Creating a Dessert Table

Creating a Dessert Table

Whether you hosting a business meeting or a wedding, having a dessert table will appeal to and help create a focal point for guests. It can also highlight your creativity and the theme of the event. It sometimes becomes the signature display at showers and weddings. Creating the perfect dessert table seems stressful but it is easier than you think! Here are a few things to remember when creating your sweets table.



The first step is determining what your layout will look like. You want it to show off all the yummy treats you’re offering and also keep the creativity you threw into the rest of the event. Taking the size of the table into consideration will help to determine if you are placing items closer together or spacing them out. If you are working with a larger table, spreading out goodies can create gaps and give the table an appearance of being empty. If you choose to spread everything out to utilize all the space you have, fill in the gaps with decorative pieces like vases, frames, jars, signs, wood decals, and so forth. Keep in mind these decorative pieces should help to accent the table, not overwhelm or crowd it.

On the other hand, if you choose to place items close together, this can make your table look more abundant. You may be working with a lot of space leftover on the other side of the table, utilize that space for a guest book, signature book, or favors, these are all great space fillers and are attractive to guests. Moreover, you need to also decide if your layout will be symmetrical or asymmetrical. Either one looks great but depending on your preferences, your level of creativity, and the number of goodies will help you decide which one works best for you.


One thing you don’t want to do is lay everything flat on the table. You want to have various levels and heights to help fill gaps and have a good overall presentation. Don’t be afraid to get creative with the presentation and the objects you use. You can add height by using candlesticks, upside-down cups, wood boxes or decor, crates, apothecary pieces, cake stands, and vases. You want to have your guests’ eyes constantly moving and always have something to look at. If you have a plain backdrop like a blank wall, utilizing more splashy presentation pieces will help to accent the space. If you are using a more vibrant backdrop or a view from a window, more subtle pieces are the way to go.

Have Variety

When deciding what sweets you want to add to your table, there are a few factors to keep in mind. Flavor, texture, and selection. Making sure you have a variety of each, will ensure that you are adding a diversity of items to appeal to all your guests. A great start to your selection is incorporating more than enough to satisfy everyone and to keep your table visually appealing. You want to include 1 0r 2 specialty items. These could be anything from a show-stopping cake, hand-decorated cookies, elegant cupcakes, and so forth. Everyone loves a good Instagram-worthy picture. Having a specialty item will create a great social media prop for your guests to share. This also gets you free advertising and publicity for future events. They contribute to the theme of the decor and bring elegance or a memorable experience to the table. Next, including some smaller pastries, aesthetic baked goods, mini desserts. Try mixing textures and flavors. You could add anything from mini cakes, parfaits, dessert bars, and include something crunchy. You can also take shape and size into consideration. Having a balance and variety to that aspect can also contribute to the visual presentation of the table.


Now, you have your dessert table set up. It’s all laid out with beautiful decor placed in between treats, cake stands, and other objects displaying them perfectly. A smart choice for your dessert table is to make sure it is accessible from all angles. Even if you have a backdrop or view from a window, don’t push the table right up against the wall. Leave a space in between, you want all sections of the table to be open to prevent a long line of guests waiting. Equally important, dietary restrictions and allergies are more common. Labeling what each dessert is and if it complies with a certain dietary restriction gives people the chance to see what is available and if they can eat it. It also eliminates confusion and can be a great addition to your decorations. 

Besides the desserts, you need to have something so that guests can easily serve themselves. Make sure to always have serving spoons, tongs, scoops, and plates in close range of the treats that require such utensils. For sanitary purposes, this eliminates attendees from grabbing sweets with their hands and contaminating the other desserts. 

The most important thing to remember is to be creative and have fun with it! FYI, these tips are not just for dessert tables… keep these in mind when hosting a brunch party or need to display appetizers.