Black and Red Sweet 16 Dessert Table

Last weekend we celebrated my daughter’s Sweet 16 on Long Island. I’m thrilled to say it went off without a hitch and was exactly what I had envisioned! After making formal bar and bat mitzvah celebrations for my kids in recent years, I wanted this event to be much more low-key but still sophisticated. We scouted locations and found a terrific lounge/nightclub style place without having to go into NYC. The venue’s walls and decor had the perfect vibe – vibrant red walls, wood floors and upscale, modern white furniture as you can see below. (See links at end of post.)

Plenty of delicious hors d’oeurves were served, including Pigs in a Blanket, Mini Egg Rolls, Pizza Bites, Quesadillas, Beef Sliders and more, but the opening Sushi Boats were the biggest hit!

To round out the event’s decor, I placed black and white damask buckets filled with assorted black, white and red candies on all the tables. For the centerpieces, I created ribbon topiaries with black, sparkling ribbons. (See below for link to tutorial.) The custom cocktail napkins were created to match the graphic on the invitations. Here’s a closer look:

The kids danced and sang the night away on the dance floor adjacent to the pre-set dessert table. Of course, the desserts were safely hidden away until the big reveal!

Desserts were carefully selected with teenagers in mind – delicious, fun and easy to eat! I debuted a cute dessert I’ve named Frost Bites. These were vanilla bean and dark chocolate frosting piped into mini push pops.

Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Bean Frost Bites by Just a Bite Desserts

Custom sugar cookies were nestled on cinnamon red hots and added pops of color to both ends of the table.

Iced Sugar Cookies

Decadent Brownie Pops, Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies by Just a Bite Desserts and custom Dark Chocolate Oreos with a damask design disappeared quickly from the table.

Brownie Pops, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Dark Chocolate Oreos

A sparkling cupcake tower was an eye-catching table centerpiece. Stuffed Red Velvet and Vanilla filled with Chocolate Cream Cupcakes were adorned with sparkling bon bons and wrapped in matching cupcake sleeves.

Sparkling Cupcakes

Cookie Dough Pops by Just a Bite Desserts were quickly snapped up and such fun to eat off a stick!

Cookie Dough Pops by Just a Bite Desserts

Here’s a look at the full table:

Sweet 16 Dessert Table by Just a Bite Desserts

If you are located on Long Island or Manhattan and are making an event, let me help you create a fabulous, delicious dessert display around your theme or colors! We offer full service including set-up, dishes, linens, staff and take-down or are happy to simply cater your custom desserts. Delivery is available. Email me at

Vendors & Sources:

Dessert Table – Designed and styled by Just a Bite Desserts

Venue ~ Chalet in Roslyn, NY

Damask Candy Buckets – Target

Ribbon Topiary Centerpieces by Just a Bite Desserts- Tutorial at Catch My Party

Frost Bites, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pops by Just a Bite Desserts

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  1. Julie R W says

    The desserts, color theme and design look delish and so sophisticated! Nice photos, too. Congrats to your Sweet 16 Girl.

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