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If you are being married in southwestern Pennsylvania, the chances are you are having a cookie table! In my years of experience with weddings large and small, I would have to say almost all of my brides choose this fantastic dessert option!

When I think back as long as I can, I remember my own Greek American family offering cookies at every wedding. Plates of baklava, kourambiethes, koulourakia, halva and other specialities were usually in the center of every table, offering guests a chance for something sweet with their coffee.

These days, family members bake cookies and oftentimes the bridal couple will supplement with more from a local bakery. Brides often mix family cookies with cupcakes, regular and mini size, and some even place a small wedding cake in the middle of their table.

Photo by Electric Lime Studios
Photo by Electric Lime Studios

In my experience, most brides wish to have their cookie table available as soon as guests walk into the reception. The consequence of waiting until later is too many cookies are left over with no place to go! Guests will load containers but even this will not always help. If you are having a large cookie table consider allowing your guests access to it from the moment they arrive at the reception.

Through a recent poll on social media, I asked my friends and family what their favorite cookie table cookie was. The answers were mouth watering! Lady locks, the classic chocolate chip, kolackys, buckeyes, peanut butter blossoms, pizzelles, pecan tassies, lemon squares, chocolate truffles, nut rolls, mini cheesecakes are among the favorites. If I had to choose just one, I couldn’t!

Here’s some helpful hints if you’d like to have a Pittsburgh cookie table:

  1. You don’t have to organize it but it helps if you do. Have a family member ask and keep track of who is baking what. Think of your number of guests and multiply that number by 6. For example, 100 guests x 6 cookies each equals 600 cookies. Divide by 12 and that is 50 dozen cookies. It doesn’t take many family members to bake 50 dozen!
  2. How will you serve the cookies? Hotels usually offer a service where they will tray and serve them for you. There may be a small charge for this. If you purchase plastic cookie trays (with lids) from a restaurant supply place (such as Gordon Foods), you can pre arrange your cookie trays and just take the lids off at serving time. At our barn weddings, we often see individual glass serving dishes and cupcake stands with cookies arranged beautifully. My assistants and I are happy to arrange your cookie table for you.
  3. What will guests take their cookies home in? Options are bags (stamped with the date of the wedding or plain), Chinese take out boxes, or recyclable containers made of light cardboard.
  4. If you don’t wish to have your family members bake for you but want a cookie table, there are many bakeries that would love to help you. Best Sweet Bites or Grandview Bakery are two of our favorites!
  5. Highlight your cookie table with lit mason jars, small led lights, or other pretty embellishments to draw attention to it. If you’re having a rustic wedding, use wooden crates or other props to elevate your platters.
Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Lawry Monacelli
Photo by Electric Lime Studio
Photo by Electric Lime Studio
Photo courtesy Michele Lotowski
Photo courtesy Michele Lotowski
Photo by Joanne Jamis Cain
Photo by Sasha Danielle
Photo courtesy Brandi Hugar of Grandview Bakery
Photo courtesy Brandi Hugar of Grandview Bakery

With a little bit of planning, your Pittsburgh cookie table can be one that guests remember for a long time!

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2 comments on “The Pittsburgh Cookie Table!”

  1. Oh, swoon.
    So beautiful. Sadly, we don’t embrace the cookie table in the Pacific Northwest. Oh, I want to start that tradition. Heck, I want it to gain momentum and start it all over the land!
    How charming and fanciful and thoughtful to share family cookies or a store bought sweet treat. Something to enjoy with a cup of coffee.
    Simple. Lovely. Thoughtful. Beautiful. Traditional.
    Thanks oodles for sharing such a wonderful, blessed tradition of thinking of their guests.
    I also loved the pictures.
    As always, it was a pleasure to stop by today.

    • Daleen, thank you so much for your comment! I love cookie tables and only recently realized they were a western PA thing! I truly hope you and Bruce will join us someday for a Pittsburgh wedding!! xoxo

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