10 Tips for Hosting the Perfect Dessert Party

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10 Tips for Hosting the Perfect Dessert Party

Think Outside the Box

"Everyone likes a chocolate chip cookie or a vanilla cupcake with chocolate icing, but I would try to take at least one or two things that are a little bit different," Lilling suggests for throwing a truly memorable experience.

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Pick a Theme

Whether it's a kid's birthday party, a spooky Halloween soirée, or a party to celebrate your favorite superhero, nothing ties an event together like a theme.

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Know the Basics

It may seem obvious, but caring for the details is key to any successful party. Lilling begins her dessert party consultations by nailing down the "who," "what," "when," "where," and "why" of each event.

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Bake Beforehand

Hosting a dessert party is no fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants task — just think of how long it took to bake and enjoy your signature cake made from scratch. To avoid dessert disasters, whip up batters and batches ahead of time, and become friends with your freezer.

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Befriend the Freezer

Thankfully, you can add cake and brownie mixtures to the list of foods you didn't know you could freeze. Other dessert components can be prepared early as well, especially if you’re serving a layered truffle or mousse.

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Serve Lovely Libations

Like all famous duos, the cookie would be nothing without its cool, refreshing partner: milk. When throwing a dessert party — especially one for the kids — have lots of milk on hand, so the little ones can wash down their sweets. For adults, Lilling always recommends bottles of sweet champagne to pass around.

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Arm Yourself
Who enters a battle without the proper gear? Hosting a party is like preparing for war: A sound strategy and flawless execution both start with the basic tools in hand.

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Size Matters

You will never hear a guest complain about too much food at a party. Variety is the spice of life, and essential when you want to plan an entire event around tasting different treats.

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Think Outside the Box

"Everyone likes a chocolate chip cookie or a vanilla cupcake with chocolate icing, but I would try to take at least one or two things that are a little bit different," Lilling suggests for throwing a truly memorable experience. According to Lilling, today’s trend is to add herbs to desserts or create offbeat concoctions to up the wow factor.

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Savory is Sensational

While savory sweets are in style, Lilling also suggests a few savory items to prevent sugar overload. "I don't ever need a break from sweets, but offering some [savory] snacks gives your guests a break from the sugar that they may need," she says.

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With a finance degree from Emory University, Lauren Lilling began her professional life in the world of corporate investment banking. While she was happy with how her first few years were going, she still felt as if something was missing.

10 Tips for Hosting the Perfect Dessert Party

"I've always had a passion for eating desserts as well as baking them," she quipped. "I started a baking blog about two years ago, so I was able to explore that passion on the side."

A self-taught baker, Lilling found herself spending weekends toiling over ingredients for the perfect recipes to share, and she knew it was time for a change. At 27 years old, Lilling went from banking to baking and developed a business plan for Keep It Sweet Desserts, an online bakery and local catering site, which officially launched in March 2012.

"I've always had a passion for dessert, but like most women, I was always trying to watch what I ate," Lilling explained. "So, when I was eating dessert, I always wanted to be sure it is was worth it — and half the time when my husband and I went out to eat, it wasn't worth it. I wanted to create desserts that were worth it, worth your time, worth your money, and worth the calories."

"Personally, [I think] dessert is the most important part of the meal anyway," said Lilling. "And if you throw a dessert party, you can just focus on the one course, it is less money, and who won't love the menu?"

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