Just because last year I started the decorating process in November and had the bulk of it up by exactly today's date even though I didn't have the party until a week later into December doesn't mean I can't pull this off, right? I mean, last year I had the added challenge of planning a ward Christmas party the day before my own party. And last year's party worked itself out somehow.
Besides, I have a friend arriving from SLC in the early morning hours of Saturday who has promised to decorate and sprinkle my baked goods and lend a hand where needed (with the caveat that she should not be allowed to operate the oven due to prior fiasco) in exchange for a place to stay (although I don't normally make my guests work for their inflatable mattress). Another friend offered to help me decorate my apartment if needed . . . I may take her up on that if I haven't done it one of these late nights myself before Friday evening.
If only I didn't also have this pesky job kicking around this week keeping me at my desk until 9ish in the evening. I'm hoping I can take Friday off . . . though not holding my breath.
All of that being said, here is my admittedly overly ambitious baking wish-list. It will be paired down and slashed dramatically with last minute substitutions thrown in before Saturday at 9 pm when people start showing up but these are the items calling my name from cookbooks and blogs and old standby favorites. Any thoughts?
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
Banana Bread (perhaps with almonds)
Brownie S'mores . . . still in the concept phase, thoughts? suggestions?
Peanut Butter Cups
Cashew Caramel Cookies
Peppermint Crunch Crackles (a chocolate cookie with peppermint on top)
Pumpkin Roulade with Gingerbutter Cream
perhaps another cupcake, any flavor suggestions?
Feedback on the menu is strongly encouraged. Although I will point out that all desserts must be essentially bite-sized and edible without utensils. Thus, I generally stick with cookies, mini-cupcakes and easy-ish candy - maybe this year I will try divinity? I gave found people eat more when items are in smaller portions. I try to have a variety of flavors and avoid making chocolate everything - which is my natural inclination. I also try not to put nuts in everything which is also my natural inclination. I will try and take lots of photos so I can do a few how-to tutorials after the party so let me know what you are most interested in seeing as a stand-alone recipe post. Although I am not making any firm promises since I usually end up multi-tasking like mad and adding step-by-step photographs make me mad!