OK so lots of relatives are going to be in the area around DS's birthday next week. They will be having a big breakfast elsewhere so we thought we'd do an afternoon tea type thing. But I can't figure out how much of each thing I might need! (Mortal fear of undercatering ).
Numbers at the moment stand at 20 adults and 6 children.
I'm thinking of doing:
Cakes: DS is demanding a banana cake (it's his birthday I suppose!) DH is demanding something chocolatey (rocky road maybe?) Rhubarb, orange and almond Sticky ginger Victoria sponge Flapjacks (my mum is making these)
Scones: Plain with cream and jam Cheese with cream cheese and pickle (savoury cream tea innit?)
Pastries: Mini quiches Feta and herb parcels Scotch egg pie (maybe)
DS is insisting on smoked salmon and cream cheese! What other fillings? Egg? Cheese? Chicken?
Does that sound like enough? Too much?
I'll make one of each cake so that's OK, but how many scones? How many mini quiches? How many sandwiches? I have form for massively overcatering but leftover cake is no bad thing!
Also, what can I make ahead? Party is on Sunday and I'm baking all this myself!
If there's plenty of options I'd guess half a round of sandwiches will be enough per person. Maybe do an extra few in case. I'd always do cheese (and onion), ham, egg, and possibly prawn or chicken. The rest sounds good. I'd be happy with your options. Maybe a few crisps and bowls of cherry tomatoes or cherries/ strawberries for the kids.
Cucumber and anchovy butter sandwiches should always be part of a cream tea. 3 finger sandwiches each I think - so 3/4 of a round. Cheese scones are yum - served with smoked trout and creamed horseradish as well as cheese and pickle. I don't think the pastries will be too much, especially as it sounds like people are having a big breakfast and then no lunch. If you want fruit how about bit sized pavlova or fruit tartlets or even sponge flan with fruit. And of course fruit in Pimms (surely one of your 5 a day!)
Ooh I like finger sandwiches - plus I can never do triangles evenly. So that's - wait - argh - 70 odd sandwiches??? <faints>
Argh that's just reminded me that DS asked for little meringues with cream and strawberries. You can get bitesize ones in a tub from Sainsburys I think (I can make meringue but that might push me over the edge!)
Silas some very posh ideas there! Thanks! Anchovy butter sounds yum.
Bubbly, Pimms and tea. Schloer or apple juice for kids. Job done?