Four Fabulous Sweet Treats for Summer Parties

Although many off us have stand-by ideas when it comes to decorating and entertaining, it's always nice to throw one or two new ideas into the mix now and again. During our daily internet wanderings we come across cute ideas and fun thoughts for parties or entertaining. We have a whole file of saved photos and a backlog of links, and someday when we have the time we're going to bust out one heck of a get together! Instead of squirreling these away, we thought we'd share them with you because they're just so darn cute!

We're sure one if not all of these will be added to your stockpile of go-to ideas when it comes to making a big impact for your guests. We'll tell you why below!

1. Fruit Pops: Sometimes you're just not in the mood for a drippy popsicle. Instead, try cutting out these quick and easy fruit shapes with a set of simple cookie cutters. You can eat them as is or toss them in the freezer for a sweet treat that's big on taste and lower on calories!
• See more at Baker's Royale.

2. DIY Ice Cream Station: There aren't many who can pass up colorful and plentiful ice cream toppings. It doesn't take a large amount to feed a crowd when you have several different items to choose from. Making individual signs for each one (even though it's obvious which one is the coconut flake) puts it over the top and makes the buffet a true experience and a joy for everyone. Plus it means there's options for those that might be allergic or dislike certain items.
• See more at Hostess With The Mostess.

3. Peanut Butter Mousse In Tuile Cookie Spoons: We love the idea of a bite sized spoon. You could make them from regular sugar cookie dough if you're not feeling daring enough to make tuile ones. Just add a bit of ice cream, mousse, truffle or other creamy bite and you won't even have to do dishes when you're through!
• See more at Sprinkle Bakes.

4. Cookie Cupcake Topping: In this particular case sugar cookie coated in colored sugar were used to illustrate a beehive pattern on the tops of these cupcakes. We think the idea can transcend the bees and be used to make a bold geometric pattern on your tabletop, no matter what the shape. Think of it as a little Jonathan Adler for your tummy. These cupcakes are originally from What’s New, Cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.
• See more at Hostess With The Mostess.

Have you seen something so sweet that you just have to try it? Share a link or thought in the comments below!

Related: Small Bite Dessert Inspiration: Layered Mini Indulgences

(Images: Naomi of Bakers Royale; Don & David Style; Heather of Sprinkle Bakes; Alan Richardson)