5 Easy, Crowd-Pleasing Dessert Recipes

There is nothing – absolutely nothing – that resembles the sense of sheer panic caused by the words: “I’m having a little impromptu holiday get-together. Could you cook something…say, dessert?”

 Symptoms of the ensuing panic include: stammering for an answer, saying “Yes” without thinking, and kicking yourself about it later.

 So, to save yourself the trouble, it pays to have some quick and easy, crowd pleasing, prefect for any holiday, go-to recipes on hand. Shift, then, from panic mode to the role of cool and collected super chef…and add these scrumptious creations to your recipe box.

Oreo Ice Cream Cake
Oreo Ice Cream Cake

Oreo Ice Cream Cake

3 squares Baker’s Semi-Sweet Baking Squares

1 cup Sugar

1 (5oz) can Evaporated Milk

2 tbs. Margarine

1 (16oz) bag Oreo Cookies

1 ½ sticks Melted Margarine

½ gallon Vanilla Ice Cream, softened

1 (12oz) carton Cool Whip

1 jar Maraschino Cherries

½ cup Nuts (optional)

Crumble Oreo cookies. Pour 1 ½ sticks melted margarine over the cookies, and mix until the cookies are well coated. Press gently into bottom of a 13x9x2 inch, freezer-proof pan. Spoon softened vanilla ice cream over cookie layer. Place in freezer while you make the chocolate sauce.

Mix chocolate squares, sugar, evaporated milk, and two tablespoons of margarine together in saucepan until melted. Let chocolate sauce cool, then pour over ice cream layer. Place pan back in freezer, and allow the chocolate sauce to freeze.

Then spoon on thawed Cool Whip and top with Maraschino cherries and nuts. Place back in freezer until ready to serve.

 

Peanut Butter Bars
Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Layer:

1 (18oz) jar Jif Creamy Peanut Butter

1 Stick Melted Butter

2 ½ cups Confectioner’s Sugar

½ cup Dark Brown Sugar

½ tsp. Vanilla

Mix all ingredients and press in pan. (Almost any size casserole dish or pan will do. Just choose the size that will allow you to make the peanut butter layer as thick or thin as you please.)

Chocolate Layer:

1 (12oz) bag Milk Chocolate Chips

1 Stick Melted Butter

Mix the chocolate chips into the melted butter until smooth. Spread over the peanut butter layer and refrigerate. Later, cut into squares and store in refrigerator.

Blueberry Pies
Blueberry Pies

Blueberry Pies (2 Regular Pies or 1 Deep Dish)
1 (12 oz.) carton Cool Whip
1 (8 oz.) package Cream Cheese
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 tablespoon Almond Flavoring
1 can Blueberry Pie Filling

Allow Cream Cheese to come to room temperature. Take softened Cream Cheese and stir in one cup Powdered Sugar. Add the tablespoon of Almond Flavoring. Fold Cool Whip into Cream Cheese mixture until mixed well. Spoon mixture into baked pie shells. Top with one can Blueberry Pie Filling. Refrigerate.

(Option: you may add a layer of sliced bananas and chopped pecans on the bottom of the already baked and cooled pie shell before you spoon in the Cream Cheese and Cool Whip mixture).

Chocolate Éclair Dessert
Chocolate Éclair Dessert

Chocolate Éclair Dessert

Filling

2 (3.5oz.) boxes Vanilla Instant Pudding

3 cups Milk

1 (12oz.) carton Cool Whip

Graham Crackers

Combine vanilla pudding with milk and beat together. Stir in Cool Whip. Place a layer of Graham crackers in the bottom of a 13x9x2 inch baking dish. Spread half of the pudding mixture over the Graham crackers. Repeat with a second layer of Graham crackers and pudding. Top with final layer of Graham crackers.

Topping

1/3 cup Cocoa

1 cup Sugar

1/4 cup Milk

1 stick Butter (or Margarine)

1 teaspoon Vanilla

Bring cocoa, milk, and sugar to a full rolling boil. Boil for about 1 minute, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Cool for 1 minute. Add butter and vanilla. Stir until butter is melted. Pour chocolate layer over the top layer of Graham crackers. Refrigerate overnight.

