Tips for Creating a Wedding Dessert Table

As we started the planning process for our New Year’s Eve wedding, there was one thing we definitely knew we wanted. Both of us love sweets (for better or for worse) and we knew we wanted to have an insane wedding dessert table.

Mike’s mom lovingly baked most of the treats for our table. (Thank you!) We kept an eye on prices over the months leading up to the wedding, and knew where to shop for the best deals. We used dishes we already owned and scoured thrift stores for candy jars, cake plates and serving platters. By shopping sales we were able to keep the cost of our dessert table to less than the per person dessert price offered by our caterer even though we stocked our dessert table with enough to feed twice as many guests.

Sweets table - tips for setting up an insane treat table for your wedding
sweet & salty popcorn for a late night wedding dessert snack

Create levels:

A variety of heights is the key to making your wedding dessert table really stand out.

  • Use cake stands and jars of different heights and sizes.
  • Create platforms. Place several boxes underneath a table cloth, or wrap them in gift wrap that matches your theme.
  • Accessorize your table with props such as tall candle holders or vases to add visual interest.

tips for setting up a wedding dessert bar

Stick to a theme:

Give your wedding dessert table a cohesive look by tying it in with the rest of your wedding decor. There are a variety of ways to do this without resorting to only including candy in your wedding colours.

  • Match the table linens to your decor, and then tie coordinating ribbons around candy jars and cake stands.
  • Create a backdrop. Hang coordinating streamers or banners to make your dessert table a real focal point.
  • Be consistent with the styles and colours of your serving platters. Stick to only white or clear glass. We kept to our metallic New Year’s Eve theme and used foil doilies to pull the look together.
  • Use flags on toothpicks or skewers to decorate desserts and tie in your wedding colours and theme.

mini oreo wedding cake - tips for a wedding dessert table

tiny donuts for a wedding dessert table

Easy-to-serve:

If your guests are going to be serving themselves at your dessert buffet, make sure that treats are easy to reach and eat.

  • Provide the right utensils. Make sure to have tongs, scoops, and knives for each dessert.
  • If you’re serving up gooey fudge bars or fresh-cut fruit, make sure to have dessert plates and not just napkins for your guests.
  • If your table is too wide, you might have your guests leaning over it to get to the treats at the back. Desserts shouldn’t be placed more that 2 or 3 deep.
  • If you’re placing candles or flowers on the table, make sure your guests won’t be reaching over them to get to that brownie to avoid burns or spills.
  • Rather than slicing into a full-sized pie, individual pies or tarts are easier for your guests to select. Cake pops instead of cake slices are cute and easy to handle.
  • Keep things pretty, but accessible. Guests might be hesitant to pick desserts out of an intricate arrangement. You don’t want your guests wondering if that beautiful chocolate tower is just for decoration, so a little bit of purposeful disorganization can welcome your guests to dig in.
  • Use candy jars with wide openings to make the candy easier to scoop.

fererro rocher tower for wedding dessert table

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Healthy Valentine’s Day Dessert: Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse

Valentines Day Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse

We don’t really have Valentine’s Day plans this year, so I think we’re just looking forward to a nice relaxing long weekend at home. We’ve been so busy with work and life and wedding planning that it will be great to just have a few days of absolutely nothing except for quality time with my love and my Netflix.

For Valentine’s Day I do like to pull out all my heart-shaped cookie cutters, molds and dishes for romantic brunch for two: heart-shaped fried eggs, heart-shaped pancakes and heart-shaped toast. Nothing says romance like heart-shaped bacon.

For the occasion I’m sharing this dorky but sweet picture that we took when we stumbled upon some wedding decor while out on a stroll last fall. Might have to save this one for our wedding slideshow!

jill and mike

And now I’ll leave you with this healthy Valentine’s Day dessert, which is totally the type of dessert that is absolutely delicious when you’re trying to watch your weight, but still want to enjoy a little Valentine’s Day indulgence. Do it for love!

Wishing you all a weekend full of love and chocolate! <3

Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse
 
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This healthy chocolate mousse is made with a surprising ingredient: sweet potato!
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 sweet potatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ⅛ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Add chopped sweet potato to a small pot and cover with water
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce and cook until tender, about 6 minutes
  3. Drain, set aside and allow to cool completely
  4. Combine all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth
  5. Refrigerate and serve chilled

healthy valentines day dessert

Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup

Poached pears with maple caramel syrup
Today I’m having surgery, so please send me some posi thoughts as you check out these delicious Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup! (Try making this recipe with a slow cooker)

I love dessert, and I would rarely choose a fruit dessert over, say, chocolate fudge cake. But after a big Thanksgiving meal, these soft, mapley pears are the perfect healthy Thanksgiving dessert. And since it’s a holiday, definitely go for that scoop of coconut ice cream and a scattering of candied pecans. There’s no harm in making these early since a re-heating in the oven only deepens the caramel flavour, so that makes them ideal for a busy Thanksgiving.

If you’re more traditional, but still want a healthy Thanksgiving dessert, try my Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie. Naturally sweetened and topped with pumpkin nice cream, your guests will love it, and love you when you tell them that this healthy dessert is 100% free of added sugars.

Make sure you check out the rest of the #blogsgivingdinner menu for amazing dessert and after-dinner drink recipes. Also get some ideas for how to use up those leftovers.

poached pears

Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 firm pears, peeled (halve or quarter, if desired)
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • pecans (optional)
Instructions
  1. Fill a pot with enough wine and water to cover pears
  2. Add ½ cup sugar and bring to a boil
  3. Carefully slide in pears and reduce heat
  4. Simmer until pears are cooked through (test with a knife or skewer)
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool (if making in advance, store poached pears in their liquid and reheat before serving)
  6. Meanwhile, add syrup, sugar, and salt to a shallow sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat
  7. Reduce heat to medium and simmer to thicken, remove from heat
  8. Reheat sauce before serving and pour over pears
  9. Sprinkle with a light sprinkling of salt before serving

maple poached pears with walnuts

 

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Dessert

Grandma’s Pecan Pie from The Wetherills Say I Do

Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting from My Cooking Spot

Gluten-Free Apple Berry Crumble from Twin Stripe

Paleo Pumpkin Pudding from Wit Wisdom Food

Cranberry Almond Coconut Bars from Love & Flour

Torched Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie with Olive & Sinclair Chocolate from The Local Forkful

Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup from Home at Six

Sweet Potato Pie from Think Fruitful

Nutella Pumpkin S’mores Tart from bethcakes

Gluten-Free Acorn Squash Spice Bars from I Cook. I Eat. It’s Life.

Drunken Pecan Pie Bars from The Speckled Palate

Butter Pecan Cupcakes from Glamour Girl Gourmet

After-Dinner Drinks

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider from A Savory Feast

Cranberry Bourbon Granita from Feast + West

Leftovers

Cheesy Potato Croquettes from Hello Little Home

Leftover Stuffed Egg Rolls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce from Cake ‘n’ Knife

Freezer-Friendly Turkey and Rice Casserole from Betty Becca

Stuffed Crescents with Thanksgiving Leftovers from My Cooking Spot

maple poached pears