Okay, so the alternate title for this post should read:
"Watch your friend create a pretty dessert table!!"
I can only take a teensy bit of credit for the pretty dessert table I am about to show you. My friend Jenn designed it, and made us enlisted the help of a couple of friends, so that we could honor a dear friend on her 40th birthday.
Oh look! There's Jenn now... Everybody say, "Hi, Jenn!"
But, let me back up just a bit. Here's our BEFORE picture...the blank canvas upon which Jenn worked her dessert table magic:
Okay, so never mind those wrinkles. They kind of gave (OCD) me a stomach-ache before we set everything up. But, I have to say--I did not notice them one bit once everything was in place. (yeah, yeah, yeah, so they were right...just this once...)
Notice how everything is symmetrical? Jenn said an important element in dessert table design is symmetry and balance.
Oh, and I LOVE this idea--custom flower vases! Created using a sheet of scrapbook paper, trimmed to size, and slipped inside a clear vase.
Well, Au contraire, mon frère-take a look at this genius idea!!
Are you READY to see the finished product?
May I present to you...Jenn's Pretty Dessert Table!!
Didn't she do an amazing job? We used the color palette of the invitation--lavender, mint green, and added in some pale pink onto a background of white and crystal--to create this clean and pretty look.
Here are some of the elements--and my favorite parts--of the dessert table:
Top Left: A frosting dipping station! The birthday girl's favorite thing...frosting! We paired 3 frostings--strawberry, buttercream, and cream cheese--with mini pretzel sticks for a delicious sweet/salty snack!
Top Right: Mini cupcake tower! We placed a cupcake stand on a clear cake stand, and filled it with mini carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, vanilla cupcakes with strawberry frosting, and vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Nothing says FUN dessert table like mini cupcakes!
Bottom Left: Favorite candies! We used the birthday girl's 2 favorite candies--Hot Tamales and Junior Mints--and filled 2 large vases to the very top.
Bottom Right: Favorite snacks! We added in 2 of the birthday girl's favorite snacks--kettlecorn popcorn (we bought Popcorn Indiana's yummy brand at Walmart) and glazed sugar cookies (thank you, Kim M.!)
Oh--and one of the most darling parts of the dessert table...we created labels for everything (we? she? What's the difference...), using lavender and mint green scrapbook paper, and an adorable font! (sorry, I did not get a very good picture!)
Want to see the pretty table again?
(Oh man, I sure wish I had another sugar cookie...they were DIVINE!!!)
(Here's the P.S. part...)
Okay, and for the sake of full disclosure, I need to tell you that my dessert table setting-up friends...well, they did not like my idea of using tulle ribbon to help decorate the table. Now, in my (humble) opinion, tulle makes EVERYTHING prettier. Wouldn't you, dear readers, AGREE with me?
Well, instead of pouting...I took ACTION. I figured I would SHOW THEM!! While they were working in the other room--not using my tulle--I decided to decorate the kitchen...just a bit.
Because...tulle makes everything prettier, right?