Dessert tables can make any party look (and feel) more put-together. There's just something about a smorgasboard of treats that has the power to revert guests back to a simpler, sweeter moment in time. Plus, we believe that they make any bridal shower or wedding more fun.
But you don't have to be a pro planner to put one together — just pick up a copy of Amy Atlas' new manual, Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It. Amy, a sweets stylist, is credited with starting the dessert table trend and has designed parties for celebs including Brooke Shields, Kelly Ripa and Tori Spelling. Learn how to make this stunning Chanel-inspired dessert table from her new book!
1. Use your sweets table to reinforce the theme of your wedding or bridal shower. "For a nautical-themed wedding, we once used a meringue recipe to create life preservers and for a beach-themed table, we've used a basic Madeleine recipe to create seashells," said Amy Atlas.
2. Ensure that you have enough to go around. Atlas recommends incorporating six to eight different types of treats. Anticipate that each guest will taste at least four of the desserts.
3. You can't go wrong with push-pops or cake pops. "Anything on a stick or in a jar is big now!"
4. Don't clutter the table with too many colors or accents. "Always think about the sensibility of each item that you put on the table: From ribbon to the vessels and desserts themselves, everything should have a similar feel." For example, a modern table may call for a square-shaped cake with clean-lined vessels and grosgrain ribbon, while a romantic table would look better with a round cake, scalloped vessels and satin ribbon.
5. Get your bridesmaids involved. They can bake family recipes and include the written recipes in a box for guests to take home. Shop your closets for pretty containers to display the desserts in.