Mar 22

The Recessionista Bride Series:The Dessert Buffet & Bar

This is a series of posts currently being featured on the Real Weddings Magazine blog and was previously posted on March 20th.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Maren Photograpy

Recessionista Bride Stevie wanted to give her guests two things: fabulously tasty cake (per the mother of the bride’s wish) and a fun favor, such as a Candy Buffet/Bar. So, we helped her to come up with a budget solution for both – and combined the ideas into one sugary sweet delight, the Dessert Buffet & Bar!

Photo courtesy of Sarah Maren Photography
 Photo courtesy of Sarah Maren Photography

Acting on the desires of couples to offer their guests more options, some bakers are now offering dessert options to brides in addition to offering traditional wedding cakes.

To put together Stevie and Blake’s dessert buffet & bar, we went to local bakery Ettore’s European Cafe & Bakery and selected five of her most favorite flavors. We chose cakes that fit within Stevie’s color palette so that we could order them outside of the special event menu. 
We borrowed vintage cake plates from various family members to display the cakes and added some fun vintage mushroom birds with cute custom signage. A fun glittery monogram cake topper was placed on the cutting cake and made a fantastic centerpiece to the table – now what to do with the ends?
Photo courtesy of Sarah Maren Photography

Photo courtesy of Sarah Maren Photography

Candy Buffets/Bars are a huge trend for weddings, but they can be quite costly to put together! While many rental companies offer candy jars for rent, Stevie was able to borrow a few apothecary jars from friends and family, so we utilized these on either end of the cake plates.   
We purchased lemon drops, candy sticks and jordan almonds to fill the jars and added custom signage to pull it all together. Scoops, baggies and custom monogram seals were placed nearby to allow guests to create their own favor – while a sign reminded guests to leave the cake cutting for the bride and groom.
We accomplished the entire dessert table for just under what a traditional wedding cake would have cost alone! So with a little creativity along with some help from family and friends, and top-notch vendors, you can create a fabulous Dessert Buffet & Bar for your guests!
Are you offering a Dessert Buffet & Bar to your wedding guests?
Tune back in to the Real Weddings Magazine blog on March 28th or to the KME Blog on March 29th for the next installment: Recessionista Bride Series: Non-floral Centerpieces.

  1. Shannon says:

    Seriously loving that dessert bar. I could go for a piece of Princess Cake right about now. yummmm…

  2. Phyllis Cheung says:

    Great job on the dessert/candy buffet! Love the vintage look and feel to it.

  3. Elysa says:

    Hi Kate & Co.!

    I just discovered your blog via 100 Layer Cake, and stumbled across this post. Dessert tables are all the rage these days, and this one that you made for Stevie and Blake is just exquisite. I love the gold, white, and silver color scheme; everything looks so elegant and detail-oriented. I especially like the glittery gold cake toppers–are those chipboard letters? Congrats on being featured in Real Weddings as well!


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