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Have you ever wondered how professional stylists create a perfectly balanced dessert table for events? Whether you are planning a children’s birthday party, block party or simple at-home gathering, many of the same design principles will apply. We are breaking down how to style a dessert table into 6 easy steps below.
How to Style a Dessert Table in 6 Easy Steps
Choose a Table Linen
For the best overall appearance, select a floor-length table linen. When using folding tables, we just love the streamlined look of Tablevogue linens. These linens are perfectly fitted for folding tables, making your table look flawless when added. No clips or Velcro is required, and the best part in my mind, is they are wrinkle resistant!!
2. Gather Dessert Stands
Gather a variety of colors, textures and heights when selecting dessert stands. Start by choosing your primary cake or dessert stand; then add 3-5 complementary stands. Pro tip: display items in odd numbers; 3, 5, 7 and 9 for the most visually appealing end result. For balance, place the tallest stand in the center of the table, then work outward with a variety of heights. Or, place taller items of equal height to either end of the table and display flat items such as platters in the center.
3. Select Table Accessories
Choose table décor accessories such as vases, bowls, and baskets to display non-dessert items. Use these display pieces for bulk snacks, bagged snacks, florals or general décor.
4. Add Serveware Pieces
Add plates, napkins and utencils to either ends of the table, or in the center for accessibility. These items can be flat-layed, or displayed in containers like the small glass holders we used for forks.
5. Add Desserts to Display Pieces
Before your party begins, place your desserts on their respective display pieces. Tip: It’s best for warmer outside events to leave iced desserts indoors to prevent melting. During summer months, set everything up and then bring out frosted dessert pieces when you are ready to serve.
6. Add Final Touches
Now that you have everything in place, add your final touches. Cake toppers, candles, cupcake toppers and other small details can elevate your party’s tablescape design.
Use these set-up principles for how to style a dessert table when selecting décor and display pieces. Look around your home, in your kitchen and in cabinets for “finds” that could be used in your tablescape. I often find pieces that I already own to include in event set-ups. I can’t wait to see what you create next- please be sure to share photos with us of your ideas!