We start craving an Instagram-worthy, sugary treat whenever we see a Candy by Katie dessert table! We got in touch with Katie Collins, Candy by Katie’s founder, to learn what inspires her delectable designs and what’s trending in the world of dessert tables. Katie also shares ideas for creating a sweet display for a winter wedding or holiday soirée—’tis the season!
WedLuxe: Where do you get inspiration for your displays?
Katie Collins: The problem with having an overactive creative brain is that you walk around appearing to the rest of the world that you’re lost or incredibly confused. But the truth is, you’re just taking it all in and filing ideas away. Thankfully, resources like Pinterest have kept me organized. It has also made my creative to-do list about a million times longer.
WL: What’s trending in candy and dessert tables?
KC: S’mores! I get requests all the time and jump for joy when a bride wants to incorporate them into her design.
Glitter Donuts are also in high-demand. Sharleen Walton from Sweet Celebrations is the mastermind behind our trendsetting little beauties that are now booked for one in every three weddings we have. We’re also creating paper cones for popcorn or caramel corn. These are such a small detail but brides are noticing and we love placing them on our tables.
We’re frequently incorporating sparkly linens, especially gold sequins, in our displays as well. Clients are really about the details and think of everything now including the table and the way it’s covered (which we love!).
WL: Which candy and decor elements do you like to use for winter weddings and holiday parties?
KC: I love wood chargers, vintage snowshoes, ice skates, ivory fur throws, canoes, Hudson’s Bay blankets, s’mores stations, plaid anything, and my new current obsession… antlers!
WL: Our final question; when you want something sweet, what’s your go-to treat?
KC: I get this question a lot. It’s shameful to admit but I don’t have a sweet tooth. Yep, it’s true, Candy by Katie doesn’t eat candy! The secret is out. My parents have been in the confection industry since the day I was born and to top it all off I was born on the biggest chocolate giving day of the year, Easter Sunday.
Unlike most kids, I grew up surrounded by sugar! So, instead of sugar, I went right for the salt. I could eat French fries with every meal and it’s all I can do to walk away from a bag of Miss Vickie’s Chips. Oh, and thanks to a pretty incredible few trips to Italy, I’ve been known to eat ridiculous amounts of coconut Gelato.