Nearly everyone we know is crazy for dessert.
In fact, elaborate dessert table displays are all the rage now and show no signs of slowing down. One way you can bring that into your own home for entertaining is by hosting a dessert party, pot-luck-style!
The idea is to have each of your guests bring a favorite dessert dish, and then everyone gets to sample a bit of everything. You may want to add a retro or vintage twist to it and have everyone bring a dessert recipe that has been passed down in the family or reminds them of their childhood. Here are a few tips to help get you started.
Think about Different Flavors, Textures, Etc.
The most interesting dessert party should have a variety of flavors and selections to choose from. We love the idea of choosing between cakes, pies, bars and cookies, as well as some of the more modern treats like cake pops, mini parfaits served in shot glasses, or homemade whoopie pies. Here is one of my favorite dessert recipes from Tablespoon that would make a great addition to your table: Pecan Pie Surprise Bars
— the bar that tastes like a pie! Or if you really want to wow your guests, try a recipe from Tablespoon's Five Star Dessert Recipes Collection
By having several types of items, the tastebuds will be excited with every new bite. Variety is the spice of life, and it certainly makes for a tastier sweets table.
Provide a Neutralizer
For those guests whose sweet palate is satisfied with just a few bites, offer them some simple dishes that will complement the theme of the night. Cheese and fruit are fantastic alternatives. You could provide fruit and cheese pairings, cream cheese with pepper jelly poured over the top, or baked brie with honey and almonds drizzled over. This way your guests can still take part in the tasting without getting sugar overload.
Accompaniments and Supplies
As the host for the evening, you will need to provide all of the basic tools your guests will need, as well as drinks. Red wine and chocolate are a classic pairing, as is champagne with almost anything. Coffee is another must-have for many guests, whether decaf or full-strength. Don’t forget milk as a classic thirst quencher when it comes to sweets. Serve up cold milk in shot glasses for a pretty presentation, and pass them on a tray.
Depending on the types of desserts you have, you may need small plates as well as bowls, forks and spoons, and plenty of napkins. Have place cards handy for each guest to fill out when they arrive. They can list what the dessert is, who it’s from, and whether it is a family recipe or a specialty item. You may want to ask your guests to bring recipe cards to share also. Small takeout boxes are a great thing to have on hand so guests can take home some of their favorite treats of the night.
Hosting a pot-luck dessert party can be fun, economical, and stress-free. With the tips provided and a few friends, you will be on your way to one “sweet” party!
Super Awesome Sweet Treats!
Here's a few more sweet picks for your party:
Have a favorite party sweet treat to share? Please do!