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35 Dessert Lovers Share Their Favorite Dessert Table Ideas

Whether you’re hosting a gathering of family and friends or holding the event of the year with dozens of guests, a carefully crafted dessert table can elevate any event. From tiers of cakes and cupcakes...

Whether you’re hosting a gathering of family and friends or holding the event of the year with dozens of guests, a carefully crafted dessert table can elevate any event. From tiers of cakes and cupcakes to platters of pastries and delectable confections, there are many fabulous dessert table ideas that can make any gathering unforgettable.

How to Create a Dessert Table

You can never have too much of this! How to Set Up a Dessert Table? Place your dessert table against a plain wall, harmonize colors, serve mini desserts, display candy with Apothecary Jars, and add floral decor. [^1^]

There are plenty of dessert table ideas to choose from, whether you’re looking for something simple or you want to go all out. You can opt for a themed dessert table or simply create an aesthetically pleasing spread of decadent treats.

Not sure where to begin? Let Edible Arrangements® help you create a dessert table that’s sure to wow. We offer an incredible selection of party platters and dessert boards, from platters filled with seasonal treats to classic platters perfect for any time of year. Consider an Ultimate Dipped Fruit™ Platter, filled with Granny Smith apple wedges, pineapple daisies, and strawberries dipped in real, gourmet semisweet chocolate plus white and semisweet chocolate-dipped banana bites and fresh strawberries.

If you’re looking for more variety, consider a cheesecake and cookie platter featuring scrumptious mini cheesecakes, fresh-baked cookies, and chocolate-dipped strawberries, or choose a bundle of three platters that includes both fresh fruits and chocolate-dipped fruits.

Feeding a larger crowd? Our Edible® Signature Dessert Board serves 15 or more people and includes a little bit of everything to suit any crowd, from fresh-baked cookies and chocolate-dipped fruits to gourmet chocolate brownies, gourmet cupcakes, mini cheesecakes, and fresh fruits. With so many delicious options to choose from, Edible Arrangements® has everything you need to create the dessert table of your dreams.

Delectable Dessert Table Ideas

For more amazing dessert table ideas you might want to try, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.)

Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say about their favorite dessert table ideas.

Pareen Sehat, MC, RCC

“My favorite dessert table idea is an assorted cupcake spread. Everybody loves cupcakes, and they’re so easy to prepare, bake, and plate. For my parties and dinners, I like to bake simple vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. I use several different frostings to create variety in my spread. For the holidays, I like to follow a theme. For example, on Halloween, I decorate the cupcakes with ghost faces or shape them like jack-o’-lanterns. Everybody loves my assorted spread, and it’s always a favorite among children.”

Maddie McNabb

“Here’s why I think macarons are a great idea for any dessert table:

  1. Showstopping display - With their bold colors and cute shape, macarons make an eye-catching addition to any dessert table. Add a macaron tower to create a display that will truly wow your guests.
  2. Crowd pleasers - Everyone loves macarons! They are naturally gluten-free, so they are also a great option for your gluten-sensitive guests.
  3. Unique - Macarons are popular but can be difficult to procure. Be the envy of all your friends with the best macarons at your next event!”

Laura Kasavan

“Here are my favorite dessert table ideas: Charcuterie Board - A savory charcuterie board-inspired dessert table is full of flavorful bites. Include cookies cut into geometric shapes, chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks, mini cheesecakes, macarons, and fruit kabobs. Just like a charcuterie board, variety and visual appeal are key. Candy Shop Extravaganza - Bring the candy store experience to life with jars of colorful treats like gumballs, lollipops, gummy bears, and rock candy. Sprinkle in chocolate kisses, chipotle caramel corn, and marshmallows. The combination of textures and colors makes a festive, help-yourself table. S’mores Bar - For a nostalgic treat, set up a DIY s’mores bar with rows of graham crackers, marshmallows, different chocolates, and toppings like crushed peanut butter cups or cherries. Provide skewers so guests can create their perfect campfire-inspired dessert.”

