Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I Almost Forgot: A Christmas Entertaining Tip

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While sitting at Chick fil A this morning drinking a cup of coffee (they have the best ever) and working on my grocery list for Christmas Eve and Christmas day, I realized I forgot to share my favorite Christmas entertaining tip from a post long ago.
Friends do that right? They forget things?
So here is an 'I almost forgot' re-post.
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I have had the pleasure over the years of
hosting many parties in our home.


The most important thing for me is that everyone feels comfortable
and relaxed and that the food is good.


(Who am I kidding?  It can be a LOT more complicated than that. What can cause that complication?  Me.)

And so my tip today, during this hectic , busy season
is simple:

Know what to buy.

That alone can be such a huge stress reliever.
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And so, I found my ‘one’ thing
years ago when I discovered this chocolate cake with chocolate icing from
Esperanza’s Cake Shop in Alamo, Texas.


It is located in a humble storefront near the railroad tracks near downtown Alamo.

It is delicious and it is fresh.


And no, there is no fondant icing entombing stale layers
or a price tag that makes your eyes cross.

It’s simple and it is good
and the bakery is low profile-
my favorite combination. 




I add fresh strawberries and place it on my favorite silver cake stand from Casa Guero in Laredo, and I am done.
I have served this cake at Christmas parties, baby showers, wedding showers, and while sitting on the couch with my favorite co-hostesses after these parties are over.

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Merry Christmas AGAIN!






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19 comments:

Theresa said...

YUM, that cake looks delicious and beautifully displayed:) Enjoy your day dear Laura, HUGS!

Simply LKJ said...

That looks delicious! And agree with Theresa, the plating really makes it a showstopper.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

The cake looks and sounds delicious!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Wow, that cake is spectacular! Knowing how to display it adds a lot of eye appeal and value too!

Mountain Mama said...

Smart tip!! That cake looks fabulous, too bad it's not anywhere near NY!! :) Merry Christmas!

Peggy said...

What a super idea...one beautiful, spectacular dessert for all to enjoy. Smart thinking!

My Kentucky Living said...

A good cake and presentation is a perfect party idea.

Jeanie said...

That cake is a stunner -- but what gets me is the glorious stand! Wow -- great presentation.

Pleased to say all the food is bought for Christmas! That's a load off me -- who wants to be shopping on Christmas Eve?

Stacey said...

Brilliant and beautiful! That's great advice. Some food from the store is bakery isn't good at all but when you find the one thing that is, it's wonderful to have in your back pocket.

Have you ever tried Sara Lee Lattice Peach Pie? Seriously, I can make a mean peach pie but the crust on this one is to die for!

Merry Christmas!

Deanna Rabe said...

That cake looks awesome! Can't go wrong with chocolate, and that beautiful silver cake stand!

Lea said...

So impressive Laura! We're having an Almond Pound Cake and Italian Cream here at our house. Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

That cake looks amazing! Yum! I always make things way more complicated than they need to be. Simple...now that's something to strive for! :-)

Linda said...

Oh that chocolate cake!! YUM.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

carol jane said...

Well, I can't buy it. I live in ohio. 😢

Leslie Harris said...

I agree, the most important thing I care about is having good food and making sure everyone feels comfortable and at ease. And I just know I'd have the best time at your home...it looks so cozy and I'd love to hang out in the kitchen gabbing with you!
Merry Christmas to you and yours Laura. I'm looking forward to seeing the wonderful possibilities that 2017 brings for us.
xo
Leslie

Botanic Bleu said...

Laura,
One more reason to buy this cake... it is chocolate. Yummmm... cannot go wrong with chocolate. It is a showstopper on your special cake plate.

Merry Christmas, Laura. Looking forward to visiting and to reading more in 2017.

Judith

Susan Freeman said...

Hi Laura! Stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley

Katie Mansfield said...

I've never wanted a piece of cake more in my life. That looks amazing. Happy New Year.

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