Here at Best Friends for Frosting, we believe every day should be a celebration! And with the holidays coming up, we are all in need for a little inspiration on how to style our favorite part of any party – the dessert table! We are so excited to have Kristina Cross from The Swank Social here to show you how to style the perfect dessert table! Here is what Kristina has to say:
When it comes to entertaining, I strongly believe that an over-the-top dessert table is always a good idea! With so much inspiration on the internet these days, it’s hard NOT to go completely overboard with all the pretty little details. At first it might seem a little overwhelming and one of your first thoughts will probably be “where do I start?!” But that’s where I come in! Today, I’m sharing my top five best tips on styling a dessert table with you!

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Colors and theme: The first thing I do when I style a desert table, regardless of the event, is ask my client if they have a specific color and/or theme in mind. Narrowing down these two aspects makes planning your design set-up that much easier.


Focal points: Concentrate on one or two focal points and take it from there. For a dessert table, my two main focal points are typically the backdrop and the cake. I tend to mix colors, patterns, and textures with my backdrops (think paper flowers, tassel garlands, paper fans, and giant balloons), and I’ve fallen head over heels for the naked cake trend that will no doubt carry into the holiday season. Once you nail down your focal point(s), the ideas for designing your dessert table set-up are endless!


Get inspiration: Don’t be afraid to use Pinterest for inspiration on how to design your dessert table – it will soon become your new best friend! Make sure you pin your inspirations onto one board, so that it’s easily accessible. Don’t be afraid to try to incorporate unique ideas to make the dessert table your own!


Display at different levels: I’m not afraid of heights and you shouldn’t be either! I love to use cake stands and display plates that range in different heights to showcase the sweet treats. If you’re going for a clean look, stick with stands and plates with the same look and color. If your theme is more eclectic or dramatic, or you want one dessert to stand out more than the other, mix up the colors, prints, and designs of your cake stands and display plates.


Have fun! Don’t stress about creating the perfect Pinterest-worthy dessert table. From my experience, styling a dessert table is all about improvising as much as it is planning. I would encourage you to do a mock set-up a couple nights before to make sure everything looks as you’ve envisioned. This way, if you need to add more items, you’ll have enough time to do just that. Plus, it will eliminate the surprise of things not working out exactly has you had planned.


Happy designing!

Photos: Studio 86 Creative Design
Cake & Cupcakes: Sweet Bake Shop
Cookies: Whisk
Gold Balloons: Confetti & Sparkle Party Shop
Fancy Frill Balloon and “Love” Cake Topper: Confetti and Co
Hello Gorgeous Print: Kardz Kouture
Skirt: Beautulleful
Jewels: Olive + Piper
Pinata Letter and Tassels: The Swank Social
Flowers: Flower Factory

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