Word on the street is that a lot of people are trying to create the fabulous displays they see on party and wedding blogs. It isn't as easy as it looks. I have heard that some of you are struggling with pulling it all together. So lets go on a sweet journey together and get this figured out.
Clearly, the focus is vintage (as if I had to tell you that) and I'm also focussing this post on desserts; we will look at candy bars some other time. First lets look at some of my favourite displays of desserts. I suspect you will be familiar with them since these tables are popping up on Pinterest so much.
Craving cake yet?
I know, all of these displays are gorgeous. The reason why they present so well is a mixture of height, texture, colour, back drops and of course yummy treats. From pretty to rustic to themed, there are ways of creating an interesting display.
Things to keep in mind:
- Does the display create a conversation? i.e. are people going to stop & look at it or are they just going to grab a dessert and walk away?
- Will the props hold the weight of the tasty treats? Test and re-test, you do not want a disaster the day of your party. i.e. If you are having the suit case open, how do you know the lid will stay up?
- With the exception of the last photo, take note that none of the above displays include an 8 foot table with a white table cloth. Generally, you need to take things a step or two further for a true vintage display.
- Talk to your caterer, pastry/dessert/cake creator or your event coordinator about the ideal time to place the desserts on the table. In the heat of the summer, icing melts quickly and things can go soggy.
- Determine who is going to replenish the display as people select their desserts. Sometimes these displays only allow 12 or 20 pieces at once. i.e. a tray with 12 cup cakes is going to go fast, so make sure you have lots and someone to put more out.
- If you have a display of cakes, think about who is going to cut them and how the slices will be served. Will guests do it themselves?
- Add 'photo of the dessert table' to your picture list for your photographer. Set a time so it coordinates with when the treats are nicely displayed.
- And my final tip, if you are a bride & groom, ask to have a sample of the treats packed away for your departure. Often you forget to savour the sweets that you have selected. Have some champagne chilling and dig into the treats together to reflect upon your great day.