Being a bridesmaid when you're tres broke due to student teaching and parents that teach you "responsibility" is a little tough. Especially when your duties as a bridesmaid mean that you have to plan a shower for all your college friends on an extremely limited budget. My friend R and I stressed and stressed over what we were going to do, if we should have a theme, where to hold the party on such a tight budget, especially since C likes things to be "classy."
Now, if I had unlimited resources and was working and making an actual salary, I would love to have a shower at a fun restaurant or cafe somewhere in Philly where we could all go, or rent out a hall and do something fun, or have money for actual entertainment. But, I had absolutely none of those things, and neither did R, so we came to the only obvious conclusion - we'd have to have the shower either somewhere on campus, or in our apartment.
So for a few weeks, we tried and tried to assemble invitations, invite people, lock down RSVPs, come up with a theme... it was exhausting, and that wasn't even the hard part.
Once we decided on a theme (the "Scanty Panty Party" - which meant that every guest had to bring a pair of underwear for C, and that all the food was miniature), it came time to buy all the food, and make preparations.
Since our apartment kitchen is so teeny tiny, I called up a good friend of mine, who lives in PA only a half hour from campus, and offered to babysit for her kids if I could steal her kitchen the next day to cook. Obviously she agreed happily, and even gave me the recipe for these fabulous petite apple tarts that look tres chic.
These tarts were such a hit at the shower that I thought I'd share the easy peasy recipe for them, though I DO have the warning that if you don't have certain tools, like a press and seal 3" cutter, or an apple corer, this would have been a significantly more complicated process (though it would be do-able!).
Dutch Apple Mini-Tarts (24 servings max.)
-1 package refrigerated ready-to-bake pie crust (not a pie shell - I used Pillsbury dough)
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 pie crust into a 12 x 10" rectangle.
3. Cut twelve 3" circles from the dough. (I used the 3" Pampered Chef Cut-N-Seal to do this - if I hadn't had this, I don't know if I would attempted making these!).