A few weeks back when I made Christmas wreath-shaped tea sandwiches, I was pondering how to decorate them when a helpful reader sent me an e-mail and suggested sliced olives. Now how did I miss that! Yes, olives are perfect to serve as "ornaments" on a tea sandwich because they're the right color and the two-tone palette is already there. So this week's tea sandwiches are simply to show you some ideas for "decorating the tree" on your tea table!
You could use any spread you might have, or plain cream cheese, but I used some of the leftover Olive-Walnut dip from the office party the other day. A few slices of olives and voila, a nice little tree!
If you want a more classic look, you can top your tree sandwich with another slice of bread and line up three slices of olive. (Shamelessly stolen from my sister, who did this with her egg salad tea sandwiches last weekend!)
And last but not least, I liked this idea I saw in the Christmas issue of Tea Time magazine: use cucumber slices to decorate your tree!