As seen in the Fall 2014 issue of Ella and Annie magazine and on Amy Atlas, this fall inspired Dessert Station was created with the DIYer in mind. I was inspired by the colors, smells and flavors of fall and wanted to design something that was easy to recreate. There are so many fabulous vessels and utensils that can be found in your own kitchen! With a little bit of creativity, you can turn almost any item into a cake stand or dessert tray. I utilized baking pans, bundt pans, cupcake trays, pie tins and jars as cake stands, cookies trays and more! Everything is reusable and adds a lot of depth and height. I didn’t have to purchase a single item and I feel it gave the whole table a very warm, homemade feel.
A friend of mine has a gorgeous vegetable garden and a lot of the vegetables were incorporated into the decor. I found some coordinating scrapbook paper and made paper medallions and garland in order to add a bit more detail. The PolkaDot Pickle sewed a gorgeous fabric bunting banner and used her Cricut to make the leaf garland. With natural setting such as your backyard, the amount of decor needed is minimal and the garland and bunting were perfect!
For the desserts, I focused on mini tarts and an assortment of cookies and chex mix. By purchasing pre-made tart shells, you can make your own filling and turn any mini tart into an inexpensive, easy dessert option while still giving the guests several flavor options to choose from. The egg cartons were the perfect size for guests to fill with mini tarts and take them home. If you don’t have time to bake several different cookie recipes, head to your local grocery store for an assortment of cookies! You’d be surprised at all the options you can find during the holiday season.