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How to Create a Wedding Dessert Table: 6 Dessert Table Ideas for Your Big Day

Display those desserts as beautifully as can be with these wedding dessert table ideas for a wedding dessert bar.

By: Chelsea Scarnegie, Editor,

Cake table ideas can be tricky, and you certainly don't want your big day to be stressful. That's why we've created this article to show you How to Create a Wedding Dessert Table: 6 Dessert Table Ideas for Your Big Day, which will hopefully help you ease some of the stress. Who knows - maybe these wedding dessert bar ideas will end up becoming the highlight of the reception. After all, the only thing that can match the sweetness of true love is a whole array of desserts laid out on an inviting table.

If you don't know where to start, a good place is the desserts themselves. We've grabbed 8 of our most romantic dessert recipes that will match the theme of any wedding. From classic homemade butter mints to Irish cupcakes with an alcoholic twist that will surely get the party going, you will definitely find something here that you can make yourself. Hopefully, this part of the wedding-planning process will be as fun and stress-free as possible. Just remember - "stressed" spelled backwards is desserts!

6 Dessert Table Ideas

  1. Stick with a theme. Be sure that your cake plates, décor, and tablecloths stick with whatever theme you would like to go for. Consider adding a backdrop as well to give the table more cohesion. Even adding themed touches to the desserts by using cake toppers, shiny edible sprinkles, or little floral decorations can really add some interest to the table. Don’t be afraid to use plain white frosting as your canvas and dress it up with whatever decorations you can think of.

  2. Go big or go home. Don’t worry – you don’t have to go TOO big. But it certainly helps make your table stand out if it has a bit of grandeur. Not everything on the table has to be tall, however, so vary the heights of the desserts that lay on it. You can do this using cheap cake stands of differing heights. You can also DIY your own cake stands or use painted crates and boxes if you want to save a bit of money.

  3. Not everything on the table has to be edible. Consider adding a few decorative objects that fit your theme and help fill in some space on the table. Asking for extra vases from the florist is one way to make this process simple. As fun as decorating is, hold off on buying these pretty little extras until you know how much room on the table you have once the desserts are on it. And don’t forget about necessities like serving utensils, silverware, and dishes.

  4. Add a backdrop for cohesion. As mentioned earlier, a backdrop can really help tie the whole thing together. It doesn’t have to be complicated, though. Simple things like balloons, ribbon garlands, photo garlands, marquis lights, or fabric can be all you need.

  5. Use fun signs to label which desserts are which. This is almost as must, as your guests will want to know which of the many beautiful desserts they can enjoy.

  6. Make sure there’s enough for everyone. You’re going to be quite busy as the big day approaches, and you’ll want to be sure that the sweetest part of your wedding is as stress-free as possible. If you’re unsure of how much to order, it’s always better to more than less. For example, in the case of small desserts like cupcakes, you should assume that each person will have three to four (unless there’s cake – then plan for one to two.) Also, be sure there are at least four dessert types for guests to choose from. They will surely be impressed by the variety!

8 Dessert Buffet Ideas

  1. Butter Mints  - I'm sure you've all had those melt-in-your-mouth mints before at a restaurant or wedding. This recipe for Butter Mints is so incredibly easy, you'll never buy them from the store again!

  2. Chocolate Kiss Surprise Powder Puff Cookies - Chocolate Kiss Surprise Powder Puff Cookies are an easy cookie recipe that is full of surprises. For instance, not only is there a surprise chocolate kiss center in every cookie, but it's also a shock that this cookie recipe is made with only three ingredients!

  3. Chocolate Italian Wedding Cupcakes - While they may have the word "wedding" in their recipe title, you don't need a special occasion as an excuse to whip up a batch of Chocolate Italian Wedding Cupcakes. This cupcake recipe is full of wonderful flavors, not including the chocolate cake itself.

  4. North Pole Snowball Cookies - For your big day, make sure that these North Pole Snowball Cookies are on your wedding table or platter. Believe it or not, this popular cookie recipe packs bunch of flavor and texture into one little sugar-covered treat.

  5. Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cookies) - Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cookies) are delicious treats that are great for every occasion, not just weddings. This Mexican wedding cookie recipe makes small, crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, similar to snowball cookies, that nobody can resist.

  6. Not Your Grandma's Apple Pie Cupcakes - These apple pie cupcakes are great for autumn weddings. Everyone will be talking about this memorable cupcake creation!

  7. Cookies and Cream Cupcakes - Cookies and cream go together like... well... cookies and cream! This is a classic dessert pairing that many people have already fallen in love with.

  8. Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey's Icing - It doesn't need to be St. Patrick's Day to enjoy Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey's Icing. Enjoy this festive Irish treat whenever the mood feels right.

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