5 Simple Steps to Create a Dessert Table

5 tips for designing dessert tables

It’s fun to indulge in a variety of sweets on occasion, so I designed this display to illustrate 5 simple elements to create a dessert table. I’m going to break them down for you below, with a little help from Cold Stone Creamery and their specialty ice cream cake as the centerpiece.

First let me tell you my thoughts on this design.  I love the look of dessert tables but the pragmatist in me thinks they can be overwhelming with too many options to choose from.  That’s why I like to focus on one key dessert – in this case They Call it Truffle Love” cake from Cold Stone – and fill in with items that complement the focal point.  Check out the photos and my tips for putting it all together…
5 simple steps to create a dessert table banner with heart detailcake as centerpiece 5 Cold Stone csc 6 champagne 7 strawberries 8 pretzel sticks 9 cupcakes and trufflesdiy heart banner tablecloth red and white dessert table

Focus on these 5 simple elements to create a dessert table:

  1. Tablecloth – For this table the tablecloth is a stand out feature and the secret is…it’s a shower curtain!  That’s right, as I was shopping around for something unrelated {at Bed, Bath, and Beyond} I stumbled across this textured shower curtain.  The size is right and it inspired the entire look of the design.  Think outside the box when you need fabric and table coverings.  Curtains, shower curtains, even sheets can all do double duty here.
  2. Focal Dessert – Spend your money and/or time wisely and invest in one awesome dessert.  This ice cream cake, They Call it Truffle Love, is made up of layers of red velvet cake & fudge truffle ice cream, wrapped in rich fudge ganache and chocolate shavings.  It’s pretty spectacular, from Cold Stone Creamery.
  3. Hanging Garland – Nothing rounds out a celebratory space more than some type of hanging decor.  There’s no need to go very elaborate either.  This simple strand of gold glitter paper hearts hung with gold washi tape adds a modern finishing touch above the desserts.  I made it myself by cutting out hearts from scrapbook paper and stringing them onto gold & white bakers twine.
  4. Crafty Accents – Because the little details count, it’s nice to add a few crafty touches to the table.  Here, I used a small bag of red glitter heart stickers, and some gold paint.  At first glance those red stickers seem rather cheesy and only appropriate for children’s projects, but when used sparingly and unexpectedly they add a touch of whimsy to a display that’s attractive to all ages.  I added a couple to the hanging garland, and to the corners of a platter.  Those tiny pops of red keep the eye moving around the entire space.  As for the gold paint, I just spray painted the champagne bottle around the bottom 2/3 because I don’t want to get too close to the opening since it’s not ‘food safe.’  I didn’t even tape off the stop line because I like the faded look of the paint at the edge.
  5. Store bought items – Make it easy on your self by filling in with store bought items like mini cupcakes, chocolate dipped pretzels, truffle candies, and fresh strawberries.  The colors coordinate with the rest of the palette and the flavors and textures balance out as well.

These tips will help you create a beautiful, functional, but still easy to handle, dessert table for any occasion.  This design would work well for other “love” themed parties too, like a bridal shower or engagement party, since the colors are fairly neutral with pops of red and some hearts thrown in.

12 cold stone creamery truffle love cake14 Cold Stone Truffle Love cake

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

Comments

  1. I celebrate Valentines day with LOVE :)

  2. Hubby and I are having a special dinner with a dear friend. Lots of food, fun and laughter will be on hand!

  3. I’ll celebrate by baking for my loved ones!

  4. Julie Hammonds says:

    This is simply beautiful, and that cake looks scrumptious!

  5. carol jane says:

    A quiet day/evening with my family and my 4 day old baby grandson Austin John!

  6. So pretty! My hubby and I will probably just stay in with pizza and a movie :)

  7. Shanna Uptergrove says:

    Not doing anything- my 10yo will be recuperating from tonsillectomy and my hubs will be recuperating from back shots.. fun fun.

  8. Mary Happymommy says:

    We go out to lunch and then exchange chocolates.

  9. With my son, my husband will be at work but he always makes a wonderful meal the night before or early in the morning so all I have to do is warm it up. We catch up on his break and snuggle when he gets home later that night. Thanks

  10. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I’m not doing anything special.

  11. A dinner out in Atlantic City

  12. just going out to eat

  13. yajaira p. says:

    I actually have this shower curtain…hope i w8n i would love to try this out for my daughters baptism :)

  14. The Cold Stone cake looks off the charts wonderful. Thank you for the tip about focusing on one main desert.
    AND!! I’m a shower curtain fanatic. I use them for soooo many things. They are fun, attractive and functional. You’re a woman after my own heart. This table is realistically doable. THANK YOU for the great tips!

    • Thank you so much for the sweet comments! I agree – fabric shower curtains are my “secret weapon” for fantastic design :-)

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