Have a Dessert Party
Dinner parties are “what’s happening” and a FAB way to get together with all of your friends. Are you and your friends “goodie monsters”? Do you get that glazed over look in your eye for dessert, more so than dinner itself? Why not host an evening dessert party? A dessert party can actually be hosted any time of the day, but a late evening party is typically best.
With desserts, the tiny touches really do complete the big pictures. Let’s do an example; doilies on dessert plates when serving a fine piece of cake is a beautiful touch. A nice espresso goes well with pastries (coffee too? OMG).
Want to beautifully serve a tasty pound cake? Use wine or champagne glasses and a flavor or two of ice cream to serve desserts a la mode. Serve flavored coffees and teas with some fresh fruit. All by itself, it can serve as a dessert. Just don’t forget the decaf or you and your guests will be tweaked on sugar and caffeine…lol!
Frozen desserts are a great idea for an unexpected get-together. Most of the fancier desserts can be frozen and thawed in warm weather for only about an hour.
Need a quick cake decoration? Keep some butterscotch, chocolate, and caramel sauce on hand. Nice thin swirls of a flavored sauce across the dessert plate works especially well with a nice torte or cheesecake. Mini chocolate chips are fabulous when coupled with fresh raspberries and a rich chocolate cake.
Any particular season coming up? A seasonal dessert leaves a great impression on your guests.
Chocolate-coated strawberries are a fun, FAB and sophisticated dessert party treat. You can begin with a carton of large ripe strawberries with stems. Melt two to three large dark or milk chocolate bars per carton in the microwave (or Ghiardelli chocolate chips..I like them best), in a glass measuring cup or plastic mixing bowl. A more traditional way to melt chocolate is in a baine de marie (double boiler or glass bowl covering a pot with boiling water) this prevents scorching the chocolate which BTW is NOT a good look or taste Hold strawberries by the stem, dipping them one by one into the cup. On a large plate or cooling rack coated with wax paper, rest the strawberries (which should only be dipped just over halfway) and chill for about forty-five minutes. Serve with Columbian coffee or a designer coffee drink. If you’re le crafty with drinks, you could concoct a signature drink specifically for your event!
Always pre-slice cakes, but serve to guests one at a time. Do not have the cake already on a dessert plate, unless the event is directly after a dinner.
Dessert parties are becoming more popular and a little more sophisticated, so soft lighting, candles, and appropriate music are a must. Remember not to serve pies, as they are informal and casual and interfere with the class and mystique of a dessert party.