Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. I get giddy just thinking about setting a dreamy table and playing hostess to my nearest and dearest friends and family. However, once the meal has been enjoyed and the company has cleared, it always seems the next day I am exhausted! The idea for this party came to me in that spirit of having conquered the holiday but still longing for more of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving — pie, wine, and great company.
This post-Thanksgiving gathering is very mellow yet still inviting. Have your closest friends bring over their leftover holiday pies (seriously, already sliced and all) and a bottle of wine. Set up a pie bar, set a causal table and nestle in for the afternoon.
You know what gets me excited? A dessert that appears to be a lot of fuss but in fact is super simple to make. Time is precious (especially during the holiday season) and complicated recipes just aren’t my thing. These Oreo Cookie Balls took about 15 minutes to make and they taste amazing.
Hostess Tip: Make these balls well in advance of your party and keep them in the freezer until the day of your party. Pull them out and let them come to room temperature before serving.
It must be something in the air this time of year, but I’m obsessed with pumpkin recipes. Pumpkin is such a versatile ingredient – it’s great in everything from muffins, to soup, to the time-treasured pumpkin pie. I have recently discovered a new way to serve pumpkin that can double as both a snack and dessert. This pumpkin parfait recipe is more of a dessert but you can easily replace the oatmeal cookies with granola for a healthier option if you want to justify having it for breakfast. Or, you can be like me and just eat it for breakfast anyway. True story.
Hostess Tip: Make these up to a day ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. Right before serving, top with whipped topping.
I am always looking for ways to make things more simple when entertaining. I believe when you keep things simple, you enjoy yourself more (and make other feel more at ease). This week I shared my hostess tip for serving up ice cream at a party on the SC Johnson blog.
An extra “win” for me is when you can do things the night before your party (like pre-scooping these ice cream cups).
Do you have any tips to making hosting a party more simple? I’d love to hear about them!
Nothing screams summer like a sweet, cold treat. I recently created this summer dessert for SC Johnson, where I am a guest blogger. When planning your next summer dessert, put aside the carton of ice cream and ordinary pops and consider making these easy yogurt pops. Not only is yogurt good for you, but you can combine it with your favorite “mix-ins” to create a delicious summer treat. Because you can use any yogurt on hand, this recipe is simple and takes just minutes to whip up when the craving hits. Prepare a batch ahead of time so they are ready to indulge in on a warm summer afternoon. Make them all the same or create a variety – the options are endless!
They are really simple to make and look amazing!
Easy Yogurt Pops
Prep: 5 minutes
Freeze: 1 hour, minimum
Yield: 1 Yogurt pop
Small paper cups
Small wooden sticks or spoons
2 tablespoons graham crackers, crushed (you can also use crushed cookies)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt or flavor of your choice
1 tablespoon blueberries or your favorite mix-in
In a paper cup, layer 1 tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs, yogurt and blueberries. Top with remaining graham cracker crumbs. Insert wooden stick or spoon and place in the freezer for at least one hour. Once frozen, remove paper cup, serve and enjoy!
I am a Guest Blogger for SC Johnson and this is a sponsored post. All ideas and opinions are my own.