Keep some easy-to-eat sweet snacks around, like fruit mince pies or chocolate honeycomb. They’re moreish and can be prepared earlier – it’s a good way to tide guests over between meals too!
Serve light options for desserts – understandably, some people are feeling full by the time dessert comes but still want to be part of the course. Having lighter options (Pavlovas are a great example) means they can still enjoy a sweet treat.
Use fruits! Christmas is such a beautiful time of the year with the fruits that we have. Fruits such as mango, lime and coconut work so well together and give incredibly fresh flavours to your menu. A great idea is adding these flavours to a trifle or tart.
Choose a menu that allows you to pre-make as much as possible prior to your guests arriving, so rather than being stuck in the kitchen you can enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Mix up how you serve your desserts. I love creating desserts in glasses – layering the different elements gives a great visual and enables you to incorporate different textures. They can also be made in advance.
For a seated Christmas function add some flair by printing your own menus and name labels for each guest. Buy some fresh holly for a table decoration and add in some candles.
Place some vanilla and cinnamon in the oven after you have turned it off and while it is still hot. It will remove any remaining cooking aromas and leave a Christmassy perfume throughout your house.
Create edible Christmas treats to hang on the tree, such as chocolate wreaths which can be made with rice bubbles and chocolate and hung with ribbon.
Invest some time in learning so you can really wow guests. For example, Savour School offers so many different classes from patisserie and cakes to pastry and tarts – there’s so many things to learn. Whether it’s a one, two or seven-day course, getting the training and experience in making a delicious dessert doesn’t just mean you’ll make a gorgeous treat for your party, it will equip you with the knowledge and techniques to continue to make amazing things.