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For foodspiration or ways to incorporate your theme into your desserts, dessert stations like these can be the way forward.
Food stations can add a classy element to buffet style dining at larger events and can be cheaper than a sit down meal. It is a great opportunity to create themes and presentations for the food you are offering. Some might argue that dessert is the most important course because it is served or presented last and therefore stays in the forefront of an attendee’s mind when they think of catering, therefore, being inventive and creative is essential for making your menu stand out.
With this in mind, here are 40 delicious and delectable dessert station inspiration from foodies around the world, if you aren’t hungry after these then you simply aren’t human!
This fantastic seaside themed dessert station comes complete with edible sand, melted chocolate cups and chocolate and cheese sea shells along with some fancy beaded table décor by Rimy Duran.
Exotic Fruit Tree
This station by Lolade Shoboyede has its own freestanding display that has dips and exotic fruits, who said dessert couldn’t be healthy, delicious and look amazing?
An edible floral themed cupcake and macaron station by Mirror Mirror Events & Design that even matches the wedding cake so you keep your event theme the whole way through!
White Chocolate Pyramids
This Wedding dessert station collaboration by Queen Baker is classy, elegant and incorporates macarons and sugar flowers to compliment the delicious looking white chocolate pyramids.
This Batman inspired cake and dessert Birthday station by Sweet Escape Cakes looks amazing and perfect for the superhero in your life or the comic themed event. It would be amazing on a larger scale.
This wedding dessert station consists of Persian sweets by Samira Nosrati and are perfect for little dessert nibbles, especially if there is going to be dancing. This table is also complemented nicely by the mirrored table top and simple candles.
Simple, sweet and very, very moreish, macarons are an excellent choice for dessert stations and can be created in a variety of flavors, colors and centerpieces such as these macaron towers by CupNcakes.
This simple and yet elegant winter themed candy station by Candybar Couture has cookies, candy and edible glitter galore for that seasonal themed party inspiration.
A classy dessert table for the car enthusiasts by Gislene Luz that has individually wrapped truffles and dessert cups presented on the winners podium.
This outdoor, rustic theme dessert table is filled with little nibbles for as your guests arrive, because The Events Unlimited knows you might want to eat your dessert first.
Make donuts fancy because everyone loves them and incorporate them like Sweet Escape Cakes did for this wedding dessert bar that made them fit in perfectly with the other elegant desserts.
Button & Moustache Shower
Who would have thought that moustaches or buttons would look edible, let alone amazing! The cake pops and set up by Perfectly Sweet for this neutral themed baby shower are giving us a ton of classy inspiration for new theme ideas.
Moroccan Sweet 16
These colorful themed treats by Shernita Demby that include gold icing elephant cake pops, traditional Moroccan candy and of course cakes were a huge success and the table décor, camels and elephants helped to bring this dessert buffet alive.
Found by The Brunchie Bunch, this twist on a traditional chocolate fondue allows you to have a variety of different types of chocolate and flavors all in one surrounded by your preference of fruit, savory or sweet snacks meaning your dessert table wouldn’t need anything else.
With mirrored tables, candles and striking red floral decorations, Candybar couture complete this candy dessert table with cake-pops, bow-tie cookies and assorted candy and make it is perfect for larger rooms or events.
Gender Neutral Table
This twist on classic farmyard cookies, mini donuts and krispy treats turned elegant by covering all in white is beautiful from Winny Wife and a fantastic gender neutral option for baby showers!
Black & White Graduation
This celebration themed dessert table by DIY or Die has everything you want as a student but made acceptable by this stunning layout. Popcorn, eclairs, candy and cake which are the staples of any student turned graduate.
If you want to go bigger than a station and make a fun statement, opt for a donut wall like this one from Traci Hoffberg Events. As long as the flavors don’t mix or touch you are onto a winner and this pin-up idea makes for a great event feature and discussion piece too!
