Dessert plates can be a fun, easy way to please family and friends (or your Valentine!). This dessert plate for two is styled around Valentines Day with items you can buy at your favorite store. You can always add home-made treats, but the idea here is “easy”. You don’t want to have food prep cut into quality time with your Valentine, right?
Difference Between Dessert Plates and Dessert Boards
Dessert “plates” tend to be small affairs for 2 or 3 people, with dessert “platters” or “boards” more designed for parties or celebrations. Then of course you have the dessert “grazing table” that is more typical of weddings and large events.
Whether a small plate or a large grazing table, the design elelments are similar. Here are some tips to building a plate or board that is beautiful, tasty and awesome for your guest(s):
- Include a variety of textures. Examples might include smooth, creamy chocolates paired with crunchy shortbread cookies and fresh juicy fruit.
- Include a variety of heights. I choose some long, thin rolled wafers, added a few dishes of different heights for the candy, and placed some of the items flat on the plate or board
- Search your home (or the thrift store) for interesting decor that fits with the theme. Because my theme was Valentine’s Day, I found some pink, red and white items that worked well
- Vary the colors. With dessert boards this can get tricky because chocolate and dark fruits are often involved and you need to liven up the brown colors. I chose some bright pink gummy hearts and some cream colored shortbread cookies to offset the browns of the chocolates and the darkness of the raspberries.
- Include something meaningful to your theme or guests. Because my Valentine guest was my husband, I added the glass piece that was the topper for our wedding cake way back when. If you are not designing for your guests, go for something that fits with the theme of the event.
- Keep it simple and not so cluttered. When looking at other dessert plates on the internet, I found many of them to be extremely busy which was not that appealing. Find a centerpiece item and arrange the food artfully around it.
- Add some drinks – alcoholic or non-alcoholic. The drinks themselves can be part of the dessert if they are sweet. The other option is to have non-sweet, refreshing drinks to cleanse the palate between the sweet treats.
There you have it! If you want a recipe for making a simple dessert for two for Valentine’s Day, rather than a whole dessert plate, click here.
If you’d like to watch a video showing how these tips all come together, see the video below.