Please accept my apologies for the late response. I'd never done a party this size and way before and it was *work!* Our oven was on for almost 7 hours straight and I basically collapsed afterwards.
And also, since it was my first time, I made a planning error: the party was held at our local church and I *assumed* use of the room included the attached kitchenette.
Lesson: Don't assume.
The kitchenette was not available, I was not prepared for that and so there were no hot beverages at all, neither tea nor coffee. And both were going to be *Good* darnit!
But it wasn't a total loss. The chocolate caramel walnut tart was almost instantly devoured, the cherry tart followed soon after and the Queen of Sheba torte was least favored, I actually had a small chunk to take home! Also, I was showered with compliments.
There was conversation, laughter and general hilarity, so much so I was told the church director popped in, saying "Wow, sounds like you all are having a good time!" (I hope he got some tart!) And as this was an anniversary party, I think I received the Ultimate Compliment:
"We're doing this again next year, right Kathy?? For five?"
Thanks SO MUCH for all your help and I won't blow it next year, I PROMISE!
A very tired, happy (& human) Kathy Marie
PS What can I do with all this Darjeeling, does it freeze?? Because the menu will be the same, minus the Queen of Sheba torte. TIA! KM