks but sooner or later we’d end up at a bar doing shots and staying out late. Now that we’re in our thirties and have a very healthy respect or getting a goods night sleep and waking up refreshed we’ve learned to enjoy getting together with the girls during the day! So in our new tradition of more “girls days in” we’re hosting a classic afternoon tea for a couple of our closest lady friends.

Recently, we visited the historic Brown Palace Hotel here in Denver for their fabulous afternoon tea and picked up a bunch of great ideas for hosting our own little tea party. You can read all about it here. The Brown Palace Afternoon Tea was extremely decadent and quite pricy for sure! I needed a serious nap and my wallet needed a serious break after this little field trip. So Sarah and I decided to keep our tea party a lot lighter on the diet and the pocketbook.

We lightened up the sandwiches and added fresh strawberries to the mix so we don’t have to feel so guilty about indulging in a couple small pastries. For decor we decided to check out a couple local thrift stores before we splurged on anything new. And let me know tell you the thrift store is tea party central in my opinion. You can find usually find a selection of champaingn flutes, vintage tea cups and accessories not to even mention all the lace. I got super luck and was able to get some amazing tea cups from Grandma from when she use to throw tea parties all the time back in the day.

Sarah and I have been swamped with our day jobs lately so we decided to take a couple short cuts and just buy baked goods from Whole Foods Market. Since all we had to do was whip a couple of tea sandwiches this tea party was a cinch to put together. And we were both so pleased with the way everything turned out. Continue reading for all the details and pictures and hopefully you’ll be inspired to host your own tea party and bring back this wonderful tradition of hanging out the girls!


Mix up your bread types and shapes. Save the leftover bread for stuffing later. Experience with different condiments and fruits and veggies to add textures. We used apple and radishes. We cut all our bread and prepared all our spreads the night before we simply had to assemble. The cucumbers should be prepped so sooner than a couple hours before serving.

Mix about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon dried dill with light sour cream to taste. Spread on to bread and top with thinly sliced cucumbers and sprinkle with course salt & pepper.

Smoked Trout
Combine 1/4 cup Boursin cheese with 1/3 cup light sour cream and mix until creamy. Add 1/4 cup chopped radishes for some crunch. Prepare sandwich by spreading a thin layer of cheese mixture on to bread and top with flaked smoked trout.

Curry Egg Salad
Chop 7 hard boiled eggs and combine with 1 1/2 teaspoon red curry poster, 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard, 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon light sour cream.

Scones with whipped butter & preserves

Assorted pastries

Strawberries & Cream


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discount stores. This lace tablecloth is actually a lace curtain I bought for about $2 at the thrift shop. The cloth napkins


Cloth Napkins

Tea Cups & Saucers




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