Classic Holiday Dessert Table

A good friend of ours has a birthday on December 23rd, and most years he (and his lovely wife) use his birthday as a wonderful excuse to have a Christmas/Birthday party.  A few years ago, the birthday boy celebrated his 40th birthday.  Ever since, the party invitations have read, “please join us for John’s (2nd, 3rd, 4th…) annual 40th birthday party!”  Last year, I offered to prepare desserts for the party of about 40 guests.  I’ve enjoyed playing party planner for this family a couple times, and their daughter’s Snowflake Ballerina Party is still one of my favorites!

Please enjoy John’s 3rd annual… or was it 4th annual, 40th birthday party!

This classic dessert table set up could work easily for a variety of holiday occasions.  I started with a set of cake stands in the center (Martha Stewart Collection at Macy’s), some pretty glass trees (Target), added simple boxes wrapped in paper (I use boxes to create height on a table for most of my dessert displays), with square plates (Target) setting on top.  Matching white rectangular platters (Target) work great for displaying lots of treats, and a smaller platter (Crate and Barrel) in the center completed the set up.

Now let’s take a look at the desserts…

 I made my (famous among my friends) Fudge Mint Brownies.

(Left) Coconut Snowballs and (right) Decorated Sugar Cookies.

More decorated Sugar Cookies (not quite sure why I made them blue when everything else was red/green/white… oh well)

(Right)  Delicious Cranberry White Chocolate Bars (think Starbuck’s Cranberry Bliss bars!)

I decorated store bought white fudge oreos with simple royal icing snowflakes, piped directly onto the cookies.

Which treat would you go for first?


  1. Glory, you did a fantastic job!!! I am so impressed. You style so beautifully and make everything look so classy and elegant! I ADORE that blue in there… its positively genius!!

  2. I love this, Glory! And I think the blue is just so nice in there! Truly I don't know what I would go for first. But I know I would be back for seconds… 😉

  3. I would totally go for brownies first. Mainly because they look delicious but also because chocolate always wins.

    I love seeing your dessert tables, they always look so gorgeous!!

  4. they are all so yummy looking. but if i had to pick … the snowflakes are just to cute. they are my 1st pick. but i think i would have to try a little piece of them all. (:

  5. The chocolate mint for sure! Then I'd get a cup of tea and have one of those beautiful sugar cookies! A gorgeous dessert display! I love the blue and white cookies among the red and green…they add a touch of cold winter to the warmness of everything else!


  6. Beautiful, Glory!!! I would definitely go for the brownies first, then sugar cookies!!! I'm a chocolate kinda gal!!! I love the touch of blue in there….soooo pretty!!! Everything looks beautiful!!! Also….where did you get your tree cutter???? I love the simple triangle shape…and have been searching for one!!!

  7. I'd go for the brownies for sure! Beautiful table!!

  8. aaaawwwwwwwww!! Boy did I check over here at the right time…So sweet Glory!! You are just an angel…..and very generous…as it was the 8th annual..hahjahah..

  9. Oh man that spread looks amazing. *drools* I wouldn't be able to choose which to nom first lol

    Amazing job =)

    ~ Kieli ~

  10. Ooooh….definitely the mint brownies!!! The table looks lovely….thanks for the ideas.

  11. Breathtaking! I love the pop of green. I wish I had some trees like that!

  12. mmmm… they all look delicious!!

  13. My birthday is on the 23rd as well! So you can just go ahead and come on over this year and set up a spread like that at my house too. I'll take leftovers. :o)

  14. I love the cranberry bliss bars… They are on my blog (recipes to try list) and I can't wait to make them!

  15. It all looks so wonderful.

  16. How utterly DELECTABLE! And just in time for the holidays. I think I'd go for the Oreos… 🙂

  17. What a beautiful dessert table, Glory! Everything looks nice and perfect… I love the touch of blue…

  18. I'd have to go for those brownies and then the cranberry bliss bars. Your table is beautiful!

  19. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the brownies

  20. Glory, what a great, simple and yummy looking table!
    I don't mind the blue in there, I think it compliments all the other sweets.
    I think I'd go for those cranberry bars first, then a mint brownie, then a coconut ball, and then cookies…sorry but you must understand the allure of anything BUT a cookie for me!!!

  21. The question "Which treat would you go for first" represents cruel and unusual punishment.

  22. The question "Which treat would you go for first" represents cruel and unusual punishment.

  23. The question "Which treat would you go for first" represents cruel and unusual punishment.

  24. I know why you made them blue. Because there are blue balls on the christmas trees. HEHEHEHE, I said blue balls. Blue ornaments.


  26. Glory! This is beautiful! I would have to go for the coconut balls first but would soon go back to try everything. You have such a gift to make things elegant and beautiful!

  27. Everything Looks Beautiful!

  28. Pretty Table Glory! Those cranberry white chocolate bars look really yum!!

  29. Glory, this is fantastic! 🙂 They look too pretty to be eaten! Out of curiosity, why don't you work as a party planner? 🙂

  30. I think it would be a tie between the brownies and sugar cookie trees. Is two fisting dessert at a party rude? 🙂

  31. I love your brownies, I get asked to make them all the time!

  32. Beautiful! I would definitely go for the mint brownies first!

  33. Absolutely beautiful Glory! I would go for the Christmas trees or the beautiful blue snowflakes. Love them! My son would GRAB those mint brownies!

  34. wow what a beautiful display. Everything look so delicious, but if I must choose I´ll go for the brownies. Misbah/cupcakeluv

  35. Looks amazing!! I would go for the snowflakes sugar cookies first…have a taste of everything and then go back for seconds!

  36. Such a beautiful display of goodies! I would have a hard time choosing which treat to enjoy first. Possibly the coconut ball. No wait, the fudge mint brownie. How sweet are they? Who am I kidding… I'd eat it anyway.

  37. I like your dessert table. But could you tell me how to organize holiday baking? I always have this question when we have something to celebrate. For example: For Thanksgiving I would like to make Sugar Cookies, your Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars and Pumpkin Roll w/filling. Where do I start? What to make first? What do you do when you make dessert table?
    Thank you,

  38. I would definitely go for the coconut snowballs! But everything looks wonderful!

  39. Wow, everything on that table looks so cute and delicious! I'd definitely go for the snowflake sugar cookies first; they look absolutely divine.

  40. Hi, I just adore your blog. Love that holiday christmas party table. I just found you from Tidy Moms blog.


  41. You inspire me! This is absolutely beautiful!

  42. I love that I know exactly what spot this is in your house! I also love the fudge mint brownies! I have made these and they are awesome! Love you!

  43. I LOVE those white plates, platters, etc. from Target! I'm working on building up a collection. I would totally head straight for the mint brownies, and people would have to fight me for them. 😀

  44. Forgot to add that this display is amazing! But then all of your parties & displays are. 🙂

  45. Glory everything looks beautiful!
    Can I ask where you get the little papers that the brownies are on? I am making squares for a bake exchange and would like to put them on something like that.

  46. I love that table. Specialy the tower with the trees on top. Everything looks tasty. You have officially inspired me.

  47. Wow! This looks stunning – I love the colour combination and like the touch of blue there too.

  48. Oh my word! It's all so stunningly beautiful!!

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