The cheese could also be prepared ahead of time (warm the cream cheese for 30 seconds before adding the blue cheese to make it easier to pipe – this was a step that was omitted in the official recipe but one I think is important). You can store the cheese mixture in the pastry bag at room temperature – likely a couple of hours max ahead of time.
The apples can be cut a few hours ahead of time – just store them in the lemon/sugar water and give them a stir every once in a while so that they don’t turn brown.
The only thing I’d suggest leaving for closer to serving time would be the bacon and assembly. I’ve done the assembly as much as 1 1/2 hours ahead without a problem (just tell your daughter to make sure and drain as much of the bacon fat off when it comes out of the oven so that you don’t have it congealing on the final product).]]>