Fab Fetes: Dessert Tables

I’m a huge fan of Amy Atlas and her beautiful dessert table displays.  So when I started my new job, I just had to call in and get an estimate.  But my dreams of partnering with Amy and combining our creative minds came to a quick halt when I learned their prices begin at $8000.
8k for candy? I think not.

I’d rather go back to my earlier post where I dissected Amy’s work, analyzed the elements that made the tasty displays eye-catching successes and attempt to do it myself.  You’ll see my summarized list of dos and dont’s from my previous entry. Here’s a video where she gives away a few of her secrets.

I plan to take these tips and save my work budget towards creating my own dessert table.  I figure with a little shopping (linens, ribbons, patterned paper and colored candies) I should be able to create similar works of art.  Now let’s see if I’ll have the TIME!

  1. Susan Yu says:

    I love pretty/elegant dessert tables, too!! Especially for special occasions…I just have to keep an eye on the budget, because there is no limit when it comes to decorating:)

    1. fabgab says:

      yea, can you believe the 8k minimum cost that I got quoted?

  2. Alison S says:

    That’s alot of money to spend on a display. Good luck on your display, I know yours will be awesome.

  3. julia says:

    well, at least it can inspire designs at lower prices!

  4. miso says:

    i’m working on a dessert table for a client. 😀 i’ve done a tremendous amount of research, so if you ever need any help in terms of purchasing goodies for a cheap price! let me know! : )

    lol 8k for all the goodies she probably purchased?!?! i’m making everything for my client and i’m not even charging that much!

    1. fabgab says:

      OOH I would love if you could post here your favorite online vendors for dessert table anything. Right now I’m wondering where to buy macaroons at a bulk rate.

    2. Lacey says:

      Hi Miso- I was just wondering if you had any advice in how to price out dessert tables? I love doing it, and would like to make it a business someday, but I have no idea how to even start with charges. Thanks! Please email me at laceybuck@hotmail.com

      1. fabgab says:

        You need to think about charging in two categories: Material cost + Your cost. I would say, know how much you plan to spend for the materials needed (display units, papers, backdrops, candies, desserts, delivery fees etc). Then consider adding a small upcharge to that. Then, estimate the amount of time you need to dedicate to the project. Everything from design consultations to the actual installation and breakdown need to be included and multiply that with your hourly fee. I hear Amy Atlas charges at minimum $700 per project no matter what the project is. You might need to consider what the minimum charge would be for yourself in order to make the project worth your time and effort. I hope this helps!

  5. miso says:

    macarons, aye? lol. if i lived in new york, i’d totally make them for you at a cheap price! i’ll be posting up a tutorial on how to make macarons on my blog this upcoming week.

    1. fabgab says:

      move out herre soon!!!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Where did you find the hot pink striped backdrop? I’ve been searching for something just like this to use on a client’s dessert table!

    1. fabgab says:

      That table setup was not mine but you should be able to find a similar striped fabric at any fabric store. You could even do a quick search online for one. There are tons of great wholesalers who sell fabric online. I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for.

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