Welcome to DC! A nice way to do a dessert is to melt some high-quality chocolate, paint cupcake liners, and then fill with ice cream or a nice chocolate mouse, top with whipped cream, choc shavings, or mint.
I always start with the dessert. I don't want to do a rich dessert AND then go with a rich entree. If the entree is "heavy" then I serve fruit for dessert...just me, I like to start with dessert and work the meal around the dessert.