If you and your friends love sweets but you're tired of going to the same old restaurants for dessert, why not treat yourselves to delectable treats at home? Hosting a get-together to chow down on your favorite food can be a great way to spend time together and catch up.
However, you'll want to make sure your chocolate truffles, mousse, cake and brownies are plated perfectly to impress your guests. As they say, you eat with your eyes first! Here are a few ways to serve food at your small get-together and wow your friends with your creativity.
Don't Skimp on the Dishware
If you have beautiful china sitting in your cabinet that you only pull out for "special" occasions, why not bring it out for your little bash? After all, the desserts are often beautiful enough to warrant eye-catching plates. To make your set-up extra special, look for your best silverware and glassware to complement your dishes (especially if you intend on serving wine to pair with your dessert).
Make Your Arrangement Efficient
Many people like to have various types of garnishes available for dessert, such special sauces for dipping and fruit. Whether you're serving food buffet style or on a long dinner table, it's a good idea to place your garnishes together. This makes everything easy to find for your guests.
Similarly, if you're serving different types of wine with your dessert, you'll want to try to keep them all in the same area to avoid any confusion. Not to mention, elegant bottles paired together make a beautiful display!
Think Outside of the Box
Many desserts, such as cake pops and cupcakes, are already eye candy as-is, but it doesn't hurt to serve them in attractive dishware to make them even more appealing to your friends. AllRecipes.com suggests serving creamy mousses and sauces in martini glasses, for instance, to add flair to your food.
When plating your dessert, consider drizzling a bit of chocolate or caramel sauce off to the side to give it gourmet flair. Add a sprig of mint to the top of your dishes or sprinkle a little confectioner's sugar on top to make it more eye-catching.
If you and your friends are chocolate lovers or simply enjoy dessert of all varieties, there's no better way to indulge in sweets than spending a night in!