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Christmas Dessert Table Ideas

Updated on April 13, 2013

DIY Dessert Tables for Christmas Parties and Weddings

It's the holiday season and time for dessert tables! For all the family parties, company get-togethers, fundraisers and other events this season, why not create a beautiful, do it yourself dessert table (dessert buffet) or, Buffetscape.

Dessert is most everyone's favorite part of the meal anyway -- creating a gorgeous table to show off your favorite holiday dessert recipes will only add to the festivities.

Sadly, we have evolved into a casual society -- paper plates, plastic forks, paper napkins; line 'em up and serve'em. Taking a little extra time to display your desserts in an eye pleasing manner will be appreciated by your guests. With Christmas table decoration ideas and items you already have, you can create a memorable dessert table. Items such as garland, tiered stands, holiday signs, ornaments, candles, small themed trees, and Christmas centerpieces make the task easier than you think!

All Photos belong to Mandee Sears -- Please obtain permission before using -- all rights reserved

Hang on tight to your sleigh as we fly by a few fun Christmas Dessert Buffet ideas:

Christmas Elegance

Merry Retro Christmas \ Merry Vintage Christmas

It's a Candy Christmas

Elegant Christmas Dessert Table
Elegant Christmas Dessert Table

Gather Your Elegant Décor for an Elegant Christmas Dessert Buffet

An elegant Christmas party usually uses a base color of black or winter white. Then you add rich reds and greens and accent with gold and/or silver.

Alternately, use whatever color scheme you come up with that's different but still rich and elegant -- red and purple, all gold, gold and silver, wines and winter whites, etc...

Décor could include beaded trees, silver/gold serving ware, fancy ornaments, crystal or acrylic garland and candles.

An Elegant Christmas Dessert Table

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White base tablecloth with a black lace overlay. Featured décor includes beaded trees, gold and copper garland, sleighs, top hat and martini glass.Desserts were displayed on a combination of cake stands, platters and in the sleighs.Close up of the sleighs.Holiday themed boxes added to the décor on the dessert table.
White base tablecloth with a black lace overlay. Featured décor includes beaded trees, gold and copper garland, sleighs, top hat and martini glass.
White base tablecloth with a black lace overlay. Featured décor includes beaded trees, gold and copper garland, sleighs, top hat and martini glass.
Desserts were displayed on a combination of cake stands, platters and in the sleighs.
Desserts were displayed on a combination of cake stands, platters and in the sleighs.
Close up of the sleighs.
Close up of the sleighs.
Holiday themed boxes added to the décor on the dessert table.
Holiday themed boxes added to the décor on the dessert table.

Cool Cone Trees for Your Dessert Table - Green

Starlight Sequin Cones (Set of 3)
Starlight Sequin Cones (Set of 3)

Cone Style Christmas trees are some of my favorite to use on a dessert table. The height and colors ad so much to the design as well as not taking up too much space! Try some yourself!

 
Retro Christmas Dessert Table
Retro Christmas Dessert Table

Gather Your Retro/Vintage Décor for this Theme

Retro - Vintage Christmas Dessert Table

Décor items to use for a retro or vintage style dessert buffet can include:

  • retro signs
  • sleighs
  • platters
  • trees
  • cards
  • gift wrap
and anything that reminds you of a good old fashioned Christmas celebration.

Gather them together and let's start building!

