Making the ultimate treats platter
At every party there is always the issue of sweet vs savory and while many of us love a big array of savoury snacks to demolish at your next party, but what about the sweet tooth’s out there, we can’t forget about them too. We’ve all seen the delicious and over the top craze of the cheese platter table, and while they look amazing what about those who just want a whole table dedicated to sugar.
Sweets for Tilly know exactly how to make mouth watering sweets which is why they have put together their best tips on making the ultimate treats platter.
Keep it colourful – First things first, think of your sweets platter like a rainbow, you need to incorporate different colours to bring out character and keep your platter interesting. Incorporating all the colours of the rainbow such as pinks, blues, greens, yellows and don’t worry of course your allowed to add in some chocolate. Colourise your table to achieve a harmonious colour arrangement where all the colours flow nicely together. Another great way to colour coordinate your table is by following the ombre effect starting light and blending your colour theme into the darker richer flavours and colours.
Mix it up – Like any old platter you want to mix up the ingredients, you would never see a cheese platter with specifically just cheese, your sweets platter should be no different. Incorporate different elements and different flavours such as richer flavours like brownies, cupcakes, and tarts. And also incorporating lighter sweeter flavours such as macrons, creamy slices, meringues, and even fruit for that vibrant colourful effect.
Presentation – A standard layout of a platter is simply lying it across a tray, but this is a sweets platter and we want it extra special and out of the ordinary. The key to a magnificent sweets platter is presentation. Placement of your platter is key, get quirky and creative. If you are having a large table for your sweets platter incorporate tiers. Think of it like a three tiered cake, place the sweets on different levels, add some sweets on bamboo sticks for your guests to pick up a few goodies at once, scatters your sweets in different heights around your table as well. This gives your table character, and is very eye catching. Another way to add different height points to your table is by adding jars and vases and adding sweets into them as well.
Use your features – Many sweets platters are usually up against a wall, so if you are planning on having a table like this, make sire you have a backdrop. An easy way to create a backdrop for your sweets table is to add the tall vases and jars to the back of the table to add height and depth. If your table is in the middle of the room make sure your scatter the different heights around, though keep them closer to the middle, you don’t want someone knocking them over. If you have a large cake or dessert in mind that you want as the “feature” keep this close to the middle of the table and scatter the smaller desserts around it. This is far more visually appealing to the eye, and dessert tables are all about taste and appearance.
Keep it simple – You will always find on any platter if it’s easy to pick up it will go first. Keep your platter easy for your guests, this is why slices, cookies, cupcakes and tarts are easy. While a fondue is fun it can tend to get a bit messy, so keep that in mind. If you want to incorporate little cakes or mousses that requires a spoon, place your cake in mini cake cups with a spoon already place into it. This makes it easy for your guests to pick it up and move around the table rather than looking for a serviette or spoon.
Check the weather – One of the most important and final steps you need to take to mastering the ultimate sweets platter is the weather. Like a cheese or meat platter you need to consider the weather conditions, is it a hot or cold day? Is it in Summer or Winter? You definitely do not want to be serving your guests a slice of cake and a slice of food poisoning on the side. While a 101 different desserts look great on a table you need to keep in mind how hot it may be.