Dessert Only ReceptonOne budget-friendly reception style is the dessert-only affair. Cake and cupcakes are just the beginning. What about adding a gorgeous buffet of cookies, pies, doughnuts, cheesecake, brownies, or chocolates? It’s a great way to bring out the kid in your guests!

Speaking of kids, a “design your own cookie” station is an interactive way to entertain little ones (and the young at heart) at your reception. All you need is:

  •  A table with a plastic coveringDecorate Your Own
  •  Sugar or gingerbread cookies
  •  Frosting in piping bags
  •  Sprinkles or candy toppings
  • cellophane wrappers for guests to take their creations home

Whether you opt for professionally prepared desserts or the home-made variety, make your dessert buffet stand out by finding a charming mix of platters to serve from. This is where you can infuse even more of your style in to the reception. Family members may have luxurious silver, or attractive vintage platters you could borrow. If you prefer a little whimsy, you can usually find out-of-the-ordinary items at antique stores and flea markets.

If you choose to host a dessert reception it is best to note this on your invitations, so guests know what to expect. Also, as some guests may be diabetic, having a few sugar free or savory snacks would be helpful.