19 Apr

The Look For Less: Sweets Bar Trend + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

The Look For Less: Sweets Bar Trend + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design – and I’m back with another “Budget Chic” guest post where I share with you my tips on how you can have a fabulous high-end looking table for less! And there’s an added bonus this time – I’m also giving away a $100 Gift Card to Target! See details on how to enter below.

Today’s post is all about the ongoing trend…sweets tables! What began as a trend has now become more of a staple at most events. If you’ve done them yourself before, you probably know the cost of sweets tables can totally bust your budget…especially when you’re matching the colors of your sweets to your event colors.

THE LOOK FOR LESS

Here I designed two different sweets tables at two different price points: high end and “budget chic”. For the high end designer table, I included treats by some of the most sought-after sweets designers.

For my “Budget Chic” table, I challenged myself to see if I could design a high-end looking, color-coordinated sweets table for less by purchasing all of the items from my favorite store: Target… affectionately known as “Targét!”

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THE DESIGNER SWEETS

First, let me say that I have such love and appreciation for the tremendous artistry that goes into making some of the most elegant desserts seen on some of the pricier sweets tables featured in today’s hottest magazines and blogs. Sweets designers can match your design & color scheme perfectly by creating custom desserts that can match your printable designs or your source of inspiration. Here I asked them to match my source of inspiration- the awesome table runner featuring the Magnolia flower.

The Look For Less: Sweets Bar Trend + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

The high-end designer table features The Marshmallow Studio’s gorgeous flower marshmallow pops that matched my color and theme beautifully. The Gourmet Pop whipped up yummy cake pops, chocolate covered oreos and these super cute spoon cake pops all in my color scheme.

Finally, Vanilla & Chocolate custom created an iced cookie and Lynlee’s Petite Cakes created custom fondant flowers identical to the Magnolia flower used in the table decor which I used to dress up a STORE-BOUGHT 2 tier cake and powdered donuts. Totally custom and totally magnificent!

The Look For Less: Sweets Bar Trend + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

The Look For Less: Sweets Bar Trend + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

The Look For Less: Sweets Bar Trend + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

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GOING BUDGET CHIC

But let’s get real! Not all of us can afford the custom options. If you are on a tight budget and can’t afford to custom ordered sweets, don’t worry! You don’t have to give up style and quality. In fact, Target has an array of candy and sweets – especially Super Target, which also has an awesome bakery with many sweets options. For example:

The Look For Less: Sweets Bar Trend + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

The Look For Less: Sweets Bar Trend + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

The Look For Less: Sweets Bar Trend + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

The Look For Less: Sweets Bar Trend + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

The Look For Less: Sweets Bar Trend + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

The Look For Less: Sweets Bar Trend + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

I created the ENTIRE Budget Chic table design using items found in Target including all the decor, linen and sweets all for less than the cost of ONLY the desserts on the high-end table! Here’s how you can do it to:

BUDGET-CHIC TIPS:

1. Look for candy that is wrapped or packaged in your colors like I did here with the blue-wrapped Hershey Kisses and Bliss Chocolates and the orange-wrapped Lindor Truffles.

2. Add in candy or sweets that are your colors like the orange sour rings, mandarin oranges, and blue frosted cookies.

3. Finally, get creative with store-bought items! Combine them or use them in creative ways for an additional wow factor and high-end custom look.

For example, marshmallows are all the rage right now and you can still get in on the trend for less by getting creative with how you use them. Create marshmallow kabobs by putting them on skewers like I did here with orange sour rings in between for a pop of color! I also used them to create custom jello parfaits.

Add decorations, like I did here with gumpaste toppers, from The Kupcake Spot for an affordable way to add a custom look to store-bought cupcakes. To get the cake pops for less, I put powdered donut holes on sticks and used blue sprinkles to match the color scheme.

DESIGNER CANDY AT TARGET

Target is about to launch (on May 6th) a brand new collection of designer candy available in their stores nationwide called “The Candy Store at Target“. Finally, they will have gourmet candy selections that include the jumbo swirl lollipops and taffy you see here at a price we can all afford. To get an exclusive first look at “The Candy Store at Target’s” full candy collection, visit my blog: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Party Planning!

SETTING THE SWEETS TABLE

Another key to a fabulous high-end looking sweets table is how you style it, all starting with the containers and platters. Using bright white containers in the very modern square design adds a touch of modern elegance to your table.

For the Budget Chic table, all the platters and candy holders came from one 16-piece dinnerware set from Target. You’ll have enough to completely display an entire sweets table and the fact that it’s white means you can reuse it all the time! I even found a way to use the coffee mugs in the box by turning the handles to the back so that they now look like little ceramic vases!

When looking for ideas to style your sweets table, don’t be afraid to look outside of the typical party and dining departments! To create this decor on the “Budget Chic” table I went to the bedding department and found the perfect furry throw blanket and fabulous white felt flower pillow that matched my theme perfectly and added a nice texture to the table and a wow-factor!

