I decided to carry over my Christmas decor theme of "Silver & Gold". I made a vintage "JOY" banner for the kitchen by cutting brown paper bags to create the letters and then spray painting them gold. I hung the word "JOY" from jute twine with clothespins over my stove.
I also designed a menu for display, because when dessert is all you are serving- everyone wants to know what kind!
If you drag the image below on to your desktop, you are free to print and use. I made the menu using PicMonkey. I started with a black slide and then added the different desserts using a variety of my favorite fonts.
Other than that, thanks to the Christmas decorations, I didn't really have to set up anything else. Just a pretty table cloth, a few flowers and then the goodies took care of the rest. In order to enjoy the party and my guests, I made everything the day before.
Here is a break-down of the menu and any modifications I made to the recipes.
-Sopapilla Cheesecake: I prepared this one before the party, but I didn't start baking it until about 15 minutes before the guests arrived. It made the house smell wonderful and I was able to serve it hot with a scoop of ice cream. Sadly, I didn't snap picture of this one. **Find the recipe here.
Once the party got started, I was busy socializing with guests and serving the hot desserts. The weather that evening was pleasant, so many people sat outside on the back patio and enjoyed a small fire in the chiminea. I wished I would have taken a few actual party photos, but I didn't even have a chance to pick up my camera.
It was a fun night and I didn't stress about the food. Even if we don't host the party again next year, I would use the theme of "Dessert Is Now Served" for a cocktail party or for New Years. It works well with adults who like to munch and chat!
Are you hosting any Christmas or New Year's parties this year?
PS- I am guest hosting over at Tatertots&Jello today. Pop on over and see my easy tutorial for creating cute DIY Sparkle Shirts - perfect for girls, boys, even moms! I am so excited to be part of Jen's Happy Holiday series.
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