If you’re convinced the best part of a meal is the last part, chances are your friends think so, too. (After all, birds of a feather flock together!) So why not cut to the delectable chase and satisfy your collective sweet tooth with a festive dessert party? “Organizing a dessert party is a great way to simplify your entertaining and host an event which all ages can enthusiastically enjoy,” says Dawn Bryan of The Qualipedia. Get Bryan’s and other expert tips on throwing a party that’s full of sugar, spice, and everything nice:
Cater to different palates. Get the party started with an array of DIY dessert stations designed to whet just about any craving. Ideas include sundaes, cakes, cupcakes, pastries, gelato, and dessert wines/cordials, along with calorie-conscious treats like fresh fruits and nuts. And don’t forget to appeal to the other taste buds, says Jenny Ford of Sugar Loco: “Have some savory nibbles on hand for your guests; people will want to counter-balance the sweet.”
Set a scrumptious mood. The whimsical theme offers ample opportunity to get creative with décor and ambiance. “Concoct a confection centerpiece using any combination of small pastries, candies, cookies, and your imagination,” suggests Bryan. Pie stands, cupcake towers, and donut pyramids can also act as décor, along with unique serving pieces (like colorful wine goblets for the sundaes). Top off the fun with a custom playlist—songs like “Sugar, Sugar,” “Lollipop,” and “I Want Candy” are all fair game.
Get in good favor with your guests. Don’t let the fun stop when the party does—send your guests off with goodie bags! Bryan recommends giving party favors like “homemade cookies personalized with their names, brightly wrapped toothbrushes for their ‘sweet tooth,’ or glazed donuts for the next morning’s breakfast.”