There’s so much to love about the holiday season – especially the parties. After all, you get to spend time with loved ones, show your generosity and appreciation, and watch joy spark in their eyes as they open a gift.
And, of course, our favorite part of any holiday party: desserts!
A special time of year means a special time to go all-out on holiday-themed treats. Candy canes in your stockings, cookies left out for Santa – and mouthwatering desserts and treats laid out during every holiday party you host or attend. After all, the holidays are a time to indulge and treat yourself after making it through another year!
This brings us to our second favorite part of any holiday party: drinks!
Eggnog is a classic for any holiday party, but you don’t have to stop there. We teamed up with our friends at San Tan Brewing Company for some irresistibly delicious brownie and spirit pairings that are perfect for serving at your next holiday party.
Method: Add ingredients to the glass. Pack with ice, garnish, and serve.
Garnish: Lime wheel
All the spirits mentioned in this blog are distilled, aged, and hand bottled in Arizona by SanTan Spirits. If you’re local, be sure to visit Spirit House, where you can enjoy a tasty meal alongside a huge menu of spirits and cocktails!
Sweeten Up Your Holiday Party
Whether you don’t have time to bake or just want to offer a wider variety of treats, you can’t go wrong with gourmet, individually wrapped Fairytale Treats. They’re a perfect gift for long-distance loved ones, too!
The date is set, the entertainment is planned, the guests are invited… but what will you feed them?
A dessert charcuterie board has it all! These gorgeous displays don’t just look amazing. They also provide a variety of snacks and treats that guests can conveniently enjoy.
Other than dicing up some of the treats, dessert charcuterie boards are easy to prepare. You don’t need to follow a recipe or cook something complicated unless you whip together a special dessert sauce. You can design them as simply or as elaborately as you wish.
Provide your guests with a variety of tastes so they can pick out a treat to match their cravings. Try to hit a variety of flavor profiles, like decadent, sweet, refreshing, and salty. This balances out the flavors on your board.
Decadent treats could include rich flavors like chocolate candies or bite-size Belgian chocolate brownies. For refreshing bites, go with fruit and berries. Sweet treats can include candies like jelly beans, gummies, and marshmallows. For salty, try adding in pretzels, nuts, or popcorn.
Consider a Color Scheme
Is there a theme to the party you’re hosting? When you’re deciding on treats, consider picking the right colors to match!
For a 4th of July party, look for red, white, and blue treats. For example, your board could include strawberries, blueberries, and marshmallows.
Here are some colorful fruits and treats you could consider:
Red: Strawberries, raspberries
Green: Grapes, honeydew
White: Marshmallows, whipped cream
Other than fruit, you can find candy in just about any color imaginable. Adding jelly beans or gummies to your board is a fantastic way to add new hues to your board.
Dice Everything into Bite-Size Pieces
Charcuterie boards are all about options and convenience. Not only does the board provide a variety of fruits and treats to choose from, but it also makes it easy for guests to grab a quick snack and go.
Usually, hosts will provide toothpicks or skewers near the board. Guests can pick out a few treats without getting their fingers sticky. Of course, for this to work, the treats need to be bite-size and manageable with a toothpick. Your guests shouldn’t have to hunt down a knife to enjoy their snacks.
Make sure each treat on your board is diced small enough to stab and eat whole. You can also include some single-portion treats, such as cookies. These are easy to grab without touching other food items on the board, and unlike fruit, they won’t make a guest’s fingers sticky.
Provide Tasty Dessert Dips
Along with treats and fruit, provide dessert sauces, dips, and frosting in small bowls nearby. Guests can dip their treats and enjoy unique flavor combinations!
Here are some recipes for our favorite frostings and sauces:
For some simpler options, you can also provide whipped cream, sprinkles, or melted chocolate.
Serve with Hot or Cold Beverages
No refreshment table is complete without something to drink. Alongside your charcuterie dessert board, set out some cups and drinks for your guests to enjoy.
Not sure what to offer? Think about the time of year! For a summer gathering, set out chilled lemonade, iced tea, or juice. During colder months, opt for a thermos of hot chocolate or tea.
