Seven Tips to Create the Perfect Pick and Mix Dessert Table
21 Oct 2015
Doughnuts? Stacked cookies? Sweet jars? Whatever the wedding flavour of choice, it’s time to consider a dessert table says Skye Stevenson, creative director at the Whimsical Cake Company.
“I think that every good party needs a fabulous dessert table,”says Skye, who is based in Leeds and creates bespoke dessert tables for creative focal points at wedding receptions.
“Working in the wedding industry I have noticed that more brides are choosing smaller wedding cakes with a matching dessert table, which allows guests to choose their treat rather than the option of cake.”
With guests hoping to create their own pick and mix of sweet treats, how do you create options they’re really going to love? Here are Skye’s top tips for a mouthwatering dessert table.
1. Get inspired
“I normally start with the theme of the dessert table. Colours, texture, props…and then sketch ideas around this. Your items displayed on the dessert table should have a similar feel. I generally decide on the colours first and then choose my desserts, ribbons and props around that.”
2. Think floral
“When working on a wedding dessert table, I would normally ask the bride if she would like to provide some extra flowers for the table as I feel this adds texture and extra prettiness to the design.”
3. DIY Bride? Keep it simple
“If a bride is going to create her own dessert table, my advice is keep it simple – choose two or three main colours so it doesn’t look too fussy. Collect items from thrift stores, car boots and charity shops, and keep the table symmetrical.
4. Go loopy for doughnuts
“Doughnuts are the treat of choice this year. I try to create something different when displaying them –for instance popping them onto a stick for a fun feel. I also add edible glitter to them for a bit of luxury.”
5. Pop some cake
“Cake pops are a firm favourite for wedding dessert tables and I normally display them with pretty ribbon and edible flowers. Chocolate is the favourite flavour.”
6. Forget jam jars –create sweet jars
“With sweet jars, I normally theme these around the dessert table colour theme. Pink heart marshmallows, jelly sweets and candy floss work well. This year’s trend from the Whimsical Cake Company are chocolate pyramids with edible gold leaf crowns. These can also be used as pretty wedding favours.”
7. Try cookie stacks
“Cookies are normally design led on our dessert tables. Stacked cookies can add opulence the table. It’s about creating a visual delight for guests, where they feel things are too pretty to eat.”