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TIP OF THE DAY: End Big Meals With A Dessert Buffet

A dessert buffet is a great end to a big meal (photo © Agnes Csondor | iStock Photo).

  Some people celebrate New Year’s Eve quietly at home, some go to parties.

Others watch firecrackers or participate in midnight runs and other group activities.

We ring in the New Year with a dinner party featuring everything new: new recipes, wines we’ve never tried, even some guests new to the group.

Five hours and seven courses later, it’s time for dessert.

As many of us have found, at big Thanksgiving, Christmas and other dinners, that getting up and walking around after the main meal ends helps to loosen up space for dessert.

Some people even take a stroll around the block.

Get the moving started with a dessert buffet. Set the coffee and tea next to the desserts on a sideboard, coffee table, folding table, or whatever you have.

Guests will not only have to move; they’ll have the opportunity to chat with people who haven’t been seated near to them.

And, they can elect to cut small pieces for themselves. Those with no room left can participate with a spoonful.

Your buffet can be as simple as a cake, a pie and a bowl of fruit. You can also call for a dessert potluck.

Or, make choices from this list:

  • Candy—brittle, chocolates, truffles, marshmallows and any candy gift you’ve received
  • Chocolate-dipped fruit (here’s a recipe)
  • Cookies—we serve amaretti, macarons, meringues and shortbread
  • Custard or pudding—favorites such as crème brûlée, from-scratch chocolate pudding, rice pudding with dried cherries and cranberries
  • Fruit—much appreciated by calorie counters and those who don’t like sweets
  • Miniature cupcakes, cake pops or petit fours—always popular
  • Tarts
    A final tip: Be prepared to wrap up the leftover desserts and send them home with guests. That way, you’ll start the new year temptation-free.


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