A Marie Antoinette-inspired Dessert Buffet
Sometime in June 2016, while my dad was driving us home from work, he shared that he wanted to throw my mom a Surprise Party to celebrate her 60th birthday. He designated me as the party planner and event stylist, but I suppose that was only because there was no one else in our immediate family who was available (my sister has a full-time job) or willing (my brother was only interested in attending parties, not planning them).
One of the main features I decided on was the dessert buffet. With a pink and gold motif in mind, I channeled Marie Antoinette and gathered as many sweets and cakes as I could, in one bountiful spread. While doing the prep work I chanced upon this clothing display module being sold online by a boutique owner who had used it in her shop in Greenhills. I fell in love with the lamps and knew that with a fresh coat of pink paint, it would make a nice backdrop for our dessert buffet.
I ordered a variety of treats, including red velvet cupcakes and lemon macarons (dyed pink) from Desserts and a Lady, oreo truffles, Happy cream puffs, sugar cookies, marshmallows, red velvet crinkles and Marks and Spencer caramel eclairs. My sister added a jar of jellybeans for good measure.
Let them eat cake
Since this Marie Antoinette-inspired spread would not be complete without cake, I made sure our guests will have a few cake options. I added strawberry cheesecake and mango cheesecake from Desserts and a Lady, a chocolate mousse from Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant, and a large rectangular caramel cake from Estrel’s. Estrel’s caramel cake was supposed to be my mom’s main birthday cake, and it matched the vintage theme perfectly! To our surprise, some of our guests added three more cakes – 2 chocolate works of art from Tous Les Jours and a Mango Bravo cake from Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant (not in the photos). SO. MUCH. CAKE!
Vintage-style take-out boxes
Knowing that there were too many sweets for our 60 guests, I prepared take home boxes which I designed and personally glued and folded. Party planning is exhausting!
Here’s the original design:
And here’s the final product:
Finally as a bonus, here’s a photo of me in four-inch heels, writing the dessert labels by hand. Hey, if I didn’t have time to comb my hair or put on makeup that evening, I didn’t have time to print names on labels!
Photos taken by Jayson of Starfish Media