The seven fish dishes are done, and your guests should be lolling about with satisfied smiles and full bellies. (True to form, my girlies would be out in the kitchen, finishing up any leftover Angels on Horseback. They love those little guys.)
for a light dessert -- something that's festive, but not heavy.
Snowball sundaes fit the bill; when the girls were little, we'd have
these the first day it snowed in the season.
vanilla or chocolate chip ice cream
creme de menthe liqueur
whipped cream (the spray stuff is easiest)
one maraschino cherry for each sundae
your prettiest clear bowls or parfait glasses for this bright-colored
sundae. Scoop out ice cream, roll the scoops in coconut. (This can be
done ahead of time, if you've got room to store the cookie sheet full of
ice cream 'snowballs.') sprinkle with chopped pecans and drizzle creme
de menthe over, then finish with whipped cream and a cherry on top.
Serve with a platter of your nicest Christmas cookies, and an fresh box of chocolates or chocolate-covered nuts. Plus a bowl of fish candy, if you're feeling silly!
hot coffee or tea (we'll have espresso), and settle in for an hour of
conversation as the candles burn low. It's a lovely way to celebrate