Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dessert Party


A few years ago when Valentine’s Day was on Saturday, I hosted a Dessert Party for my friends. It worked out really well because they could go out for dinner and come by for dessert. This party works well for Christmas too and just about any other Friday or Saturday evening.

Invitations: Buy readymade invites or download and print your own from http://www.purpletrail.com/. You will also find party ideas at this site.

Decorations: Choose a theme and buy some partyware from a discount store or go with a romantic theme and use a pretty tablecloth, candles, flower arrangement, crystal or glass plates, scattered rose petals, paper hearts or Hershey’s Kisses.

Music: Play your favorite CDs or love songs. There are some good lists at http://www.lovetripper.com/love-notes/love-notes.html.
Drinks: Serve coffee with an assortment of flavored creams or tea if you prefer and dessert wines like Riesling or champagne. Make a festive punch or cocktail and have some beer and soda available.

Valentine’s Day Punch
1 qt. cranberry juice cocktail2 c. pineapple juice1 1/2 c. sugar2 qts. ginger aleLight rum (opt.)
Mix juices with sugar; chill. Add ginger ale and rum at serving time.(Cooks.com)

Chocolate Martini
1 oz. vodka
1oz crème de cacao
1 ½ oz.milk
Pour over ice cubes, shake then pour into glass drizzled with Hershey's syrup.


Food: Serve an assortment of appetizers like raw vegetables and a crockpot of little sausages or meatball for contrast. Make or buy and assortment of luscious desserts and a cheese plate with crackers. There are dozens of dessert recipes at: http://www.joyofbaking.com/other/ValentinesDayDesserts.html

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