Sweet! Dessert Tables

As mentioned last week, we’ve got another yummy article for you.  You can’t have your cake and eat other goodies too without a delicious dessert table to dazzle your guests.  What makes a dessert table so dazzling?  Aside from the many varieties of treats we discussed last week… well, just about anything can make the presentation itself fabulously tempting!

dessert tables with banners and a vintage look

Of course, you’ll want your goodie bar to stand out in a good way; the treats and treasures of your table should reflect you and the feel of your event.  Muted hues and mismatched plates will look pretty and purposeful in a vintage setting.  Use antique milk glass (some pictured above) and natural elements, such as wooden crates, to display candies and mini cakes.  Patterned fabric used to make DIY banners or garlands will spice up your table of sweets.  Other handmade items, such as tags or chalkboards describing your sugary goods, will add personality.

bright and cheery dessert tables

Color will give sweet presentations a punch.  Go all out with bright linens and contrasting treats or keep it simple with pops of one hot color against white or pale neutrals.  Depending on your color scheme, you can create a relaxed, preppy, retro, or modern mood.   Just a few examples are:

colors and moods

dessert tables and set ups

Display options are endless and will contribute heavily to the overall look.  As mentioned above, timeless milk glass cake stands or bowls are perfect for a vintage styled reception, but used in a single color, they would also fit in well with a modern or preppy theme.  Other display options are:

  • Clear acrylic risers (as in the photo above)
  • Antique plates — patterned, mismatched, or otherwise
  • Silver serving trays
  • Tree stumps and slices
  • Apothecary jars
  • Picture frames

What ideas do you have to style your perfect dessert bar?

Images: Table with multi-colored banners (banners are super fun!), Lovely fabric garland over dessert table, Vintage milk glass cake stand arrangement, Yellow themed table with heart banner, Pink table with flowers, Precious yellow/pink table & Candy jars  (savethedate4cupcakes.com), Cake pops on acrylic risers, Modern table with chevron cake

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