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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.


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!”



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.

sweets bar designer cookie flowers

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!

sweets bar designer desserts

sweets bar designer cookies and cake

sweets bar designer cake



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:

budget chic sweets bar desserts

budget chic sweets bar target lollipops

budget chic sweets bar using mandarin oranges

budget chic sweets bar marshmallows

budget chic sweets bar white pillow decoration

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:


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.


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!


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!


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!



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!



– 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


POSTED BY:tonyaTONYA COLEMAN is a busy mother of 4 that ”LOVE LOVE LOVES” design & events! She has more than 10 years of experience in the entertainment business with a very successful graphic design studio & has been designing events for the past 5 years.

342 responses to “The Look For Less: Sweets Bar Trend + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!”

  1. Jessica says:

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

  2. maureen says:

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

  3. Andrea says:

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

  4. Jen says:

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

  5. chelsea says:

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

  6. amy marantino says:

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

  7. Eva says:

    designer: spoon cake pops! soooooooo cute!!

    budget: i love the jello/marshmallow parfaits!!

  8. Beth says:

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. Julie says:

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

  12. 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.

  13. Francine says:

    I like the BIG swirled suckers!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. Jade says:

    I thought the spoon pops were really cute but I also loved the blue jello with marshmallows – very cute!

  17. Judy says:

    LOVE the marshmallow and peach slices kabobs!

  18. Veronica R. says:

    The precious magnolia flowers, and then of course the cake balls! YUM.

  19. Christina W says:

    I love the cake pops on the high end table, and I love all of the candy on the budget table! I can’t wait for the candy at Target!

  20. Mieke says:

    On the highend table, I LOVE the flowers..

    on the budget table, I’m totally stealing the doughnut hole idea for my daughters 7th birthday! That’s genius!

  21. Caryn campos says:

    I like the table runner from the high end table. I’m loving the budget table! The tablecloth, loft house cookies, and blue drink are my fav!

  22. Kristie Long says:

    I loved the marshmallow-orange gummy ring-kabobs! What a lovely idea. I’m in the process of planning a “Lorax” themed party for my 6 year old. I’m going to use that one!!

  23. jennifer e says:

    I like the spoon cakes on the high end and the use of mandarin oranges on the budget table.

  24. Amber Robinson says:

    Love the donuts on the high end table but absolutely love the cupcakes and marshmellow skewers on the budget table. Tres chic!

  25. Julie says:

    I like the table runner on the high end and the cupcakes on the budget chic

  26. Lauren says:

    I love the hello and marshmallows! Can’t wait to plan my next party!!

  27. Joy Nierode says:

    I love the custom fondant flowers on the high end table and the jumbo swirl lollipops on the budget table. Almost too pretty to eat! (Almost ;)

  28. Alyssa says:

    High End Designer: Cake Pops, of course! Cute & Delish!

    Budget Chic: Love the marshmellow kabobs! Creative!

    Great post! Thanks =)

  29. lana kabariti says:

    I love the spoon cake pops on the designer table! (different test to make pops on a stick) and I loved the bummy rings added to the budget table for that pop of color!!

  30. Emmy silva says:

    I love the cake on the higher end , but the budget table looks amazing love the use of the Marshamellows , lollipops I love it all!

  31. Johanna Serbin says:

    Love the colors!!!

    In the high end table I love the marshmallow flowers, a closer look lets you know they are a circle of hearts : )
    On the budget chic table I loved the jello parfaits, and marshmallows skewers

    So cool.

  32. Vanessa says:

    I love the cake on the high end table and the popsicle with marshmallows on the budget table!

  33. Shannan Sanford says:

    I really like the powdered doughnuts with the flowers on top! My daughter loves those and I think the flowers on top would spice them up for her birthday party! Well done!!

  34. Tabitha Mendoza says:

    I LOVED the flower marshmallow pops from the high end table! Almost looked to good to eat! I also loved blue jello with marshmallows on top in the cup! Genius idea! Thanks for posting!!

  35. Loli says:

    My favorite from the budget table is the COLORS! I love blue and orange together. Those Mallow kebabs are cute!! From the designer table i love the cake and the flowers. All of it is so beautiful, though!

  36. Malia says:

    On the high end table the marshmallow flowers are so creative! On the budget friendly table – it has to be the lollipops from Target. I am going to have to go find those!

  37. brenda says:

    i love the marshmallow pops on the high end table and the Candy Store pops on the budget table.

  38. corrineloftus says:

    High End- Spoon Cakes
    Budget- Swirl Lollipops

    I love it all!

  39. Amber Veatch says:

    I love the custom marshmallow lollipop and the marshmallow kabob both super cute options! Excited about the Target candy shop opening. Sounds great!

  40. shondra says:

    I like the cake pops on the high end as well as the flower cookies

    So wish I could afford a high end party my son’s 3rd bday

    and LOVE the hershey kisses on the budget