A Sweet Finale: Holiday Dessert Table

FLOWER's own Margot Shaw and Amanda Smith Fowler share tips for setting a spread of sweet delights using pieces from Replacements, Ltd. Plus, find a recipe for Peppermint Red Velvet Cake

In the finale of our three-part holiday series, Amanda Smith Fowler, Flower magazine’s style editor, sets an opulent dessert table using pieces from our partner Replacements, Ltd. Margot Shaw, our founder and editor-in-chief, joins her to talk about traditions that make the season special. Learn more about featured items at replacements.com below, and get the recipe for Peppermint Red Velvet Cake.

Holiday Dessert Table Tips

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A stack of Haviland Haute Epoque Dessert Plates topped with Christofle Renaissance dessert forks, both from Replacements, Ltd, on a holiday dessert table
To make a small celebration at home special, Margot is fond of changing rooms for dessert and after-dinner drinks—“repairing to the drawing room” à la Downton Abbey. Pictured: Haute Epoque dessert plates by Charles Field Haviland and Renaissance sterling forks by Christofle, all from Replacements, Ltd.
4 Baccarat Empire Fluted Champagne Glasses, filled with champagne and garnished with rosemary sprigs and cranberries, on a silver tray

Sprigs of rosemary and cranberries make a festive garnish for flutes of champagne. Pictured: Empire fluted champagne glasses by Baccarat from Replacements, Ltd.

Silver sugar bowl (filled with brown sugar cubes) and tongs from Replacements Ltd
Bring out your silver for your holiday dessert table—and all year long. The more you use it, the less it will need polishing. Throughout the year, Amanda likes to find ways to repurpose pieces, such as using a sugar bowl to hold flowers and candies. Pictured: sterling sugar tongs by Georg Jensen and sugar bowl by Whiting Manf Co, both from Replacements, Ltd.
Early 19th Century Orange Blossom Pattern Cake Server, and a Silver Tray with a Greek Key design around the edge, displayed on a deep red velvet cloth on a holiday dessert bar

Start a gifting tradition. “When I had a little girl, I decided to choose a silver pattern and give her a place setting each Christmas,” says Amanda. Pictured: Old Orange Blossom sterling jelly/cake server (1905) by Alvin from Replacements, Ltd.

A slice of Peppermint Red Velvet Cake on a Haviland Haute Epoque Dessert Plate with a Christofle Renaissance dessert fork, both from Replacements, Ltd, on a holiday dessert table

“In my family, we’re bakers and the holidays are a big deal. We always have different cakes and pies and cookies. This whimsical Peppermint Red Velvet Cake is a favorite at our house because my daughter likes to help unwrap the candies and put them on the cake.” — Amanda Smith Fowler

This post is sponsored by Replacements, Ltd. Featured items are available at replacements.com

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