Thursday, January 31, 2013

Guest Blog Post: The Flour Shoppe talks Dessert Tables

photo: Melanie Rebane Photography
We can’t dispute the popularity of dessert tables at weddings. Brides and grooms love to offer their guests a selection of tasty treats to finish off their meal and we don’t blame them. Even celebrities like Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are embracing the idea for their own weddings, as featured in Martha Stewart Weddings. They captured the rustic elegance of their wedding using beautiful fruit filled tarts, miniature pies, and yummy s’mores bars in soft pastel hues.

A dessert table can be crafted to compliment the theme of any wedding. Today our guest blogger Melissa from The Flour Shoppe gives us some insight into how to incorporate dessert tables into your wedding, whether your theme channels high elegance or vintage chic.

The tables are set, the linens are pressed, and the favours and florals are placed just so. One of my favourite parts of a wedding is entering the reception room and seeing how all of the details have come together to create the picture perfect setting for celebrating with friends and family!  As a self-proclaimed "Dessert Enthusiast", the recent addition of styled sweet tables as a key element of reception decor is something I can really sink my teeth into!  At The Flour Shoppe, we've been creating stunning spreads of sweets that represent the bride and groom’s favourite desserts and flavours for the past few years. We love having the opportunity to help create a stunning presentation suited to the look and feel of any event!  

photo: AMBphoto
Forget worrying about what to serve and who likes what!  Bite size versions of various desserts allow you to provide your guests with not only choice but the chance to try something new.  With a sampling of sweets (usually 3-4 pieces per person) as part of the late night snack or the main dessert, sweet tables are built on a custom basis.  Don't like brownies but absolutely must have a nod to your grandmother's famous butter tarts on the table? No problem!  Love salty with your sweet?  Consider a selection of gourmet popcorn and caramel corn as an option for your guests to snack on when they need a break from the dance floor!

Creating the perfect dessert table starts with identifying the theme guiding the look of your wedding. Decorating with burlap and lace?  Homestyle desserts like brownies, miniature fruit pies or tarts, bakery style cookies and classic cupcakes lend themselves to building a sweet spread fitting of a rustic fête.  Serving the treats on vintage pedestals and an eclectic collection of display pieces, with a backdrop of antique lace curtains, provides the finishing touches on a perfectly styled sweet table. 

Planning a more glitzy affair, high on glamour and refinement?  Don't count cupcakes out for these elegant celebrations!  Topped with a perfectly piped pillow of buttercream and exquisitely crafted sugar flowers or custom embellishments, cupcakes combined with tinted meringues, our signature cake shots and perfectly placed marshmallows create a sweet centrepiece high on style and taste, especially when served on a monochromatic and modern selection of display plates.  

Craving a bit more tradition on your dessert table? No matter what the overall look of the table, you can incorporate a small tiered wedding cake to add a more classic centrepiece to your sweet spread!  

People eat with their eyes first and then... well, and then they just eat!  Whatever the style, whatever the desserts, a styled sweet table combining everyone's favourite "food group" is sure to please even your most discerning guests!

Contact The Flour Shoppe so Melissa and her amazing team can help you create the perfect dessert table for your wedding. We guarantee it will both look and taste fabulous! 


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