Holiday Desserts Party
During the holidays, many people seem to be in a more festive mood and more parties, gatherings and get-togethers happen at this time of year more than any other.
Are you strapped for time, money or creativity for a new holiday themed party? Do you want something different that is fairly easy and more economical than organizing a dinner at a restaurant or your home?
Try a Holiday Desserts Party!
It's much easier to host this type of party, takes much less time to prepare, many of your desserts can be made in advance and frozen until the party and the decorations are pretty easy to obtain â€“ you probably have many already.
Invite Your Friends
Create an invitation using evite.com online and simply complete the form with all the details of the dessert party and let evite email the invites to your friends. Don't forget to set a reminder email for evite to send out a day or two before the party.
Dessert Party Recipe Ideas
Try to keep the desserts fairly easy to make to reduce the stress from having a party. There are a multitude of holiday recipes and the easiest are probably the bar cookies or variations of brownie type cookies. Here are a few recipe ideas to get you started:
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
1 C all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 1/4 C original oats, 1/2 C sugar, 1/2 C brown sugar firmly packed, 1/2 C nuts and 1/2 C chocolate chip minis. Mix all dry ingredients and add 3/4 C soft butter, 4 eggs beaten slightly. Mix all together, spread onto lightly sprayed 9x12 pan. Place into 375 degree pre-heated oven and bake 20-25 minutes until golden. Cool and cut into small 1" size squares. Makes at least 30 bars
White Christmas Bars
1/2 C white chocolate chips, 1/2 C toasted chopped almonds, 1 C brown sugar tightly packed, 2 C biscuit mix, 1/2 C butter (melted), 1 beaten egg, 1 tsp. almond extract. Mix all dry ingredients; add egg, butter and almond extract. Mix thoroughly, spread into brownie pan and bake 35-40 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool and cut into small 1 " size squares. Makes at least 24
Butterscotch/Chocolate Trail Bark
1 C trail mix chopped finely, 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/4 C cocoa, 8 oz. bag of white semi-sweet butterscotch chips, 3 Tbs. vegetable oil. Melt chocolate in double boiler, add cocoa and oil and blend on medium to low heat until smooth. Do not leave unattended. Add 1/2 trail mix and quickly spread onto ungreased cookie sheet leaving 1/4" from edges. Spoon white chocolate onto top of chocolate and blend gently in a swirling pattern. Top with final trail mix. Cool at least 1 hour in refrigerator until set. Cut into random small chunk pieces.
Make one or two of your favorite and best desserts such as a cheesecake or holiday iced cake.
Fill a few crystal or holiday dishes with festive candies, nuts, granola and incorporate these dishes onto your decorative table for service. They're functional and decorative at the same time. Add a small serving spoon to each so that your guests can serve themselves.
Decorate your home as you normally would for the holidays several weeks before your holiday desserts party. Add lights of all different kinds and scatter throughout the party area.
When it's time for your holiday dessert party, create simple and elegant decorations using silver or gold and mixing with white or cream. Simple ideas include using ball ornaments in a vase or crystal bowl, use one or two tall candles or other decorative item as a center focal point, use holiday greenery and candles in all shapes and sizes staying with your simple color scheme. Hang ornaments from the edges of your dessert party table or just at the corners. Scatter confetti on top of your decorated table for a final festive touch. (be careful not to get onto the carpets â€“ confetti is difficult to pick up with a vacuum cleaner and could damage it)
Play holiday music to get the guests in the spirit of the holiday.
Keep it simple. Serve a red and white wine or mimosas (champagne with orange juice).
Also serve herbal teas and gourmet coffees for those that do not drink alcohol or will be driving.
Set your party up as a buffet style with your assorted desserts lined up on a table using a holiday or glittery tablecloth.
Use your favorite holiday dessert plates or purchase an assortment of decorative plates to enhance the party. Search for holiday dessert plates at antique shops, department stores or check the thrift stores for occasional great finds.
Polish your best flatware and store in another silver/gold basket lined with your second color as a basket liner.
Enjoy your holiday desserts party and your guests!