Romantic Dessert Table

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I created this fun and funky dessert table for Valentine’s Day, but I’ve been told this would be a great idea for romantic spring events, too.  This colorful table is romantic, whimsical, and totally bohemian.  My inspiration pieces?  Two sarongs that I purchased while vacationing in Jamaica a few years ago.  With their bright colors and tribal print motifs, they made the perfect tablecloth to build upon.

fullview table_kporterTo pull this look together, I headed over to Antique Depot, one of my favorite antique stores in the DC – Baltimore area.  Then it was off to the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Definitely not the most glamorous shopping trip, but it resulted in a fun and surprising mix of candy jars and other dessert table essentials.


One of my favorite finds was this terrific ruby red cake plate.  I placed it on top of one that I already owned to create a delicious cupcake and cookie tower.


This trio of retro candy jars turned out to be a cute addition to the dessert table.  As you can see, they provided plenty of love and happiness.


Other elegant finds included pairs of vintage candy dishes to display grapes, atlas vases for the Tootsie Pops and Asian mini-vases for the flowers.

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I added personal touches {and additional color} with scrapbooking paper and ribbon — my two entertaining must-haves!  The baked goods, candy and flowers all came from the grocery store.  I really saved time and money by mixing in items that I already owned with my new purchases from the antique and thrift store.

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This dessert table is clearly a reflection of what I like, which is a mix of modern, vintage, color and cultures.

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These days, entertaining is all about injecting our own individual style.  So make sure your table and displays include your unique, personal touches.

All images by Kelly Porter of Porter House Designs

6 thoughts on “Romantic Dessert Table

  1. I love love love ths table. You are very talented! I am a colorist and spend time on the internet searching for outstanding color inspiration. Your sense of color is extraordinary!

    I would love to share your link on my blog!
    Take care

  2. Ohhhh Kelly… those treats look so decadant!! You definitely have me thinking about Valentine’s Day treats for my honey!!

    Speaking of Valentine’s Day… we’re having a giveaway over at DesignTies that we’d love for you to enter! I know you were just visiting us (thanks, by the way… I’m tired soooo of house hunting shows, too!), but I hope you’ll return and check out the bling that we’re giving away!! Bring your readers too ;-)

    .-= Victoria @ DesignTies´s last blog ..Giveaway that guarantees you’ll get jewellery for Valentine’s Day! =-.

  3. Sooo pretty! I love the way you used your ‘tablecloth’ as inspiration. I also love the colors, and the candy jars are adorable. Great ideas!

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