Candy and dessert bars have become a must-have item at many parties, however, they can get pretty pricey! A less expensive alternative to candy is cookies. Girl Scout cookies just so happen to be my favorite AND it’s the only time of year you can buy them, so I’ve designed a high-end looking Milk and Cookies Bar for a Noah’s Ark themed baby shower featuring my top 3 favorite Girl Scout cookies: Tagalongs, Thin Mints and Samoas! Be sure to scroll down for my 3 Look for Less Tips to creating a high-end looking dessert table for less.
LOOK FOR LESS DESIGN TIPS
1. Create your dessert bar around an inexpensive, yet yummy dessert like cookies then splurge on designer accents!
Cookies are my go-to dessert item when working on a budget. They are reasonably priced and you can even make them yourself. Doing this will allow more money in your budget for designer accents like these 3D animal fondant toppers and animal cake pops. Adding these custom sweets to your bar adds to the table’s decor and gives it a polished, high-end designer look.
TIP: Cookies are bulky so they take up a lot of room on your table which means you don’t have to buy as much to fill your table! As compared to having to buy pounds and pounds of M&Ms to fill one small jar which can totally eat up your budget!
2. Use the decor from your house in the party decor!
In the case of baby showers, use the baby’s nursery decor to decorate your baby shower. Here the nursery’s theme was Noah’s Ark, so I simply wrapped the table with the crib bumper, used the stuffed animals as table decor and displayed the lamp and storage boxes as the centerpiece.
TIP: To save money, coordinate your baby shower theme to match the baby’s nursery so you will have PLENTY of decor to use in your shower and spend NO MONEY!
3. Match the color of the table’s decor to the main color of your dessert!
One of my design tricks for creating a polished table design is to incorporate into the table decor the color of the dessert item. Here the predominant color in the Girl Scout Cookies was brown, so I was deliberate about incorporating browns and tans in the table’s decor which pulls the whole look together and gives it a polished finish.
TIP: When working with a budget Cookie Bars are a great alternative to Candy Bars! You still get that WOW design factor in your party space and you save money.
Want more “Look for Less” tips and party inspiration? Click over to my blog “The Girlfriend’s Guide to Party Planning” to see my own “Cravings” Dessert Bars I designed for my own baby shower last year & more tips!
– Event Styling & Design: Soiree Event Design
– Fondant animal toppers: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes
– Cake pop animals: The Gourmet POP
– Photography: Stay Classic Photography
– Nursery bedding and stuffed animals: Pottery Barn Kids
– Lamp: PBteen