Pretend You're A Pastry Pro

Thanks to artful sweet treats for sale at two area restaurants, you can look like a pastry pro at your holiday party without ever picking up a whisk. And the icing on the cake: both desserts raise money for good causes.

Just in time for the first real snow, Citronelle's adorable snowmen (pictured above) are back. The $12 snowman kit ($4 is donated to St Jude Children's Research Hospital) includes the snowman meringue, all the accessories like a chocolate hat and red marzipan scarf, and instructions for assembly. Call 202.625.2150 to place an order for pick-up.

Next up, Café du Parc at the Willard InterContinental is offering a gorgeous buche de Noel (above), designed in partnership with Placido Domingo, the world famous tenor and conductor of the Washington National Opera. The foot-long, opera-inspired cake is available in carry out boxes from Café du Parc through Jan. 1. (Disclosure: I received one as a gift and can say it feeds a crowd of at least eight.)

A portion of the $79 price will be donated to the Washington National Opera's education fund for local DC youth. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance. Call 202.942.7000 to place an order.