Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Sweet Desserts

Events and Beyond Thanksgiving Dessert Table

Today marks the first post in a series on Inspiration for the Holiday Season! What better way to share Sweet Desserts Inspiration than going straight to the professionals at Queen’s Sweets.

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My guest post today is by Makeda Dempsey, founder and owner of Queen’s Sweets. I had the pleasure of meeting Makeda in 2013 and have worked with her on several events. Queen’s Sweet’s is best recognized for their premium mouthwatering miniature desserts showcased at weddings and events since 2010.

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Today, Queen’s Sweets is going to share Sweet Desserts inspiration for the holiday season, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve parties. Come get inspired as we talk shop on all things desserts and sweets!___________________________________________________________________

Holiday Desserts and Sweets Table

This is the best time of year to get people together for food, drinks and good laughs. One of the growing trends for parties and events during the holidays is the dessert table or bar.

Holiday Dessert Bar

The dessert table or bar consist of a variety of different desserts that all your guest will love! The size of the holiday party, event, or dinner will determine how many different deserts you will serve. Some of the most popular sweets and desserts this season include: cupcakes, cake pops, dessert shooters, mini pound cakes, mini cakes, and mini pies.

Holiday Dessert Bar

Bite size desserts are becoming the new norm, which allows your guests to sample the tasty treats without feeling too guilty. You’re guests will rave about how delicious and festive those mini pumpkin or apple pies looked and tasted! Try this mini pumpkin pie recipe by Home is Where the Boat Is.

Mini Pumpin Pies Home is where the boat is

Christmas Parties and Gifts

Christmas time still holds traditional elements such as the tree trimming, shopping, A Christmas Story (movie), and gift baskets, just to name a few. Some of the more trending Christmas gifts are edible desserts such as cookies, cake pops, cocoa on a stick, and homemade hot cocoa kit.

Order these specialty cookies from Queen’s Sweets just in time for Christmas or hostess gifts!

Christmas Cookies by Queen's Sweets

Cookies by Queen’s Sweets

Get the tutorial on this Hot Cocoa Gift by Luna {all things good}. This make a great activity to do with your kids this holiday season and great gifts that the entire family can enjoy!

Christmas Gifts Sweets

Here’s a Christmas dessert bar that is inspiring us by Amy Atlas, Sweet Designs.

Christmas Dessert Bar via Amy Atlas

New Year’s Eve Parties

New Year’s Eve (NYE) is such an exciting day! NYE is full of celebration and reflection. It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends as you look back on all the fond memories of the current year and the excitement of what the New Year holds. As you usher in a brand new year many will host an intimate party with close friends and family. Trending this year is to have a dessert for each place setting such as a cupcake, cake pop or dessert shooter.

NYE Tablesca[e Sweet Dessert Inspiration

NYE Place Setting Sweet Desserts Inspiration

What’s inspiring us for a NYE dessert bar is this festive look from Kara’s Party Ideas.

New Years Eve Dessert Bar Karas Parties

Happy Holidays!

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Mama’s Cranberry and Apple Dish: A Thanksgiving and Christmas Tradition

Last week I provided a Thanksgiving round up of home décor and tablescape!

Thanksgiving Inspiration

If you missed all the Thanksgiving inspiration you can check it out here.

Thanksgving Inspiration

After receiving rave reviews and requests for the recipe, I’m finally sharing a family favorite that started with my Southern grandmother: Mama’s Cranberry and Apple Dish.

Mamas Cranberry and Apple Dish

This dish is a Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition in our family.  It’s good with turkey anytime and will wow you’re guests!

Mama’s Cranberry & Apple Dish

Ingredients: Serves 6-8

  • 3 cups sliced, peeled gala apples
  • 2 cups raw cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar or Splenda
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar of Splenda brown sugar
  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans

Put apples and cranberries in layers in a baking dish. Sprinkle sugar or Splenda on top. Melt the butter and mix with flour, brown sugar, oatmeal and pecans. Spread mixture over the top layer of apples and cranberries. Cook at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. Serve immediately with turkey and sides.

Mama's Cranberry & Apple Dish

This recipe was first published in America Discovers Columbus, a collection of recipes for easy entertaining from The Junior League of Columbus, when my mother was cookbook chairman. It has come full circle as I’ve started my own family in Charlotte, NC, where my mother was born and raised, and I’m currently a member of Junior League of Charlotte.

Thanksgiving Inspiration

Hope this inspires you to start your own Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition!

Thanksgiving Inspiration and Recipes

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Credits

Styling and design – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Mama’s Cranberry and Apple Dish – Sarah Sofia Productions