Desserts and drinks as decorations? Absolutely! More and more at wedding parties today, fancy presentation tables for sweet treats, beverages, and the party cake are taking center stage. So with all that attention on them, these displays are styled just as meticulously as the guest tables. Sound intimidating? The truth is there are little tips and tricks you can use that are actually quite simple.
For instance, if you’re surprising a dear bride-friend with a Valentine’s-themed bridal shower with a chic and modern slant, what decorating approach might you take for the desserts and drinks display? Allow us to share a few fab ideas (if we do say so ourselves!) that are surprisingly easy and affordable to pull off.
Aim for an Overall Wow Factor!
A “wow” effect for your dessert display can actually be achieved with two key elements: location and lighting.
The aim is to create a desserts and drinks display that is visually appealing, if not outright stunning. But since a bridal shower is usually an intimate, at-home affair, you don’t want anything too complicated or costly either.
So our first “must” would be location! Find a spot at the venue where the display is sure to be noticed, and position your table there. It can be a long console table or a lighted bar, like ours; or even a dining or kitchen table covered with a lovely table cloth.
Then, our second “must” would be lighting! Few things call attention as effectively as shining a light on something. You could opt for dramatic side illumination, as in our example, an overhead chandelier or spotlight, or even glowing candles. Anything to showcase your display.
Play Up the Decorative Details
Choose desserts and decorative elements that all work together to pull off that striking red-and-white Valentine look.
Once you’ve ensured the location and lighting, the rest depends on the styling details. Here, we kept our color focus throughout—a chic red and white motif in honor of Valentine’s!
You see this in the red jelly-filled cookies, the ribbon trim and pompom topper on the cake, and the paper flowers strewn all over the display. Other accents were intentionally kept color-neutral, like the pastry stands, the glass globe vases, the silver containers, even the strands of pearls. Note that the champagne we chose is pink as well.
Don’t Forget “Delicious” Counts, Too
Beyond visual appeal, think yummy flavors for the cupcakes, cookies, and other confections you’ll have on display.
It’s not all about appearance, though. Guests have to be just as delighted with how your desserts taste as how pretty they look! So, while you may select goodies for their color, shape, and decorations, think of those with delectable flavors as well like:
- red velvet cupcakes with fluffy marshmallow icing and red sprinkles
- delicate French macarons in vanilla, caramel, lemon, or almond flavors
- bite-size raspberry or cherry tarts
- fluffy madeleine cookies topped with strawberry jam
- melt-in-your-mouth white meringues
- white marshmallows sprinkled with red edible glitter
- fresh strawberries dipped in white chocolate
- yummy cake pops with pink icing
Then, as the perfect complement to all these treats, serve an assortment of teas, freshly-brewed coffee, and of course a bottle or two of bubbly!
Now, are you all excited to create your own Valentine’s desserts and drinks display? We knew you’d be. Happy styling!