The Best Fall Wedding Dessert Table Ideas

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Great wedding menu ideas for a fall wedding dessert table or bar.

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Looking for ideas for a fall wedding dessert table or dessert bar? This post includes ideas for festive foods to celebrate the fall wedding season.

Food bars and themed tables are a popular way to serve guests at weddings. They provide wedding guests with options, and allow the newlyweds to share their favorite foods with guests.

A wedding dessert bar can be a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth among your guests. It can also help to stretch wedding cake by offering other sweet options for wedding guests to eat.

Also, if you are in a rush to plan a wedding or having a hard time finding a custom baker to cater your order, then creating a DIY fall wedding dessert bar can be a good way to arrange desserts for a wedding. Depending on the venue that you use and local ordinances, you may be able to provide your own food for your wedding.

Many of the foods on this list can be purchased at bakeries, donut shops, cupcake shops, or supermarkets. Individually packaged foods make great items for a dessert table.

The food can be arranged in food displays on a table. Covered food displays with plenty of plates, napkins, and serving tongs can make it easy for guests to serve themselves, or you can assign attendants to the dessert bar to help guests gather the treats that they pick out.

Besides, who doesn’t love having a table of donuts, pies, cupcakes, and other pastries placed before them?

If you need catering, find out if local supermarkets do catering. Sometimes grocery stores have catering managers that can arrange to have food prepared and catered for your event. Local cafes and restaurants may also offer similar services. Talk to your wedding planner for ideas about how to incorporate a dessert bar and other food and drink bars into your wedding.

Fall Wedding Dessert Table Themes

A fall wedding dessert table offers the perfect opportunity to decorate the space according to your wedding theme.

Popular wedding dessert table themes include fall seasonal items like pumpkins and apple pie spice. Donut walls are another popular fall wedding dessert table feature.

Fall flower arrangements are a great way to accent your wedding dessert table.

Don’t forget to use table cloths to cover tables, and have plenty of serveware for guests to use. Tongs, large spoons, and large forks are great to have, as are pretty cake stands and cupcake towers to display foods.

Fall Wedding Coffee Bar + Drinks

A coffee bar makes a great accompaniment to a dessert bar. Serve hot drinks, like coffee, tea, cocoa, or apple cider to go with the desserts. Bottled water is a good refreshment.

Use chalkboard signs to direct guests or let them know about the different offerings on the dessert bar table. Wood slices can be used to create different heights for dessert bar offerings.

Individually wrapped options are easy for guests to choose from and take back to their tables. These items can be arranged in decorative baskets or bins that match the wedding colors and decorations.

Fall weddings are wonderful because the season gives you so many delicious foods to put on the menu. Autumn is a time of apple cinnamon, caramel, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice flavors, of course.

From apple cider donuts to pumpkin pie, here are some of the best fall foods to include on a fall wedding dessert bar menu.

Easy Wedding Dessert Bar Ideas for Fall

Here are 14 ideas for foods that would be good seasonal choices for a fall wedding dessert table.

1—Apple Cider Donuts

Apple cider donuts are a classic fall food and very popular for fall weddings. Other great fall donut flavors include pumpkin spice donuts, maple glazed donuts, and apple fritters. Small bags of donut holes—for example, including 3 to 5 donut rounds per bag, are another tasty idea for fall weddings.

2—Mini Caramel Apples

Mini apples are snacking apples that are small in size, but big in taste. These tiny apples dipped in caramel sauce would make adorable candied apples for a wedding dessert table. If you can’t find miniature apples locally, then sliced apples dipped in caramel sauce are another option to consider.

3—Pie Pops

Pie pops are mini pies that are served on a stick, like a lollipop. Apple, cherry, and blueberry pie pops are all great options for a fall wedding dessert table, but you’re not limited by flavor. For a really cute and festive wedding idea, dip one edge of each pie pop in chocolate or glaze one side of each pie pop to decorate them.


Cookies are a tasty and easy treat to add to a fall wedding dessert table. Great fall cookies include candy corn cookies, carrot cake cookies, cranberry oatmeal cookies, maple glazed shortbread cookies, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin macarons, salted caramel chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, and soft gingerbread cookies. Warm, classic chocolate chip cookies are a great choice, too.

5—Cheesecake Squares

If you have a way to keep them cold, cheesecake squares are a good option for a wedding. Look for fall cheesecake flavors like caramel apple cheesecake, caramel macchiato cheesecake, pecan turtle, and classic pumpkin cheesecake.

6—Cupcakes / Cupcake Tower

Cupcakes are always popular at fall weddings, sometimes even taking the place of the cake. Popular fall cupcake flavors include pumpkin, vanilla, salted caramel, red velvet, and carrot cake. Use a cupcake stand to display your favorite cupcake flavors.

7—Mini Pastries

Pastries make great options for a fall wedding dessert table. Creamy pumpkin cannoli, macarons, and chocolate croissants are all great choices for fall.

8—Fresh Fruit

Seasonal fruit and fresh fruits add color and flavor to a dessert table. Mini fruit salads in individual bowls are a refreshing choice for a wedding dessert table. Fresh fruit kabobs are another great way to serve fruit. Simply slide your fruit–like grapes, sliced apples, sliced pears, or quartered figs–onto a skewer to serve.

Fall seasonal fruits include apples, pears, grapes, and figs. Other popular fruits include strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. Sprinkling lemon juice over sliced fruit, like apples and bananas, can help to keep it from browning. Store the fruit on ice to keep it cold.

9—Whoopie Pies

Who doesn’t love an old fashioned whoopie pie? Look for flavors like pumpkin whoopie pies, maple whoopie pies, or caramel apple whoopie pies.

10—S’Mores / S’Mores Bar

Some fall weddings feature DIY s’mores bars for guests, complete with marshmallows, chocolate bars, and Graham crackers.

11—Brownies and Blondies

Brownies and blondies are also popular sweets for a dessert table. Salted caramel brownies and pumpkin blondies would be great picks for fall. Or make classic brownies or blondies and coat them with a creamy glaze or icing that matches your wedding theme colors.

12—Mini Pies and Tarts

Pumpkin pie, apple pie, and pecan pie are the fall pies to have in many parts of the country. Mini pie versions are great to use for dessert bar weddings. Mini fruit tarts are also a great wedding dessert.

13—Cake and Cookie Bars

Cake bars and cookie bars are easy desserts to make and serve to crowds. Plus, you can make them in so many flavors to match your theme or season. Pumpkin bars are a great seasonal flavor, as are salted caramel chocolate chip cookie bars. Red velvet cake bars are another fun dessert idea for fall weddings.


Snack bags of fall candies and confections are another great treat for a wedding dessert bar. Classic fall candies include candy corn, caramel apple candy, pumpkin jelly beans, chewy caramels, and autumn mix jelly beans. Individually wrapped candy bars are also a favorite. Place your favorite mix of candy in a small decorated sack for each guest. These also make great wedding favors.

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