Is there anything better than a beautifully-styled dessert buffet for an afternoon pick-me-up? Dana from The Sunday Sweet put together this totally magical display, and her mouth-watering sweets combined with natural vintage styling have us wanting to jump right in. I’ll let Dana describe her inspiration, and be sure to follow the jump for more beautiful details and her world-famous banana pudding recipe!

I created this cozy dessert bar with an intimate backyard wedding in mind, using a palette of green and white with pops of raspberry. Since The Sunday Sweet is all about sharing love with every bite, we thought a southern-inspired dessert menu would be the perfect complement to our display: cherry and apple pies, decadent dark chocolate brownies, mason jar cupcakes, mini cheesecakes, lemon cupcakes and banana pudding.

The handmade burlap table runner has textural ribbons sewn across it to add depth and color. Ribbons & Rust offered their gorgeous vintage table, ladder, trunk, suitcases and books, which were absolutely perfect for the backyard, rustic look I was going for. The beautiful flower arrangements in old glass bottles and mason jars are the work of Green Leaf Designs, who did an incredible job interpreting my color palette and inspiration. The custom designed name tags and burlap ‘Sunday Sweet’ garland by Dear Lola completed the look to perfection, and it was all captured by the brilliant Britt Rene Photography.

Banana Pudding

yields 12 servings

prep time: 30 minutes

total time: 3 hours 30 minutes

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 oz package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 of 12 oz package vanilla wafer
  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in condensed milk, pudding mix, cold milk and vanilla until smooth. Fold in 1/2 of whipped topping.
  2. Line bottom of 9 x 13-inch dish with vanilla wafers. Arrage slices bananas evenly over wafers. Spread with pudding mixture. Top with remaining whipped topping. Chill.
  1. 1
    This Confetti Life | January 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Pretty! I love, love, love desserts in mason jars.

  2. 2
    LMF | January 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Beautiful. It’s amazing how making things mini greatly increases their appeal!

    Love the banana pudding recipe. My grandma always made it 🙂

  3. 3
    Eleanor | January 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    So simple and so pretty….I love it!

  4. 4
    Jillian Nicole | January 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I love how she packaged those sweet, little brownies! And what a wonderful recipe–anything with cream cheese has my attention!:)

  5. 5
    Sarah Morgan // Hemenway Street | January 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    This is so adorable! I love dessert bars for weddings or parties. The mason jar cupcakes are so adorable!

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