Family Dessert with Friends: Keeping It Simple!

December 15, 2011

in 30-Minute Cook

Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There’s no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On!

Wanna know what that bingo thingy is doing on this post? Well, the other week we had the most fantabulous holiday dessert and game night with friends, and I’m going to tell you all about it!

We’ve been wanting to have a housewarming since we moved into our new home in June (I know, I know…). And I love having an open-house-type event around the holidays, so I figured we’d tie them together and host a drop-in family game/dessert night the weekend after Thanksgiving. Most of our friends were back in town by Sunday evening, and no one wants to cook after Turkey Day, so the timing was perfect.

Instead of having a big spread, I just made a few quick and easy desserts that people could munch on while milling around. I bought some festive holiday napkins and plastic cups (no glass!). Then we pulled out the bingo game, Pictionary, Slamwich, and a few other crowd favorites.

All in all, we had about 20 people attend, and it was so much fun to relax after a crazy week of holidays and traveling. The kids moved from game to game, all the snacks were eaten, and everyone was smiling. What more could you want from a family get-together?

This just goes to show you that entertaining doesn’t have to be over-the-top crazy. Sure, it’s sometimes fun to pull out all the stops and whip up gourmet goodies and pull out the fine china. But it’s just as fun (and less stressful) to keep things easy. When life is crazy-nutso, focus on what really matters: Having fun with your friends and family. Pick a few favorite dessert recipes, plan some easy entertainment or activity, and clean your kitchen and bathroom. The rest of the house is optional. :)

P.S. Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

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  • Mmontenaro79

    What really matters is the time spent with friends and family anyway; as you stated it’s not always necessary to go over the top; sometimes best just to relax and have a good time.

  • Maria House Cleaning

    Very nice holiday dessert ideas! Definitely agree with you that we should focus on what really matters: our family — our loved ones. I want to remind that the Valentine’s Day is coming and we have a great opportunity to take care of our loved ones. Heart shaped cookie cutter are great idea when it comes to preparing breakfast for your loved one! You can give it a try! It seems that there is nothing more cute and pleasant than prepared breakfast. And, of course, everything tastes better when your loved one prepares it for you. Thanks for sharing this post!

  • Seattle HouseCleaning

    Entertaining should be fun and useful. You found the method that works and engages all the family in the cleaning and rganizing process! Great job!

  • SeattleCleaning

    Entertaining should be fun and useful. You found the method that works and engages all the family in the cleaning and rganizing process! Great job!

  • jess

    I hope all is well. I am writing because I am doing a project in school where we are designing a device that will be used by children to alert a trusted adult when they are in an unsafe situation or feel they are being bullied. We are not actually manufacturing the product but need to do all the research as if we were. My team has created a survey we need to have responses to by parents. If you would be willing to take a few minutes and take the survey it would be incredibly helpful to me and my team! Also if you would be able/willing to send out to other parents it would be much appreciated! Here is the link Any help would be awesome

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