THE COST COMPARISON

Okay, okay, here’s the part you’ve been waiting for! Check out the cost comparison between the two tables:

HIGH END DESIGNER Sweets Table: $231
fondant 3D flower toppers $30/dozen
fondant flat flower toppers $30/dozen
marshmallow pops $48 ($4 each)
cake pops $24/dozen
spoon cakes $24/dozen
chocolate covered oreos $24/dozen
2-tier cake $18
flower shaped iced cookies $33/dozen plus $25 custom cutter fee

BUDGET CHIC Sweets Table: $66
donut holes $2.04 (1 bag)
frosted cookies $5.58 (2 containers @ $2.79 each)
mini marshmallows $1 (1 bag)
regular marshmallows $1 (1 bag)
cupcakes $7.99 (1 dozen)
cupcake gumpaste toppers $8/dozen
jello $2.24 (2 boxes @ $1.12 each)
orange gummy rings $2 (2 bags)
truffles $7.60 (2 bags @ $3.79 each)
hershey kisses $6.60 (2 bags @ $3.29 each)
bliss chocolates $6.60 (2 bags @ $3.29 each)
mandarin oranges $4.40 (2 cans @ $2.19 each)
swirl lollipops $3.49 (2 pops @ $3.49 each)
taffy $4.99 (1 container)
sprinkles $2.44

A cost savings of $165!

With that savings, you could purchase the ENTIRE table of all the decor elements purchased at Target on the Budget Chic table including:

  • 16-piece dinnerware set $59.99
  • tablecloth $12.99
  • 3-tier pedestal serving plates $34.99 (only 2 shown on the table)
  • clear ramekins $4.00
  • white flower pillow $19.99
  • furry throw blanket $19.99

AND….still have $17 leftover! Go have lunch with your girlfriends with your leftover cash and toast to your fabulousness!

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$100 TARGET GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

I hope this post has inspired you to think outside the box a bit when creating your next sweets table! And now, I’m giving away a $100 Target Gift Card to one lucky reader to help with the cost of creating their own “Sweets Bar Look For Less”! Good luck!

To Enter:
– Post a comment below, mentioning what item(s) you liked best on each dessert table.

– Giveaway ends Monday, April 23rd at midnight PST. The Winner will be chosen randomly and announced here after they’ve been notified and accepted the prize. Good luck!

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VENDOR CREDITS & RESOURCES:

– Table styling & design: Soireé Event Design
– Photography: Stay Classic Photography
– Fondant Flower toppers: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes
– Flower Marshmallow Pops: The Marshmallow Studio
– Cake pops, spoon cake pops & chocolate covered oreos: The Gourmet Pop
– Flower Iced Cookies: Vanilla & Chocolate
– 2 Tier Cake: Albertsons grocery store
– Flower mini gumpaste toppers: The Kupcake Spot
– All sweets, linen and decor on Budget Chic table: Target
– Swirl lollipops & taffy: “The Candy Store at Target” collection

 

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341Comments

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Jessica SAYS:

I love the cake on the high end table and the cupcakes on the look for less table!

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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maureen SAYS:

On the Designer table I like the Petal shaped cookies.
On the Budget table the cupcakes.

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm

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Andrea SAYS:

The marshallow pops on the high end table look delish! And my favorite on the budget table has to be the pillow!

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

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Jen SAYS:

I love the cake stand on the high end table and love the table cloth from the budget chic table.

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm

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chelsea SAYS:

I love the magnolia flowers on the high end table and the cupcake stands on the budget one!

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm

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amy marantino SAYS:

i like the high end flower marshmallow pops and the budget cupcakes

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

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Eva SAYS:

designer: spoon cake pops! soooooooo cute!!

budget: i love the jello/marshmallow parfaits!!

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm

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Beth SAYS:

I liked the cake pops on the high end and loved the Jell-o cups on the budget.

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm

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Amanda SAYS:

Both tables look so great, but OH how I love those flowers on the 2-tier cake. And… also, I love the idea of using little marshmallows to steady the lollipops. So clever!

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm

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Melis in Wis. SAYS:

My favorite from the high end table are the cake pops. My favorite from the budget chic table are the marshmallow kabobs – so clever!

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm

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Julie SAYS:

On the Designer table I liked the Flower Marshmallow Pops and on the Budget table the Marshmallow Skewers

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm

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Carmen SAYS:

I adore this idea!!! I love the splurge vs save idea for home decor, using it in party decor is such a grand idea.

I adore the fondant toppers in the splurge version.
I love using a regular place setting as serve-ware in the save version.

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm

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Francine SAYS:

I like the BIG swirled suckers!

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm

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Rebecca SAYS:

On the high end I love, the flower cookies. On the budget table I love the use of wrapped candies in corresponding colors. What a great idea!

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm

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annmulligan SAYS:

Love the cupcakes! Of course I’m a cupcake-ateer. I also love the fondant magnolia flowers. My kids said they can’t wait for the giant sweetshop lollipops!

Reply April 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm

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