Jessica Randhawa

“The affogato shines as a dessert table centerpiece due to its effortless elegance and indulgent combination of flavors. With its velvety scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream drowned in a shot of rich, hot espresso, this Italian classic caters to both coffee and ice cream lovers. At the same time, its simplicity allows for quick self-service. Furthermore, it offers room for customization with various toppings like chocolate shavings, crushed nuts, or a dash of liqueur, making it an interactive and crowd-pleasing choice for any gathering.”

Dee Martin

“My favorite dessert table ideas are definitely finger foods. Cookie bars, brownie bites, fresh fruit, and a variety of cookies and small slices of cake or pies always work. People love having a variety to choose from!”

Elice Max

“When it comes to dessert table ideas, one concept that always captures my heart and taste buds is the Build-Your-Own Sundae station. This interactive and customizable dessert experience allows guests to create their dream sundaes with a variety of ice cream flavors, toppings, sauces, and garnishes. Not only does this concept cater to different preferences and dietary restrictions, but it also adds an element of fun and creativity to any event. Guests can unleash their inner dessert artist, experimenting with different combinations and enjoying a truly personalized treat.”

Lori Walker

“My favorite dessert table idea is a create-your-own ice cream sundae bar! Set up a station with individual dishes of different toppings, such as nuts, chocolate chips, sprinkles, and crushed cookies. Include two flavors of ice cream (vanilla and chocolate are always crowd-pleasers!) along with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and maraschino cherries for the finishing touches. Your guests will love creating their own delightful sweet treat — and it’s sure to be a hit! To take it to the next level, you can install an old-fashioned topping dispenser machine. This will make your dessert table look extra special while giving everyone an exciting novelty experience. Either way, the personal sundae bar is guaranteed to be a big hit!”

Melissa Caverly

“One of my favorite dessert table ideas is a rustic-themed display. It features a wooden table adorned with burlap or lace table runners, creating a charming and cozy atmosphere. The centerpiece could be a vintage cake stand filled with an assortment of delectable treats such as mini pies, cupcakes, and cookies. To add visual interest, you can incorporate different heights and textures by using stacked crates or wooden boxes to display the desserts. The combination of these delicious treats creates a mouthwatering display that is hard to resist.”

Justin Soleimani

“A rotating cake pop display is one of the best dessert table ideas for their practicality and diversity of flavors. Party guests will love being able to simply pick up a cake pop instead of having to balance a plate in their hands to enjoy it. By placing them on a rotating platter, guests can also spin to choose their favorite flavor, and it solves an annoying space issue at the same time.”

Nathaniel Lee

“Here’s my favorite dessert table idea:

  1. Mini Dessert Shooters: Create a variety of mini dessert shooters that allow guests to sample different flavors and treats. Use small shot glasses or mini dessert cups to showcase individual servings of various desserts. Some ideas for mini dessert shooters include chocolate mousse, tiramisu, fruit parfaits, cheesecake, or layered pudding cups. You can also add toppings like whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or fresh fruit to enhance the presentation and taste. This dessert table idea offers a wide range of options and allows guests to indulge in small, bite-sized treats.”

Sophie Nutley

“Sophie Nutley is a passionate and dedicated HR professional who has more than a decade of experience in people led functions in the financial sector. She is the Head of Recruitment for Protect Line, one of the UK’s leading life insurance brokerages, and believes wholeheartedly that business is at its best when it invests in, and builds upon employee centric culture.

“I’ve always been a HUGE Disney fan, and a couple of Christmases ago, a friend of mine gave me a Mickey Mouse baking tray as a present, and ever since then I’ve baked a batch of chocolate Mickey Mouse cupcakes topped with vanilla cream icing at least once a month.

I always bake a dozen, and almost as soon as they hit the table, they’re gone. I’m lucky if I get to enjoy more than one by the time my family has finished helping themselves to the Mickey cupcakes.”