Post # 1
We are planning on doing a dessert reception for approximately 100 people. Could anyone give me an idea as to how many different types of dessert I might need and how many servings of each dessert that I have? So far we are planning on having carrot cake, cheese cake, apple pie, pecan pie, lemon squares, brownies and bundt cake. Any other ideas, suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
ice cream? to go with all those deserts you already plan on having =) yum yum yum!
Post # 4
Those sound like delicious options! You’ve covered so many bases – but I defniitely would recommend icecream to go with them – and maybe some sundae toppings if people just want icecream?
Post # 5
I second the ice cream! I don’t know how much of each to get though!
Post # 6
We’re doing this as well, for about the same amount of people. We’re going to have cupcakes, three cakes, white chocolate covered pretzels, candy, truffles, cookies, and some other stuff, but we’re going to temper the sweets with some nuts, fruit and a vegetable crudite, tomato mozzarella skewers, and cubes of bread with olive oil dip. I’m still working on the serving numbers too – I think we’re going to have way too much.
Post # 7
Thanks for the ice cream reccommendation, ladies. I’ll definitely have to keep that one in mind.
Laylabelle: When you figure out how much you’re going to need, please let me know. I am thinking something like 1.5 servings per person. So, maybe 150 servings of dessert total and then divide that by the number of desserts I have– so something like 22 servings per dish?
Post # 8
What about some toppings to go with the desserts? Fresh berries, coconut, caramel, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, cinnamon/sugar, granola? That way people can take a simple piece of cheesecake or bundt cake and make it their own (that way you don’t have to decide on frostings and flavors…)
Post # 9
Ooooh GaBGal, I love that idea!
@missrobot – I sure will. I was thinking 1.5 servings per person too, but we’re worried that won’t be correct, because people tend to graze bite sized food (and desserts) and will probably pile up their plate or go back again and again, which is fine with me – I guess I’d rather have too much than too little
I’ll let you know how it goes! 🙂
Post # 10
I co-hosted a “sweets for the sweethearts” dessert party/co-ed shower of 75 guests for my best friend and her husband a few years ago and what I found was the mini-desserts were the first to go. I think people like to try a lot of different things but not necessarily take huge servings. Some of the larger cakes and pies just had a piece or two eaten (even though we had pre-sliced them). So to the extent possible, I recommended bite-sized versions of the desserts. I would also recommend a cheese plate for the non-sweet-eaters in the crowd. Good luck! These kinds of parties are really fun and make for a lot of mingling and chatting as people discuss their favorites!
Post # 11
I think a dessert reception sounds divine! Remember to address all parts of the palate to get a well rounded dish. How about adding something savory? Maybe sharp cheddar cheese straws? Something a bit salty? I’ve seen some popcorns done this way-bite size nuggets of sweet and salty bliss. I might also suggest something tangy/bitter-citrus? Something with some bite to it to take the edge off of the sugary treats. Fruits can be a palate cleanser and on skewers or displayed appropriately, can be also eye catching due to the color.
We went to a dessert reception a little while back that was for an event and they had a coffee bar-plain coffee, but all types of flavors, creamers, etc. to add to it-made a nice beverage-also with toppings for the coffee, including cinnamon to sprinkle on the whipped cream, chopped nuts, and then they had ICE COLD milk-it was perfect and I think I drank two glasses of milk myself. Tasty!
Post # 12
I agree with SF Carrie. bite size desserts, but I would also include ICE CREAM. You can do ice cream in various bite size presentations.