Fall Inspired Outdoor Dessert Buffet

Today, we’re sharing simple tips and tricks for creating a Fall inspired outdoor dessert bar. And by easy, I mean you can pick up most of this stuff up at the grocery store. If you had a chance to check out our Fall Inspired Outdoor Tablescape post yesterday you likely caught a glimpse of our Fall dessert bar.

I know we’re always trying to strike the perfect balance between work life and home life, especially during busy seasons like Fall and the holidays. While, we’d love to make everything a dessert bar entails from scratch, we simple don’t have that kind of time and we’re guessing you don’t either.

So, rather than having to choose between spending lots of time baking away in the kitchen or spending time out in the pumpkin patch or going on a hayride, we’re all for choosing easy and “kind of homemade.”

If you’re looking for a simple way to pull snacks together while hosting friends for a pumpkin carving party or heading out to the corn maze, these ideas can help make it easier on you.

Here’s a look at simple tips and tricks for creating a Fall inspired outdoor dessert bar…

Tip #1 Make Your Dessert Bar Easily Accessible

This might sound like a “no-brainer” but when possible, set your dessert bar up on the same table. This will help to make it easily accessible for people that want to help themselves.

Tip #2 Use Cake Stands, Breadboards & Trays to Vary Height 

Cake stands, breadboards and serving trays are an easy way to incorporate in an outdoor dessert bar because they provide a stable surface area for all sorts of goodies. You can use them to hold everything from cakes to pies to donuts to brownies to caramel apples.

Tip #3 Make Your Decorations Festive 

When you’re short on time, make the decorations as simple as possible! Hang a festive wreath, add a few potted plants, a bowl of fruit or a simple flower arrangement for an easy unexpected pop of color.

Tip #4 Use Items from the Grocery Store or Bakery 

You guys, don’t be afraid to buy specialty items at the grocery store or your favorite bakery! You can purchase cakes and cupcakes without the frosting and frost them with your own creation or with something specifically celebrates your event. Consider buying a cake box mix to make cake donuts with your choice of drizzle or provide a way for your guests to make their own flavor combination.

These mini pies are always a hit and were 50 cents each from Walmart! 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 that want something light to go with their after-dinner latte. We try to leave out apple nachos as well for people trying to watch their weight.

Tip #5 Make Plates, Napkins and Utensils Easy to Reach 

While you might choose to leave dessert plates, napkins and utensils on a separate table or even at the main dining table – make it as easy as possible for your guests to be able to grab a plate and serve themselves.

I know sometimes it might feel like you have to handcraft or make everything yourself, but unless you’re hosting guests with special dietary needs, make it easy on yourself.

Believe me, your gathering can be just as memorable with items bought from the grocery store or your favorite bakery as it would be had you spent hours in the kitchen baking away!

Besides, I’m pretty sure whoever is coming to your pumpkin carving party or meeting up at your house before enjoying a hayride and navigate the corn maze would rather have your full and undivided attention as opposed of a homemade pie or perfectly frosted cake anyway.

Let us know if you guys have any treats we should include on our next Fall inspired outdoor dessert bar, we’d love to hear your favorites!

I cannot believe I’m about to say this, but we’ve decided to take on another One Room Challenge! What? I know! We might be nuts you guys so be sure to check out our post, ORC: Kitchen and Pantry Makeover Plans for all the details. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Oh.My.Gosh – we wish that you made home deliveries LOL!! You have most of our favorites covered – we love caramel and chocolate. You know how much we love donuts and spice cake HAHA. We think a dessert bar is always a good idea…anytime 🙂 Much love.

    1. Ha ha It’s almost too easy to set up a dessert bar especially out on the back patio where there is plenty of room for all sorts of goodies. I did sample a few of these and they were good. I don’t know what it is about Fall but my sweet tooth is back in full force and it sounds like yours is too! Hugs and love, CoCo

  2. Sabrena Reed says:

    Are those little pies pumpkin? Too Cute

    I went to 2 Family Dollars on the Southside – no pumpkin plates…. boo hoo

    1. The pies are pumpkin, apple and pecan! They have cherry, blueberry and lemon as well I think. I mean for 50 cents, you can’t beat the price so it would be super easy to stock up. We use them all the time. SO bummed about the pumpkin plates. Someone else said on FB they couldn’t find them either and people on IG are saying they’re sold out in their area already too. I’ll keep my eye out for you! Hugs, CoCo

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