Look for Less: Budget Chic Summer Soiree Dessert Table

Hey party peeps!
Dessert tables can be downright pricey! Today’s post is Part 2 of my Look For Less Summer Soiree Dessert Table. If you missed the Designer Table, CLICK HERE to see that table so you can see how today’s Budget Chic version compares to the Designer inspiration table.


Here I designed two different sweets tables at two different price points: high end and “budget chic”. For the high end designer table, I included treats by some of the most sought-after sweets designers.

For my “Budget Chic” table, I challenged myself to see if I could design a high-end looking, color-coordinated sweets table for less by purchasing all of the items from my favorite store: Target… affectionately known as “Targét!”


Let’s get real! Not all of us can afford the custom gourmet dessert options out there. If you are on a tight budget and can’t afford to custom order sweets, don’t worry! You don’t have to give up style and quality. In fact, Target has an array of candy and sweets – especially Super Target, which also has an awesome bakery with many sweets options. For example:

I created the ENTIRE Budget Chic table design using items found in Target including all the decor, linen and sweets all for less than the cost of ONLY the desserts on the high-end table! Here’s how you can do it to:


1. Look for candy that is wrapped or packaged in your colors like I did here with the blue-wrapped Hershey Kisses and Bliss Chocolates and the orange-wrapped Lindor Truffles.

2. Add in candy or sweets that are your colors like the orange sour rings, mandarin oranges, and blue frosted cookies.

3. Finally, get creative with store-bought items! Combine them or use them in creative ways for an additional wow factor and high-end custom look.


Marshmallows are all the rage right now. They are being transformed into real works of sugar art! You can see examples of how The Marshmallow Studio created fabulous marshmallow flowers in Part 1 of this post (the designer table). But for those who don’t have the budget for these gourmet marshmallow desserts…I have good news! You can still get in on the trend for less by getting creative with how you use regular bags of marshmallows. My favorite brand is Jet-Puffed Marshmallows and I use them ALL THE TIME in my sweets tables especially when there are budget constraints. They are inexpensive and due to their size, can fill up a standard candy jar with just 1-2 bags which is only around $2! Kids and adults love them so it is a win-win! I got creative with them and created marshmallow kabobs by putting them on skewers with orange sour rings in between for a pop of color! I also used them to create custom jello parfaits. These are HITS! They are always the first things gone off of the dessert table when I serve these.


Add decorations, like I did here with gumpaste toppers, from The Kupcake Spot for an affordable way to add a custom look to store-bought cupcakes. To get the cake pops for less, I put powdered donut holes on sticks and used blue sprinkles to match the color scheme.



One of my favorite Look for Less tricks is to purchase store-bought candy that matches my color palette. This is a super easy way to add a pop of color in a small quantity without having to spend a fortune on candy that is the actual color which sometimes you have to buy in large quantities. I also display them in bowls and lay them out on trays for a more upscale look. I also lucked out and at the time I designed this table Target had an awesome candy collection in stores that featured gourmet style candy at affordable prices like these swirl lollipops and taffy.


Another key to a fabulous high-end looking sweets table is how you style it, all starting with the containers and platters. Using bright white containers in the very modern square design adds a touch of modern elegance to your table.

For the Budget Chic table, all the platters and candy holders came from one 16-piece dinnerware set from Target. You’ll have enough to completely display an entire sweets table and the fact that it’s white means you can reuse it all the time! I even found a way to use the coffee mugs in the box by turning the handles to the back so that they now look like little ceramic vases!

When looking for ideas to style your sweets table, don’t be afraid to look outside of the typical party and dining departments! To create this decor on the “Budget Chic” table I went to the bedding department and found the perfect furry throw blanket and fabulous white felt flower pillow that matched my theme perfectly and added a nice texture to the table and a wow-factor!


Here is the Look for Less cost comparison of the designer table sweets vs. the budget chic sweets. CLICK HERE to see the full Designer Table post.

Fondant 3D flower toppers $30/dozen
Fondant flat flower toppers $30/dozen
Marshmallow pops $48 ($4 each)
Cake pops $24/dozen
Spoon cakes $24/dozen
Chocolate covered oreos $24/dozen
2-tier cake $18
Flower shaped iced cookies $33/dozen plus $25 custom cutter fee

BUDGET CHIC Sweets Table: $66 TOTAL
Donut holes $2.04 (1 bag)
Frosted cookies $5.58 (2 containers @ $2.79 each)
Jet-Puffed mini marshmallows $1 (1 bag)
Jet-Puffed marshmallows $1 (1 bag)
Cupcakes $7.99 (1 dozen)
Cupcake gumpaste toppers $8/dozen
Jello $2.24 (2 boxes @ $1.12 each)
Gummy rings $2 (2 bags)
Lindor Truffles $7.60 (2 bags @ $3.79 each)
Hershey Kisses $6.60 (2 bags @ $3.29 each)
Bliss chocolates $6.60 (2 bags @ $3.29 each)
Mandarin oranges $4.40 (2 cans @ $2.19 each)
Swirl lollipops $3.49 (2 pops @ $3.49 each)
Taffy $4.99 (1 container)
Sprinkles $2.44

A cost savings of $165!

