Swap Cake for Fruit: Fruit Dessert Table Ideas for Summer Weddings!

At a sunny summer wedding, there’s nothing more appealing than chilled, refreshing fruit-based treats! So, guess what? Why not swap the traditional cake display with a fruit dessert table? And to help you, we’ve got some irresistibly inspiring presentation ideas both for the table set-up and for the delicious desserts themselves. Light, fresh, healthy and so pretty—what’s not to love about these alternatives to a summer wedding cake!

Ways to Surprise Wedding Guests with a Fruit Dessert Table

Fruit Dessert Table Ideas for Summer Weddings!

Set-up Suggestions

There’s no set rule for the display table set-up. Just keep your venue and wedding theme in mind, then let your imagination and personal preference guide you! You could go for a formal, catered-style buffet (1) with sleek serving platters, shot glasses, sorbet cups and tall goblets presenting the fruit confections in single-serve portions. Or you may prefer a more country picnic style of dessert table (2) with large bowls, trays, baskets and decorative wooden boxes offering a colorful array of whole fruit, sliced fruit, and even right off the stem!

Chilled or Frozen Fruit Desserts

Fruit sorbet pops (3) are not only sure winners on a hot summer day, but look so pretty while on display. Grilled fruit ice cream sundaes (4) are a fancy version of a classic frozen treat your guests are sure to love, while strawberry shortcake trifles (5) blend chilled cream with cake for an easy-serve dessert in individual goblets.

Pretty Presentation

Decorating with fruits is such a joy! The vibrant colors, varied shapes and textures are like art materials from nature. So, get creative with ideas like these we found. Waffle cone parfaits (5) are so pretty, filled with whipped cream and topped with assorted fruit slices, wedges and chunks! A selection of dainty fruit tarts (7) would make a real show-stopper displayed on a tiered pastry stand. And if yours will be a beach wedding with a Hawaiian or Polynesian theme, tropical fruit chunks on skewers (8) couldn’t be more perfect.

You’ve got to love this Fruit Dessert Table idea for summer weddings. We certainly do!

Credits: 1 – My Bride Story, via Amy Atlas / 2 – Lowman Photography, via Domestically Blissful / 3 – Sweet Monday Photography, via Junebug Weddings / 4 – Ready Set Eat / 5 – Shannon Morse Photography, via Le Magnifique Blog / 6 – via YouTube / 7 – Dana Cubbage Weddings, via The Knot / 8 – Happy’s Hawaii

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