Sweet Table European Contest 2010

If you happened to catch this post then you’ll already know I’m a huge fan of sweet tables. It’s that ideal combination of desserts and design that always makes me so happy! Ever since my discovery of Amy Atlas’s awesome sweet tables I’ve come across plenty more to drool over in the US.

It does seem to be an idea that hasn’t fully made it to Britain however. I’ve seen some weddings featuring DIY versions of the dessert table but haven’t found any professionals offering them. I know there are talented bakers and designers out there capable of creating stunning sweet tables. And I believe now’s the time to prove it!

The contest

Laure, a French sweet table artist aka Sweet Girly Mommy, wants to show that Europe can offer up delicious dessert tables just like our American counterparts. And so she has launched the Sweet Table European Contest 2010!

Sweet Table European Contest

The competition is open to anyone other than event planners, so even professional bakers can join in, and you’re welcome to join forces with other creative types! Such a great opportunity to do some beautiful baking, have people see your sweet table skills!

In mid-December the best sweet table from the United Kingdom will be selected and it will go head to head with the other European winners in the grand final for a chance to win €100 to spend at Love ‘n gift and, more importantly, the honour of having designed the best sweet table in Europe! And that final will be judged by a host of amazing American (and therefore non-biased) event planners including the queen of sweet tables herself, Amy Atlas!

Dessert deliberations

I’ve put together a few tips that I think are worth considering when designing a dessert table for the competition…

Think of a theme
This could be as simple as a colour scheme or more elaborate such as a British-based table with Beefeater biscuits! Having a clear and consistent idea to tie the elements of your table together will result in a much more professional-looking table.

Sweet Table European Contest

Awesome image courtesy of Crumbs & Doilies

Decide on desserts
What sweet treats do you want on your table? Cupcakes, macarons, cake-pops, cookies… Don’t be afraid to attempt something you haven’t baked before. The internet is packed with recipes for you to try out (beautiful Bakerella for example). Also don’t worry about making loads of different desserts. Making a big batch and splitting it in two along with buying ready-made sweets in a complementary colour can help fill out your table without having you run yourself ragged in the kitchen!

Sweet Table European Contest

Awesome image courtesy of Jennifer Skog

Design the display
You’ll need something to display all your tasty treats on/in. Search car boots and flea markets for pretty containers and cake stands or pick up cheap jars and bowls from shops such as IKEA. If you can’t find pieces in the right colour you could always spray them the right colour. Just make sure you put a doilie (or similar) between the food and the spray paint. Toxic treats aren’t great!

Sweet Table European Contest

Awesome image courtesy of Jennifer Skog

Describe your desserts
Labels can add a nice touch to a design. Pick fonts that fit your theme: blocky sans serif text for a modern design and swirly script for a fancier feast. Attach with ribbons or twine or make mini flags to pop in the relevant treat.

Sweet Table European Contest

Awesome images courtesy of Lollipop Events & Design

Beautify the backdrop
If you’ve designed a delightful dessert table but then set it up in front of your lounge window, with a display of your car in the drive, it will definitely distract from your efforts! Pick a wall and tack wallpaper in complementary colours to it. Rather than buy said wallpaper, go into a store that offers samples and just take a big enough piece! Alternatively hanging ribbons in the background, in shades that suit your design, is a really pretty idea.

Sweet Table European Contest

Awesome images courtesy of Jose Villa

Photograph your feast
Again, when you’ve put in a lot of hard work, make sure you show it! You don’t need a professional camera (although if you have one or know someone that does – use it!) but make sure photos are clear and in focus. And as well as photos of your overall table it may be a good idea to take some close up shots too, to show the individual items in greater detail.

Sweet Table European Contest

Awesome images courtesy of Amelia Lyon

Enjoy it!
Once your tasty table is complete, don’t let it go to waste. Perhaps there’s an event coming up that would benefit from your sweet table such as a wedding, a birthday or a christening. If not, pre-plan a party for your friends to help you eat your table! I think a particularly nice idea would be to involve fundraising for a chairty of your choice. Macmillan Cancer Support are holding the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 24th September. Similarly to this event, you could ask for donations from invited friends in return for all the sweet treats on your table.

Sweet Table European Contest

Awesome images courtesy of Jose Villa

Hopefully these tips have helped and you’re excited about entering! And how to do that? Please send horizontal photos (no bigger than 700 pixels wide) of your finished sweet table to Laure with Sweet Table Contestant as the email subject. You can keep track of the contest on the Facebook fan page too.

I’m off now to work on my own design! Good luck to all those that enter and if you have your own blogs please spread the word! I have my fingers crossed that Britain will turn out some truly beautiful tables!


P.S. After the competition’s closed I’d love to show any dessert tables designed on my blog so please, please send them in if you’d like to show them off!

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