By Caroline Biggs

Published on October 7, 2015

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Confectionery connoisseur Tara Koenig offers her best girlfriends their just desserts.

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“Mini cupcakes are universally appealing,” Koenig explains. “Plus, they allow guests to sample a couple of flavors.”

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Mirassou’s Pinot Noir features light vanilla and oak notes that pair well with sweet small bites.

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“Stick with desserts, snacks, and bubbly when entertaining,” suggests Koenig. “Nobody will leave hungry, and you can pre-plate everything so you won’t be stuck in the kitchen.”

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Ever since opening the mint-colored doors of Sweethaus, her thriving cupcake café located in the heart of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, Tara Koenig has made a habit of hosting her best girlfriends to laid-back afternoon entertainments. At these, Koenig serves up a slew of sugary treats: small-batch cupcakes, locally made candies, and, of course, sparkly spirits galore, making the eatery an ideal spot for a midweek getaway with gal pals. “Cupcakes are always party appropriate,” Koenig says. “And no matter how casual the gathering, champagne always elevates the mood.”

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Koenig at work in her popular Brooklyn bakery. 

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