By Sarah Lagrotteria
Here’s a great hostessing technique courtesy of my friend Aerin. She and her boyfriend hosted a barbecue last weekend and as the evening progressed and we abandoned the grill for small group conversations here and there about the yard, Aerin emerged from the house carrying a silver tray stacked high with chocolate, hazelnut and coffee-flavored French macaroons (my favorite!). She personally offered them up to each and every guest which was an adorable way to make us all feel special. I love the surprise of a chic dessert served so elegantly after burgers and beer. Wouldn’t it also be fun to serve a simple homemade dessert–like these classic cookies or these ice-cream sandwiches— at an elegant cocktail party?