Photo by Ivy de Leon

Graduation season is just around the corner. Hosting a celebratory gathering can be as easy as inviting friends over for dessert. Satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with a dessert buffet table that is pretty and organized, as well as delicious. All it takes is a little patience and creative styling. Go ahead, you can do this!

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1. Gather your cake stand, platters, pedestals and linens.

2. Use a sturdy table and cover it with a table cloth.

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3. Get some height. Vary the height of the dessert stands and platters. 

Design tip: Use a shelf to elevate desserts.


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4. Add a back drop. We used a simple white plastic to cover the windows on the porch and added paper flowers in neutral colors.

Design tip: Pick back drop which coordinates with your theme or colors.

5. Decorate your table using flowers, balloons, streamers and lanterns.

Design tip: Keep it simple. Pick one color theme or use monochromatic colors. Let the desserts be the focus.


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6. Bake or buy desserts and place them on cake stands and plates. We kept it simple with a naked cake from our local bakery.

Design tip: Vary your desserts and flavors. Select bite-size desserts, if possible. Balance a fancy cake with a more simple dessert selection. 


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Dessert tables are a wonderful addition to any party. I found my cake stand, platters, shelf and vase all at HomeGoods.

The graduate will be delighted when they see a dessert table that is delicious and visually appealing, created by you for all to enjoy. What are your favorite treats to bring to a graduation party?

Ivy is a decorator and lifestyle blogger at Ivy de Leon. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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