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Dessert and Coffee Bar Party- Another Economical Way to Entertain

By on Dec 3, 2010, 9:43 am in Food and Drink, Seasonal Celebrations | 1 comment

Can’t quite swing the big dinner with open bar party? A dessert buffet and coffee bar is a lovely way to entertain, still allowing a host or hostess to present an abundant spread on a limited budget.

Dessert Buffet Dessert Buffet with Buche de Noel

Offer a bountiful buffet filled with fruit (add a mild creamy cheese if you want something more substantial), and a selection of cakes and tarts, as well as pick up treats like cookies and brownies. Add a holiday specialty dessert, like a Buche de Noel, or Croquembouche, as your centerpiece, and decorate the buffet with tiny lady apples, Forelle pears and nuts nestled in pine boughs and sprinkled with powdered sugar “snow”. The selection should include the darker flavors- chocolate (of course!) coffee or caramel, and the lighter ones- like fruit and lemon, too, and keep the desserts easy to serve.

While alcohol may be offered (think champagne, a dessert wine and/or brandy, a spiked punch or eggnog) a savvy hostess will save money and still appear opulent by offering a coffee bar with flavored coffees, espresso, cappucino, and hot chocolate, as well as a regular brew. Dress the bar up with beautiful silver samovars, and an eclectic selection of elegant cups.

Added bonuses-Ken Cohen, owner of Cappuccino Connection, offers this perspective “Social drinking is an issue in our culture-people like to hold something when they are socializing, but some are seeking a moderating alternative to alcohol for events. Guests don’t have to be concerned how much alcohol they’ve consumed, or about designating a driver.”

So have your cake and eat it, too. Offering this sweet treat of a party, makes the smart host look like a million bucks on a very wise budget.

Happy Holidays!




    1 Comment

  1. Gisele,

    I loved the spot on chocolate the best and you enjoying the chocolate. Ironically, you put red mustard greens on your blog, I am growing them from seed in my garden! I also grow watercress and wheatgrass. I will check out this blog more often. You write very well.

    Best wishes,

    Jeanne DeFazio

    Avatar Jeanne DeFazio

    March 3, 2011

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