Champagne and Dessert Party
photo: Alcides Aguasvivas

Summer is in full swing and hosting gatherings of afternoon cocktails and al-fresco dining is what it’s all about. Here we begin a series of simple, yet fashionable party ideas to show off your hosting abilities. So, prepare yourself for the creative party themes that will have your guests coming back time and time again. 

Now what’s on today’s agenda, you ask? Two words: champs and dessert! Simple, yet super fun! The next time you’re in the mood to host (and you should always be!), stop in at your local bakery, pick up some goodies, and pop that bottle of champagne that’s been collecting dust. Instant p-a-r-t-e-e!

To help you do just that, I've rounded up a few of my favorite places for amazing desserts: 

Magnolia Bakery, New York City

It’s an NYC staple and their banana pudding is to die for! 

Magnolia Bakery, 401 Bleeker Street;

Dulce de Leche Bakery, West New York, New Jersey

Where I bought all of my goodies — need I say more? 

Dulce de Leche Bakery, 6606 Bergenline Avenue;

Bottega Louie, Los Angeles

Macaroons, macaroons, macaroons! Oh, how I love thee!

700 South Grand Avenue;

Delightful Pastries, Chicago

Ridiculously amazing donuts that will have you going gaga!

131 North Clinton Street;

Oh and of course, you can use this soiree idea for a girlfriend’s birthday, your best friend’s engagement gathering, or just like I did — for no reason other than because I wanted a fun get-together with my girlfriends!

Hope you all are inspired to host your very own.

Kathleen Pagan is a Founding Creator and lifestyle blogger. When she's not writing for Vivala, you can find her at