Francine’s Party Tips: Dessert
Parties for the cooking-challenged
-Francine Segan, FrancineSegan.com
A dessert party is a festive and unusual way to entertain. Maybe it’s the sugar high, but guests are always particularly gregarious and cheery at these gatherings. The best part of a dessert party is that you don’t have to cook! Just pop over to your favorite sweet shop, pick and pay – or, you can canvas pals and talk them into bringing their best cookies, pie, or cake. You must know someone who is channeling Martha, but if not, here are some other no-cook dessert party ideas:
-Buy an assortment of fine chocolates. Serve them with spirits like rum or grappa. Chocolate also pairs wonderfully with certain red wines such as Tosti’s Brachetto d’Acqui or Banyuls.
-Go online and buy retro candy … Mary Jane’s, Poprocks, Necco Wafers – remember those? Play ‘50s music and serve one of the decade’s cocktail party classics like Mai Tai, Gimlet, Tom Collins or Martini.
-Do-It-Yourself Ice cream Sundaes. What could be easier? Set the ice cream out surrounded with all sorts of store-bought fixings like whipped cream, chocolate sauce, wet walnuts and sprinkles. Why should the kids have all the fun?
-Chocolate Fondue. If you don’t have a fondue pot, use a pretty saucepan set out on a trivet instead. Set out long wooden skewers or chop sticks along with platters of cut fresh and dried fruit, marshmallows, pretzels and nuts. Irish coffee is nice with chocolate fondue!