Tips for Creating A Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table

I have a confession to make…I don’t bake. Seriously. I’ve made one pie in my whole life. I do cook almost every night, but I have never perfected the art of baking a beautiful dessert. My solution… I know where to shop for great desserts! The truth is, whether you’re baking delicious sweets for the holidays or shopping at your favorite bakery, everything looks better if you take a moment to display your sweet treats in a festive way, so today I ‘m sharing my tips and tricks for creating a beautiful dessert table in just a few minutes.

How To Create a Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table-Easy Tips and Tricks for setting a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

THINK IN LAYERS

One of the keys to creating a beautiful dessert display is to use plates and stands of different heights to add layers to your table. In this case, I wanted a bit of a rustic look, so I used wood slabs and cake stands to build up height in different areas of my table.

How To Create a Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table-Easy Tips and Tricks for setting a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

Small wood discs make the perfect “plate” for these chocolate swirl cookies. Rather than just placing them on the discs, I let them spill over from one plate to the other to create some interest.

How To Create a Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table-Easy Tips and Tricks for setting a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

In the past I have used old books or all glass cake plates to create a different but equally beautiful display. Think outside of the typical items you find in your kitchen to make your layers. The larger wood “stumps” that I used are actually flower containers turned upside down and covered with parchment paper.

How To Create a Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table-Easy Tips and Tricks for setting a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

If you have a one sided buffet, make sure to put the taller plates in the back and the shorter plates toward the front.

How To Create a Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table-Easy Tips and Tricks for setting a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

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ADD CLOCHES AND CAKE DOMES

One of the easiest ways to create a beautiful dessert table is to add a couple of cake domes or cloches to your display. There is something about pretty cupcakes or a lovely cake siting under a glass dome that adds a little shine a sparkle to your dessert table.

How To Create a Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table-Easy Tips and Tricks for setting a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

You only need one or two strategically placed domes to make a big impact. This is a case where less is definitely more. I chose two different height cloches, in the same style, for my dessert table. When it’s time to serve dessert, I remove the domes to make it easier for my guests to get their treats.

How To Create a Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table-Easy Tips and Tricks for setting a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

There is something about chocolate cupcakes hiding under glass that makes them look even better, don’t you think!?

How To Create a Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table-Easy Tips and Tricks for setting a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet
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DON’T FORGET THE FLOWERS

In case you don’t know this about me, I don’t believe any table is complete without flowers and that includes a dessert table! You don’t have to get fancy here, but adding flowers to your dessert table can bring the whole look together in a super easy way.

How To Create a Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table-Easy Tips and Tricks for setting a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

I usually make one simple arrangement for my dessert table and then reserve some flowers and greenery to sprinkle on the table in different areas.

How To Create a Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table-Easy Tips and Tricks for setting a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

The corner of my cake plate looks pretty with a sprig of antique hydrangea ands eucalyptus alongside the berries.

How To Create a Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table-Easy Tips and Tricks for setting a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

My store bought pies gets a special touch with some eucalyptus leaves tucked between the pie and the plate I set it in.

How To Create a Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table-Easy Tips and Tricks for setting a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

It only takes a couple of extra flowers or greens to make the whole look feel cohesive. Don’t go overboard here…again less is more.

How To Create a Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table-Easy Tips and Tricks for setting a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

The final touch is a stack of pretty glass plates and my new vintage silverware with some soft linen napkins. And there you have it. A super easy, and beautiful holiday dessert table that you can create in just minutes!

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How To Create a Beautiful Holiday Dessert Table-Easy Tips and Tricks for setting a Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

For me it is a fun and creative endeavor to make the holiday sweets look even better with a few special touches. If you are having guests over during the upcoming holidays, I hope this gives you some ideas about how to easily create your own beautiful dessert table!

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