Have you ever planned a wedding? Seven years ago I got married to my amazing husband. Aside from the actual getting married part, the planning was what I enjoyed the most. I loved planning every single element of our wedding, from the music selection to choosing the invitations, and making or sourcing all of our decorations. If I could do it again, I’d jump at the chance in a heartbeat.
I spent nearly a year planning our wedding. In the months leading up to the big day I spent every weekend, and eventually every day making the elements for our wedding including the table numbers, place cards, wedding favours, decorations, and about 100 hanging Swarovski crystal pendants for our centre pieces.
In the weeks following our wedding I didn’t quite know what to do with myself. My days had been filled with planning every last detail of the wedding, and then…… they weren’t.
I went through major planning withdrawal. Nowadays I jump at the chance to plan a party or a meal with friends. Some people may see it as going a bit over the top, but I really do enjoy deciding on a theme and pulling all the elements together.
So when I was invited to come along to a wedding styling masterclass with Confetti who specialise in wedding supplies, I said yes straight away. We learned a bit about the history of Confetti and their Canadian parent company Wedding Star which I was already very familiar with from my own wedding back home. We also learned about the three main elements of putting together a dessert table:
- Have a main focal point
- Create height
- Finishing touches
The girls from Confetti took us through some of the vast product ranges that they offer. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had a huge range of products that would not only work for weddings but also birthdays, baby showers and dinner parties. I was giddy with excitement just thinking about the different uses for all of their products.
They also told us about an amazing competition they’re holding at the moment where you can enter to win your dream wedding worth £40,000! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find out more about how to enter, or click on the image below.
Confetti were kind enough to let me choose some product so that I could put my own dessert table together at home. I chose elements that would do double duty, working with both my dessert table and either as home decor in my house or with future dessert tables.
I opted to keep my dessert table fairly simple, keeping everything various shades of pastel pink, green and yellow to compliment the vintage floral bunting. I created some height for my cake with a mini wooden crate, and then tried to keep things fairly semetrical on each side filling one tall vase with meringues and the other smaller smoked glass vase with flowers.
I created a mini sweet buffet using my own glass jars and some stylish gold sweet scoops. In addition to the cake, meringues and sweets I made some really simple mini donuts with pink glaze. I labeled the mini chalkboards and white easels with the names of the sweets. And finally I made some homemade vanilla sugar to give away as gifts. The sugar is so easy to make, and it looked great in the mini mason jars with floral lid covers I choose.
How to Style a Dessert Table
When styling a dessert table, I always try to do as much as I can as far in advance as possible. A good dessert table should incorporate the three elements above, as well as a focal dessert such as a cake or a tower of cupcakes. Several additional smaller single serving desserts such as jelly cups, cupcakes, macarons or cookies, and some ‘extras’ like sweet bowls, drink bottles or even party favours. Finally, add some decorative elements such as dessert cards, flowers, stuffed toys, or picture frames – anything that compliments your theme, as long as it doesn’t over shadow your desserts.
There’s usually a lot going on the day of the party, so I like to make some super simple desserts to include on the table which allows me to spend more time on the cake, and doing any last minute things like finishing off my decorations. Meringues are a great to make ahead of time. They’re so easy and quick to make, and last for ages. You can find the recipe I use for my meringues in this post here.
Homemade Vanilla Sugar
To make the homemade vanilla sugar you’ll need some castor sugar, vanilla beans and mini mason jars. Simply put a small amount of sugar into the bottom of each jar. Cut the vanilla beans to a length that fits nicely in the jar (I cut mine into thirds), and place one piece in each. Fill each jar to the top with more sugar so the vanilla bean is covered, place the lids on top and give them a shake. Shake the jars daily to disperse the sugar around the bean. The sugar will be ready in about a week, but will be even better the longer it rests. Just make sure to give it a shake every few days.
Mini Glazed Donuts
I like to call these cheats mini glazed donuts. Store bought mini donuts are dipped in a fondant glaze They’re so simple, they really don’t warrant a recipe, but I’ll pop it down below just in case.
- Mini Donuts, homemade or store bought
- 100g Fondant
- 1-2 Tbsp Water
- Place the fondant in small glass bowl, and add in approximately 1/2 tablespoon of the water. Using a small rubber spatula, slowly press down on the fondant flattening it into the water. Do this until all of the water is incorporated into the fondant, Continue to add in water 1 teaspoon at a time, until the fondant becomes a thick glaze. Be careful not to add too much water. If using white fondant, feel free to colour it with some gel colouring at this stage.
- Carefully dip the top halves of the donuts into the glaze, tapping off any excess.
- Place the glazed donuts on a sheet of parchment, and decorate with sprinkles. Allow the glaze to dry before moving them to your serving plate.
This post is in collaboration with Confetti.co.uk. Confetti supplied me with product of my choice to feature in this post. To enter to win a £40,000 dream wedding, visit the entry page on Confetti.co.uk. Competition closes on 31 Oct, 2015.