Entertaining tricks and fresh ideas for food you’ll love.
Beth Dreiling / Styling Lisa Powell Bailey
Entertaining friends with a homemade meal is my favorite hobby. But I have a secret: I am the worst at making desserts! I have no patience for it. So, naturally (and, of course, conveniently) I always forget until the last minute. I use my favorite trick of setting up a chocolate station. Pick up your favorite chocolate candies at the grocery store, and pour into small glasses. Break a candy bar into pieces. Cut up a bakery brownie into bite-size squares and unwrap a few truffles. Add a few shot glasses filled with ice cream or chocolate milk. Collect everything on a pretty tray, and watch your guests’ eyes open wide with delight. It brings out the kid in everyone. This super-simple display is a fanciful and clever end to an intimate dinner party or a pretty and edible centerpiece at a cocktail party. The best part: no baking or mixing required!