With that savings, you could purchase the ENTIRE table of all the decor elements purchased at Target on the Budget Chic table including:

  • 16-piece dinnerware set $59.99
  • Tablecloth $12.99
  • 3-tier pedestal serving plates $34.99 (only 2 shown on the table)
  • Clear ramekins $4.00
  • White flower pillow $19.99
  • Furry throw blanket $19.99

AND….still have $17 leftover! Go have lunch with your girlfriends with your leftover cash and toast to your fabulousness!



– Table styling & design: Soireé Event Design
– Photography: Stay Classic Photography
– Flower mini gumpaste toppers: The Kupcake Spot
– All sweets, linen and decor on Budget Chic table: Target

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  1. Sandy SK says:

    I love how much you saved on the Budget Chic display and sweets. I think it looks better.

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Sounds like you figured out the way to save a lot of money! Good for you – sounds like a fun party.

  3. You saved a lot and it looks great! I love everything you did here!

  4. I love a good theme party. You put a nice one together!

  5. What a gorgeous set up. I’m inspired to do something similar by all of your wonderful photos.

  6. Wow I love this! The colors are perfect and everything looks amazing. I love seeing money when I can!

  7. Everything is beautiful! Amazing what you have done with marshmallows

  8. That is so gorgeous! I can’t believe you were able to make such a beautiful set up on a budget.

  9. I wouldn’t want to eat anything! It is all too beautiful! You did a really great job! I love all that Super Target has to offer!!

  10. That party looks amazing!! I love your party on a budget tricks, it still looks like a fabulous party!!

  11. Your creativity continues to amaze me. So many great ideas.

  12. Jacqueline says:

    This is seriously something that would go viral on Pinterest! What an amazing setup. The matching store bought chocolates are such a great money-saving idea!

  13. Jacqui Odell says:

    What a beautiful table setting! I love that it’s budget friendly.

  14. Fi Ní Neachtáin says:

    I always pick up party decor, treats and favours at my local discount store and they are fab. Your soiree looks like you had no expense spared even though you did, amazing.

  15. I love that you can get the expensive look but save money. I love all of the colors and foods:)

  16. That is a huge savings! I love the little jello cups with the marshmallows and fruit ring. I love these colors and the cupcakes are so cute!

  17. I am loving this party. The shade of blue is so nice.

  18. This dessert table looks absolutely gorgeous, like something out of a magazine! I know what I am doing for my next party!

  19. I love that I’m not the only one who calls Target that, lol! I can’t believe how much you saved on the Budget Chic Sweets table!

  20. This setup is so pretty. I love it just as much as the designer one you made. Those cups are super cute!

  21. Wonderful layout. You did it on a great price

  22. That is a huge difference. It is definitely takes time to come up with this kind of stuff, but it is totally worth it

  23. Love the colors. Reminds me of the movie Frozen. Looks like goodies I would love to enjoy at a gathering!

  24. Bonnie @ wemake7 says:

    What an awesome party set up! Looks like you save a lot of money. Saving money is my favorite! Thanks for this.

  25. michele d says:

    Everything looks wonderful. Love the color blue. This would be great for summer.

  26. That dessert bar looks amazing! I love the pop of blue, so perfect for the summer.

  27. This is adorable and fantastic way to save money. Love the marshmallow treats

  28. What a great way to have a party on the budget. I love the marshmallow skewers. They sound delicious

  29. These Look Great ..Marshmallows have always been a favorite of mine. I’m loving the set-up and budget friendly tips

  30. Hi Tonya – Really beautiful setting, as you say ‘chic’ and loving your ideas – along with the budget wise thinking! Getting my creative ‘juices’ flowing – thank you 🙂

  31. The marshmallows look really good. What a fun treat and idea for summer! Happy SUMMER! )

  32. I love the look of the jello treats. I have to try and make them.

  33. This is so super cute! One of the cutest tabelscapes I have ever seen. Love it!

  34. I can never get over how absolutely gorgeous your parties are!

  35. You definitely know how to throw a criwd pleaser party on a budget. Great job on sacing money!

  36. I’m a huge fan of color and color coordination, so something like this really speaks to me. I love how ‘sweet’ everything looks. I want to create a dessert table!

  37. This is absolutely beautiful! I would love to host something like this for my girlfriends! Thank you for sharrng these great tips!

  38. What a beautiful dessert bar! I would have loved to have that in my party.

  39. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This looks amazing. I love the colors you used. This would be fantastic for a party. I will have to use a few of these ideas for my next BBQ.

  40. I love the budget friendly ideas. This party looks amazing!

  41. Wow! That is a crazy amount of savings! I can’t believe how fab your event was for such a great price! Love everything about this.


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