Mini Sweet Collection
If you haven’t decided what dessert to present at the station, why not have towers of everything? These mini sweet selections from CupNcakes have truffles, mini cones, macarons and jam tarts so there is always something for everyone.
Outdoor Cookie Bar
This stunning cookie bar has organic cookies by Mimi’s Cookie Bar and a funky asymmetrical design for a modern setting against a natural backdrop.
This ranch gold and pink cupcake table by Wedding Chicks has the right combination of country elegance and outdoor chic and the homemade barrel table brings a sense of the homemade to tie it all in a bow.
Who said that the fruit had to be healthy? This tropical and pineapple inspired dessert buffet by Perfectly Sweet has pineapples in mind, but not the real ones, the cake kind!
Retro Sweet Shop
This traditional sweetie dessert bar brings back memories by Candybar Couture and with the addition of the green backdrop and outdoor setting it looks like the perfect party sweet shop.
It can be difficult combining boys and girls to keep them both happy but this gender neutral joint birthday party dessert table is chic, classy and full of cake, mini donuts and macarons by Jane Lee. Definitely too pretty for a cake smash!
Cookies and Milk
This spread of cookies and milk by Not As Famous Cookie Company is the best dessert table idea for guests as they are about to leave, plus they are suitable for all ages!
This dessert spread buffet was designed by head pastry chef Biju Joshwa for a meeting. Who said corporate had to equal boring when it comes to food?!
Golden Candy Buffet
A decadent display with horse and carriage favor boxes, personalized M&M’s and gold themed everything this is a dessert station you are unlikely to miss by Lolade Shoboyede.
Ice Cream Sandwiches
For destination or warm events why not treat your attendees to cookies and ice cream for dessert like Carmelitas who made this wedding dessert table that all of the guests enjoyed.
This mermaid themed dessert station by Gislene Luz is all about the tail with miniature cupcakes, cookies and cake pops which makes this one fantasy dessert station.
- The Ultimate Donut Bar
Different toppings and flavors served on vintage cake plates adds a classy twist of everyone’s favorites. Valley Heirlooms makes a great combination and addition to a classic cake.
Whether they are big or small, pies are an excellent rustic idea for outdoor events and you can experiment with sizes and flavors like Ooh La La Weddings & Events.
This adorable cake buffet dessert table by Urszulka Janusz is full of blue hues, cake-pops, macarons, marshmallows and of course cake!
Why get plates or presentation bowls dirty when you can create a dessert station with self-sustaining statues or fruit bowls such as this one from Carlo Lavoni.
Mini Macaron Cakes
If you are looking for smaller, individual tiered cakes for your dessert station to surround the feature cake, these mini macaron decorated cakes fit in perfectly by Mirror Mirror Designs.
Inclusive Dessert Kits
Why not allow your guests to decorate or accompany their own donuts on the dessert table like these Nutella and chocolate donut kits by Bombonieres & Co.
A truffle tower (or towers) can be a great decorative, yet edible element to your dessert station, especially if you are looking to add a little height to compliment a cake, like this one by Bo Bakery Café.
Who said it was only drinks that needed to be served in glasses! These help to individualize desserts and make it easier on the guests, plus you can create mini versions of set menu desserts like this peach verrine by RL Desserts.
Like something out of Willy Wonka, you could transform your dessert station into a wonderful candyland complete with pinwheel lollies, like this one from Miami Candy Stations.
Ice cream sundaes are the ultimate dessert as a kid, dress them up in fancy cups and spoons and voila you can relive your youth with these sundae bars from RW Style.
This tropical dessert station by Crunch Events and Catering looks like a retro fruit stand and with coconut bowls and pineapple centerpieces, acting as décor. It makes this a dessert station to keep in budget.
Dessert stations don’t have to be boring and as you can see the food and décor itself can be incorporated easily into the theme of a range of events. Hopefully these examples have given you insight and food inspiration for your next event and will help you to come up with some creative ideas for your own dessert stations!