Tuesday, 26 February 2013

A dozen wedding dessert ideas!

I am glad to welcome a guest on M&P! US based Savannah Brinkley wrote this insight on how to make your wedding look expensive without blowing your budget. Her secret is to go for one eye-catching piece - and it's more than ok to accept professional help for it! - then DIY on the details. That's exactly what I did on my wedding... With the help of my wonderful bridesmaids that spent the night preparing Brazilian sweets with me!
xx Z

Sweet DIY Wedding Treats 
by Savannah Brinkley, guest editorial 

Although you may be a master when it comes to DIY projects, homemade gardens or bathroom reconstruction are a bit different than creating special treats for an entire wedding. Unlike home improvement projects, weddings can’t be done over if mistakes are made. Planning and launching a wedding is not a simple feat and even the best of us may feel the need for a little help from professionals when it comes to our special day.

Photo Credit: Dessert table by StyleMePretty.com

There is no harm in accepting professional help and it doesn't need to blow your budget. The secret to keep it personal is to incorporate your own unique touch to the details. You don't need to cook the main meal, but you can, for example, make the desserts! One of the latest trends in reception dining is having a multitude of lovely sweets and other goodies for your guests to enjoy

Baking may not be akin to brain surgery, but unless you are an experienced baker, particularly one who bakes for the masses, making you own wedding cake may be a daunting task. Your wedding won't be less personal if you choose to have a professionally made cake, like these great value M&S wedding cakes. It's worth spending a bit on an eye-catching piece and adding little touches around it if it will give you piece of mind. There are plenty of simple DIY recipes that you can easily make and the secret is to know which ones go with your cake and your theme. [that's exactly what I did on my wedding for exactly the same reason!]

Tiny pies and cupcakes are just a few examples of the sweet treats that your guests are sure to love. [like the Brazilian recipes Quindim and Beijinho previously published here]Candy bars are popular fixtures at children's parties, but they can also make a great addition to the desert table at your wedding! 

Creating a dessert buffet with a variety of treats is a great way to offer your guests an assortment of goodies. Matching the candy bars to your colour scheme is easy and will bring cohesion to your table. Use trays and plates to establish depth and height to your display. Be sure to take advantage of your flowers and other table features and don’t be scared to use coordinating details, like linens and ribbons. 

Small bites of decadent baked snacks are the way to go when designing luscious desserts for your wedding. But mouthwatering baked goods, like cake pops, doughnuts, sweet pretzels and s’mores drizzled in caramel sauce are everyone's favourites and work great as well, particularly with more informal receptions.  

My dessert table, simple but totally in theme with the wedding!
Photo by Graham Morgan

If you plan on having a summer wedding, cool desserts like ice-cream and gelato make the ideal treats to beat the heat, but you can also display your wedding colours on shot-glass parfaits. Or if you want to keep it even simpler, shaved ice liqueur infused in tiny little glasses will look great. 

Want to make your desserts unique? Try your hand at creating homemade whoppie pies with fluffy crème centres or waffles dipped in chocolate. If you have the time and patience, desserts like crème brulée can add some sophistication to your buffet. If, on the other hand, you're running out of time, why not design a "build-your-own cookie station", with delights like macaroons, raisins, coloured sugar, chocolate chip and biscotti for your guests to make their own cookies. Remember to make your dessert table enticing by arranging a fancy display with a bake-shop appeal and your guests will surely adore.

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Inspired on Savannah's post, I went searching the web for recipes and came across this incredible website I had to share with you. Tastebook.com has tons (seriously, if you could weigh all the dishes it would be tons) of amazing recipes. Check this link for a few wedding dessert ideas. 


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