Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How to Set Up a Dessert Table

I love to set a pretty table, Easter lunch or just a dinner party and especially a fun dessert table at a party.  Beautiful Dessert tables are very popular right now so I thought I would share a few tips on setting up your own.  It is not hard, just takes some pre planning.

There are 6 Basic elements to creating the table display.

1-Pick a location in your home.  Move the kitchen table against a wall, use the island, or set up a table outside.  Make it a central location and think of kid traffic and of course the weather.

2-Think of the backdrop; hang fabric or a curtain, use a banner, line up balloons or streamers.

I love the tulle backdrop Giggles Galore used for this peacock party.

3-When placing food on the table think height, either one tall in the center or two tall on the ends.  Stack together cake stands or wrap a small box as a riser, this will give visual interest.  Use flower pots, suitcases, buckets, a guitar case, etc - make the table interesting and have a layered look.

Wrap styrofoam with tissues paper to create a fun cake pop display and centerpiece.

Here I used an oatmeal container, wrapped in coordinating paper and voila - a riser.

4-When planning the food think age appropriate and fun to go with your theme.  In the above picture I just renamed the cake pops to match the theme.  I also made pinwheel sandwiches to serve at the Pinwheel party.  For a Rainbow party, set up the colorful fruit in a rainbow shape.  For a Sesame Street party, make Cookie Monster some chocolate chip cookies and for an Airplane party, serve lunch in bento/to go containers.  Also make sure the colors of the food blend with the theme.

5-Printables - To make your life a lot easier find a company (etsy, etc) that you can purchase party products  - such as invitations, banner, cupcake toppers, favor tags etc.  You can order them already printed or print them yourself on nice 80lb cardstock.  This is a good option if you don't want the standard stuff from a big box stores.

6-and lastly Drinks!  Make sure you consider your guests, little people and the adults when deciding on drinks.  Try covering juice boxes and water bottles in paper.  Izze Drinks come in a cool bottle to serve and are colorful.  Think of the party colors, ex: orange soda and root beer were perfect for a Halloween Party.

I would love to hear you tips or tricks on what you do!

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