Just Desserts

Let them eat cake! Or at least that is the way it used to be at wedding receptions. You knew that towards the end of dinner there would be a slice of the extravagantly decorated, delicious looking cake that everyone had been staring at all evening. Now,  I love cake as much as the next person, or if I am being honest, probably more than the next person, but I think we are seeing a new trend in the world of wedding reception desserts. What I love about this change is the opportunity for one more area of creativity in your wedding reception. Couples no longer have to be “married” to the idea of having a cake. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites from some weddings that we have been lucky enough to be a part of!


Donut bar

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Who doesn’t love a good donut? You “do-nut” need to have a brunch wedding in order to have these sweet glazed treats be a part of your wedding reception.  You can mix and match flavors and colors and put them on display on a fun donut peg board so guests can select exactly what they want. This display will add height and brightness to your dessert area.

S’mores bar


Summer is definitely s’mores season and having these toasted treats at your reception allows your guests to get interactive with their end of dinner snack. It is the perfect addition to a rustic or country themed wedding and a really fun way to bring the summer bonfire feel inside.



If you love cake but can’t decide on a flavor, then cupcakes is the option for you! Using different tiered cake stands and strategic placement, cupcake displays can be some of the most beautiful dessert areas. There are so many colors and textures, your guests will have no problem finding something that catches their eye.

Assorted bars


In true Midwest fashion, a celebration isn’t a celebration without an assortment of bars. We were recently at a wedding that had a variety of cheesecakes, caramel bars, brownies and cherry bars. A wonderfully sweet view to behold, guests were able to try several different desserts that kept them coming back to the dessert area all evening.



If you aren’t a cake person, that’s ok. Have a variety of pies that can be just as beautiful and fun as a cake! Dress them up with fruit and flowers to fit your theme or have hand pies that guests can easily snag and take back to their seats.

So this wedding season, whether you are planning your own celebration or enjoying celebrating with friends and family, take a walk over to those fun dessert displays and Treat yo’ self!



Katie Murphy