Time is of the essence with an afternoon tea fete for two!

What to do when your friend decide to pay you a long overdue visit within the next day or two?

Simply put…nothing can ever go wrong with throwing an afternoon tea fete in the comfort of your home. It doesn’t have to be superlative expensive or elaborate. Use what you already have. Just invest on a favorite treat or two. I always am a fan of Trader’s Joe for quick grabs because they have the best packaged nibbles with a global flair to create a one of a kind palate. And…they don’t break your wallet either. No Trader’s Joe in sight? Resort to your favorite nearby grocery store is as fine as dandy!

What do you mean BY using what you already have? Use your best China or favorite special occasional dishware that have been neglected in your storage cabinet. Don’t forget your favorite tabletop teapot, cake stand, sugar tong only if you fancy on serving sugar cubes, cocktail picks and 3-tier platter stand too! From your pantry, take out your favorite teabags or a even a tin of loose tea to make it extra special, a sugar bowl with your favorite sweetener, and a jar of honey.

What to shop for in a dash

Grab a bag of spiced nuts, a wedge or two kinds of cheese, cold cut proteins, a jar of jam and box of savory crackers. In a “I have so little time” haste? Pick out your favorite sweet treat at your favorite local venue. And….most importantly, pick out your favorite bunch of fresh flowers which would be your easy peasey tabletop décor in a dash. Think of it as gifting yourself with the beauty of Mother’s Nature which is sure to brighten in any part of your home or even in your backyard patio. Please bear in mind that seasonal local flowers are usually the best bang for your buck. Already have a flower garden? Cut your favorite stems and arrange them in a vase or even a water pitcher.

The set-up whereabouts

Use your side table between your seating areas. It’s the most casual comfort setting where you can sit and catch up with your friend between nibbles and sips. It can be situated in your living room, den room, or even a sunroom. Outdoors in your front or backyard with a patio seating area or with a bistro table is another lovely option as well. Soak in the Vitamin D on a warm sunny day is an extra good for your soul indulgent treat!

Fete for two

The tabletop arrangements:
  1. Two place settings of small plates, cloth napkins, teacups and saucers
  2. Tabletop teapot
  3. Sugar bowl with sugar spoon (can use tongs if you use sugar cubes)
  4. Teabag holders
  5. Teaspoons
  6. Small cake stand or 3-tier platter stand
  7. Your favorite serving platter
  8. Culinary cheese knives, cocktail picks and/or a mini food tong
  9. fresh flowers in a vase

If you have an extra 15 minutes to concoct a sweet treat, mini phyllo square tartlets is my to go recipe because it’s easy, refreshingly light and delicious. It is a perfect palate pleasing accompaniment with a cup of tea! All you need is 4 ingredients, a pastry brush and a cupcake baking pan.

The recipe:
  • A package of phyllo sheet
  • A jar of lemon curd
  • Fresh seasonal berries
  • A concoct of egg wash (1 egg white mixed with 1 tablespoon water)

Cut out phyllo dough in a dozen of 2×2 square. Place the squares into a cupcake baking pan and brush each square with an egg wash. In a preheated 350 degrees oven, bake for 10 minutes or until the squares puff up nice and golden.

Remove the pan from the oven and let cool, approximately 10-15 minutes.

Add a teaspoonful dollop of lemon curd in each phyllo square. Top with seasonal berries to your liking. You can slice or dice strawberries to nestle nicely atop the phyllo square.

Serve immediately on a lovely cake stand or keep refrigerate until ready to serve.

Truly yours,

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