When I think of Christmas, I think of festive colors, bright reds and greens, and of course sweets! That was the inspiration behind the Merry & Bright Dessert Table. I did this Christmas dessert table at home for my kids and their friends about a year before starting my blog. I didn’t have my camera, so the photos are not bad, considering I used my cell phone a few years ago. The inspiration for the theme were the Merry & Bright sign and the candy wreaths. I will give you all details so you can get a few ideas to design your own Merry & Bright Dessert Table.
The Candy Tree Centerpiece
For this Christmas dessert table, instead of cake, I wanted a fun candy-themed centerpiece, so I made a dipped marshmallows Christmas tree. This is a fun idea to do with the kids. All you need is a foam Christmas tree, marshmallows in different sizes and dipped in different Candy Melt colors and sprinkled with sugar, gummies in Christmas colors and one or two boxes of toothpicks. Start at the bottom with the biggest marshmallows and work your way up with the smaller ones. Use the gummies to fill in the blank spaces. It will be easier if you mark tiny holes to guide you before you insert the marshmallows. The star is made of Hershey’s kisses. Take one of the dipped marshmallows, face it to the front and with toothpicks stick chocolate kisses around it. Place another toothpick at the bottom to stick to the top of the tree. Making the Candy Tree Centerpiece will be messy but lots of fun! You can also make separate trees, one with just marshmallows and another one with just gummies. Click here for post on how to make both of those.
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The Chocolate-covered Oreos
The chocolate-covered Oreos have crushed peppermint candy on top. All I did was covered the Oreos in white Candy Melt, and once they are dry, add a small dollop of candy melt on top and sprinkle crushed peppermint. They are not elaborate, but since everything else is so colorful, they provide a nice contrast. Besides, this is also an easy DIY to make with the young ones.
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The Chocolate-covered pretzels
For the chocolate-covered pretzels, I used white, red, dark green and lime green Candy Melt. I made sure to have different Christmas shapes sprinkles in the same colors, tiny Christmas trees, confetti, mini pearls and jimmies. The mix and match designs on the pretzels make them even more festive!
The Chocolate-covered Pretzels DIY click here
The Rice Krispies Treats
The peppermint design on the rice krispies treats is made of fondant. I purchased a whole sheet of rice krispies treats and cut out round shapes with a cookie cutter. I cut white and red fondant pieces with the same size round cookie cutter. I then hand cut the red pieces in half-moon shapes and placed on top of the white. To glue fondant on fondant all you need to do is brush a little bit of water. Let them dry for at least 15 minutes and you’re done!
For a full fondant covered rice krispies treats DIY click here
That was the first time I decorated cookies with royal icing! I think it came our super cute. I stayed within the same color scheme: red, dark green and lime green. The round and Christmas tree cookies are sugar. I also made gingerbread man cookies. I typically buy the cookie dough already made to save time, but my daughter wants us to make cookies from scratch this year. Let’s see how that turns out. I don’t have a DIY for royal icing cookies yet, but it’s coming!
The Cake and Cupcakes
The cake is red velvet flavor with cream cheese buttercream. The cake decor is just a cluster of candy as the topper and chocolate sixlets around the edge. The idea is to keep simple so it doesn’t take over the whole design. The cupcakes are chocolate & vanilla with classic vanilla buttercream.
The Merry & Bright Dessert Table design
The only colors that come to mind when I designed this Christmas dessert table are bright reds and greens. I wanted those colors to stand out so I used as much white on the background as possible: the main table linen, the back wall, the shelf, all cake stands, serving dishes and candy dishes. I made sure to have all sorts of red and green Christmas candy everywhere: gummies, candy corn, peppermint Kisses, peppermint, lollipops, mini chocolate balls, gumballs and jelly beans to contrast the white dishes. I love using chocolate sixlets on the tray as a base to place cookies and rice krispies treats. The red and white candy cane table overlay was perfect to feature most of the white serve ware. This was a piece of fabric I purchased at the fabric store. On the top white shelf I scattered a few wrapped bright candy lollipops. To give the table height and balance, I used peppermint plastic ornaments inside a glass apothecary jar and a table top lollipop purchased at the local craft store. I raised the cake stands in the back using Christmas boxes. All the party decor, such as the peppermint candy wreaths, Merry & Bright sign, Christmas candy dishes and boxes was also purchased at the local craft store and brought all the colors together.
I hope you like my Merry & Bright Dessert Table and it inspires you to create and celebrate this Holiday! What other type of Christmas dessert table themes do you like? What are your favorite Holiday colors? Do you like bright festive colors? Send me your comments and Merry Christmas!!!