If you’ve been looking for ideas to host your friends in a fun, low-key way, this is totally it!
Here are some ideas for making it happen:
You do not need to spend days baking to prepare for this. Ask each of your guests to contribute a treat to the festivities. From brownies and cookies to more decadent layer cakes let each person bring his or her favorite.
They don’t all need to be homemade either - prized treats from favorite local bakeries, a dozen donuts, or even a box of those store-bought chocolate cookies that everyone loves - it’s all delicious! And it’s all game.
A simple table runner and some empty cake plates or stands to vary the height will help make room for all the sweets your friends bring. I love to add a few fun touches like handfuls of candy, marshmallows, or even rock candy straws to make things even more playful.
Don’t forget the serving utensils:
To keep things even easier, have guests bring along the appropriate serving utensil as their contributions. And offer index cards so guests can write down what they brought (and note any potential allergy-causing ingredients like nuts or dairy.)
Pairing a variety of dishes is easy with glasses of sparkling Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée. It’s festive and perfectly complements an array of flavors. And you can’t have a dessert party without crisp Barefoot Moscato - refreshing and the perfect amount of sweet.
Don’t forget the doggy bags:
Be preemptive about leftovers by stocking-up on cardboard or aluminum takeaway boxes, which can be found at dollar or crafts stores. Make them available for guests to grab a few extra treats to take home at the end of the night.
If your friends are the competitive type, think about turning the party into a friendly competition and asking guests to anonymously vote for their favorite dessert. All the votes go into a basket or jar on the buffet table, then are tallied up at the end. Send the winner home with a sweet prize like a cookbook or pretty ceramic cake plate.
Can’t decide what to bake?
Try an easy Moscato Wine Cake! You can make the recipe by using just one bowl and it takes less than an hour from start to finish. And yes, there IS wine baked right into the cake. Amazing!
Barefoot Moscato Wine Cake
Makes one 10" cake
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (5.1 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup Barefoot Moscato
4 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour one 10" Bundt pan.
In medium bowl, combine all ingredients and beat with an electric mixer for about 4 minutes till batter is smooth.
Pour into prepared Bundt pan and bake at 350 F for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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