Holiday Dessert Bar

     The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has officially begun!  And sometimes it's hard to find time to get together with everyone we want to.  So why not host a lovely afternoon Holiday Dessert Bar!
     To get started, I like to come up with an overall theme and color scheme.  The theme I chose was Rustic Elegance with a palette of whites, creams, pale peach, lots of greenery and beautiful copper accents throughout.  I'm totally crushing on copper this season!
     Your set up doesn't have to be elaborate to make an impressive impact.  I kept mine fairly simple with only three desserts and a yummy mocktail.
     For the backdrop, I used a white ruffled fabric and hung three varying sizes of simple wreaths and adorned one of them with some extra flowers and greenery.  These were super easy to create and made such a lovely statement.  I simply used wood embroidery hoops and covered them with green floral tape.  I then attached greenery all the way around with the floral tape. Beautiful!

     I definitely like to think outside the box a little and I love being able to use things I already have around the house when styling a party.  So Instead of the traditional tablecloth, I used a knitted cream throw with fun tassels set at an angle to adorn the table.

     Another fun DIY were these sparkly copper accented forks.  I love collecting old (real silver) flatware and using mismatched pieces when entertaining.  For these, I simply painted the tips with copper paint and added a touch of fine copper glitter for some extra bling.  Then sealed them with a coat of clear lacquer.  I loved how they turned out!  I'm definitely going to make a whole set!

     Naked cakes are all the rage and I definitely find myself gravitating towards them whenever I style a dessert table.  For one they have less frosting for those who aren't huge frosting fans and for two they just look stunning!  Since it's the holiday season, I decided to do a spiced carrot cake with a lemon buttercream frosting and drizzles some delicious caramel sauce over the top.  Paired with this lovely naked cake were some traditional vanilla "mini" cupcakes and some scrumptious macarons.

     I love adding in a little activity for everyone to participate in at my gatherings.  It gets conversation rolling and it's always tons of fun!  I thought a great choice would be for everyone to write down on prepunched scalloped circles what they are "thankful" for.  Using mini glittered clothespins, I then attached them to the largest wreath above the dessert table.  It's always fun to see what everyone wrote, especially the kiddos!

     I always like to give a favor bag to all my guests to take home as well.  It's my way of saying "Thank you for coming".  I filled these sweet burlap and copper polka dot bag with some delectable little chocolates and added a lovely favor tag that simply said " Thankful."
  You can get the free printable HERE.

   Enjoy the images below of this fun and festive Dessert Bar!

I hope my Holiday Dessert Bar provided a little inspiration for you to use at your next holiday gathering!

    Happy Holidays!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing these dinner bar pictures. As Christmas and New Year holidays are still going. Planning to throw a dinner party at one of Los Angeles venues to my family. Will be using your buffet idea.