Sophisticated Summer Hostess Gifts with EDWARDS® Desserts

(This post is sponsored by EDWARDS® Desserts. All opinions are my own.) I used to bake A LOT. I’m talking fancy stuff, like elaborate multi-component recipes that sometimes took all day to prepare. I especially loved to bring my creations whenever I was invited to a social gathering, since it’s impossible to show up with a four layer strawberry chocolate shortcake in your hands and not be the hit of the party! These days, one of the realities of my increasingly packed schedule is that I’m spending less time in the kitchen—but I still never miss a chance to arrive with a sweet offering for the host and her guests. This summer, I’m enamored with the idea of pairing a decadent EDWARDS® Desserts with a ceramic dish and pastry server that speaks to the host’s signature style. It’s the perfect marriage of tasty indulgence for the crowd and thoughtful gift of gratitude, even when you’re running short on time!

Utilitarian Chic: Take a cue from the nutty, caramel flavors of EDWARDS® Turtle Pie and put a modern farmhouse spin on dessert! A cast iron pan, most commonly found on the stovetop, takes a fun and unexpected turn on the table. The vibe is laid-back and inviting, especially when a wood-handled server adds an earthy touch that echoes the hues of those crunchy pecans!

Sophisticated Vintage: For the host whose homewares collection rivals a Parisian flea market, the velvety layers of EDWARDS® Hershey’s* Chocolate Crème Pie will strike her fancy! Grab the dessert from the freezer, pop it into a subtly feminine pie plate, and present it with a classic Laguiole pastry server. The silky chocolate mousse and cookie crust will be thawed and ready to serve faster than she can say merci beaucoup!

Graphic Minimalism: Make a fresh, crisp statement with an EDWARDS® Key Lime Pie pie and a modern pie plate that has a subtle artisanal feel. A sleek brass server teams up with the ceramic dish for a clean-lined, contemporary statement that’s sure to find a home on your host’s pared-down open shelving display. Don’t be surprised if she invites you back sooner than expected. After all, great taste opens many a door!

Photography: Anne Sage. Disclosure: I partnered with Edwards Desserts to concept, style, shoot, write, and share this post. All opinions are and always will be my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that enable me to bring you fresh inspiration daily!