Merry Retro/Vintage Christmas - Christmas Dessert Table

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The decor for this buffet includes vintage metal signs of different shapes and sizes, lighted evergreen garland, retro style gift box, airplane, Santa and sleigh.The yard signs were placed in tall decorative bottles so they would stand on the table.The cookies are displayed on a round platter in an overlapping style.The tiered stand holds a selection of bite size dessert on green and red plates.In the center of the table is the retro airplane, Santa and a "Merry Christmas" candle. The are stair-stepped with boxes covered in vintage green fabric.
The decor for this buffet includes vintage metal signs of different shapes and sizes, lighted evergreen garland, retro style gift box, airplane, Santa and sleigh.
The decor for this buffet includes vintage metal signs of different shapes and sizes, lighted evergreen garland, retro style gift box, airplane, Santa and sleigh.
The yard signs were placed in tall decorative bottles so they would stand on the table.
The yard signs were placed in tall decorative bottles so they would stand on the table.
The cookies are displayed on a round platter in an overlapping style.
The cookies are displayed on a round platter in an overlapping style.
The tiered stand holds a selection of bite size dessert on green and red plates.
The tiered stand holds a selection of bite size dessert on green and red plates.
In the center of the table is the retro airplane, Santa and a "Merry Christmas" candle. The are stair-stepped with boxes covered in vintage green fabric.
In the center of the table is the retro airplane, Santa and a "Merry Christmas" candle. The are stair-stepped with boxes covered in vintage green fabric.

Retro Christmas Card Tablecloth - for Your Retro Style Dessert Table

Vintage Style Mid-Century Christmas Cards Tablecloth
Vintage Style Mid-Century Christmas Cards Tablecloth

Linens are a fun accent and base for your dessert table. If you are going with a retro vibe, this cloth can be used as an overlay over a red, green, white or even silver base cloth. It brings in that vintage Christmas green color I just love! You will be styling with this cloth on your dessert table.

 

Retro Christmas Signs for Your Dessert Table

Past Time Signs RPC147 Christmas Trees Home And Garden Vintage Metal Sign
Past Time Signs RPC147 Christmas Trees Home And Garden Vintage Metal Sign

As you can see from the pictures above, I love to use retro style signs to accent my dessert table. They really seem to bring the theme to life and add a bit of whimsy. Prop them against something sturdy on your table or hang them as a backdrop for your table. Either way, you'll love the fun they bring to a good old fashioned style Christmas dessert table.

 

"Risers"

Use a hat box,

a jewelry box, a pot or a pan.

Use a large bowl or phone book

or a number 10 can.

Just remember to vary the heights!

Dessert Buffets

Have you attended a party with a gorgeous dessert buffet?

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Candyland Christmas Dessert Table
Candyland Christmas Dessert Table

Gather Your Supplies for a Candy Christmas

For this style dessert buffet, gather any ornaments, garland, dishes, fabrics and, of course, candy that you want to use. Also grab items for risers and any tiered stands you can find.

We are going to create some peaks and valleys and then fill them with candy theme décor and make your desserts look fantastic!

The candy trees in the photo are really easy to make. Instructions for them are here: Gumdrop Christmas Tree.

It's a Candy Christmas Photos - Christmas Dessert Buffet

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The decor used for this buffet includes wrapped candy garland, lighted evergreen garland, red, green and candy cane fabrics, ornaments, a sleigh and candy Christmas trees.Sitting in front of the candy trees on a riser covered with green fabric is a sleigh filled with gum drops.The tiered buffet stand holds assorted bite size treats on red and white plates.There are 3 candy Christmas. One is made of peppermint candies and wired berries. The second is made of wintergreen Lifesaver candies and red and white ribbon. The last is made of spice drops (gum drops). They are each displayed on silver pedestal caThe cookie platter is set atop an oversized martini glass turned upside down. Beaded garland and small ornaments are placed under the bowl portion of the upside down martini glass.
The decor used for this buffet includes wrapped candy garland, lighted evergreen garland, red, green and candy cane fabrics, ornaments, a sleigh and candy Christmas trees.
The decor used for this buffet includes wrapped candy garland, lighted evergreen garland, red, green and candy cane fabrics, ornaments, a sleigh and candy Christmas trees.
Sitting in front of the candy trees on a riser covered with green fabric is a sleigh filled with gum drops.
Sitting in front of the candy trees on a riser covered with green fabric is a sleigh filled with gum drops.
The tiered buffet stand holds assorted bite size treats on red and white plates.
The tiered buffet stand holds assorted bite size treats on red and white plates.
There are 3 candy Christmas. One is made of peppermint candies and wired berries. The second is made of wintergreen Lifesaver candies and red and white ribbon. The last is made of spice drops (gum drops). They are each displayed on silver pedestal ca
There are 3 candy Christmas. One is made of peppermint candies and wired berries. The second is made of wintergreen Lifesaver candies and red and white ribbon. The last is made of spice drops (gum drops). They are each displayed on silver pedestal ca
The cookie platter is set atop an oversized martini glass turned upside down. Beaded garland and small ornaments are placed under the bowl portion of the upside down martini glass.
The cookie platter is set atop an oversized martini glass turned upside down. Beaded garland and small ornaments are placed under the bowl portion of the upside down martini glass.

