We've been creating dessert buffets at weddings for years, from cupcakes to personalized chocolate lollipops. In fact, I turned to Willie Wonka for inspiration on the dessert buffet at my own wedding. That's why I was so excited to meet Amy Atlas a few years ago. She's made a business of building gorgeous and delicious dessert buffets for parties. She even created a dreamy pink candy bar for our anniversary issue. Here's are some of Amy's best tips for creating a dessert buffet of your own.
Darcy: What are your favorite spots in NYC to shop for party supplies and décor items?
Amy: I usually shop at Kate’s Paperie, Treillage, and New York Cake & Bake for little trinkets and fanciful vessels.
D: What advice do you have for new entertainers?
A: The key is to find the right balance. A beautiful cake is not always the best tasting cake. So always sample items from your dessert vendors before using them at your event, and pick desserts that not only look good together, but provide a balance for your guests’ palate.
D: What signature item do you include for all of your parties?
A: I always provide goody bags for guests as take-home desserts, something to remind them of how sweet the party was.
D: What sorts of tips and tricks have you learned to make setting up for your party a breeze? Are there any clever cheats, or logistical things you can do to ensure the morning of your shindig isn’t overwhelming?
A: You never know what last minute details will pop up on the day of your wedding, so try to set up your tablescape the night before the party. Steam your linens, clean and arrange candy vessels, and organizing your bar area, that way all you have to do the next morning is pour in the candy.
Are you doing a dessert buffet at your wedding?