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Chicagoland's Premier

Dessert Bar Company


Desserts are a love language, and we speak it fluently.

every celebration is unique, so we think your dessert should be too!

Welcome to A Dash of Joy!  We specialize in interactive dessert bars for parties and events in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs.  Right now we offer cupcake bars and s'mores bars, and we're always cooking up new fun ways to put an interactive spin on dessert! 

Interactive dessert bars are a fun way to do dessert at your next party, wedding, baby/bridal shower, graduation party, corporate event…well any celebration actually!  It allows your guests to get creative and have fun making their own dessert creations.

We fancy ourselves connoisseurs of sweets, so all of our cupcakes are freshly baked and made from scratch and the marshmallows we use for the s'mores bar are handmade by XO Marshmallow.  We have tons of fun flavor options for you to choose from so your guests are sure to be pleased with the cupcake or s'mores they create!

Client Love

Yep, this is as good as it gets!  My wife and I used A Dash of Joy to cater the dessert for our wedding. With a wedding as big as ours (300+), the Cupcake Bar was the right choice: each person got the chance to create their own cupcake! They got to choose the flavor of the cupcake, a mousse filling to go inside (if so desired), the frosting, and the toppings!  Three months later, we still hear from people raving about the cupcake bar! Courtney and her employees were all super friendly and professional from beginning to end, which only complimented the deliciousness they served up. A Dash of Joy was a pleasure to work with, and we'll be sure to refer them or look them up next time we host or hear of an event.  Thank you, Courtney, for helping make our day!

About Courtney

Photo by Redwall Photography

Photo by Redwall Photography

Hi!  I'm Courtney, owner and chief joy maker at A Dash of Joy. 

Based in Northbrook, Illinois, we specialize in one of a kind, memorable, interactive gourmet dessert experiences. In July 2015 I started A Dash of Joy to bring my love of dessert and interactive experiences to others, because I firmly believe that dessert should be fun!  For me, dessert bars are the perfect balance of my love of all things sweet and event coordination and planning.  My innate ability for organization and attention to detail ensures the production of a flawless interactive dessert experience that my clients’ and their guests love! Being a part of your most important moments is special to me, and I look forward to making it special for you!

How it Works

Cupcake Bar

When you book a cupcake bar you are adding a fun and unique spin on dessert that your guests will love.  Our cupcake bartenders set up, serve, and tear down so you and your guests can enjoy the full experience of creating your own cupcake.  When a guest approaches the cupcake bar, they will first look at the cupcake bar menu, which is picked out by you!  Every package allows you to choose from a variety of cake flavors, fillings, frostings, and toppings to put together a menu that is unique to your tastes.  Your guests will be able to mix and match from the menu you choose to create their own special cupcake.  This ensures that every guest leaves satisfied with their own special cupcake creation!

S'mores Bar

Remember roasting s'mores around a campfire with your besties?  This is the next best thing!  Your guests will roast their own marshmallow and assemble their own s'more, mixing and matching different cookies, marshmallow flavors and chocolates to create their special 00ey-gooey treat.


Sprinkle some JOY into your next party!

Cupcake Bar| for parties of 50+

Every Cupcake Bar comes with:

  • Cupcake bartender(s) who set up, serve, and tear down at your event
  • Cupcakes, frostings and toppings for every guest to enjoy a cupcake (or two!)
  • A custom cupcake bar designed to fit your event's color scheme and theme
  • Choose from a variety of cake, filling and frosting flavors and toppings to create a cupcake bar that is unique to your event

Get a quote for a cupcake bar for your next celebration!

S'mores Bar | for parties of 36+

Every s'mores bar comes with:

  • An attendant who sets up the s'mores bar and keeps it stocked and organized during your event
  • Graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolates for every guest to enjoy two s'mores
  • Choose from the simple package which includes all your standard favorites, or the gourmet package which allows you to mix and match different chocolates and cookies with gourmet marshmallows

Get a quote for a s'mores bar for your next celebration!

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One of the best parts of our job is partnering with amazing women business owners who are making delicious creations right here in Chicagoland.  Without them there would be no us - so check them out!

Dream Cakes Chicago

Veronica and her husband Mark founded Dream Cakes in 2006.  Veronica and her team specialize in creating beautiful custom fondant cakes.  Check out their Instagram to see pictures of their work, it's amazing!  They also bake a variety ofcakes and individual desserts for Whole Foods in the Chicago area.  Veronica's work has been seen in many local publications, and even on the Food Network!  She has a local appointment-only shop in Northbrook, where you can order your own custom fondant cake for any celebration.


Lindzi & Kat of XO Marshmallow

XO Marshmallow

Kat and Lindzi are the beauties and brains behind the delicious gourmet marshmallows we use on our S'mores Bars.  In January of 2016 Kat and Lindzi launched their online store and they now have a storefront in Rogers Park!  It's a marshmallow wonderland that you should definitely check out!


Drop us a line!  

Email us or fill out the form below, we look forward to hearing from you!


Location: Northbrook, IL

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