We recently celebrated our daughter’s 1st Birthday & Baby Blessing. It was magical to say the least but also inexpensive. You see, about two years ago I blew a bunch of money on our son’s first and said NEVER AGAIN.
I’ll be showing you how to conquer a super simple, yet elegant dessert bar for your next event without blowing all your cash.
#1 – Go for a naked or simple buttercream cake, and decorate yourself. The coconut cake you see pictured was front and center and it was only $50. This way, I choose my decorations and still have a little room in my budget for more dessert. Also, always go with LESS when ordering. This is a cake for 10 people, I had 30 guests. Remember, not everyone will eat & there will ALWAYS be leftover. If you’re having a dessert bar, do not order off your your guest count.
#2- Go to your local cake shop. In this case, I visited Nothing Bundt Cakes in Miami. They are so delicious and very economic only coming in at $20 for an 8″ cake, any flavor, not decorated. Bundt cakes can also be made at home for an even less expensive way, and decorate with some fresh elements & sprinkle some powdered sugar if frosting is not your thing.
#3 – Make sure you go with a simple theme that allows you to use either fruits, plants, or fresh flowers (in my case) to decorate. Get creative and keep it simple. This decor was such a hit! What helped me the most was drawing it out and also use Pinterest for color scheme and ideas. I have thousands of boards for events.
#4- Make a statement! My color scheme was gold, blush, and white. My good friend, who also owns Events By Priscilla was kind enough to let me borrow her gold sequin table cloth and BOOM! My table came alive. Make sure something in your table pops to give it extra UMPH.
#5- Use clear glass (if you can) for cake stands and decoration pieces. I found all 3 cake stands at Home Goods for under $20 – glass or quality clear plastic always gives an elegant, sophisticated touch. It also allows for your decorations and food to stand out and show it’s beauty. Centerpieces and vases were either from the dollar store or old mason jars I had in my home.
My centerpieces were also apart of my dessert table. You can see how my runners matched my dessert bar table cloth. Also, a little tip, those runners were and can be made! If you want to save on that, buy the fabric and go to your local seamstress. It should be less expensive and less of a headache too. I hope you enjoyed my 5 tips, and wish you happy savings on your next event.