Dessert Table Ideas
By an Award-Winning Professional Party Planner
Easy Dessert table decorating ideas for a birthday party, wedding, or baby shower
I always think it’s a good idea to concentrate the majority of your party decorations around a buffet/dessert table. This will create a focal point in the room. Decorations often have to compete with existing room decor so they can get a bit lost if spread too thinly. I think you’re far better off creating one really well themed feature wall that everyone’s eye will be drawn to. You can then use a few general decorations around the rest of the room to tie everything together.
If you're fed up trying to recreate all those immaculately styled dessert tables you see on Pinterest (and wondering why yours turn out more like a 3rd grade arts & crafts project!), then check out my tips and suggestions below. These dessert table ideas for birthday parties, weddings, or baby showers, can easily be recreated at home and there's something for every type of budget.
Remember, you can also apply these decorating tips to a general buffet table, food station, or drinks bar—you don't need to have a dedicated candy bar/dessert table.
On this page, We'll look at different ideas for the main component; the backdrop, along with tips and suggestions for how best to construct, support, display, or hang this. Then, on the continuing pages, we'll look more closely at the actual food styling and presentation.
Now that we've looked at options for the dessert table backdrop, head over to my other page of buffet table ideas for food styling and presentation tips.
Matt James is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Left Field Productions has won 30 event industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year. Matt is the author of the book Become an Event Planner: Secrets for Getting Hired from Employers, Recruiters, and Event Professionals.
Dessert Table Ideas
by an award-winning professional party planner