Putting together a dessert table isn’t as challenging as one may think. The biggest dessert table how to is have fun with it and remember. The goodies and props don’t have to cost a fortune. OK, that was more than one how to, my bad.
Dessert Table How to
Halloween is all about the sweet treats and although most of our traditional menu has gone by the wayside, the sweet treats are still in effect. I wish dessert tables had been on my radar back in the day. That way I would have had lots of help eating all of these tasty morsels. Anyways…each time I put together a dessert table keeping it economical as well as tasty is my intention.
Using what’s on hand, applying a few shortcuts, and digging deep into whatever creativity you can grab a hold of us is crucial. Everything in the photo above has been used many times and will make repeat appearances. Keep in mind that if everything isn’t perfectly placed and evenly spaced it’s not the end of the world. Here are the particulars on my ghastly and ghoulish dessert table.
Write down your ideas and draw a sketch of your table. You don’t have to be Picaso here just a simple drawing of where you’d link to place your items. Trust me on this one. As well as the table may look in your head, it can be totally different once you start putting things in place. Which brings me to my next point.
The night or morning before your party set the serving pieces out according to your diagram. There is nothing worse than having to move or remove a huge stand/platter whatever because it didn’t fit. This way you can see if the pieces work together, if they should be moved or discarded.There is a rhythm and flow to a dessert or buffet table. One of the most important elements is balance.
Traditionally the tallest stand or piece is at the back of the table and in the center and to the right and left of it are shorter displays preferably equal in height. In the event of a senior moment, (ahem), identify what food item belongs in each serving piece. Lastly, whip out that smart phone and take a picture to refer back to should you have any doubts later on.
Haunted Graveyard Dessert Table
- Two-tiered Chocolate Cake – This cake is elevated on a drink dispenser stand. In between each layer of the cake is the same chocolate frosting as the outsides. Ghost suckers are popping out from the top tier. No worries, they’re friendly. I opted for a bottom border of crushed brownies rather than more frosting. The fence that surrounds the cake is gutter covering that came from Big Lots. I leave no section of a store unturned!
- It’s Only a Dollar – Underneath the cake is a coffin from the dollar store filled with skulls that I had in my stash, which also came from the $ store. I dug deep into my hoarders bin for the skeletons trying to escape over the fence.
- Peeps in a Jar – The mercury glass jars at the back of the table were 80% off at Michaels. No way was I leaving those in the store. I pierced some plastic skulls, inserted nylon through, and then attached them to the jars with ribbon. The peeps on a straw were perfectly happy there. Halloween houses from days gone by elevated on Styrofoam platforms flanked each side.
- Get Ya Drink On – In the center of the table is Swamp juice (aka) Gatorade with themed straws. These little frap bottle have come in handy over the years. I could have easily made this an adult beverage by adding a lil bit of vodka but I decide not too. That doesn’t mean you can’t!
- Potato Sticks – I covered the cans with scrapbook paper to keep things simple. Back in the day, these treats were very popular. I ended up finding them not at my favorite grocery store but the local meat market. Go figure.
- Sugar Cookies – Served on silver glass trays, lightly frosted, and decorated with a powdered sugar glaze. I have one sugar cookie recipe that I always use. My kids said, “If it ain‘t broke don‘t fix it“. If you’re short on time and energy by all means buy a roll of two of cookie dough from your grocery store, you won’t be judged.
- Candy Corn Marshmallows in round vases embellished with mesh ribbon and a button. Who knew marshmallows came in so many flavors? The other good thing about serving marshmallows is that they are super inexpensive.
- RIP Headstones and Bones – Candy melts on a bed of cake crumbs. I always slice the domes off my cakes to make them level. I crumbled the toppings for fake dirt. I waste nothing. I just happened to find the right size box in my collection of 5782 boxes that I refuse to throw away.
You may even have a ghoul on hand to help you out!
Here’s another look at my Raven Inpired Halloween Dessert Table from last year.
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