Our brief to Sarah was to create a dessert table filled with decadent offerings in fresh pastel shades with a chic, contemporary vibe that would make guests feel they were in a candy store.
“Dessert tables are a sweet way to end your wedding day. As well as offering delicious tasting sweets for your guests to enjoy, they provide a visual feast. Remember that the design of the dessert table needs to flow on from the rest of your wedding’s styling. For this set-up, I wanted pretty, gilded décor and selected shades of pink, mint and white with gold accents. To play-up the prettiness, I added textural elements starting with a backdrop filled with beautiful handmade paper flowers. I continued the floral motifs throughout the dessert embellishments and added a modern edge with the glittery chevron pattern for contrast.”
A sign stating when the dessert table opens is always a good idea since it stops guests indulging in treats before you want them to. Placing smaller signs on the candy and desserts helps guests identify what they are eating. The table sign was created by mounting mint-coloured card onto glitter cardboard. The text garland was also made from glitter cardboard.
To maintain hygiene provide your guests with candy scoops and tongs to serve themselves.
To create a cohesive look for the table, continue the colour theme through from the backdrop to the food you choose. Provide your guests with a variety of foods, flavours and candy so they can decide just how much sweetness they want to indulge in.
Add Some Depth to the Display
Desserts look best displayed at varying heights and depths. I used upside down wooden drawers, removed the handles, added glittered card to the front of the draws and then placed candy jars on top. Also, think three dimensionally -- place some desserts or candy jars behind each other. Doing these two things will add visual interest to the table and stop it from looking sparse.
The Wedding Cake
Use your cake as the focal point of the dessert table. Raise it up on a cake stand, centre it in the middle of the table and then style the rest of your desserts around it.
For guests who prefer to take a sweet treat home for later, provide pretty Chevron patterned bags with an attached thank you card clipped on with a glittery peg. To make the peg, simply paint on PVA glue, sprinkle with glitter and finish with a light spray of aerosol glue to seal in the glitter.
Think about who will set up the table on your wedding day, as you will be unable to do it yourself. We suggest setting up a trial run of the jars, platters, backdrop and signage beforehand and that you take plenty of photos. Have a trusted family member or friend with you so you can explain your vision and then entrust him or her with this job on the day.