Enjoy the Simplicity of
A Cream Tea Party

Hostessing a Cream Tea is definitely the simplest tea party to put on. This tea is generally offered as an afternoon tea, but can be used any time you have the ladies over and want to offer a simple yet enjoyable tea.

If you are serving a Devon tea, you will serve scones split in half (plain with no fruits, nuts or anything added to them and never frosted), with Devonshire cream then strawberry jam on top... in that order! ;-)


If you are serving a Cornish tea, you will serve splits (a sweet yeast roll) or scones, split in half, with butter, strawberry jam, and then a generous scoop of Cornish clotted cream on top... in that order! ;-)

Don't be surprised or offended if when enjoying a scone and you happen to put your jam on first then your cream, (or the other way around for Cornish style) you are told you are 'doing it backwards'!! It is the first inclination of people who were trained or brought up this way to flinch when seeing someone do this.

It is like a knee-jerk reaction ~ they can't help themselves. It would be like Americans watching someone put jelly on their toast first and then trying to put butter on top! It's just not done that way!

So for a Devon (Devonshire) cream tea , your tea party menu will look like this:

  • Scones
  • Devonshire clotted cream
  • Strawberry Jam
  • And a nice hot pot of tea

And for a Cornish cream tea, your tea party menu will look like this:

  • Splits or Scones
  • Cornish clotted cream
  • Strawberry Jam
  • And a nice hot pot of tea

When you are served, you will generally take a scoop of cream and a scoop of jam and put it on your plate, then put it on your scone or splits. This keeps crumbs out of the serving dishes and is quicker, so others aren't waiting too long.

Where to Get Clotted Cream for Your Cream Tea?

Don't have clotted Devonshire or Cornish cream for your tea? You have a few options.

First, if you have time you can order it online. If not, some specialty grocery stores or tea shops will carry it.

Secondly, if you have access to fresh milk with the cream still on it, you can try your hand at making some.

Thirdly, if the first two fail or are not an option for you, then just invite the girls for a light afternoon tea.

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