They say that a way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and they’re absolutely right! The best way to show your partner how much you love them is by baking them their favorite desserts and setting up your very own dessert bar.
So, here’s the ultimate guide on how to create a dessert bar to make date night a whole lot tastier.
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1. First, You Don’t Need to Make Everything Yourself
You can use this time to bake a few things together and spend some quality time alone. But not everything has to be handmade or baked!
Do some research online on Google, Postmates, or Uber Eats. You’re bound to find a couple of amazing bakeries where you could order some of your favorite and more complicated desserts.
There are tons of fun ways to fill up the dessert bar with treats that don’t need a recipe:
- Rice Crispy Treats: Mix peanut butter and rice crispy treats. Press the mix into balls and stick a lollipop stick through them. Place them in the freezer.
- Melt some chocolate in the microwave and dip some bananas in it. Place them in the freezer.
- Marshmallows: Buy a bag and use them as décor you can eat
- Candy Jars: Fill a glass jar with both of your favorite candies
2. Make Sure to Keep Serving Sizes Small
The dessert bar is essentially a buffet and you’ll obviously want to try everything. So, make the desserts small so no one gets stuffed too quickly.
3. Create Different Tiers and Heights
Go for at least three tiers to create some height to make your dessert bar extra appealing.
- The first tier will be at the bottom. This is where you’ll include things like chocolate chip cookies or brownies on a tray, some toppings, and whipped cream.
- Add some height by stacking up some desserts in 2 or 3 layers. Just use cake stands or an elevated dessert tray so sticky desserts won’t get stuck together. Tins and boxes work well as cake stands, too. Tall glass jars can also be used to put cake pops or marshmallows on a stick.
- The highest tear is where you’ll place the main dessert, like tiered layer cake.
4. Display Elegant Parisian Macarons
Make that dessert bar even more elegant by adding some pastel macarons. There’s something about these tender, sweet treats with a smooth creamy center that are simply divine. They come in a variety of colors and can be propped on lollipop sticks. Get them online here if you don’t feel like baking for hours.
5. Add Some Accents with Florals
Accentuate the dessert bar with some flowers. You can pick a few flowers from your own garden to enhance the look of those tasty treats on the table. Artificial flowers will work, too.
6. Set Up a Fruit Bar in the Lower Tier
Pick fruits that will complement the desserts you both chose and display them in the lower tier. Some of these may include, banana, kiwi, mango, blueberries, grapes, strawberries and cantaloupe.
7. Include Mini Plates and Bowls with Toppings
Add a couple of mini plates full of tasty toppings like cream cheese, strawberry yogurt, whipped cream, chocolate chips, sprinkles, nuts and almonds to dip the fruit into or to sprinkle over other delicious treats. Just don’t go overboard! You don’t want to fill up on toppings.
8. Include Cookies, Cake Pops, and Mini Desserts
Whip up a couple of desserts that are simple to make that only need 2 or 3 ingredients.
Try this 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies!
You can also bake a super simple 2-ingredient chocolate fudge recipe that requires semisweet dark chocolate and condensed milk and is too mouthwatering to pass up.
9. Every Dessert Bar Needs Some Donut Holes
Make some donut holes by going online and following some easy recipes. You can also buy them online via Postmates or Uber Eats. Then stack them up in a triangular pattern like a Christmas tree or turn them into cake pops by sticking a lollipop stick through them and placing them on a tray. But don’t forget to decorate them with sweet frosting or powdered sugar.
10. Serve Some Ice Cream Inside Mini Mason Jars
Cool off by serving ice cream inside mini mason jars. Ice cream pairs up really well with brownies, muffins, and lemon pie.
11. Get a Layer Cake That Deserves a Standing Ovation
Pick a cake design from a skilled pastry chef that’s worthy of being on a wedding reception and put it on display right at the center of the dessert bar. Get it from your favorite bakery if you want to make things easier. If you’re up for the challenge, you can try baking one yourself.