A perfect dessert buffet, by At Home

Fetcham Park recently had the pleasure if hosting a very special birthday party, for which At Home provided the most wonderful of ‘party food’.  As an additional surprise for their guests, the hosts decided to have a dessert table buffet which was set up in the Shell Room and received much praise on the night.

At Home’s Victoria Humphries managed the event and  below, provides further insight into this delectable and decadent treat. . .


My client and her husband visited Fetcham Park with a view to booking a party for her 50th Birthday. They both loved the venue, especially the flexibility of the rooms. They wanted to create a stylish yet informal party for their friends and family, who ranged from ages 14 to 75. The Salon was chosen to host the pre-dancing drinks, canapés and savory bowls. This was set up in a casual, but elegant fashion to reflect the beautiful golf leaf and the mural on the ceiling. Cocktail tables were swathed in gold damask and topped with soft, classic posies.

Why did you choose to use the Shell Room for the dessert buffet?

In order to give as much time as possible for dancing, I suggested to the client that we served the dessert and cheese once the guests had moved through to the Great Hall for dancing. The Shell Room was a perfect size for this and we created an additional WOW factor by keeping the doors shut until the last minute. We made the most of Blomster Designs’ stunning huge flower displays of silver roses, pale pink cala lilies and amnesia roses that adorned the bar in The Salon and moved these to the center of the Shell Room table, giving a dramatic backdrop to the sumptuous desserts.

What was included in the buffet?

The dessert buffet consisted of a selection of mini desserts served in a mixture of glasses and china, martini glasses, shot glasses and silver bowls. They included; mini tiramasu bowls, lemon posset with raspberries, chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate macaroons, summer fruit jelly with elderflower cream, chocolate and salted caramel mousse, tropical fruit delice, rhubarb and custard crumble trifle and a a farmhouse cheeseboard decorated with grapes, biscuits, chutneys and rustic breads. Among the desserts, which were served on a collection of tiered silver stands and polished wooden boards, we placed glass and vintage silver vases of soft, pretty roses and lilies, giving the effect of a herbaceous border, with different heights, colours and shapes. We added vintage silver votives which when lit, gave a magical feel.

Fiona Fielding

What other sorts of event is a dessert buffet suitable for?

Dessert buffets are an excellent way of giving your guests a choice of desserts in small portions, so that they can feast on lots of different flavours. Instead of serving the traditional plated dessert, this style of service can be translated into a dessert that can be served to the guests at wedding and Christmas parties. Tiered stands and platters can be placed on each table for the guests to help themselves and pass round their table.

Could a wedding cake be incorporated into the dessert buffet?

A wedding cake would make the perfect center piece for a dessert buffet and a great backdrop for the traditional wedding cake photo.

What guest numbers is a dessert buffet suitable for?

A dessert buffet is suitable for any guest numbers but the more guests you have, the more choice of dishes you can have.

Did At Home provide all the stands and flowers as part of the set up?

At Home costed the dessert buffet as a separate package, with all the food, stands, flowers and votives included. The huge floral display by Blomster Designs were not included in the price.

What other food and drinks options are there for service in this style?

This style of service could be used for a savory buffet or for a tea party, giving the guests the chance to choose their favourite foods, as and when they want.



With thanks to Victoria and her team at At Home, Russell of Blomster Designs and Tamra of No Fuss Photography.