I had my dinner party last week and as it turned out we had two desserts. As you recall I was concerned the woman making the orange chocolate torte (it was a actually a tart) would feel upstaged by another dessert. Her intention was to make it in honor of another guest's birthday.
The plans sort of took a more complicated twist when the birthday girl's BF asked if he could bring a second dessert from one of the best bakeries in town. I felt like I went from wanting to do the right thing to acting as a dessert mediator! I didn't want to say "No, you can't bring a birthday cake for your GF's birthday, you thoughtless oaf". So I suggested he call the woman making the orange tart so they can arrange for him to do something that would compliment her tart. I also got to speak with the tart friend and she was emphatic she did not want two desserts. I explained he wants to bring something special for his GF and that we might come up with an alternative plan for him, like a dessert wine as suggested by fellow hounds. Well she loved the idea and she even liked the cheese course idea too. So I was set to go with a cheese course but the BF ending up bringing a pie. The tart friend brought the tart and dessert wine. We all made a big fuss over her dessert and choice of wine, so she felt special and everyone enjoyed the pie because it was a nice compliment to the tart. We didn't have the cheese so I have been eating it for lunch. My friends were also kind enough to give me a slice of each dessert which I've enjoyed as well.