dessert bar: The Style Menu way

I’m pretty certain that every good party needs an amazing dessert bar, its practically become standard. It’s also probably one of the main things I look forward to at a party because I have a sweet tooth that can not be cured! So when the opportunity to create the dessert table for the ill Muslims Be Social: The Winter Party came my way, I was ecstatic. I was also a little nervous because I had never created a dessert table before, let alone for an event with over 150 people in attendance.

I instantly had a million ideas of what I wanted the table to look like and what desserts I wanted to include but the tricky part was bringing my vision to reality in a realistic way. Thankfully though, I knew I had successfully pulled it all off when several party attendees asked to take pictures of the table saying it almost “looked too pretty to eat” and when I was told that my dessert bar was “pinterest worthy” I could’ve just fainted with joy.

Below I’ve included some tips and tricks that really helped me in creating the perfect dessert bar and you’ll definitely wanna keep this handy for your next party!

Pick a theme and/or color palette: There should be a cohesive design to your dessert table for maximum wow factor and that can be achieved either through a specific theme or color palette. I wanted my dessert table to look like a winter wonderland and opted for gold and silver as my two main colors and white as a neutral accent color.

Set up, presentation, and details: I 100% believe that a visually appealing dessert table is equally as important as the actual desserts because its what initially draws the party goers in and makes them excited to try your delectable treats. Creating a display with different heights adds more visual interest and can be achieved by placing platters on top of boxes covered in wrapping paper, footed platters, or apothecary jars. Also, think outside the box because oftentimes unconventional methods serve the biggest wow factor. For example, I filled a huge jar with gold and silver ornaments and placed a tray of cupcakes on top and that was definitely my favorite detail on the entire table.

Desserts: Variety is good but quality > quantity, always! Its better to have a smaller variety of really delicious treats than having a large array of mediocre ones. Something to consider when selecting what goes on your dessert table are the guests and party venue– since I knew the party was being held at an art gallery where everyone would be standing and mingling, it was important to me that the desserts to be practical, easy to eat, and not super messy.

Gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and silver sprinkles.

Black and white dessert shooters topped with peppermint whipped cream & peppermint crumble. (The fact that the “white” turned out to be more of a yellow irked my soul!)

Cannoli chips and dip. This dessert was perfect for the “be social” aspect of the event because it allowed guests to eat and mingle around the dessert table.

Cream puffs powdered with fresh snow (aka powdered sugar).

Adornments: Adding decor to your table not only fills in empty spaces but it also adds more charm. Anything from flowers, candles, or even tulle can serve as the perfect finishing touches– just make sure it coincides with the theme.

Indulge: And of course, after all your hard work, make sure you enjoy the sweet treats with your guests!

7 comments on dessert bar: The Style Menu way

  1. ayesha
    January 7, 2015 at 5:56 am (3 years ago)

    Everything looks delish! It wld have been better if you mentioned where you got the adornments from esp the silver trays.Thankss!!

    • annieswift
      January 13, 2015 at 4:28 am (3 years ago)

      they’re from tj maxx 🙂

  2. munsi
    January 7, 2015 at 7:55 pm (3 years ago)

    so beautiful & inspirational…you are mA so talented!!!

    • annieswift
      January 13, 2015 at 4:27 am (3 years ago)

      and you are so kind!! thank you so much <3

  3. Bella
    January 9, 2015 at 7:32 am (3 years ago)

    This is super random, but I love the nail polish you’re wearing in your last picture of you holding the cupcake! What color is it?!

    • annieswift
      January 13, 2015 at 4:27 am (3 years ago)

      thank you! i’m wearing “baby’s breath” by essie. its my favorite at the moment! xo

  4. Amena
    January 13, 2015 at 5:03 pm (3 years ago)

    This is so pretty! Would love to get the recipe for the black and white (yellow ;)) shooters!


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