Chewy No-Bake Cookies & Cream Bars
Chewy No-Bake Cookies & Cream Bars

Chewy No-Bake Cookies & Cream Bars

1 (16oz) bag Oreos

5 cups (1 bag) Large Marshmallows

4 tablespoons Butter

Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with aluminum foil, allowing the foil to hang over the edges, and set it aside. Crush Oreos until crumbly, but not ground. (Either pulse the cookies in a food processor or crush them in a large Ziploc bag with a rolling pin). Melt marshmallows and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl until puffy (about 1½ to 2 minutes). Remove mixture from microwave and pour in ground Oreos. Quickly stir to combine. Transfer to baking dish. Allow to set for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove bars from pan by the foil edges. Cut and serve.

FAQ’s about Kid’s Birthday Parties

Kid’s birthday parties differ greatly from the ones when their parents were kids. Today, birthday parties are close to being a competitive sport with families trying to outdo each other.

FAQ’s about Kid’s Birthday Parties
FAQ’s about Kid’s Birthday Parties

Parties are intended for enjoyment and not for a contest. Children shouldn’t be made to think of parties as a comparison game.

What is the secret of throwing the ideal party? First, keep in mind the part is for your child. It isn’t meant to be for anyone else’ child. The party needs to be designed according to the kid’s interest and what feels comfortable for your family.

You will prefer to begin the planning 4-6 weeks before the date so you will not be forced to rush around at the last minute preparing everything. This is to make certain everything goes correctly and you have time to make necessary changes. If you plan hire magicians or other entertainers, book them even sooner in advance so their schedule corresponds with yours. You will likely need to call at least three months ahead to find out if the performers are available on the day of the party.

The following questions are frequently asked about kid’s birthday parties which include sensible answers.

What is the perfect number of kids to have at a party?

If there will be mostly kids five and under, the number will not be that important since parents usually stay with their kids at this age and supervise them which means you can focus more attention on your child.

Experts suggest kids are ready to be unsupervised by parents at five years old. Most of them have already been enrolled at day care or school so they should be socially prepared to interact nicely with others.

Most parents follow the general rule of your kid’s age plus an extra. For example, if your child is five, you would invite six.

What time should the party be held?

The ideal time of the party depends on the child’s age. If your child is a baby or toddler, mid-morning parties before nap time or early afternoon parties after nap time are best. Older children can handle a late afternoon party around 2 P.M-4 P.M.

Outdoor Corporate Party

Outdoor Corporate Party
Outdoor Corporate Party

If you happen to work in a corporate environment, you will definitely attest to the fact that it is quite a serious and high pressure environment. People rarely have the chance to get to know each other past their work life. They are all focused on hitting the targets and making profits. When you get a chance to organize a corporate party, you need to set it up in a good environment for people to relax and interact. Corporate parties provide the ideal environment people need to interact. One idea you should think of exploring is an outdoor corporate party. This is a good idea especially during the summer and spring time. Here are a few tips you can work with when planning an outdoor corporate party:

1. Concerts and Live Bands

Most people listen to music when they are relaxing. You can factor in this when planning a corporate party. Look for a way to include music in your corporate event. You can choose to hold an outdoor concert or even invite a live band to keep your guests entertained during the party. You can start by consulting your colleagues to find out what kind of music they like. Go ahead and get a band that is likely to meet their taste. You also need to cater for their sitting arrangements since the party is being held outside in the sun. You will need to acquire tents, table and chairs to accommodate the guests. You can get these from companies which specialize in renting them out.

2. Company Picnic

If you are looking to come up with an outdoor event to break away from the normal routine, what better way to do it than through a picnic? It is actually a great way to enjoy the outdoors and experience the great weather. Whenever you get a chance to plan a corporate party in an outdoor environment, a picnic is an idea you can work with. It allows your workmates to dress down and relax. You can ensure you give them the whole outdoor experience by renting cotton candy machines, popcorn machines and snow cone machines. These machines are a great idea since your guests are likely to feel the need to cool off or bite on some snacks when out there.

3. Bounce House Rental For The Kids

There are some staff members who may want to come with their families. In such instances, the kids also need to be entertained. Bounce house rentals are a great way to ensure your kids do not get bored at a corporate party. Kids are very energetic and they are always looking to spend this energy jumping and running around. The great thing about bounce house rentals is that you do not have to worry about the safety of your kids. They are made out of materials which allow the kids to jump around without getting hurt. You do not have to worry a lot about what your kids are up to and this allows you to go ahead and have fun with the rest of the adults.

The next time you need to plan an outdoor corporate party, go ahead and be creative! Think about trying the ideas above.

