Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Fabulous dessert table

This amazing dessert table by Merci new york caught my attention right away. It was unique, interesting and beautiful at the same time. It totally has that rustic anthropology feel to it. Below I posted just a few of her tips and secrets for creating a gorgeous dessert table and a DIY on how to make your own macaroon tower.

Remember, these are edible: Don't go all "type A" on your table! This is a dessert and gift table first and a design project second! Be sure to remember that the contents are just as important as the design. No one wants to visit a table of color coordinated icky, unpopular treats. Make sure to have a balance of salty, sweet and savory items, include crowd favorites... and think about the combined tastes of what you are presenting!

 Don't ignore your local design stores: Though I love my Sunday at the flea, the hunt is not always worth the time, especially if you are looking for elements that will "transform" or "transition" once you complete your table. For example, I could have scoured the NYC flea markets for hours trying to find a perfect birdcage, but I also knew I was going to snazz it up quite a bit {so the initial birdcage design was not as important as the final product}. So for this project {and coincidentally, also for the chocolate wood trays that house the moss-filled lollipop and popcorn gardens}, I took to my trusty West Elm store. Yes, the birdcage is still available here, and they constantly have a slew of decorative versatile trays on hand - And better yet, they're cheap!

Think monochromatic: I love color, but when it comes to a table theme, it's best to stick with one or two main tones and an accent to make the story "pop". We chose neutral "woodsy" tones for this table, and threw in a cornflower blue, which was the accent tone on the inspiration board.

To get more tips on how to create this lovely table, check out Merci new york
Check out project wedding for the fabulous DIY Macaroon tower

(Thanks to merci new york and oh darling photography for the beautiful inspiration)

Xoxo CC

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