Whether you’re throwing a shower, mitzvah or dinner party, one thing’s for certain: it’s rare that anyone passes on partaking of a little something sweet at the end of a meal — especially when it’s laid out in the form of a sumptuous dessert table. As proof positive, some of the best pros in the industry shared some of their most memorable dessert buffets that are as beautiful as they are delicious.
Bridal Shower Dessert Display
All Set partnered with Sibby’s Cupcakery to create this pretty in pink bridal shower spread incorporating light pastel colored candy, cupcakes, macaroons, rock candy, Neccos and marshmallows displayed in glass vessels of different shapes and sizes. Pink boards displayed little bags filled with petite candies, affixed with a push pin, for a grab-and-go treat.
To celebrate the mom-to-be’s love for Paris, A Perfect Event created the “Ladies who Laduree Tea Party,” channeling the iconic French patisserie. The spread showcased savory scones, open face tartines, and sweets from Toni Patisserie in Chicago. Silver tea stands were filled with dozens of beautiful bites for two dozen guests at long communal dining tables inside DL Loft. Champagne buckets were filled with rose petal ice cubes for specialty shower cocktails including a Rose Fizz and infused iced teas.
For this gorgeous dessert table from Momental’s holiday party, designer Kristy Rice drew her inspiration from Botticelli’s works after her trip to Italy. While moody darkness mingled with intricate floral and creamy, ethereal tones might seem a curious choice for a cold winter’s day luncheon, she also drew on the contrasts and enlivened the colonial cleanness of the space with organic textures and a subdued palette of rich hues. These desserts also offer a touch of the colonial, ranging from a stunning rose-covered cake to simple fruit and nuts, all served on blue willow china.
For this dessert table, Sweet Soirees owner-0perator, Joellyn Tulipano-Huebnerthe created a spread around the bride’s favorite color combination: mint and gold. The sweets were an array of color coordinated treats, to include cupcakes and cake pops, pistachio pudding filled the parfait cups, mint colored candied popcorn. There were also gorgeous stacked sugar cookies edged in gold sugar, filled with buttercream and topped with a sugar flower. Chocolate hazelnut truffles and jars filled with lollipops, vanilla wafer cookies and white chocolate dipped vanilla sandwich cookies (colored mint green, of course) finished off the table.
Amazing Candy Buffets
This seaside celebration was inspired by the couple’s love for the ocean. The design story incorporated the colors of the sea, ranging from sky blue to deep indigo to teal, which was accented by creamy white and naturals, warm metallics and rich textures such as jute, rattan, bamboo, parchment and beach glass. A matching candy buffet — with glass vessels of various shapes and sizes — complemented the color scheme with gummy sweet treats from Lolli and Pops.
Ice Cream Cone Wall
Truffleberry Market created these adorable savory burrata cream cones because they wanted to bring an unexpected element to the dessert cheese course for a wine and cheese themed bridal shower. It ended up being a whimsical surprise for guests because what they saw visually had a sweet connotation, but the decadent burrata filled in a salty cone dipped in tart balsamic reduction and topped with a micro sun dried cherry tomato (hand rolled!) with a mini chive stem wound up being a decadent and surprising delight.
Starting with an interactive invitation (complete with a delivery in a vintage car and pageboy!) from Cheree Berry Paper, Kate & Company celebrated an open house for all of their closest creative partners in the industry. The Vintage Valentine’s theme carried through the decor, beverage and food, including a sweet spread made up of heart-shaped pie pops, red velvet cupcakes, chocolates, Conversation Hearts and cookies designed to look like Valentines.
This “sweets valet” was a playful take on the traditional dessert and candy table. In lieu of a classic table spread, Bliss Weddings & Events piled various orange and coral candies onto a glossy white tray. The “candy girl” passed around the tasty treats to guests. It was the perfect playful addition to this summer bridal shower.
This ballet themed Bat Mitzvah was totally decked out in blush, hot pink and glittery gold. The guest of honor did not care for any type of chocolate, so the Magnolia Bluebird Design team designed an epic dessert buffet completely void of cocoa. The options on offer included mini cotton candy fluffs, unicorn bars, pink marbled cream puffs, a trio of macarons, funfetti cream pies and more. If the dessert buffet didn’t do it, guests indulged in strawberry and vanilla milkshakes and passed mini powdered donuts.
This all-white, sophisticated wedding sweet table from Entertaining Company was designed with minimal color and eclectic and curated trays, stands and vessels to display small bites like French white chocolate souffle, meringue buttercream cupcakes, white Russian milkshakes with white chocolate straws and Biancomangiare with marshmallows.
Designer Event Chicago produced this incredible CandyLand themed Bat Mitzvah with a show stopping Candy Table. Guests entered the area through a giant candy arch and oversized colorful lollipops hanging from bright colorful ribbons.
Upon arriving at the party, guests were greeted with a place card table and their personal game piece with their name and table designation on it. Next, they entered their cocktail hour, which included specialty drinks like Lemon Head Mojitos, a Gummy Bear Kir Royales and Pop Rocks Martinis (kids were greeted with candy mocktinis!) — even the butler passed hors d’oeuvres referenced candy.
The party transitioned into dinner and dancing on the floor that resembled the Candyland board. The adult tables represented the different Candyland “lands” — Cotton Candy Way, Gingerbread Road, Peppermint Lane, Ice Cream Cone Circle and Lollipop Lane. The kids all sat at a one long, curvy table that mimicked the path of the game. Guests entered the area through a giant candy arch and oversized colorful lollipops hanging from bright colorful ribbons.