Create visual interest above the self-serve dessert buffet by sticking rows of metallic balloons and colorful buntings above the table. Tip: Keep the rows of balloons a few inches above the tallest item on the table.
The open plan kitchen makes entertaining a breeze, especially when the kitchen island serves as a buffet for snacks and desserts. The pinecone garland, crock of feathers and scattered greenery set the tone for a wintry celebration.
Put an exciting spin on the dessert buffet by setting up a popcorn bar before everyone arrives. Fill a variety of apothecary jars with different flavors of homemade or store-bought popcorn, and let guests have fun scooping up the salty and sweet flavors. Place paper bags next to the bar so everyone can take their favorite flavor home with them; it's the perfect way to thank them for "popping" by!
The key to a successful brunch is the use of finger foods arranged into an easily accessible layout. It's important to always ensure a range in heights, keeping pastries or desserts on tiered serving platters and main dishes on low, generously sized platters complete with festive garnishes.
Rather than using flimsy paper plates, invest in a great set of neutral dessert plates that will suit most any party theme. Set these out at the front of the cookie buffet with festive red-and-white-patterned linen napkins for guests to grab on their own.
Delicious and delightful little touches, like these sweet cupcakes, help to add interest and make your holiday dessert table feel especially seasonal. Top your favorite cupcakes with chocolate frosting and sprinkle with coconut "snow." Adding printable cupcake toppers and mini printable cutout Rudolph toppers onto tall straws makes them look like flying reindeer. Finish the look with a printable buffet card.
For Christmas dessert parties, place several mini fondue pots throughout a table rather than one large one to ensure everyone gets served without too much fuss or mess! It also gives you a chance to vary the fondue flavors by serving both white and dark chocolate fondue, or even cold dips like yogurt or peanut-butter. Label each fondue pot with a printable buffet card.