I Like to get everything ready the day before, including the baking, so that on the day which is always rushed can be spent cleaning and just making sure everything is nice and pretty.
All our kids go to the same school so it will be a tea party just for the ladies! Bliss! no grubby little hands anywhere! (I meant my kids! in case they read this! lol!)
I normally host the tea party at about 10am the following morning. That gives me about an hour and a half after dropping the kids off at school, to come home, clean up the breakfast dishes, put the dishwasher on, have a quick run around with the vacuum cleaner and just take a breather before they all arrive. Definitely not time to still bake!
So here are my tips for a hassle free tea party for 6.
The day before:
*Decide on what you want to bake. For a tea party of 6 I normally bake one large cake and either some muffins, cup-cakes or small tartlets. I try to include some savory thing’s too for those that don’t have a sweet tooth. Bake your goodies.
In the picture above you will see i have made a chocolate cake and some mini cheesecake tartlets. I have the most divine recipe for these, it makes one large baked cheesecake or you can make double of the crust and the same amount of the cheesecake filling and make about 20 mini cheesecake tartlets. This is the best cheesecake recipe I have ever used. I bake a lot and have tried numerous recipe’s, this one NEVER flops. I really recommend it! Scroll down for the recipe.
*Lay your table, put a pretty table cloth down, a vase of flowers, your teacups and saucers, side plates, cake forks, spoons, serviettes, milk jug, sugar bowl and teapot/s.
Don't forget the small details: like these cute little rose tablecloth tie-downs. Perfect for hosting a tea party outdoors.
* I also clean the house as much as I can-leaving the vacuuming and washing of the floors for the next morning.
*The bathroom I clean the day before. I also do any little guest gifts the day before. Fill a little organza bag with mini chocolates and tie a pretty tag around each one with your friends/guest name on for them to take home. I didn’t have time to do that today, so tomorrow morning I will do that.
*In the morning all you then need to do is tidy up, do a quick vacuum and wash your floors, put some filter coffee on, boil the kettle, put some lipstick on, and put on some nice music and then enjoy your company!
I hope you found this useful!
CHEESECAKE RECIPE (BAKED)
500ml plain low fat yogurt
2 tubs of smooth cottage (or creamed) cheese (about 250g each)
1 cup (250g) icing sugar
half a cup of fresh cream
1 Tablespoon vanilla essence
1 tablespoon flour (rounded)
2-3 tablespoons custard powder
For the crust:
1 packet of biscuits to crush-here in South Africa we have Tennis biscuits for those South African’s reading this.
If you want to make the tartlet version you will need double-so 2 packets biscuits and 200g butter.
1) whip together the yogurt, creamed cheese, icing sugar and fresh cream.
2) add dry ingredients
3) whip up the eggs and add to the mixture.
4) Add the vanilla essence.
For the crust-crush the biscuits in a bowl, melt the butter in the microwave for about 1 min on high and mix together.
Press into a wax-papered, greased spring-form pan OR for the tarlets, simply grease a 12-tray muffin tin with butter.
Fill each muffin space with 3 quarters of biscuit mix, press firmly into place.
Pour the cheesecake mixture over the biscuits crust.
Bake at 180 degrees c for about 35 min. The tops will crack slightly.
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