Color Series: Dessert
Next on ForYourParty’s color series, we will highlight the tastiest part of planning a wedding: dessert! The Perfect Palette’s choice of gray, white and shades of yellow is the perfect combo for spring and summer weddings, and can easily be incorporated into your dessert choices. Don’t worry if the wedding-planning process has your creative faculties totally tapped out, we have some beautiful and inspiring ideas for you.
The dessert you choose to serve on your big day says a lot about you as a couple (and of course the type of wedding you’re having). Not sure which sweet treat to choose? Read on!
Cake – Since cake is the most traditional of wedding desserts, you can easily incorporate it into your color palette. Try choosing a lemon cake with white frosting and gray piping, or reverse it by ordering a white cake with yellow buttercream frosting. Or grab some inspiration from these lovely cakes, from Chickadee Hill Cakes and Merrit’s Bakery. Yum!
Cupcakes – Cupcakes are very on-trend right now, and brides everywhere are opting for these adorable treats over traditional cakes. They’re great because you don’t have to settle on one flavor! Decorate half of the cupcakes with white frosting and the other half with yellow frosting, then add a little something extra by piping your new monogram on top. Here is an adorable cupcake on theme from PaperAndPip.
Ice cream sundae bar – If you’re having an outdoor wedding or have never been a fan of baked goods, an ice cream sundae bar is the perfect option for you. Just be sure to offer plenty of toppings that match your color scheme, like yellow M&Ms and vanilla ice cream. Serve in retro sundae glasses with gray or silver spoons. Here’s some adorable inspiration from Amy Atlas Events.
Doughnuts – If you want to be really trendy in your dessert choice, doughnuts are the way to go. Serve varieties with yellow and white glaze, and display them on a tiered silver tower, as seen below as featured on The Knot (only use your color palette!).
Now that you’ve selected the perfect dessert, it’s time to think about the presentation. Presentation is everything, as this is where you can really let your color palette, and personality, shine.
Levels – When creating a tablescape upon which to display your dessert, varying heights are a must. Choose one of your colors (best to go with the opposite hue of your dessert) for the tablecloth, and cover boxes of different sizes in the same hue. Place the dessert, napkins, utensils, etc., on each level to create an eye-catching display.
Flowers – Flowers are a central component of any wedding decor, and your chosen color scheme presents the perfect opportunity to pair them with your dessert. Adorn the cake in yellow and white daisies, as seen below from The Knot, or place a bouquet of sunflowers on the dessert table.
Mix and match – When coordinating your dessert presentation with your color scheme, don’t be afraid to mix and match. You can block your desserts by color or whimsically scatter them across the table. Make sure your presentation matches the tone of your wedding, whether it’s traditional, rustic or casual.
While you may be using the finest china for the dinner portion of your reception, it’s OK to break out the paper products for dessert, especially if you’re having rustic or whimsical nuptials.
Napkins – You can go one of two routes when choosing cocktail napkins: opt for napkins in different shades of yellow (all with either white or gray script), or order napkins in every hue in your color scheme. If you’re a more traditional bride, it’s best to go with the former.
Cups – Paper cups allow your guests to take their beverages right out on the dance floor with them after dessert! Be sure to offer your guests yellow striped straws to match the gray and white beverage containers.
To-go boxes – If your guests love the dessert (and they undoubtedly will, because you chose it), they’ll want to take some of that sweet goodness home with them. Offer truffle favor boxes with your names and wedding date on them (and in yellow, gray or white) so they can take some dessert to go.
Your selection of the color palette is one of the clearest ways you can set the tone of your wedding, and it will likely stick in your guests’ minds long after you’ve said “I do.” Incorporate the yellow, gray and white into your wedding favors (along with a few tasty treats) so your guests can take a little piece of your happiness home with them.
Macarons – Slip a small package of lemon, vanilla and coconut macarons onto the plates of each of your guests. Seal the clear cellophane bag shut with a satin ribbon in one of your wedding colors. Alternate the colors between plates on the table. Macarons bring a certain lightness and girly quality to any occasion, as seen below from Loverly.
Fruit – You can create a gorgeous centerpiece/wedding favor using a natural dessert – fruit! Pile fruit in all shades of yellow – from bananas to lemons – and encourage your guests to take home the centerpieces at the end of the night.
M&Ms – Endlessly customizable M&Ms can be ordered to match your color palette and wedding date, or even have a photo of you and your new spouse! Place a package in each personalized gift bag. You could even personalize your own M&Ms, as featured on Style Unveiled.
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