Cake Pedestals - Cake Stands - Essential for a Dessert Table

Merry Christmas Elf Feet Cake Plate Santa's Helpers
Merry Christmas Elf Feet Cake Plate Santa's Helpers

For a Christmas or Candy Christmas theme, this cute elf themed cake stand will work beautifully.

(Pssst... I know a certain elf that will love this cake stand!)

 

Candy Style Christmas Bowls

Holiday Serving Bowl Set - Set Of 3
Holiday Serving Bowl Set - Set Of 3

This set of 3 bowls with a candy theme are perfect for your Candy Christmas! they are microwave and dishwasher safe -- are 48 oz, 27 oz. and 14 oz. You will find many uses for these bowls over the years!

 

Candy Christmas Garland for Your Dessert Table

Kurt Adler H1737 9-Foot Plastic Glittered Life Saver, Ball, and Candy Garland
Kurt Adler H1737 9-Foot Plastic Glittered Life Saver, Ball, and Candy Garland

Drape this candy garland all over the table -- around the platters, stand and bowls to add some whimsy to your candy Christmas dessert table.

I use mine every year!

 

Holiday Tiered Stands - Make Use of that Vertical Height!

Add some festive holiday spirit to your dessert buffet with one of these holiday inspired tiered stands.

Easy Christmas Centerpieces - Using Candy!

Do you have a favorite way to display your desserts?

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      The desserts looks so nice, i think my kids would very like it.

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile image

      Kathy McGraw 

      6 years ago from California

      You are so right about people not taking the time anymore, but like you said it is very much appreciated by others. Your desert table made me hungry, but it also made me think of things I can do to brighten up the holiday meal :)

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      miaponzo 

      6 years ago

      Amazing dessert decorating ideas!!! Blessed!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      I love your ideas!

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      dustytoes 

      7 years ago

      I hope that next year I am more organized and remember to promote your wonderful holiday and party ideas. This lens is so inviting.

    • CeruttiTesi profile image

      CeruttiTesi 

      7 years ago

      Very romantic! Thank you!

    • squid-janices7 profile image

      squid-janices7 

      7 years ago

      Fun ideas....love having a dessert buffet for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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      norma-holt 

      7 years ago

      From the first to the last your lenses are absolutely fantastic. Featuring this on Holiday Cooking. Well done.

    • DecoratingEvents profile imageAUTHOR

      DecoratingEvents 

      7 years ago

      @julieannbrady: You're killin' me Julie! LOL I knew I forgot something on the buffets -- Trifles!

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      julieannbrady 

      7 years ago

      I've got to tell you, where it's at this Christmas for desserts on that Christmas table is with TRIFLES ... I just partook of some someplace down yonder ... hiccup ... er, excuse me please! It was delish. Merry Christmas my dear!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      I'm going to try to implement some of these ideas for my holiday party on Saturday. Of course, I use a lot of purple because I'm not a huge fan of red... and it is also my birthday party, so I have to put a bit of me in it ;)

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      Mayapearl 

      7 years ago

      Cool lens with some great ideas.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Cool lens-really enjoyed it!

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      Mona 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      This lens too has been featured in my Handmade Christmas Lensography. You have a lot of really clever ideas. :)

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      You have some great ideas here. Thanks for the tips.

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      ItsAngel LM 

      8 years ago

      no, I don't but this is inspiring. I am looking forward to trying something like this. Still, most times i am luck if my desserts make it out of the kitchen on a holiday. Everyone is always sneaking a peace of the pie or cake

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