Outdoor Family reunions

All of us have some family members we may not have seen for quite a long time. This may be due to the fact that we all have career commitments that do not allow us to get the free time to visit our siblings. It may also be due to the fact that they happen to live in a different place that cannot be accessed on a regular basis. There are some people who are lucky enough to be members of large families though the downside to this is that the members rarely ever get the chance to share the same space at one time. This is why family reunions are such a great idea if you are one of those people who really value family. There are several ideas that you can explore when you decide to hold a family reunion. One such idea is to try outdoor family reunions. This is especially a great idea during the summer or spring season when the weather is just right. Here are some of the things you can do during such reunions to ensure that they are full of fun:

Outdoor Family reunions
Outdoor Family reunions

1. Outdoor Games

Outdoor games are a great way of ensuring that all the family members are involved. Come up with games that are likely to need good numbers. Make sure it is a game that is able to work with the numbers you have available at your disposal. This will depend on how big your family is. You can pick on games such as tug-of-war, charades, broken telephone, baseball or dodge ball. Come up with interesting prizes for the winner which will make the participants competitive. You should also remember the fact that it is hot out there, the people are likely to need refreshments and snacks. This is where you can choose to get rental snow cone machines, popcorn machines and cotton candy machines.

2. Barbeques and Cook Outs

The great outdoors is a great way for you to ensure that people get to enjoy the atmosphere while at the same time having fun without limits. One great idea that you can take advantage of during a family reunion is a barbeque or cook out. The families will definitely enjoy a chance to enjoy a good bite outside there. This is a great chance to get that grill out there and test your culinary skills on the family. The family needs to have a good place where they can sit down and enjoy the meal considering you are out there in the sun. You need to organize a good area where you can put up a tent, tables and chairs. There are companies out there which specialize in renting such things and you can use one to ensure that your family is comfortable.

3. Bounce House Rentals

Kids are an important part of any family and they also need to feel like they are part of the outdoor family reunions. You need to come up with fun activities that will keep them engaged making sure that they enjoy the reunion as well. One such idea is the bounce house rentals where the kids can jump all day and interact with other kids. They are made out of safe material and one does not have to worry about the safety of the kids.

These are just some of the ideas to work around when looking to organize outdoor family reunions.

Kinds of Bounce Houses

castle bounce houseA unique way to bring excitement to any event involving kids are bounce houses. Bounce houses are appealing to all ages from infants to adolescents. They are a good way to burn energy from eating all the sweets. If you are considering leasing or purchasing an inflatable toy, there are some elements you should include in this decision. You will find you have an assortment of options to select from and your kids will also have their own thoughts on the matter. First, let’s examine the types of bounce houses available.

The first type of bounce house are those with inflatable slides which can be purchased in numerous styles. Two types of slides are dry and water. Children commonly prefer the inflatable water slides. These slides come in an assortment of shapes and sizes. Most children get a thrill from sliding down into a pool of water especially in the warmer months. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy them. They are fun for the whole family. If the weather is cooler on your child’s birthday, the dry slide is a better option.

Another excellent means of providing colorful, invigorating entertainment at parties and exercise without seeming like exercise is inflatable obstacle courses. Inflatable obstacle courses have been designed to abide by safety rules and regulations. These inflatable items are available for different age groups so don’t forget the one you choose is suited to your child’s age. You do not want one that is too difficult. Your child will have fun pretending to be an athlete and it gets them active in a creative way. They can have fun seeing who finishes the course the fastest. The possibilities are limitless.

If you really want to give your child an exciting experience, consider inflatable basketball courts. Inflatable basketball courts enables them to make a score. These toys give a whole new concept to basketball.

Another products kids will adore is the inflatable castle. Inflatable castles will be breathtaking to look at and the bigger they are, the more exciting they are. The castles are ideal for parties with boys and girls. They will have fun pretending to be kings and queens. Boys and girls can act as though they are defending their castle. This is sure to spark imaginative play.

Bounce houses also come in assorted themes like burgers or other types of food and sports houses. To really add enjoyment, furnish a bounce house in the form of their favorite cartoon character. You will be able to find anything you want in this area and one your child will remember the rest of their lives.

Inflatable houses represent balloons in a number of ways. Though they can provide endless entertainment, it is a purchase that should be planned carefully. Safety factors an age of the child must be taken into account. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you are thinking about purchasing a bounce house. Bounce houses are usually safe for all ages if the rules are followed and common sense applied.