There are hundreds of thousands of recipes online and in books, telling you how to create great-tasting food for an upcoming soiree. Remember, though, that it takes more than fabulous flavors to ensure your food is a hit. How you present your snacks and treats can go a long way in dazzling guests and achieving a chorus of “oohs” and “aahs” from guests.
Here are a few tips on how to create a stylish candy or dessert table for your next event:
Opt for a color scheme
Does your guest of honor adore pink? Then strive to implement the combination of pink and another color into your treats and table décor—without going overboard, of course. Hosting a backyard luau? Pick three or four bright colors to work into your treats and table setting.
Between the tablecloth, serving ware, food containers, and even the treats themselves, there are a number of places to splash color throughout the table. If your serving ware is white or glass, use boxes wrapped in colorful paper as a base. Select coated candy and treats frosted with colored icing to further complement the color scheme.
Hang a backdrop behind the candy or dessert table
Think of the treat area as a scene you are creating. A backdrop will draw guests’ attention to the table and ensure it’s the focal point of the room or space where you’re entertaining. A backdrop can also be a great way to reinforce the event’s theme or color scheme.
To create a backdrop, simply hang fabric in fun prints or solid colors behind the table. You can also use an assortment of colored streamers, banners, garland, paper lanterns, or tissue pompoms to create the illusion of a backdrop.
Arrange the treats using a variety of tiers and depths
Treats lined up in a single row, all at a similar heights, may taste delicious, but they definitely won’t capture guests’ attention as effectively as an arrangement of treats positioned strategically.
Pretend you’re a photographer capturing the images of a group of people on a set of stairs. Which picture would look best? One where everyone is standing shoulder to shoulder on the same step, or one where people are positioned on different stairs in a variety of poses? Most often, the latter would look best. Consider this concept as you arrange your treats and serving ware.
Mix and match treats inside apothecary jars
Apothecary jars are a beautiful way to store and showcase candy and small treats, such as cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, or rum balls. These jars are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, from short and round to tall and skinny, and can be dressed up with ribbons and trims. Just make sure to provide serving spoons, tongs, and plenty of plates or favor bags, so guests can easily get their treats and have a convenient place to put them.
Embellish the table and treats with stylish graphics
This step requires you to think like a marketing pro and consider your event’s “brand.” Printable graphics, such as cupcake toppers, bottle wraps, banners, and candy bar wrappers are fantastic elements that can create a cohesive look between your table’s variety of treats, serving ware and decorative elements.
You can order stunning graphics, specific to your event’s theme or color scheme, through a number of websites and print them from the comfort of your own home. For example, Anders Ruff Custom Designs offers a variety of affordable and stunning collections that are ideal for birthday parties, holidays, showers, dinners, and more.