Creative Dessert Bars for Wedding Receptions

Desert Bars are a popular trend with Brides this year. Many brides are ditching the traditional 7 layer wedding cake and chocolate groom’s cake and creating “do it yourself” dessert bars. What a fun idea for a wedding reception! Everyone loves the idea of getting to create their own yummy dessert! Here are my 5 favorite dessert bars by couples who dared to take a leap.

1. Reception Donut Bar
donut bar

A donut bar?! Yumm!!! There are few sweets I enjoy more than a warm, flaky donut! Love the chalkboard display with the flavor choices. Not to mention- donuts are pretty inexpensive!

2. Reception Sundae Station

sundae station

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Being an ice cream connoisseur, this one was a must for me. This is a GREAT idea for summer weddings! Different flavors of ice cream with different topics to choose from sounds dreamy on a hot day. All this picture is missing are the cute mason jars to serve the sundaes in!


3. Reception Pie Bar


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I’ll take one of each please! I’m in love with the idea of a pie bar. Pies are not something you usually see offered at weddings, and why not- everyone loves a pie! This is a great setting for an indoor or outdoor reception.


4. Reception Oreo Bar

oreo cake

Seneca Epley Photography / via

I couldn’t pass up this creative oreo cake! What an original idea! I’m not sure that I would want this to be the only dessert offered at a wedding reception but it is a very clever idea. Kids would absolutely love it. I would definitely make sure to have an “oreo cutter” for this cake- no free for all for the kiddos!


5. Reception Milk and Cookie Bar

cookie bar

Liz and Ryan / Allison Barnhill Designs

This is another fun, kid friendly bar for a wedding reception. I love the idea of offering different types of cookies to munch on throughout the night, but would suggest offering a cake or other dessert to go with it. I’m also not sure many adults would pick up the milk but the kids would love it! Maybe you could add a supervised “adult milk” section?