This post contains everything you ever wanted to know about the Galactic Goodies dessert bar I planned for my daughter's school.
If you are in the “What did I get myself in to?! I AM FREAKING OUT!” stage and are looking for step-by-step instructions on how to coordinate a breakfast for your school, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. Our post, "How To Plan a Dessert Bar for your School," will walk you through the entire process. Be sure to download our free planning guide too!
I have a school of very health conscious teachers and staff. Last year, I scaled down the desserts and featured smaller desserts from some of my favorite boutique shops. Would you believe we still had leftovers? This year, I created a dessert table with delicious (mostly) bite sized treats. We had planet cake pops from Luly’s Sweets & Treats (now closed), rocket sugar cookies from Sweet Tweets (now closed), Rice Krispies planets from Wickedly Whipped, and star cupcake toppers from Three Monkey’s Cakery (now closed), in addition to chocolate bars in a variety of sizes. Isn’t it amazing? The rocket cookies from Sweet Tweets look just like the rockets on the invitation! I don’t think I could even bring myself to eat one!
TIP: For the dessert table itself, I printed the candy bar wrappers on sticker/label paper for easy application. I don’t know about you, but I cannot for the life of me get cardstock to stay on treats when I tape it (or glue dot it). Inevitably, they come springing off at the most obnoxious times. The sticker/label paper stays exactly where it is supposed to. I also taped the planets to treat sticks and inserted them into the cake pop stand with the cake pops and Rice Krispy pops to add some visual interest.
Every year I stealthily listen to comments and improve little details of the events. (It’s all in the details, my friends.) The teachers and staff mentioned repeatedly that they had had so much food during the week they couldn’t possibly eat more, and how they would love to bring a treat home for later.
The finishing touch to the Galactic Goodies dessert bar were the take-home "Best in the Universe" gable boxes. The teachers and staff were able to fill their boxes with any and all treats they’d like to enjoy later or share with family over the weekend. They loved it! (I think the gable boxes would also be cute for Space Capsule Lunches.) Inside each box was also a pack of Orbitz chewing gum.
If you plan to include desserts from boutique dessert shops, start early. Months early. I’m talking at least three months early. You would not believe how fast their schedules fill up. Once you make contact, check in at least once a month, and then two weeks before your event, and the week before your event. Our dessert table was supposed to include chocolate dipped Oreos with rockets on the top, but the shop making them dropped off the face of the earth with no notice whatsoever. I’ve never had that happen before and I’d rather not experience it again. The moral of the story: Keep in contact with your vendors.
It's Your Turn!
Our "Galactic Goodies" printables are available for purchase here. You can also use the "Best in the Universe" Gable Box Labels as a special parting gift at the end of Appreciation Week.
This is just one event from our "Out of This World!" space-themed Appreciation Week. You can read about the other days and activities below. BLAST OFF!
How to Plan the Ultimate Space-Themed Appreciation Week
Space Capsule Lunches
Blast Off Breakfast