Sweet Talk with Matthew Mead: The Holiday Dessert Buffet

Dinner can be plated, but your pristinely frosted indulgences deserve to be shown off. Let stylist and Rue Living Inspirer Matthew Mead turn your sweet side table into a spectacle. First step? Mead suggests placing your table in front of a mantel: “This gives you additional layers and tiers to create a fantasy atmosphere.”

Matthew Mead's Tips for the Holiday Dessert Buffet

Layer Cake Stands
Cake stands turn whatever is on top into the star of the show. Use multiple stands in different heights to create that bakery-store-window effect. Guests will crave a slice of each.”

Send Guests Home with Gifts
“Fill smaller jars with wrapped candies and tie with a ribbon and gift tag. Guests can take some of the fun home with them.”

Show Off Texture
“Pizzelle cookies are graphic and tempting in an oversized candy jar decorated on the outside with pretty ornaments and a flourish of ribbon.”

Embellish Your Display
Ornaments in multiple colors and designs look spectacular in a large jar. Use it to bring interest to the mantel or on the center of a dining or coffee table.”

Craving more? Check out Matthew Mead’s latest book, Christmas All Through the House, then shop The 12 Days of Merry: It’s Time to Get Baking Boutique on Sunday, November 24, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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Matthew Mead is a stylist, writer, author, photographer, lifestyle editor, and noted style expert. The former style editor of Country Home magazine and Editor in Chief of his own magazine series with Time Inc. Home Entertainment, Matthew is the official food photographer for the Associated Press and is a regular contributor to Better Homes and Gardens and other noted national shelter magazines. Matthew has also written 12 books and produced countless magazine spreads and ad campaigns for noted companies such as Pottery Barn, Dove Chocolate, Target, and Stonewall Kitchen.

Matthew is known for styling beautiful spaces using vintage treasures, guiding others to entertain with ease in a stylish way, and inspiring homeowners to create beautiful food and living spaces which they can proudly share with family and friends. To view Matthew’s portfolio, visit his website, matthewmeadstyle.com, or his blog, holidaywithmatthewmead.com. His recently published books include Recycled Style, Halloween Spooktacular, Christmas All Through the House, and The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook.


November 24, 2013