A table that’s no fable!

Remember the time when the ornate table at a wedding reception was meant only for the wedding cake? Or its plain Jane version for plastic cups holding jamuns and ice cream? Yeah, me neither! Celebratory events, whether weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, or baby showers, now all feature the ubiquitous dessert table!

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Definitely not the newest kid on the block, the dessert table is often also referred to as the dessert bar, and includes all sorts of dessert assortments such as mini cakes or one-tier cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, macarons, etc. For a more relaxed occasion, perhaps on a balmy afternoon, your dessert table could even showcase ice cream sundaes, frozen yoghurt, and iced lollies.

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Apart from the fact that your guests would be captivated by such an array of sweet treats, dessert tables effortlessly add to the visual appeal of your decor, and it’s also that medium for you as a couple to bring your personalities to life.

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While the idea sure sounds fun and it might look like you need to just zero in on the saccharine indulgences that will grace your dessert table, there’s more to it than just that.

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According to Lavonne’s pastry artist, Jonnie Tan, “A dessert table gives one the perfect avenue to explore and express their creativity. I personally love tables that feature cakes, cupcakes, macarons, meringues, sugar cookies, cake pops, and dessert jars. If you choose to have a cake that features tiers in different colours, you could incorporate all of those colours while deciding the colour theme of your dessert table.”

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If you have an event in the offing and are considering taking to this incredibly lovable trend, here are some pointers to keep in mind:

  1. Ensure your colours complement the colour palette of the rest of your event. Don’t go OTT and definitely don’t stick to a monotone theme.
  2. If it’s for a birthday party, in particular, you could pick a theme, such as Minnie Mouse, Frozen, Ben 10, Superheroes, and the list goes on.
  3. What’s behind your dessert table is almost as important as what’s on it so go ahead and create a gorgeous backdrop using wallpaper, fabric, canvas, or even paper. From buntings and chalk boards to pompoms and polka dot balloons, there’s so much you could choose from.
  4. Creating a sensible layout is vital. Lay your desserts in the order that seems wisest, maybe with the star attraction, such as the main cake, at the centre.
  5. Creating varying heights adds visual appeal to your dessert table, so don’t just have plates or large glass bowls. Go for vases, mini juice bottles, mason jars, martini vases, apothecary jars, gift wrapped boxes, photo frames, cupcake stands, etc.
  6. Go berserk picking your desserts. You don’t have to play safe with the regulars. Try jelly bean jars, popcorn boxes, or embellished macarons, perhaps.
  7. Don’t forget to label your desserts. Again, be creative. Chalkboard signs, hand written placards, themed ribbons, are among the most popular options.
  8. Have fun with your display. How cool would a croquembouche look or for that matter a cookie garland that guests could eat from?

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With these tips and tricks at hand, putting together a winner of a dessert table is quite the cake walk, don’t you think?

Image Courtesy for pictures 1, 2, and 6: flickr.com

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