When it comes to entertaining family and friends with party food, serving slices of cakes isn’t ideal. It can get pretty messy and making sure everyone gets a piece can be a challenge!
That’s why individual mini-desserts are the best way to serve up the sweet treats and are the perfect way to end the party. Here are 10 delicious party food dessert ideas to please your guests!
1. Chocolate Fondue with Fruit Skewers
This is a real crowd pleaser and takes very little prep time. You can either lay out a platter of juicy fruits so people can choose their favorites or create fruit skewers ready for dipping in heavenly chocolate.
Strawberries, pineapples, grapes, or kiwis are just some of the perfect fruits you can choose from - and basically, any fruit goes well with chocolate!
Instead of plastic skewers, opt for disposable wooden sticks as they are heat resistant and stronger, so they won’t melt, bend, or break under the weight of all that yummy fruit and chocolate!
2. Red Wine Popsicles
Whoever said popsicles are just for kids? These red wine popsicles are sweet, tangy, and just a little boozy. They are the perfect refreshing treat for those warm summer nights spent enjoying the garden with friends and family.
You can grab any red wine you like, combine it with a little soda and lime syrup to sweeten. They are super simple to make— all you need are some popsicle molds and wooden sticks. We recommend using WoodU disposable wooden popsicle sticks for an eco-friendly dessert.
3. Mini Dessert Cups
Mini dessert cups are a great way to easily serve up some of the more traditional cakes and sweet treats but in individual portions. No messy cutting and crumbling, and everyone gets just enough to satisfy that sweet tooth! We like these individual no-bake cheesecakes for a quick and easy dessert that looks the part and tastes divine!
4. Tiramisu Cheesecake Brownies
Can’t decide which dessert to give your guests? Think no more, with this clever combo. Not only does this mini dessert combine the three best-loved desserts in one, but tiramisu cheesecake brownies are also vegan and gluten-free!
5. White Chocolate Truffles
Here's another vegan recipe that only uses five ingredients and can easily be prepped ahead of time. White chocolate truffles can be made up to a week before your dinner party and kept in the fridge or can be frozen for up to a month.
They are creamy, dreamy and coconutty! You can serve them individually in a paper cupcake holders or on some bamboo knot picks for an easy grab and go goodie.
6. Mini Apple Bites
Caramel or chocolate covered apples are a kids’ favorite all year round. You can turn this simple treat into a fancy party dessert by using a melon baller to scoop out bite-sized balls of apple.
Then add them on a wooden apple stick before dipping them in hot caramel or melted chocolate. For even more flavor and fun, add toppings of candy sprinkles or crushed nuts.
7. Mini Fruit Tarts
Vanilla custard filled fruit tarts are always a winner at any dinner party. The pastry is easy to make but if you’re pressed for time, store-bought casings will do the trick… sssh, we won’t tell!
Top the custard with whatever fruit is in season and add a dusting of powdered sugar for or a little drizzle of chocolate to make them look even more inviting.
8. Pink Champagne Cake Pops
"Party without a cake is just a meeting." -Julia Child
We agree! Cake pops are all the rage these days, and these pretty in pink mini desserts make a sweet ending to any special occasion. Use a pretty wooden candy stick for an easy-to-hold-handle so you can have a champagne cake pop in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other!
9. Panna Cotta Pots
Rich and silky smooth, but not too heavy, this Italian classic dessert never fails to please at parties. The nice thing about making panna cotta is that you can adapt the toppings with locally available or seasonal fruits. You can also use mini-mason jars or recycled jam pots as mini-containers.
For a practical and pretty presentation, add a miniature wooden spoon to your pots. Wooden utensils are also a great way to keep your party eco-friendly as they are compostable and biodegradable.
10. Lemon Meringue Pies
Zingy, tangy, sweetness! Lemon is a great flavor to cleanse the palate after munching on a variety of food. Plus, it just sings sunshine, the outdoors, and celebration!
These mini lemon meringue pies are quick and simple to make and taste as good as they look. A light and crispy base, sharp citrus centre and a fluffy meringue topping will definitely tantalize the taste buds.
Desserts are always part of any celebrations because it gives satisfaction and happiness to your guests. A little dessert doesn't hurt!