Dessert tables at parties have been all the rage the last several years (I blame Amy Atlas for blowing them up!) I love dessert tables but they can be tricky to get just right. If you aren’t careful they can end up looking a little sad. The first one I ever made I spent a lot of time and effort and the table came out looking flat and sparse. I eventually figured out the trick and today I’m going to give you my favorite tips for a successful dessert table.
The first thing to consider is the theme and the types of food you will be serving. We chose a white winter theme and decided to serve all white desserts. Once the theme and food is figured out, it’s time to assemble the dessert table. Usually the biggest rookie mistake people make is not getting enough height on the table. There are lots of ways to get the varied heights, but here is how we do it:
Step 1: Hang a backdrop. For this dessert table we hung up white honeycomb decorations in different sizes. They look like snowflakes! See more backdrop ideas here. You can add height through a backdrop or even hang a banner or wallpaper behind the table. This is key!
Step 2: Add a Landscape. The next important step is to get serving platters in various heights. Cakeplates, Bowls, Trays, etc. I’ve even turned a nice box lid from a gift as a platform for a serving tray to give it a little extra boost. Arrange the serving platters and candlesticks in varying heights across the table. Again, the varying heights is super important.
Step 3: Decorate. Add candles and extra items that fit the theme of your party. For this table, we arranged miniature trees, ornaments, and candlesticks. We love the candlesticks because they are so tall and the trees add lots of heights and layers to the table.
Step 4: Set out the food. Last step! We chose white desserts to keep with our theme (cupcakes, cake, powdered donuts, etc) Et voila! You’ve got a pretty and special dessert table.
Photos by Pei Ketron