I just finished going through a weekly book study with a group of my friends, and one of my favorite parts of hosting book club each week was choosing and preparing the dessert that I served. It was so much fun to choose things that I thought my friends would enjoy and to serve them in fancier ways than I do for Paul! 🙂
I don’t drink and never serve alcohol in my home, so if you’re looking for an alternative to wine for your girls’ night – I have some ideas for you! Since I served these things on a weeknight after a busy day at work, I kept the prep time as minimal as possible and instead focused on the presentation. Girls appreciate those little touches! Things like paper doilies, tiny dishes, cocktail napkins, trays, fancy glasses, trays and linen napkins really make a difference when presenting a simple dessert.
Each night before the girls arrived, I snapped a quick picture of my presentation. Here are 5 dessert ideas for girl’s night!
#1 Mini Fudge Mint Trifles: I layered pre-made sugar free chocolate pudding (approx 3/4 of a pudding cup) with a tablespoon of Cool Whip into pretty glass dishes. Adding two fudge mint cookies (from Aldi – they taste almost exactly like Thin Mints) gives the dessert a crunchy, indulgent finish! These can also be very diet friendly when using sugar free pudding & Cool Whip.
#2 Fruit with Honey-Yogurt Dressing: I think this was the most popular of all the desserts! I combined mandarin oranges, strawberries and blueberries and drizzled the dressing over the top of each serving. This is definitely a great option when you’re watching your calories or Weight Watcher points!
#3 Mini Cinnamon Bun Scones: I love this recipe any time, but I made a batch using my cookie scoop to create mini scones that were perfect for two-bite snacks! These keep well in the freezer and can be thawed an hour or so before you serve them.
#4 Mint Chocolate Delights: This is another recipe that I keep in the freezer for quick entertaining solutions! I like to freeze the raw dough already scooped into 1″ balls, and then pop a few in the oven just before I need them. Fresh-baked cookies with no cleanup!
#5 Chocolate Pie: This is another great recipe using chocolate pudding! I follow the directions on the pudding box for “pudding pie” using less milk than regular pudding. Pour it into a graham cracker crust – keep in mind it needs an hour to set. I like to top each slice with a little Cool Whip and some chocolate shavings. If you don’t have a chocolate bar, a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa powder is also a nice touch!
There were a couple other nights that I didn’t have something in the freezer or time to assemble a dessert, so I picked up a dessert from the bakery section of my grocery store. I arranged and served those desserts just as I would a homemade item!
What’s your go-to dessert for girls’ night?