DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Dessert Bar How-to

wedding dessert bar how-to

Wedding planning can often feel like a long list of overwhelming, time consuming “to dos”. Between the site visits searching for a venue, the budget management that has to go on throughout, and the writing out of place card after place card, it’s easy to forget to have fun. So today we’re recommending putting down your pen, your folders and your phone, and insisting you take a well deserved break to consider the incorporation of one of the most popular wedding day setups, the candy or dessert bar. Guaranteed to please every guest in attendance, and an ultra fun addition to plan, the dessert bar concept is never a bad idea. And let’s not forget all the yummy taste testing you’ll have to do in the process! To help get you started, here’s our how-to breakdown, complete with budget friendly, on trend display details sure to come together as a statement reception set up.

Pick Your Color Palette Before Your Flavor Palette

First things first, decide on the colors you’d like to incorporate into your table set up. Your selection should be a play on your overall wedding color scheme and can be incorporated through tags, ribbons, tabletop props (think a few pretty balloons), and if possible, your selected treats. For a simpler, cleaner look, stick to white desserts and candies and play up your colors through your accessories.

dessert bar how to - color palette mason jar mugs personalized mason mug

Pick Your Go-To Treats

Variety is key when it comes to dessert bars. That said, you also want to make sure you keep your costs down. For that reason start the dessert selection process with your go-to treats, which should be easy to source, budget friendly options that you can buy in bulk. Make these items a focal point in your display by showcasing them in some pretty and trendy apothecary jars.

mini donuts oreo cookies mini meringues

Skip the Statement Cake

Continuing on the cost effective path, consider leaving out the big statement piece cake and opt instead for a mini version, a perfect fit for the two of you, the new Mr. and Mrs. Play up the display by incorporating a couple specialty items like custom bride and groom cake forks and a unique cake topper.

mini wedding cake

mr and mrs wedding forks acrylic cake topper gold cake server

Make it Favor Friendly

Beyond the sweets your guests will instantly enjoy, fill out your display by incorporating your guest favors.  Not only will the mini gifts make for some pretty eye candy, they also nicely fill out the available space without the need to spend further budget.

candy bar dessert bar signage

mini white gumball machines

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Candy Buffet How-To

candy buffet

I don’t think there’s a person out there who can profess not to have at least somewhat of a sweet tooth. It’s precisely why candy buffets are such a huge hit at any event they’re a part of. Bursting with bright colors and sweet treats they also provide for a great visual. Add some punch to your wedding day celebration and let the little kid in all your guests loose by featuring one at your reception. Here’s everything you need to pull it off to perfection. Yummy!

Custom Combos 

Give your guests the chance to pick and choose what they want to indulge in. Provide plenty of treat options displayed in stylish apothecary jars that allow colors to pop. And remember to include the baggies for filling.

retro style goodie favor bags

goodie goodie gumdrops
featured here: gusset cellophane bag and ‘old time candy’ bag insert (sold separately), trimmed with satin ribbon

Grab and Go 

Have them hit the road with a to go treat. Prepackage an assortment of goodies in varied bags and containers, playing with designs and colors for presentation perfection.

goodie-favor-bag

pretty polka dots
featured here: gusset cellophane bag and ‘candy colorful’ bag insert (sold separately), trimmed with satin ribbon

retro style popcorn cartons

retro fun
featured here: novelty popcorn cartons

mini classic gumball machine

because you just can’t have a candy buffet without a mini gumball machine!
featured here: classic red gumball machine (sold empty) and ‘candy colorful’ design square tag

blue rock candy

Bursting with Color

Don’t stop the play on color at your packaging. Pull the bright hues all the way through to your candy selection. Just be careful to ensure you’re working with a complimentary color palette and that you’re consistent with how you infuse it into the varied pieces and treats you include.

gumballs

Dainty Details

You can’t have a great big picture without the right details. Add them in easily with some pretty personalized ribbon or playful mini chalkboard speech bubbles.

personalized cocktail napkins

a bit of you and i
featured here: personalized napkins in ‘sweet beginnings’, ‘yum’ and ‘a treat for you’ printed designs

Make it Yours 

Last but not least, remember to incorporate a touch of personalization wherever you can. Give your guests something to wipe off all the gooey goodness with by featuring customized cocktail napkins.

Looking for More Wedding Fun?

For more ways to guarantee wedding day fun, check out this past Monday’s post, ‘Pop Up Wedding Photo Booth How-To’.

xoxo.

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Easter Wishes from Weddingstar

Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Easter weekend!

The Weddingstar Team