If you're hosting a dinner or any kind of celebration, why not show off a little with a make-it-yourself dessert bar? These look more complicated than they are, and can serve the dual purpose of satisfying everybody, if your friends have diverse tastes or dietary needs. Mix and match ingredients according to the size of the group.
What You Need:
Plain cookies or pound cake (cut in bite-size pieces)
Fresh fruit - pineapple, melon, pear slices, mandarin orange or tangerine sections, strawberries, seedless grapes, etc. (Avoid apples as they will turn brown, and berries that are too small)
Dips - Dipping chocolate, 2 or 3 flavors of ready-made frosting, or sour cream sweetened with honey and a dash of vanilla or cinnamon for extra flavor.
You can serve the dips right in the containers they come in -- cover them with foil, then colored plastic wrap. Tie a ribbon or colored string around each one to keep the foil/wrap together.
Provide a serving spoon for each dip, plenty of toothpicks and little paper plates, and there you have it!
Leftover fruit and cake pieces can be tossed together in a bowl, and drizzled with the sour cream dip for a family dessert after the company has gone home, and you're too tired to be creative the next day!