Desserts?

posted 8 months ago in Food
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Every wedding I’ve ever been to with a candy bar has had a TON left over. It’s one of those things that needs to look full to overflowing so people will partake freely. Not necessarily a bad thing, so long as you get non perishables that you can store or give away, but something to be aware of.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

We did a dessert table, I ordered around 4 pieces per guest (I had cookies, mini whoopie pies, cake pops, macroons and cannolis) and honestly it wasn’t enough. There wasn’t anything leftover. I had the baker bring some boxes so people could take things home but there was nothing left. I had a ton of food at cocktail hour and a big plated dinner (with a salad first course) so I don’t think people were still hungry, the food was amazing.

I think my baker recommended between 3-4 pieces per person.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

We had a DIY strawberry shortcake bar.  I wish I’d splurged a little more on it, but it still was delicious and went over well.  

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

We had a candy station. I didn’t think it would be that popular, but it was absolutely decimated! Turns out drunk people love sugar. As a PP said, it needs to be kept topped up, so we did have stock left over, but we just collected them up at the end and gave big bags of candy to the people who had kids.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

We are only having a 3 layered cake as a dessert nor have I attended a wedding that served other desserts except for one. I think they had ice cream in a white chocolate shell served. However, I see more and more weddings at my photographer’s website that have assorted dessert buffets (creme brulee, brownies, donuts, cake pops, cupcakes, blondies, cookies, etc) and a smaller one layer cake for cutting and feeding each other.  stduck1 :  

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

The weddings I’ve attended that had candy bars, th candy has mostly gone untouched except for the children.  They make for cute photo ops, but you do need a ridiculous amount of candy to make it look ample enough that people feel comfortable helping themselves.  If you do a candy bar you might want to have a plan on what to do with all the leftover candy! There might be somewhere you could donate it.  

With dessert tables, I find the more cake/pastry like stuff (petit fours, tiny tarts, mousse cups, miniature cheesecakes, etc) is more popular than the cookies or brownies.  I think if people are going to indulge in the calories they want something more special than a cookie. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

I had a Christmas time wedding so we had a small cake that I baked for the reception along with cookies. Initally, I thought most adults would eat cake and the kids would eat the cookies. I was wrong! Almost everyone ate cookies and the kids loved them! I would say, depending on the size of cookies, we got enough for each guest to have 2 or 3 cookies. We ahd a lot extra and gave them away to our guests to take home with them. 

This was the cake and the cookie table.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

When my mother got remarried they had a huge wedding cake, but they also had a banana split/ice cream bar. They had a long table with every ice cream and topping you could think of. The guests were so excited about the banana splits, hardly anyone ate any of the wedding cake. We were giving slices to anyone who came to visit for months after the wedding.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

One wedding I was in, the bride asked each bridal party member their favorite cookie. They had each party members cookie and next to it, there was a memory with that person. So there were I believe 10 types of cookies. If you’re having a lot of variety in sweets like they did, you need to plan for at least 4 pp. That way people can try a couple, and people will take some to go home in that type of situation.

As far as candy bars, you do need to have a ton. Most weddings I’ve been to with them have had a ton left over. Others haven’t had enough for all the guests because they didn’t take into account how much guests would take with the size containers they had out.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

We had a candy station with rare / gourmet lollies. It was a huge hit. 

We put it over by the cake table. 

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