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Savannah Style: Peach Shortcake Dessert Bar


Years ago, I shared the prettiest little idea for a dessert bar, a Peach Shortcake Dessert bar to be specific. It was so easy to put together, and everyone absolutely loved it, so I thought I’d pull it out of the archives and share it again now that we’re smack in the middle of peach season.

When I initially put it together, I was creating an impromptu thank you for a crew that had helped me film for a week, and since I had a whole mess of beautiful Georgia peaches, I thought I’d do something using my Peach Shortcake recipe, and that’s where the idea for this Peach Shortcake Dessert Bar was born. Now, if you don’t mind, I thought I’d share how I decorated it and put it all together.

I started with my color palette—I love the colors purple and peach together, so I used them as the basis for the look of the whole thing. I laid down a lilac-colored linen tablecloth that I had picked up a couple years prior, pulled out all the hobnail milk glass I owned, and found a mix of beautiful silver forks. I found a beautiful white bowl that I could put sugar-laced, sliced peaches in and another to hold freshly whipped cream. For the shortcake itself, I sliced it and piled it high on a white pedestal plate.

For my centerpiece, I used more of those beautiful fresh Georgia peaches. I nestled them in a large white bowl that I had lined with purple linen napkins, and tucked in some of the peach leaves for an extra pop of color. You know, God really gave us everything we need for a pretty centerpiece—fruits and vegetables can be just as beautiful as fresh flowers for a centerpiece!

Lastly, I have found that when doing a dessert bar, it’s helpful to let guests know what to do. For this Peach Shortcake Dessert bar, I found one of the prettiest peaches in the bunch, sliced a small sliver off the bottom so that it would lay flat, and then cut a thin slice in the top. In the slice on top, I stuck a piece of card stock where I wrote “Peach Shortcake Bar” to create a very simple menu card. Of course, this idea also doubles as a name card at a place setting.

I hope this inspires you to throw together an impromptu party for all the wonderful people in your life. Your only limitation is your imagination. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave me a comment, and let me know if you tried my idea or did something even better!

Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.

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