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How to end a dinner party with style, ease and amazing desserts

by Alessandra Bulow / / Source: TODAY

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You've gotten through setting a gorgeous table, welcoming your dinner party guests with drinks and appetizers, and serving the main course. Now is the magical moment where the conversation is so engaging and entertaining that you wish you didn't have to get up to clear the dishes and bring out dessert.

Here to the rescue in this episode of "Anatomy of a Dinner Party" is lifestyle expert Maureen Petrosky with fantastic tips for ending the evening on the sweetest note possible — without doing a lot of work. With a few easy dessert ideas and smart pre-party planning tips, you'll be back at the table in moments! Watch the video for more!

Need a dinner party planning refresher? Check out the rest of our series for how to be the host with the most.

Up first, set the party mood with a lively table setting without spending a lot of money:

Then, set the celebratory tone for the evening the moment your guests step through the door with fast appetizers and delicious cocktails:

Finally, serve a superb meal with ease:

Now that you're a pro, it's up to you to figure out how to tactfully tell your guests when it's time to go home!

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