Elaborate sweet tables are part of almost every occasion nowadays. Weddings, Birthdays, Baptisms, Communions, Baby Showers, Graduations, home entertaining, you name it. It’s a visual delight and a major crowd-pleaser. Personally, I love it when a host makes an effort, especially when the theme is personalized and creative.
I worked with Boite Sucrée to create Baby Luca’s Baptism sweet table encompassing all the elements of dessert table perfection –personalized chocolates, center piece cake, candy add-ons, souvenirs, statues, and props
But if you’re thinking about where to start with your own, here are 6 helpful steps to perfectly planning a sweet table:
1. The Color Scheme/ Theme
For his Baptism which I previously posted in detail about here, I chose Tiffany Blue and white, one of my favorite color palettes. For the third color I chose silver. My advice is three is enough to keep it elegant and neat. I had two sit-downs with Boite Sucrée once I picked my colors, first to come up with a mood board and brainstorm some theme ideas and the second time to finalize the table-set up and props.
2. The Chocolates
When I envisioned the table, I knew I wanted angels to make a huge appearance in the theme, but I was keen on doing things a little differently since you see A LOT of angels at baptisms and first communions. Boite Sucrée was able to hook me up with the their latest arrivals; white and silver angel molds that would be placed on each chocolate individually, the best part is that they haven’t been used before. We opted for two sizes of their standard Belgian gourmet chocolate the Callebaut bars, squared and rectangular. What set these apart from the rest of the chocolates I’ve seen is that I was inspired by Tiffany’s packaging, the chocolates would be tied up with a ribbon just the same way their jewelry boxes are, with the angel in the centre.
3. The Candy
Boite Sucrée doesn’t kid around when it comes to candy choices that would complement the chocolates. Their white chocolate coated dates with walnuts were a huge hit when Baby Luca was born, I had to put in two extra orders because guests liked them so much. I knew right away they would once again make an appearance at his Baptism but this time I also discovered something equally as good, if not more, white chocolate stuffed with Ghazel Il Banet (spun Lebanese cotton candy.) Let’s just say these didn’t last long on the table. I totally recommend you add these bestsellers to your candy selection and the Boite Sucrée team will advise you on quantities accordingly. Lollipops add such a lovely touch to a table setting so we also added a basket of tiffany blue and white ones. You can get these customized to the color palette of your choice. And of course, the traditional sugared almond in silver to go with the silver angels.
4. The Cake
The cake is a very important element of baptisms, it serves as a centre piece. I wanted one to taste just as good as it looks and I have to say, this one was delicious. I chose a three tiered, framboise and crushed almond interior, which I was told was a client favorite.
Here’s what I loved; rather than having to go through the hassle of cake shopping and coordinating, with design and delivery, Boite Sucrée will take care of all of that for you. That’s right, they take your cake orders, and coordinate with the vendors to make sure it’s flawless down to the smallest detail. It was one less thing to worry about. They even found the perfect angel to place atop of the cake. Talk about one-stop-shop!
5. The Props
Using themed props for hire can really take a sweet table to the next level. Leave it to Boite Sucrée’s creative styling skills to provide me with all these beautiful angel statues, trays and all the little things I wouldn’t have thought of on my own. I especially love the ones with the floral arrangements. I also threw in some marshmallow jars and a silver frame of Baby Luca to give it a personal touch.
6. The Souvenirs
Baptism souvenirs serve as remembrance in friend’s and family’s homes of the special milestones in our lives. It’s a chance for them to look back at the beautiful memories shared that day. I wanted to personalize Baby Luca’s souvenirs without making them unusable for people, because let’s face it, people aren’t going to put up your child’s name on their bookshelves. So it made more sense to instead personalize the packaging. I chose porcelain blue angel figures carrying candles. Boite Sucrée customized the pretty tins by placing labels of his name and the date of the Baptism. I thought it added a lovely touch to the table as we piled them up for guests to take as they left.
At a time where chocolate, souvenir and party favor stores are popping all over town, it’s been a little harder to find a shop that treats you more than just a number or another customer. When I find someone who “gets it” and is willing to go that extra mile to make sure everything is perfect, I prefer to work with them repeatedly, because of the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re in the hands of professionals. And that’s exactly what I found when I commissioned the team to work first on Baby Luca’s Chocolates when he was born and again on his Baptism Chocolates, cake and souvenirs. I hope you find this post helpful in helping you plan a sweet table for all your occasions, and you can always reach Boite Sucrée at 03788178.