Did you know STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS? It makes perfect sense!
When you entertain this season think about skipping right to everybody’s favorite part of the meal… dessert! Host a dessert party instead of a more traditional open house or sit down dinner. It’s the perfect way to simplify your party yet keep it special. Dessert only parties take less preparation and time so they are easier and can be kinder to your wallet. To host a dessert party that’s spot on the trend this year, go with a french-themed dessert bar – think Pâtisserie! Below are 5 tips for success and this image which illustrates perfectly how to create a gorgeous dessert bar.
French Macarons (towers are very chic) , Chocolate Mousse Shots, Berry Pasties, Creme Brulee, Chocolate Mousse, Napoleon Minis, Chocolate Eclairs, Lemon Meringue Tarts and of course you can always serve the crowd pleasing favorites: cupcakes and brownies – but serve them bite-sized or mini.
Stick to white dishes and linens. This will help to create a clean, sophisticated look and backdrop for the dessert bar. Then add pops of color: use red and greens flowers and ornaments for a Christmas party, or use blue as the accent color for Hanukkah. Silver works with both, so incorporate candlesticks, vases, trays and cake stands in the metallic. If you have mercury glass, use it – it’s hot this year.
Make your dessert bar a feast for the eyes too. Use trays and cake stands alone, or stack them to create displays for your desserts in varying heights. Think out of the box and use mirrors or even candelabras to display chocolates .Make sure there are a variety of textures and colors in the desserts you select. All chocolate won’t work, you need to mix it up. Again stick to white and silver for the serving piece, monochromatic or hues in the same color family make an impact visually.
Remember to keep everything small, bite-sized is perfect. If you are serving a cake or larger dessert slice it ahead of time so it’s easy for greats to help themselves. The idea is to allow your guests to sample a variety of treats. 4-6 desserts per guest is the general rule.
Water and Wine
A water bar, in addition to a wine bar is perfect for a dessert party. Dessert, especially chocolate, can make guests thirsty. Try infusing orange, or mint into different pitchers. Red wine, (cabernet is our pick), is great with chocolate and very french! If cocktails are a must at your soiree, try a French 75 – it’s one of our all-time favorites and fits with the theme. We have a how to video and recipe for it>
Chocolate Party: MyFoxNY.com