20 Creative Dessert Buffet Ideas

Finish the night with a serve-yourself treat station that your guests will love.
by Andrea Fowler

Adding a sweets station to your reception food menu is a great way to stretch a dessert budget, especially if you have a large guest list and can't afford a big wedding cake. If you're doing a treat station that's easy to take-away, like candy or cookies, it can easily double as favors too (another cost-cutting tip!). Place favor bags on the table with a sign that says something like "Thank you for coming, you're so sweet. Please take a treat!" That way guests know they can load their bag with goodies and enjoy them after the celebration. Here are some of our favorite treat bar ideas to inspire your own:

  1. Cheesecake and Pie Dessert Bar

    Cheesecake dessert station for a wedding reception
    Jacquelynn Brynn Photography
  2. Vintage Sweets Bar

    Vintage sweets bar dessert station for a wedding reception
    Tifani Lynn Photography
  3. Sweets Station With a Marquee Sign

    Sweets dessert station for a wedding reception
    Aesthetic Life Studio
  4. Cake Pop Dessert Station

    Cake pop dessert station for a wedding reception
    Rachel Ryan
  5. Cookie Dessert Bar

    Cookie bar dessert station for a wedding reception
    Firm Anchor
  6. S'mores Dessert Bar

    Smore's dessert station for a wedding reception
    Austin Gros Photography
  7. Cookie, Tart and Pie Dessert Station

    Pie, cookie and tart dessert station for a wedding reception
    Shaw Photography Co.
  8. Ice Cream Food Truck

    Ice cream food truck dessert station for a wedding reception
    Nicole Haley Photography
  9. Sundae Dessert Bar

    Ice cream sundae dessert station for a wedding reception
    Madeline Barr Photo
  10. Glazed Doughnut Dessert Bar

    Doughnut dessert station for a wedding reception
    Watson Studios
  11. Pie Dessert

    Pie dessert station for a wedding reception
    Carley Rehberg Photography
  12. Cotton Candy Dessert Bar

    Cotton candy dessert station for a wedding reception
    J Photography by Jessi Caparella
  13. Tiered Assorted Dessert Bar

    Macaron, fruit tart and mini cupcake dessert station for a wedding reception
    Melissa Fuller Photography
  14. Gourmet Cupcake Dessert Station

    Cupcake dessert station for a wedding reception
    onelove photography
  15. Color Coordinted Candy Bar

    Color coordinated candy station for a wedding reception
    Belle Ombre Photography
  16. Wonderland-Themed Dessert Station

    Wonderland-themed dessert station
    Jaime Davis Photography
  17. Colorful Candy Bar

    Colorful candy bar dessert station for a wedding reception
    Arielle Doneson Photography
  18. Assorted Pie Dessert Station

    Pie dessert station for a wedding reception
    Kellianne Jordan Photography
  19. Cupcake Dessert Station

    Cupcake dessert station for a wedding reception
    Melissa Durham Photography
  20. Powdered Doughnut Dessert Station

    Doughnut dessert station for a wedding reception
    Kairos Photography
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