It’s a couple of years now since candy buffets burst onto the wedding scene, and for a while there, it seemed like everyone HAD to have one. That trend has calmed a little, but I still think that a well-designed sweets table makes for an amazing focal point at a wedding, and one that will definitely put your guests in a happy mood! That’s especially true when we’re talking pastel weddings, because the mix of colours that can be achieved with a few sweet treats is particularly complementary to a mismatched pastel scheme. So I thought that we should break down how to go about creating a pastel sweets table, step by pretty step.
STEP 1: Decide on your colour, theme and budget
This is relatively easy when we’re talking weddings, because of course, you’ll already have your colours picked out or your theme determined. You’ll probably also have an idea of general budget, but make sure you lock down a number before you get started, because depending on where you shop, specialist sweets and pastries can get expensive. On the other hand, a sweets table can double up as dessert and favours (not to mention decor), so you’re getting a lot of Ooh! for your buck.
STEP 2: Pick your desserts
This is the fun part! You can get really creative, and be sure to include all of your and your partner’s faves. Even better if there’s an element of whimsical childhood nostalgia – after all, we all love to feel like a kid in a candy store… literally! (For a pastel wedding, how about candy necklaces? Flying saucers? Or love hearts?) This is a good time to decide on your centrepiece – will you be using your wedding cake as the main attraction, surrounded by some other sweet fancies? A cupcake tower? A range of cakes? Or will you have a cake, but keep it separate from the dessert buffet? How about sweeties – be sure to include a selection of: chocolate, hard candy, gummy sweets, mints, lollipops. We’ve put together a selection of lovely (delicious) ideas below to get you started, and be sure to click through to the sources, because there are lots of DIY options and recipes on this list.
Pastel cupcakes by Zuchermonarchie
SWEETS – Flying saucers by Styled by Coco | Jelly beans via Get Creative | RECIPE Marshmallow ropes by Sprinkle Bakes | RECIPE Rock candy sticks by Happiness is Homemade | Hard candy by Styled by Coco | Rolls of sweets by Styled by Coco
STEP 3: Pick your containers and check quantities
The next thing is to start scouting for pretty containers, either from your own collection (or that of friends) or via rental agencies. Apothecary jars are always good, but most glass vases are a fine option (a few opaque containers are also fine, but glass will show off the colours of sweets especially). Aim for a range of height and, to some extent, width, and look at cake stands as well as plates and dishes. Bell jars are also a pretty addition for a bit of visual interest. Once you have chosen your vessels, be sure that you have ordered enough cakes or candies to fill them – you don’t want to get caught on the day with a half-filled jar. Other supplies you’ll need to get are a tablecloth (or runner), and a backdrop (the same effect can be created with hanging pompoms or a wall of ribbons).
STEP 4: Do a dry run
This is part of checking for quantities, but it’s also a good idea to play around with how you want your table to look ahead of time, which will save you a ton of stress and energy on the big day! It also means you can rope in a friend to set up for you if necessary. Whether you’re doing it yourself or not, I’d recommend snapping a few pics of your final placement as a reminder. In terms of the layout, you’ll want to follow some basic rules of composition – have the highest vessels in the back and the shortest in the front of your display, keep things balanced on both sides of your centrepiece (which can be a cake, a floral arrangement, or even a decor item like a birdcage). If you’d like more guidance, I found this article super helpful!
STEP 5: Add the finishing touches
Funnily enough, it’s those little finishing touches that can really make or break how ‘pulled together’ a dessert display looks, so make sure you give them some thought. I personally think ribbon is the easiest win here – choose a selection of ribbons that go together nicely and tie them on each of the jars and vases you use. Another idea you will have seen is little signs and flags – you’ll find tons of downloadable options on Etsy that will tie into your theme, or better yet, have your stationery designer whip up a set that ties into your existing wedding style. If you’re working with candy, you’ll want to include some bags or boxes for guests to put their stash into. Last, but DEFINITELY not least: scoops, spoons, serving implements.
And there you have it! Have fun creating your very own pastel sweet table!