Let me start by saying I am a HUGE Walking Dead fan. I have always had a love for all things zombie and am counting the days until the next season starts. When Miriam Corona contacted me with a referral for a client who wanted a legit Walking Dead dessert station, I couldn’t contain my excitement. I am still saying thank you to Miriam for sending THE raddest client my way. We had a phone consultation and the first thing out of her mouth was, “I have to have The Governor’s head collection somewhere on this table”. Yes, please! This wasn’t going to be a cutesy set up, she wanted details, gore, had some great ideas and totally let me run with it. We’ve had many Walking Dead related conversations since! I had a blast designing the station and am now a big fan of the coolest zombie loving family, EVER!
I started by having The Pixel Studio design a dark, wooded, zombie filled backdrop. Can you spot them? A huge shout out to James Litho for the phenomenal print job and excellent customer service. They got the job done fast and made it really easy to display the canvas on pipe and drape. Of course, I had to have Daryl and Rick make an appearance. This is them right before they went to work exterminating the zombies.
I found some old oil barrels and plywood for the table and PonchoDave on Etsy sold me some of Daryl’s poncho material to drape over it. I also made a mini poncho for my littlest man and he had a lot of fun wearing it around the house. Considering how the last season ended, I knew we had to include Terminus in there somewhere. The signage and grill with our custom packaged “dipping body parts” served as take home favors for the guests. I’m pretty sure Terminus is full of cannibals and we shall soon find out.
The client had originally wanted a whole wall of zombie heads in real aquarium tanks but the venue wouldn’t allow glass or much water so, we improvised. An aquarium full of the Governor’s trophies served as the centerpiece and cake stand for Sweet and Saucy’s recreation of the prison. They even turned Michonne into a replica of the birthday girl. She was a pro at warding off the zombies.
For the desserts, there were SO many memorable quotes and moments throughout the seasons that is was hard to not go overboard with every idea that popped into my mind. I decided to focus the majority of this table on the most recent season and chose a few of my favorite quotes as flavor tag and tent style table decor. I still have these tent cards in my office as I just couldn’t part with them.
Lets start with Carl’s infamous pudding. I called upon Kristin of Meringue Bake Shop to create some chocolate pudding inspired dessert shots and she knocked it out of the park in both look and taste. These were SO delicious and gave the guests a chance to share the love of pudding.
I loved Merle’s character and the transformation that he went through. One of my favorite lines was “I’ll bake ’em a cake with pink frosting” so of course, we had to have some mini cupcakes. These served as a “choose your weapon” display with the most detailed fondant toppers by Edible Details. That crossbow? Seriously amazing. I did leave one cupcake sprinkled just for Merle. The other cupcakes (salted caramel flavored) had chocolate brains on them.
You can’t have a zombie table without some guts and let me tell you, those cream puffs with the oozing green goo went right along with the theme.
There had to be some zombie grub on the table so as a nod to Glenn finding Maggie’s engagement ring, I had Bella’s Bakery and Bowtique create finger cake pops. Displayed in a baking pan, they looked so real in person that I had to remind people they were, in fact, edible. The edible ring was found on one of the fingers as an extra treat. I can’t stop staring at these fingers and am still in awe of how incredibly gruesome they were! She also created scrumptious eyeball cake bites. I spy with my little eye…. the Governor’s infamous patch!
Chocolate coated Oreos gave guests a chance to show their team spirit. Who’s team are you on?
Of course, Daryl Dixon can be on my zombie killing team any day. His ear collection can be found strewn across a jar of chocolate gummy ears and is accompanied by a jar of “Penny’s boogers” (TWD fans will know who she was).
We’ve lost so many beloved characters so I decided to create an “in memory of” cookie collection. Firefly Confections creates crazy amazing cookie designs and was able to take the characters faces and immortalize them in the most delicious sugar cookies. I’m tempted to have a set made just for me so that I can put them in a shadow box on my wall. Yes, I love them that much. Oh Dale and Hershel, how I miss you.
I hope this temporarily eases the longing for a the new season to begin. If you’re anything like me, you’re itching for it even more!
Dessert Station concept, design and styling: Sweets Indeed
Backdrop design, paper goods and photography: The Pixel Studio
Backdrop printing: James Litho
Chocolate “pudding” dessert shots, cream puffs and mini cupcakes: Meringue Bake Shop
Finger and eyeball cake bites, custom Oreos: Bella’s Bakery and Bowtique
Prison inspired cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop
Custom cookies: Firefly Confections
Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details
Dip-A-Body Part, chocolate brains, ears and hearts, gummy frogs and “Penny’s boogers”: Sweets Indeed