Sweet Table Culture

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my years of attending Bar and Bat Mitzvah receptions, it’s that the sweet table is the most important part of the party. Sure, you probably need a meal, and maybe a DJ or some sort of entertainment for your guests, but if there’s no sweet table, you didn’t plan the right party.

I like to call this phenomenon: Sweet Table Culture. Sometimes it can take a sort of “Keeping up with the Joneses” (or rather – Keeping Up With The Steins!) attitude where sweet tables compete for over-the-top and most delicious recognition. Now, I don’t mean to be stereotypical, and truly not everyone has to prioritize the sweet table, it’s just that a lot of people…do.

Over the weekend I attended a cousin’s Bar Mitzvah where the sweet table was downright impressive. I could just be out of touch with today’s sweet table fare since it’s definitely been awhile since my regular Bar-Mitzvah attending days but irregardless, the display was beautiful and the desserts…delicious!

You can see in the photos that both taste and presentation play a key role in the assessment of a sweet table. Of course you can’t taste it for yourself, but take my word for it. But the presentation was truly something else. A tower of cupcakes…beautifully decorated tuxedo strawberries, lights interwoven into the display, and countless creative reminders of the Bar Mitzvah’s theme (baseball)…no detail was overlooked. Not to mention, they had people continually replenishing and reworking the table so that it didn’t look picked over or empty.

Between the kid-friendly candy section to the elegant tiramisu trifles and fruit topped tarts, it had the perfect balance of selections for adults and kids.

I don’t think I even captured the lengths that this sweet table extended…nor did I even see the ice cream bar they had!

But my favorite part about the table was the enormous tuxedo strawberries. These strawberries were freakishly large…topping its predecessors in the table’s layout by at least 2 or 3 times their size. Check out my plate of food where I took two of the normal sized strawberries before noticing these bad boys and compare (excuse the poor photo):

You might also notice a beautiful selection of fruit…pineapple, blueberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries…anything you want, all fresh and continually replenished. They even had chocolate dipped bananas (that’s the stick in the back of my plate with a ribbon around it.)

All in all, there’s no limit to how far a sweet table can go. Really, these people can do anything. You want a chocolate fountain? No problem. How about a cotton candy maker on site? You got it! This table brought me back to my 12-13 year old days where at these sorts of parties, dessert was truly the best part.

A big thank you to my cousin for inviting me to celebrate and congratulations to him and his family on his achievement!

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  • Sarah P.

    Oh my goodness Hillary! I have never seen or heard of anything like this! Back in my Bat/Bar Mitzvah days there was no such thing as a sweet table. Your pictures are amazing! I would of been in heaven!

  • Stacy S.

    Hey Hillary,

    Terrific article. I finally made it to your website and now I will bookmark it. Great to see you!

  • http://phemomenon.blogspot.com Holly

    How fun!

  • Jackee

    This is great remember after Pesach let’s do lunch.
    Love, Jackee

  • Christine

    I loved the photos, and it almost made me want to change religions just so I could have a “Sweet Table”! Even though I have no idea how I stumbled upon this website, I’m proud of the accomplishments it took to receive the honor of getting your Bat/BarMitzvah! Congratulations!

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