If you have a lot of guests, it’s a good idea to set up a dessert table (buffet-style) to show off the sweets and give guests the opportunity to pick and choose their favorites. It’s also the perfect time to display favorite serving pieces, your new pie plate, or the cake stand your Aunt Sally purchased from your registry. When it comes to the dessert table, make sure to have a mix of traditional pies and cakes along with some unexpected treats like individual custards or poached fruit. After a big meal like Thanksgiving, just a bite of something sweet (versus a huge serving of a rich dessert) might be just the thing your guests will want.
Desserts, like many other Thanksgiving recipes, are also ideal to prep ahead of time. Save a chunk of the day before Thanksgiving as your baking time and you’ll definitely ease up on the stress when it comes time to get the cocktail party going and the big meal out on the table.