It's just a fact of life: after cooking multiple courses, picking plates, and buying booze, dessert can be a dinner party afterthought. So if there's no time to whip up a spectacular, themed last course, what does the SE team serve its guests?
Click through the slideshow above to find out. And tell us about your go-to dessert in the comments below!
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