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How to throw a Fancy Donut Party

Move over cupcakes, donuts are here and it’s hard for anyone to compete with warm sugary fried bread. (I mean, have you ever put a donut in a microwave?) These delicious treats are so good they need a party all their own. Enter: a fancy donut party. This spread was very easy to put together and I like things that are easy but have a big effect. A donut bar would work great as a dessert table at a wedding or even a shower. Here is the DIY for the donut hole croquembouche. (Or for a more casual party don’t forget the Donut Tree.)

Instructions for making a fancy donut party.
Materials Needed: Vintage Ceramic Vessels, parchment paper, donuts (see the DIY for the donut hole croquembouche right here.)

Step 1: Collect old vessels from Flea Markets and Ebay (I’ve collected mine over the last five years. Usually the items are $7-$20. Try searches like this one.)
Step 2: Order donuts. For this spread we ordered: 250 donut holes, 4 dozen mini assorted (adorable), 2 dozen glazed, 1 dozen assorted
Step 3: Line the vessels with parchment paper
Step 3: Pay close attention to the landscape of the table and height of each dish. Vary the heights by adding a subtle white box underneath or by stacking the donuts very high.
Step 4: Stack donuts by type and size in each dish.

Photography by Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Crafting and Styling by Jessica Heywood + Alison Piepmeyer

  1. Rebecca

    May 29, 2013

    this looks like the most fantastic party ever! I absolutely love the idea.

    Rebecca @ tr[i]b[e]cca

  2. Julie Gallagher

    May 29, 2013

    THIS IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE! Thank goodness I had a donut earlier otherwise I would be very sad! And the vintage planters as cake stands – genius need to go hunting now in the “garden” section of the 2nd stores now! Great ideas as always and so beautifully executed!

  3. Karla @ Foodologie

    May 29, 2013

    Love how you used old planters for serving dishes! I’m a big fan of buying old plates/bottles and spray painting them for decor.

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’m keeping this is mind for an upcoming party I’m having.

  4. lyndsay

    May 29, 2013

    those donuts were given the royal and super cuted treatment! awesome!! super cute party idea and casual times easy way to jazz up donuts! as always, love the fringey crepe paper garland! obvi i need to eat a donut now.


  5. Andrea

    May 29, 2013

    Now I’m hungry! For a donut!

    I love donuts and served them at my wedding (in addition to cake) for guests to either eat as a midnight snack or take home for breakfast.

  6. Meg

    May 29, 2013

    My. Mouth.Is. Watering!!!!

  7. juni

    May 29, 2013

    this looks amazing! bookmarking this for my next party 🙂

  8. PARIS BEE kids blog

    May 29, 2013

    Chouquettes! Doing a tower with them is so easy and it’s perfect for large gatherings. In France it’s also traditional to have them instead of a large cake.

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

  9. hannah

    May 29, 2013

    ohhhh my gosh, i just had lunch, but these pictures are making my stomach growl all over again! yum 🙂

  10. Michelle @ Fully Belly, Worn Soles

    May 29, 2013

    What a delightful and relatively simple party idea!

  11. miranda

    May 29, 2013

    would you feature some *healthy* party foods? Rather than… deep-fried dough with sugar?

  12. Emily

    May 29, 2013

    This is fantastic! Love the croquembouche tower — really elevates the donut to “très chic” status! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s how-to post.

    I’ll have to try this soon – thanks for sharing!

  13. allison b-t

    May 29, 2013

    donuts are about my favorite thing ever- great party idea! i had a traditional croquembouche at my wedding, a donut version would be lovely for celebrating our anniversary this year!

  14. Danielle

    May 29, 2013

    What a wonderful idea. This looks delicious!

  15. Healthfully Ever After

    May 29, 2013

    Let me just start off by saying I’m a dietitian. And I also like doughnuts. I had one this morning. I LOVE that you did so many different shapes and colors. Okay, back to my cherries for a snack.

  16. abby

    May 29, 2013

    This is beyond adorable! This would make such a cute baby shower! And I love the GIF 🙂

  17. petal and plume

    May 29, 2013

    how divine and delicious! so happy to see donuts having their day 🙂

  18. Liese | lipstickandsoda

    May 29, 2013

    haha, i love this post so much, thanks for sharing! i just might have to throw one of these parties myself 🙂

  19. The Function Room Wedding

    May 29, 2013

    That’s a fabulous idea! I’m into wedding planning and I only came close to a donut party was when one of my clients offered a buffet style desserts section, lots of donuts and chocs fountains!

  20. Sarah

    May 29, 2013

    LOVE this idea! Would you mind sharing the source for the tablecloth – so cute!

  21. bp

    May 29, 2013

    Total fantasy spread!!!!

  22. Sarah Ilene

    May 30, 2013

    Seriously the best party EVER! Loving the colours. I need to throw a party like this

  23. Brittany II Classically B

    May 30, 2013

    Donuts are my fave!! I love this party idea, so cute 🙂

  24. Lisa @ Making Lifes Lemons

    May 30, 2013

    I LOVE donuts! This is a brilliant idea!

    xo Lisa
    Making Life’s Lemons

  25. Susannah

    June 1, 2013

    So what you’re saying is that we should classify the doughnuts by size and then arrange them in old planters? And then invite people over? This all seems kind of stupid.

  26. Michelle

    June 3, 2013

    I love all of this! A donut party is definitely on my “Party Bucket List.” Thanks for sharing!

  27. Victoria Smith

    June 7, 2013

    OOOOO. amazing!!

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