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How to Set Up A Pretty Dessert Table
{& Cute Kids Table}

by | Nov 12, 2010 | Decorating Inspiration, Entertaining, Seasonal Decorating & Entertaining

How to Set Up A Pretty Dessert Table<br> {& Cute Kids Table}

my old house, 2007

I was watching my new blog friend Kim from the amazing TomKat Studio on a TV show (Sonora Living Live) where she did a segment on creating a dessert table. I knew you’d love to see this!

Oh how I love what Kim does, because that is totally how I like to entertain. I love dessert tables. I love dessert. I actually love buying pretty desserts to save the hassle (you know I’m not a big fan of the messy cooking or baking parts of entertaining). I’d rather enjoy my time setting the dessert up all fancy! The setup is my FAVORITE part, next to the EATING {of course}! Hate me.

I’ve been known to have Dessert Parties, and just skip the main course all together.

The ideas Kim shares in her segment for how to make a dessert table lovely are wonderful and so doable using some of the basic things we should all have in our decorating stash. We’ve talked about these before, ladies, so I hope you already have these things on hand! If not, it is time to start collecting!

Dessert Table

The basics you’ll need are:

White dishes in various shapes (I find mine at HomeGoods)
Various sizes white cake plates
Tall white candle sticks
Seasonal items
Dessert tags to identify desserts
Pretty desserts (homemade, purchased or potluck!)

Below is the video clip where Kim shows us how to create a dessert table (and a kids’ table too)! If you are not able to see it in the email or RSS feed, just click this link to view it on my blog. You’ll have to push the triangle play button on the lower left hand side of the video player.

Enjoy! I’m going to be working on my own holiday tables soon! I can’t wait! Hopefully I can share more ideas later.

Here is a link Kim shares for the printable tags!
Pumpkin Pears & Printables

How to Set Up A Pretty Dessert Table<br> {& Cute Kids Table}

You can find more great party ideas for all occasions on TomKat Studio!

Are you hosting a holiday party?


How to Set Up A Pretty Dessert Table<br> {& Cute Kids Table}

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  1. lylah ledner

    Melissa…i LOVE this…and this gal’s in my neck of the woods….great post…think I’ll add a link back to you with the video clip from Sonoran Living….

    xoxo lylah

    ps…check out la maison and the table scape my dd did for an Apple Party for one 6 yr old granddaughter that we did at our farm :-)

  2. Sarah

    Love it! Thanks!

  3. Patricia Torres

    oh I totally love this.. and will surely be off to her blog soon.. I must say.. I love love deserts and the little description on top.. totally fits me.. the main course isnt as important as deserts.. My daughter is planning her bday next month.. and I so wanted to do this for her. Thanks for sharing this.. now I have an idea.. of how to go about doing it!

  4. Grace

    Such a pretty dessert table. I’m hosting a party for my mother’s 80th birthday next month and am looking for ideas. I love the stack of white pedestal dishes – I may see if I can emulate that idea.

  5. Pattie

    This is SO CUTE! It would require the right combination of desserts, but I love the look and am going to try something similar for Christmas.

  6. Gina

    Great ideas! Love a dessert table too-we have a Christmas season dessert with neighbors, I’ll be putting these ideas into use!

  7. PrettyOrganizer

    (sigh)…. I love white dishes. They can show up to any event looking classy, even after Labor Day. Great table, fun feature Melissa.

  8. TidyMom

    Kim is just adorable and SO creative!! she makes it all look SO easy!

  9. Annelise

    Thanks for the wonderful catch! Check me out on infarrantlycreative dot net for my latest project.

  10. bridget {bake at 350}

    Love this! It almost makes me want to call my sister and say, let’s have Thanksgiving at MY house!;)

    Kim is adorable…she has the cutest ideas!

  11. gary guetzlaff

    thank you – so true:
    “Do Not Forget to Show Hospitality to Strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing.”
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Tracey

    The only holiday party I am hosting this year is welcoming baby #3~but we will have a few out of town family members here to help out so it will really seem like a celebration!

  13. shelbi

    Such a great post Melissa, I am inspired. I love dessert tables…they are my favorite way to entertain. so simple yet such an impact! i wanna come to your house for a dessert party girl! :)

  14. teresa

    Fabulous idea! Love coming here…wish I could get some of the ladies in my area excited about doing fun little stuff like this….
    Sometimes I think it would be nice to be guest instead of always the host…..Can you tell it’s Monday…sorry.
    Love your ideas


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