I'm planning a champagne and dessert party in a couple of weeks. Hubby and I make all the desserts and serve up a couple of cases of chilled champagne to go with them. The trick is always to put together a group of desserts with sufficient variety and appeal, that two people can feasibly make over the few days leading up to the party.
I'd love some feedback on this menu so far:
decadent chocolate layer cake
midnight rum balls (from AnneinMpls)
poached pears in spiced red wine
chocolate dipped palmiers
banana caramel tartlets
lemon curd tartlets
peanut butter fudge
brown-sugar pecan shortbread
pecan pie bars
buzz bars (thanks to Dommy for the recipe!)
fresh fruit plate with a couple of dips
rice crispies (these always disappear -- go figure)
mini sour cream coffee cakes
smarties (the Canadian kind. not homemade, but we always put them out for these parties)
We'll have somewhere between 20 and 40 people. Is there enough chocolate? Too much chocolate? I was originally going to do a chocolate mousse served in mini chocolate cups, but thought it might be too much. Same for good ol' chocolate chip cookies. I'm also considering cream puffs. Ugh -- too many choices!
Any suggestions? Items that can be made in advance are always a big plus!