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Holiday Desserts and Cocktails Menu - what am I missing?

So we're hosting about 40 friends for a desserts and cocktails party the weekend before Christmas. This is our "menu" and I'm wondering if I have enough and if not what else I can add. Most of what I'm doing is homemade but I do work full time and have two kids under the age of 4 so we are going to buy some stuff from the store (I'll mark which is homemade):

Drinks:
Beer
Wine
Hot Chocolate/Coffee Station (with marshmallows/whipped cream/peppermint schnapps)
Hot mulled wine
Pointsettia Punch
Candy Cane Martinis
(and various n/a drinks too - soda, juice, etc)

Desserts:
Homemade:
Chocolate Macaroon Bundt Cake
Chocolate Chip cookie pie
pumpkin bread pudding
caramel apple cheese cake
red velvet layer cake
Nigella Lawson's Clementine Cake (haven't tried it yet - but saw all the talk about it on here and thought I'd give it a go)
Gingerbread cookies
Brownies (actually, I'll confess, I'll use a mix for these)
Pumpkin muffins

Store bought:
Chocolate Chip cookies
mini cupcakes
Sugar cookies (if I have time I might make these with the kids, but its looking unlikely)
and because my husband really wants to - a giant pie from Costco

So do you think this is enough? The party starts at 8 and we expect about 40 people. If you think I need more, any suggestions (preferably something that can be made in advance?) Thanks!

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  1. This looks great. You're offering a nice variety. What kind of giant pie from Costco? I'm guessing pumpkin. I might throw in another one, like a Cocoanut Custard or Lemon Meringue.

    Candy Cane Martinis sound delicious!

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    1. re: Whinerdiner

      Thanks. Probably pumpkin but Coconut sounds good too - its weird, even though its a tropical fruit, coconut always goes well with Christmas! Must be b/c its shavings look like snow . . .

    2. The only thing that comes to mind that you may want to consider adding is some cut up fresh fruit to lighten things up a bit - melons, kiwi, grapes, pineapple, that kind of thing. Just as a break from all the sweet bites. (Although the sweet bites sound fabulous.)

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      1. re: lisavf

        Fruit is a good idea - of course, the sweet tooth in me automatically though fruit and chocolate fondue but maybe a fruit salad would be wiser :)

      2. I've been making peppermint brownies. I add 1 tbsp.of peppermint extract and either a bag of mint chocolate chips or chopped up Andes mints to the brownie mix. Perfect holiday brownies. My friends love them.

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        1. re: attran99

          Another great idea - that way I'll feel like they're a little more home made too! I especially like the idea of the Andes mints - makes it even more chocolatey.

          1. re: attran99

            So I made the peppermint brownies this weekend as a test run and they were great! I just used a bunch of chopped up candy canes b/c I didn't want it to be too minty and it was the perfect amount. And it was funny b/c I guess I thought there would still be chunks of candy cane visible but it all melted away so you couldn't tell until you tasted them. Thanks for the suggestion!

            1. re: momnivore

              So glad you enjoyed the recipe! :) I'll have to try the candy cane idea next time! Using the mint candies doesn't result in a too minty brownie...it'll taste rather like a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie, if you like the thin mint cookie flavor.

          2. This looks amazing! You have tons of choices. You also have a great balance between chocolate and non-chocolate. I honestly think you could skip the store bought items and be just fine. Remember, just because you have 40 people doesn't mean you need 40 portions of every single item.

            Remember to cut portions very small, as most people will want to try many of your delicious treats.

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            1. re: milklady

              Good point - we always used to do a full blown dinner party and I find that was almost easier to figure out portions/servings. This is our first time doing just desserts/cocktails. Thanks for the input!