When you buy commercial icing in the grocery store, the can comes with many tips. The “kind of smooth with a whip” looking sugar cubes were from one tip and the frilly icing cubes were from a different tip. On some of the cubes I performed the “surgery” you see in the photos (click to enlarge) and others I just dipped in tiny bowls of sprinkles. **Note: Get the icing in the can. The kind in the squeeze bag will not stick to the sugar cubes.
AND NOW ON TO THE ‘PARTY SCHEDULE” I PROMISED ON TUESDAY!!
Kind of long which is why I have put it at the end! Hopefully it is detailed enough to make it so you don’t really have to think about anything. It seems like a lot but most of this stuff doesn’t really take very long – I just make detailed lists so I don’t forget anything! I posted a Flickr photo set here – it might help with ideas for table set up, invitations, etc.! Also, be sure to check Wednesday’s post – it is LOADED with information and links.
3 WEEKS BEFORE
- Pick a date
- Buy cute note cards for invitations
- Make invitations. Ask people to RSVP
- Order party favor baskets for as many children as are invited plus 10 more. Also have 10 additional cups & plates. Since it is a Mother/Daughter Tea, siblings (sisters) are also invited by default – inviting 10 kids can turn into 20 kids before you know it! – a good reason for RSVP!
2 WEEKS BEFORE
- Send invitations
- Find 3 serving trays (scones, cookies, sandwiches), spoons (they make great silver plastic ones now!), tea set , cups & plates (there are beautiful paper plates, and plastic cups out there!), tongs for sugar cubes, 4 bowls ( jam, whipped cream, nuts and crackers) and 2 pitchers (lemonade & water). Call rental company to reserve, borrow, buy or dig yours out of storage.
1 WEEK BEFORE
- Make a grocery list or use mine (below)!
2 – 3 DAYS BEFORE
- Decorated Sugar Cube ingredients: Canned spray icing, sprinkles, sugar cubes
- Buy ingredients for and make sugar cubes.
- Store in a container or on a cookie sheet with a drinking glass in the middle and foil “tented” over the cookie sheet (so you don’t smush the icing).
- Pick up rentals if needed (or have them delivered).
- Set table with serving trays, cups, plates, spoons, tongs for sugar cubes, pitchers, clear plastic cups, bowls with spoons, and tea service.
- Fill sugar bowl with sugar (women do not usually want icing in their tea).
- Make a little tented card for the PB&J tray alerting people that they are PB&J (peanut allergy).
- Lay clean dish towels over everything to prevent dust.
- Set up an area away from the tea with wine glasses and an ice bucket for the sparkling water and wine.
1 DAY BEFORE
TO GET (Grocery):
- White paper doilies for serving trays
- Bulk Candy for favor baskets
- Flowers or something for the centerpiece
- Decaffeinated mint tea (see Tea For A Crowd for amounts needed)
- Wyler’s Pink Lemonade mix
- Clear plastic cups for lemonade
- Whipping Cream
- 1/2 & 1/2 cream
- Little snack crackers (Goldfish)
- Bread for sandwiches
- Peanut Butter
- Grape Jelly
- 3-4 bottles of wine (you probably will not need this much but it is good to have on hand in case you do)
- 2 large bottles sparkling water
- 2 bags of ice
- 2 boxes of frozen hors d’oeuvres (I always pop some in the oven around 4:45 in case someone would like something other than cookies & scones)
- Votive candles for bathrooms
- Cocktail napkins for table and ice bucket area
- Make whipped cream (you can also buy fresh whipped cream at Whole Foods)
- Make PB&J sandwiches, cover & refrigerate – do not cut.
- Arrange paper favor baskets on table and fill.
- Make lemonade
- Make tea concentrate (see Tea For A Crowd)
- Set the bottles of wine and water in the empty ice bucket and remember to lay a corkscrew & cocktail napkins somewhere in the vicinity.
DAY OF PARTY
- Cut sandwiches into little “2 bite” sizes, cover & refrigerate
RIGHT BEFORE (3:30)
- Open a bottle of wine & recork
- Ice the wine & sparkling water
- Set out Lemonade & Water
- Boil water for tea
- Light votives in bathrooms
- Fill the trays & bowls
- Fill the cream pitcher
Enjoy your party!
P.S. Did you remember to clean your house?
*Tea concentrate – link to Tea For A Crowd suggests filling each cup with concentrate and adding water but I fill the teapot with boiling water and add concentrate to taste.
*Clear cups – when they are scattered across the landscape of your house, they look better than colored cups and your house doesn’t look like the morning after a Fraternity party.
*Sugar-Free Lemonade – it will get spilled and there is no sticky sugary mess with sugar-free.
*I usually pick out a movie to play if the girls are “done” with the tea party and the mothers are still enjoying themselves.