Dessert Tables are such a phenomenal success at weddings, especially with the exquisite design presentations by Amy Atlas leading the trend, Desserts at weddings have gone way beyond the wedding cakes.
So how can this tie in to the South Asian scene... well lets see, Mithai or South Asian Desserts (also known as Sweet meats) are the equivilant of a champagne toast in western culture. So any business deal, family success, setting the date for an event, buying a home, birth of a child, high school graduation, promotion at the job (you get the idea) is marked with sharing Mithai with loved ones.
The concept of sharing Mithai is commonly heard in the Urdu and Hindu sentence 'Mun meetha karna' or literally to sweeten the mouth.
At most Muslim weddings, as soon as the Nikah (religious ceremony) is completed, little pouches of goodies are distributed amongst all guests. Usually these pouches will contain dryed dates, sugar coated almonds, sweet fennel and rock sugar (Misri). The theme once again is we are sharing our joy by sweetening your mouth at this auspicious moment!
Now, with Dessert tables making statements at both mainstream and South Asian weddings, how lovely would it be to display different kinds of Mithai instead of cupcakes and chocolate truffles? With hundreds of flavors and styles of Mithai ranging from the Vibrant yellow Mooti Choor Laddu, to the melt in your mouth Bengali Ras Gullay, the toasted sesame rewari to the velvety Pistachio Burfi, the nutty goand kay laddu to airy Batashay an exquisite arrangement can be made showcasing a variety of flavors, textures and aromas. Proper labels and ingredients will help novice mithai enthusiasts know both the content (to avoid any possible nut allergies) and will help them refer to a particular kind, later on, with a name rather than just 'Indian sweets'
Talk to your caterer and see if they will work with you on this or let Saffron Affairs create the Mithai Dessert table of your dreams to fulfill the sweet tooth of all your guests at your most special event!