Be it during summer, Thanksgiving or Christmas, a well-organized party is always something to look forward to. Hosting a dinner party, no matter how small it is, may take days or even weeks of preparation to get everything ready. It would be great to see visitors smiling as they enjoy the food, drinks, conversation, and overall ambiance of the event.
Preparations in Hosting a Dinner Party
Dinner parties could be the start of new beginnings, new friendships, and strengthening of family bonds. Thus, we want everything to be flawless, from the invitation, the program, the experienced events emcee down to the cleaning during the after-party.
- Make a timeline. Impromptu parties may turn out bad, and thus there is a need for a timeline that would include the things you want to accomplish before the party’s date.
- Prepare the dinner invitation. Invitations would let guests know the details of the party. It would also be a good source of information about the aesthetics, level of formality, and preferred outfit in the event.
- Determine the dinner party atmosphere. Your ambiance will dictate the kind of food you offer for your guests and the decorations in the venue. It should also consider the V.I.Ps present in the guest list.
Now that you have laid the party’s basics, it is time to look into the menu. Whatever party theme you are setting, desserts play a key role in the guests’ overall satisfaction. Recently, no-bake desserts have become a trend as chefs, homemakers, and cooking enthusiasts continue to look for creative ways to satisfy the palette. No-bake desserts are easy to make in that even beginner cooks can do it in the comforts of their kitchen. One has to possess the right ingredients to come up with some tasty and creative. Here are a few of them that you can also try at your next dinner party.
Banana Cream Pie
Enjoy the refreshing and creamy banana pudding blended into a vanilla wafer pie crust. You will surely satisfy your cravings more as you will enjoy more bananas over the pie crust topped with homemade whipped topping. Just make sure the bananas are fresh enough without discoloration. Also, the whipping cream should be cold for the best results.
Golden Oreo Dessert
Imagine the feeling of sweet heaven that you can get from the Golden Oreo dessert. White chocolate and the sumptuous aroma of the cookie crust with vanilla flavor will tickle your tongue. Pair these with the concoction of cookies, cream cheese, cinnamon vanilla pudding, and whipped topping. Kids and grown-ups will surely love this dessert.
Peanut Butter Pudding
The natural flavor of peanut butter will never go out of style. If you are fond of enjoying a giant spoonful of peanut butter from the jar, then you will love this dessert more. Further, you will devour it with style! For more garnish, you can add toppings such as mini chocolate slices, peanuts, or caramel.
Peaches and Cream Pie
Want to give more guests a fruitier, fun dessert that will remind them of their childhood? The peaches and cream pie are perfect during the summer months when peach trees bear fruits. Get the shortbread cookie crust ready. Make some layers of it with sweet peach filling, cream cheese, and then topped the whole dessert with homemade whipped topping.
Banana Split Fluff
This easy peasy summertime dessert is actually a crowd favorite. First, it is pleasing to the eyes with the cute, pastel colors of its ingredients. Its delectable taste justifies its mouthwatering appearance, too! Plus, this dessert does not need to be refrigerated. If you were busy preparing the party, you could squeeze this recipe into the menu as it only takes five minutes to prepare.
This dessert is different from the previous suggestions as it does not use a pudding for its base. All you need is sweetened condensed milk, cherry pie filling, bananas, crushed pineapple, and crushed nuts. Serve it with whipped cream on top, and you are ready to go!
These desserts would surely be the most favorite on the buffet table. As most of them require whipped cream and dairy, consider asking your guests if any of them are vegetarians, vegans, or dairy intolerant. Maybe you can set up non-dairy, vegan options for them, too! After the party, make sure to designate a portion of your refrigerator for these sweet things to avoid spoilage.
Dinner parties may be fun, but the after-dinner party rituals may be time-consuming. Relax. With some help from family members or a hired helper, you can surely clean the mess and make your house or venue smelling fresh and clean again. Start cleaning in the kitchen and make sure your dishwasher is up and working. Tuck the leftovers away and store them in clean food storage containers. Put away empty bottles and cans. Vacuum the place. And don’t forget to relax and celebrate later on with a glass of wine.