Love Is Sweet: Fun Dessert Bars

One of the best ways to ensure that your reception is unforgettable for you and your guests is a fun, unique dessert table. There's something about beautifully displayed desserts that makes a wedding reception or party more memorable. Bonus points if you include build-your-own desserts! 

At The Barn, we are all about unique dessert bars. If you've looked through many of our albums on our Facebook page, you probably remember seeing lots of candy buffets, shortcake bars, dessert shooter bars, and more. Our preferred vendor theCakePlace always comes up with the most delicious ideas! 

Here are some of my favorite ideas for fun dessert bars! (Warning: get yourself a snack before you start looking at these photos!)

Pie Bar

Pie is the best dessert ever (sorry 'bout it, wedding cake), so having a pie bar at your wedding is sure to make everyone pleased as... pie. ;) Mini-pies are always a good idea, and you could even give out slices of pie as your wedding favors! (That's what I did). If you choose to have a pie bar at your wedding, keep in mind that pies are supposed to be rustic and a little imperfect, so a pie table with rustic touches will be beautiful!

Fancy S'mores

S'mores are just as fun and delicious to me now as they were when I was a kid, especially when they're a little bit fancy. Whether your s'mores table is elegant or rustic, be sure to include gourmet chocolate bars or a variety of regular candy bars (Reeses, Hershey's Cookies & Cream, and Rolos are always winners). If you want your s'mores bar to be really fancy, spend a little bit of time dressing up your graham crackers with melted chocolate and delicious toppings, like coconut or chocolate chips. Yum! 

Color-Coordinated Desserts or Candy Buffets

Twin Town Studios , from  Nikki + Scott 's wedding at The Barn

Twin Town Studios, from Nikki + Scott's wedding at The Barn

If anyone can explain to me why anything color-coordinated is so appealing, please do. A candy buffet or table full of desserts in matching or coordinating colors is just so. dang. pretty. Macarons, donuts, tiny pies, cupcakes, cake pops... make 'em all in the same color, display them on pretty plates and cake stands, and you've got yourself an unforgettable dessert table. Or if you're going the candy buffet route, buy candies in bulk in similar colors and put them in beautiful glassware. So pretty!

Donuts & Coffee Bar

Braedon Photography

Braedon Photography

I am not a morning person whatsoever, but the idea of a morning wedding is so appealing to me. If you decide to have a morning wedding, you've gotta have donuts and coffee. (And even if your wedding is in the evening, donuts and coffee are still a good idea!) Donut holes are a great option, too, and there are so many cute ways to display them! You could serve plain ol' brewed coffee with flavored syrups, or you could hire a barista to make delicious lattes for your guests. And if you do this at your wedding, please invite me!

Dessert Shooters Bar

KMWarford Photography , from  Bethany + Jamie 's wedding at The Barn

KMWarford Photography, from Bethany + Jamie's wedding at The Barn

What's more fun than a delicious, beautiful layered dessert in a shot glass?! You're right. Probably nothing. The best part about these little babies is that you can eat like 50 of them, which means you can try them all. ;) Plus, they're pretty and the flavor combinations are endless, and who doesn't love anything in mini form, especially when it's dessert? TheCakePlace made some of these for our Open Barn this past summer, and they were SO. GOOOOOD. I'm hooked. 

Beautifully Displayed Macarons, Cake Pops, Etc.

Put all kinds of desserts on one big ol' table together, displayed on gorgeous cake stands and platters. I especially love this look when the dishes don't match. Hunting for beautiful vintage cake stands and dishes at antique stores and flea markets would be a lot of fun, and you'd create a stunning dessert display in the end! I also love matching white cake stands and dishes for a display like this. Lovely!

Are you as hungry as I am after seeing these delicious dessert bars?! My goodness. Delish!

See y'all back here tomorrow with a gift guide for your groomsmen!