OUR TOP TEN TIPS FOR CREATING A DESSERT TABLE ON A BUDGET
1. THEME ITHave a distinct theme for your table; ours was all about Milk and Cookies – this will give you a clear direction and prevent the situation of trying too much and therefore spending too much.
2. COLOUR COMBOPick a monochrome/two colour palette – here we stuck to red, green and white as a base colour. By limiting your colour palette to only a few colours your table immediately looks stylish and it makes shopping decisions so much easier.
3. PRINTABLE PARTIESUse an off the shelf printable party for your co-ordinating labels, pennant bunting, food flags, bottle wrappers etc. Ours in our shop are only R50!
4. BEG, BORROW AND STEALHire or borrow as much as you can – here we hired the table cloth, runners, tiered stand, glass jars, red tin buckets and topiary balls (In Good Company has most of these items – and everything we used would be less than R200 for the weekend!).
5. TIERED TRUIMPHThe secret to making your table look visually appealing is to create height. By adding boxes or overturned crates and using different sizes of glass jars and containers, you fill up the space without having to spend a lot of money. The most costly item on any dessert table is the dessert items themselves, so by displaying the items creatively, you are showcasing the treats without having to bulk up on them.
6. SUPERMARKET SWEETSPlan your menu that is mostly made of store bought sweets and treats: chocolates, candies, cookies bought from the shops will work out so much cheaper than having these specially made by a baker. The trick is to repackage and decorate the goodies that will make them stand out and look less “commercialised”. For example sweets were placed in glass jars decorated with name tags and ribbon bows, cookies lined in little wooden baskets and labels were cut off mini milk bottles and the red lids decorated with ladybird stickers.
7. PLAIN PARTYWARE MADE PRETTYBuy inexpensive plain partyware and make it match the theme by using the printable party circles on paper cups, plates, paper napkins etc.
8. TEA TIMESchedule the party between meals that way the dessert table is the main event, and you do not have to cater for a full menu that would be expected at a mealtime.
9. ONE SIZE FITS ALLBy making your table fit both the drinks and food, you need only have to decorate one table and it will automatically look full even though you don’t have tons of food and drink options.
10. COUNT THE CROWDCater to your crowd – confirm your guest numbers exactly that way you don’t have to buy extra “just in case”.
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