(Closed) Cupcakes on tables?

posted 13 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

we’re having a cupcake tower also, but no small cake for cutting (we’re skipping the whole cutting/feeding eachother thing all together). we’re either going to have the caterers bring out and present the cupcake tower after the meal is over, or have something like the sign you mentioned if they are out the entire time.

in your case, i’d probably go with the sign.

Post # 4
1753 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think that is such a cute idea! Two birds with one stone, [cup]cake for the guests and a centerpiece! It’s genuis!

How about putting the cupcakes on cake stands to create a mini tower at each table. Then instead of one cupcake at the very top, stick some sign (that can double as table numbering) through the middle with your explanation? Like a flag on a tower!

Post # 5
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I like your idea! You might also try to spread the word that the cupcakes are dessert and you want people to wait until the cake cutting to enjoy them. I’m not sure what would be best, a note or a verbal suggestion, but most guests should be fine waiting to eat them.

How many cupcakes are you having at each tower? I’m trying to visualize this. As a bride who’s doing cupcakes, too, I am looking for ideas. 

Post # 6
46 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am doing something similar, I think! Small cake for cutting, and cupcakes and desserts(in bar form:lemon bars, linzors, etc) for the guests. 

Because of space, I don’t know whether my vendor will have them out from the beginning or put out after the meal.

I wouldn’t do the signs or word of mouth. It seems overbearing to me, don’t do this, don’t do that. By that point in the reception will you really care if people eat their dessert before their dinner! I would do a menu card with your menu and then cupcakes listed as dessert.

If you are worried about people eating them too early or more than one, than a served cake is best, in my opinion.

I’m having the bar desserts and then a bonfire with smores later so there will be plenty of sweets for everyone, even if my little cousin eat the frosting only off of several cupcakes!

Post # 7
1652 posts
Bumble bee

I think the cupcakes on the tables can be really cute.  I think it would be fine to indicate to people that these cupcakes are in place of cake.  But I would do this by word of mouth.  If you do not say anything, they might think the cupcakes on the table are for snacking or an extra treat etc.  And when there is no cake afterwards, they might be a little bummed.   On the other hand, I agree with ac-ny, where it can look overbearing to tell them not to eat the cupcakes until the cake is cut.  If you put tempting cupcakes two feet in front of them, you have to expect some people are going to dig in early…..waiting to be called up for the buffet, while they are starving… a little kid just might not be able to resist…

Post # 8
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s such a great idea…not only will it be cute, but it will cute down on costs using them as centerpieces for guest tables!  Here’s some ideas for how it could look:



Post # 10
19 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

I love the idea of cupcakes on the table!  And I think that people would understand that they are there to be enjoyed as dessert, not pre- or during- meal.  🙂

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