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Entertain with a Coffee and Dessert Bar

12/1/2011

Holiday entertaining doesn't have to be overwhelming. After all, the holidays are about sharing time with family and friends, not working yourself senseless! Why not try an easy to set up (and clean up!) coffee and dessert bar party?

Set up the refreshments on your kitchen island, dining room table or any spot that's easy for your friends to gather around. The coffee bar will need cups, spoons and napkins. Your guests will love to serve themselves from carafes filled with coffee (don't forget decaf!) teas and cocoas with fun stir- ins like flavored creamers and syrups, mini marshmallows, cinnamon sticks and bowls of whipped cream.

Coffee and dessert parties are a great gathering for Mom's because they're just as fun mid-morning after the kids are in school as they are in the evening after the family has been fed. If you plan your party for the morning, treat your friends to Peanut Butter Breakfast Bread Pudding.

Part of the fun of a coffee and dessert bar is being able to try lots of treats. Make sure to ask friends to bring their favorite sweet to make the selection even more decadent. Portion desserts like Peanut Butter-Toffee Brownies into bite-size pieces that let your guests indulge with a little less guilt!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Sauce is at home on both the coffee and dessert side of bar. Try it drizzled in cocoa or over a scoop of ice cream. (It makes a great gift from the kitchen, too!)

Sit back with a cup of coffee and a sweet treat as you relax and enjoy the holidays right along with your guests!

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