A few weeks ago, the BF had a bunch of his med school friends over for dinner. All together, we made 8, which was a larger party than we'd done before and a bit of a stretch for our dishes (we have all sets of 6), and I'd never met most of these people, so I was a bit nervous. But we planned way in advance, ordering wines online and choosing side dishes from one of our favorite dinner party cookbooks (I have photos, and will try to post a couple of our fave recipes soon), and I spent days trying to decide what to bake for dessert.
Should I make something dependable, like cookies, or something more impressive, like a pie? Something American, to show my British guests what we have to offer, or something English, to prove my loyalty, or something neutral? Pumpkin pie? Snickerdoodle blondies? Carrot cake?