Don’t Forget Supplies
The food might be the most important part, but don’t forget the utensils your guests need to enjoy it! Provide toothpicks, skewers, or forks for guests to stab treats. You can also set out plates to let guests pile up on snacks before leaving the refreshment table to mingle.
If you’ve decided to make a dessert sauce, create a small sign to label it. This can be as simple as a sticky note or a folded paper tent.
Do you have any guests with allergies or food restrictions? You can also label which treats contain peanuts or other common allergies or mark certain treats as gluten-free or sugar-free.
Need Treats for your Next Party?
Fairytale Brownies, Cookies, and Blondies are perfectly portioned and individually wrapped, making them the perfect delight to indulge your guests!
Every good host knows the key to an unforgettable holiday party is in the details. Anyone can bring people together for free food and drink, but an exceptional host knows that blowing people away takes a few important details done right.
We don’t think every detail has to be perfect since that takes the fun out of bringing people together! But we have learned over the years that as long as the desserts are perfect, everything else just falls into place.
So if you’re looking to host an incredible holiday party this year, here are our suggestions for easy holiday treat ideas to upgrade everyone’s time.
1. Craft Brownie Favors
We’re starting with our personal favorite. It’s personal, it’s portable, and it’s a pretty easy holiday treat to put together.
For this holiday treat idea, we recommend that you stock up on your favorite Fairytale Sprite and Magic Morsel flavors. Since they’re individually wrapped, they’re easy for exact portion control without making a mess. (Buy brownies in bulkto save!)
Roll rectangles of craft paper into a cone shape. Tape the edges together.
Fill with delicious brownies or another mix of treats.
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Hand these favors out as they walk in the door, pile them up on the refreshments table, or use them as place settings. Your guests will love that you were thoughtful enough to give them a way to keep their brownies with them all night.
2. Brownie Christmas Trees
Half decoration, half addicting brownie dessert. These adorable holiday treats are easy to make and perfect for a Christmas party! They’re bright, fun, and loved by kids and adults alike.
Again, we recommend you order a dozenfull-size Fairytale Browniesto make this holiday treat. Each brownie is perfectly cut into 3” x 3” squares, making it easy to size all your brownie trees the same. Plus, they’re thedense, fudgy type of browniesso they cut cleanly and don’t make a mess!
Make two cuts diagonally from the bottom edge of the brownie to create the tree shape.
Drizzle green frosting from the top of the tree to the base. Decorate with your choice of holiday sprinkles!
Stick a mini candy cane in the bottom of each tree for the trunk.
And you’re all done! Beautiful and tasty.
If you have a lot of kids at your party, this is an easy holiday treat to turn into an engaging “make your own Christmas tree” activity. Just set out bowls of various sprinkle types and let everyone decorate their own!
3. Mini Morsel Bites
You know when a dessert is so delicious that you want to eat half of it all by yourself? But then you stop yourself because that would be weird and probably unfair to the rest of the party guests?
With this holiday treat idea, your problem is solved.
Mini brownie bites are an easy holiday treat that come in individual portions, so guests can treat themselves as often as they want.
Drizzle each brownie bite in chocolate sauce. Top with vanilla frosting.
Add in your favorite sliced fruit for garnish.
Voila! The perfect individual holiday dessert. It’s the easiest one on the list!
Again, this one is easy to turn into a “make your own brownie bite” activity. Order a party-sized box of48 Magic Morsels, which includes an assortment of six unique brownie flavors. Set out a variety of topping options and then everyone can create their own mini brownie bite of dreams.
Operation Perfect Holiday Party: Success!
There you have it! Beautiful and easy holiday treats guaranteed to make any of your winter parties a success.
Of course, you could pull off the perfect party just as easily by using a gorgeous and stunninggift tower of chocolate treatsas your table centerpiece and calling it a day. We support that decision too. But if you feel like getting crafty, these are our favorite holiday treat ideas that are easy to put together.
Let us know which ones you make and how they turn out! Tag us onFacebookandInstagram. We can’t wait to hear from you!