We’re sharing simple tips and tricks for creating a late Fall inspired outdoor dessert buffet today!
Like so many of you, we’re constantly trying to blend work life, family life, and home life as seamlessly as possible.
Especially, during busy holiday seasons like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year.
One thing we’ve started doing is having friends and family over for dessert buffets instead of hosting full meals.
These low-key events usually take place on the front porch or back patio and it’s working out really well so far!
While we’d love to make everything on the dessert buffet from scratch, we simply don’t have that kind of time.
I’m guessing you might not either.
So, rather than having to choose between spending lots of time in the kitchen or enjoying the remaining days of Fall in the pumpkin patch, we’re choosing easy and “kind of homemade.”
Here’s a look at simple tips and tricks for creating a Fall Inspired Outdoor Dessert Buffet…
Make Your Outdoor Dessert Buffet Easily Accessible
When possible, set up your dessert buffet on one table. It will make it easily accessible so your guests can help themselves.
Use Cake Stands, Breadboards, and Trays to Vary the Height of Your Displays
Cake stands, breadboards and serving trays provide a stable surface and offer a variety of height options for sweet treats.
You can use them to hold everything from cakes to pies to donuts to brownies to caramel apples.
Make Your Decorations Simple Yet Festive
When you’re short on time, make the decorations as simple as possible!
Hang a festive wreath, add mums, a bowl of fruit, or a flower arrangement for an unexpected pop of color.
Use Items From the Grocery Store or Bakery
Don’t be afraid to save time by buying specialty items at the grocery store or local bakery!
Most stores even allow you to purchase cakes and cupcakes without the frosting if you want to customize them to your theme at home.
You could also consider buying a cake box mix to make cake donuts. Then provide special sauce ideas so your guests can drizzle their own flavor combinations on top.
In addition, consider stocking up on mini pies. They are always a hit at our house!
We have these at almost every event during the Fall and holiday seasons because they’re smaller and easier to eat than a big slice of pie.
They come in a variety of flavors and are super easy to stack on a cake stand or a tiered dessert tray.
You might also want to consider adding an array of cookies for guests who enjoy an after-dinner latte.
We also try to leave out apple nachos for a healthier option as well.
Make Plates, Napkins, and Utensils Easy to Reach
Make it as easy as possible for your guests to serve themselves by leaving the dessert plates, napkins, and utensils at the beginning of your fall-inspired dessert buffet.
I know sometimes it might feel like dinner and Fall inspired outdoor dessert buffets need to be handcrafted and homemade.
But unless you’re hosting guests with special dietary needs, make it as easy on yourself as possible!
Your gathering will be just as memorable with items bought from the grocery store or your favorite local bakery as it would be if you had spent hours in the kitchen baking away!
Besides, most people coming to your home would probably rather have your full and undivided attention than a homemade pie or perfectly frosted cake anyway.
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