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The best Mother's Day afternoon tea ideas

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The best Mother's Day afternoon tea ideas

There’s nothing better than indulging in a spot of afternoon tea with your mum. So with Mother’s Day just around the corner (March 14, 2021) we thought we’d take a look at the best afternoon tea inspired gifts to show your mum just how much she is loved.

Mother’s Day might be a little different this year, but there are plenty of amazing afternoon tea deliveries that you can surprise your mum with on this special day. Who doesn’t love a surprise in the post?

Or why not give her something to look forward to, with a gift experience to enjoy together just as soon as restrictions allow?

Whether you choose a traditional afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, or one fuelled with gin or prosecco, there’s plenty to choose from that will leave your mum feeling that extra bit special. 

Here’s a selection of our favourite afternoon tea hampers and experiences. Now there’s only one question left, what goes first… the jam or the cream?


The best afternoon tea gift hampers and boxes

Letterbox hampers are all the rage nowadays and are just perfect for surprising your mum. No need to worry whether she will be at home or out on her daily walk, this perfect package will fit right through the letterbox.

It includes:

  • Freshly Baked Scones
  • Cornish Clotted Cream
  • Strawberry Conserve
  • Cornish Tea

A lovely traditional afternoon tea for your mum to enjoy. Packed with delicious tea, cake, biscuits and fudge - you can’t go wrong with a traditional afternoon tea hamper.

This includes:

  • Black Ceylon Tea
  • Fruit Cake
  • Cranberry Biscuits
  • All Butter Shortbread
  • Sweet Cracknel Biscuits
  • Biscotti Cantucci with Choc Chips
  • Vanilla Fudge

Another delightful afternoon tea hamper packed full of sweet treats to make your mum feel special this Mother’s Day. There’s nothing more relaxing than a nice cup of tea, some chocolate and cake after a morning stroll.

This gift hamper includes:

  • Chocolates
  • Almond Biscuit Thins
  • Apple & Custard Biscuits
  • Macaroons
  • Mini Salted Caramel Bar
  • Raspberry Jam
  • Round Whisky Dundee
  • Afternoon Blend Tea Bags

Treat your mum this Mother’s Day with this delectable Fortnum & Mason hamper. It’s on the more expensive side, but perfect for the foodie mother and it comes with a gorgeous wicker basket to keep and reuse over and over again.

This gorgeous hamper includes:

  • Single Handled Huntsman Basket
  • Macadamia Nut Biscuits
  • Shortbread Rounds
  • A Selection of Teas
  • Strawberry Preserve
  • Chocolate Biscuits
  • Milk & Dark Chocolate Selection Box
  • Shortbread Fingers
  • White Chocolate Strawberry & Black Pepper Bar
  • Milk Chocolate Lavender Bar
  • Christmas Spiced Biscuit Filled Chocolate Bar (we'll overlook the Christmas bit....) 

For the Prosecco-loving mothers out there, this luxury little cream tea set is heaven sent, from Devon. It includes award-winning jam, and scones made using a recipe that has been used by Kirtsie Allsopp on her Channel 4 programmes. Don’t worry, there’s still tea to have after your Prosecco.

This box includes:

  • Plain Scones
  • Clotted Cream
  • Strawberry Jam
  • Extra Dry Prosecco Sparkling Wine
  • Tea Bags

This quirky adaptation of an afternoon tea is perfect for the gin-loving mums out there. Not only does it include a ready-made scone kit for your mum to bake up a storm (just add water), but also some delicious Gin Jam to enjoy with them once they are ready. I love the personalised presentation bag too, a lovely keepsake to remember a different kind of Mother’s Day.

Comes with:

  • Ready Mixed Scone Kit
  • Gin Jam
  • Tea Bags
  • Gin Cream Tea Personalised Presentation Bag

This cute little Afternoon Tea at Home box from Cutter & Squidge is perfectly packaged and comes with the most delicious looking cakes. All your mum will need to do is warm up the scones, pop on the kettle, and enjoy these amazing treats from the comfort of her own home.

This box includes:

  • Indulgent Cheesecake Brownies
  • Mini Raspberry and Orange Loaf Cakes
  • Buttery Scones
  • Clotted Cream
  • Pot of Fruity Jam
  • Fine Loose Leaf Tea

This isn’t any old Mother’s Day hamper, this is an M&S Tea in Mayfair (including pink bubbles) Mother’s Day hamper. You can’t go wrong with a bit of M&S, and this hamper is a superb Mother’s Day gift idea. Pink Prosecco, tea and cakes - you can’t go wrong! It also comes with a lovely wicker hamper which can be used for years to come.

This lovely hamper includes:

  • Prosecco Rosé
  • Teabags
  • Shortbread Squares
  • Devon Scones
  • Strawberry Jam & Cornish Clotted Cream Butter Cream Cake
  • Cherry Bakewell Tarts
  • Strawberry Soft Set Jam
  • Presented in a wicker hamper with brown faux-leather handle and strap

The best afternoon tea experiences

If you’d rather wait and enjoy an afternoon tea experience with your mum in person, then this afternoon tea gift box is just perfect. With more than 465 venues to choose from, your mum can simply browse the venues in the brochure, choose one, and then book for when the time is right. It’s valid for two years too, so can be enjoyed when things are a little more normal.

Afternoon tea with that added extra. If you want the full on pamper experience, why not treat your mum to afternoon tea and a 25 minute spa treatment at one of the UK’s Marriott, Village or Mercure spas. There are more than 334 spas to choose from, and the experience is valid for 20 months, so plenty of time to get something booked in. Although you may not get to use this experience straight away, it will definitely be a little luxury to look forward to later on in the year.

The ultimate afternoon tea experience. Whether you live in London or want a getaway to the capital, this afternoon tea experience is the perfect thing to look forward to sharing with your mum. These cosy igloo-inspired private pods are tucked away in the back streets of Kensington in their very own private garden, and can be enjoyed all year round. You’ll feast on a selection of sandwiches and sweet treats, all washed down with a glass of champagne and tea. Why not book something special to look forward to. Valid for 20 months.

Best afternoon tea locations

What's more iconic than afternoon tea at The Ritz? A quinessentially British experience, you and your mum will enjoy a selection of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve, and pastries and teacakes, plus 18 different types of loose-leaf tea to choose from. 

With six tearooms to choose from (York, Harrogate, Harlow Carr, Stonegate, Northallerton, and Ilkley), afternoon tea at Betty's is delightful - especially if you take home one of their famous Rascals too. The cafes are all closed at the moment, but bookmark the page and book a table when we're finally allowed. 


Lizzie is a freelance writer and mum of twin babies and a toddler. In her spare time Lizzie loves keeping fit, feasting on a good pub lunch and spending time with her family. Lizzie also runs a Motherhood and Lifestyle Blog Life with WIT. She studied Publishing with Media, Communication and Culture at Oxford Brookes University and has recently returned to her writing roots.

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