Dessert Table Au Natural


Just Desserts

Dessert tables are all the rage lately… not just piling a bunch of desserts on a table (potluck style) but actually matching your desserts in everything from color to theme with the rest of the event.

Since we hired a food truck to cater the Labor Day party this year, I really wanted to make desserts for guests to enjoy. I pulled from our rustic country theme and did a “natural” dessert table. Butterflies, birds, moss, branches, twigs, even ants were incorporated in the display and the packaging and guests oooh’d and aaah’d their way through our dining room. The biggest hit by far (as I knew it would be) were my Oatmeal Cream Pies. They are literally the best thing I know how to bake, and even though there were a ton, they were gone within the first hour. I PROMISE I will post the recipe next week since so many guests asked for it, but this week is all about decor so read on to see how I set it all up.

Making Banana Pudding Parfaits

I really wanted something on the dessert table to be in these tall shot glasses my Rental Company has. I use them often at events so I know how elegant they can make desserts or soups, or well, shots look. I decided on Banana Pudding, because it’s one of my favorite desserts.

I used large ziploc bags as pastry bags (to easily fill the glasses) and the layers were lightly mashed bananas, caramel, mini Nila Wafers, banana pudding and Cool Whip. It’s essentially an un-fancy dessert, but if you put them in these individual glasses and serve with a silver demitasse spoon… suddenly, they become way cooler.

Good Enough to Eat

On Display

And here’s how the rest of it looked…

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Tree

I had this manzaneeta tree left over from an event so I covered it in moss and flowers and used it to hold chocolate covered pretzels. The little bags are cellophane and they’re fastened with little ant stickers. They’re attached to the tree with mini wooden clothes pins.

Pretzel Bags

Tree Top

Cupcake Tower

I used these wooden trays (usually used for painting, you can find them at a craft store) as the levels of my cupcake tower. So cute!!

About The Chic

Back in 2004 when I was looking to name my events company, I stumbled across the word 'Chic' in an old dictionary. The definition was: “a fashionable lifestyle, ideology, or pursuit”. I fell in love with the word and the idea that chic is the pursuit of something better, prettier, or cooler than you are today. Chic isn’t a state of being or even a destination, chic is the journey you take on the way to something greater. ~Rachel

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