Chocolate mousse with berries? pavlova? A tray of fine and fancy chocolates with berries (à la chocolate tasting)? profiteroles? poached pears with cookies... all can be mostly be made in advance and are quite easy to prepare
Ina Garten's Pumpkin Roulade. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in... Click or copy the link above. I've made this cake every Thanksgiving and Christmas for the past four years since discovering it. It is easy and delicious and a welcome change from chocolate desserts.