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Chicagoland's Premier

Dessert Bar Company


Welcome to A Dash of Joy!  

We specialize in interactive dessert bars in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs.

Interactive dessert bars are an indulgent and unique way to do dessert at your next event!  It allows your guests to get creative by 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.  We have tons of fun flavor options for you to choose from so you can create your own custom menu that suites your (and your guests!) tastes and preferences.


The Cupcake bar

From the table décor to the menu, our cupcake bar is completely tailored to your event.  The day of the event 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 chosen 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!


The 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, gourmet marshmallows and chocolates to create their special 00ey-gooey treat.


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

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


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!


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!


Our guests loved the s'mores bar! It added such a fun element to the celebration! I would highly recommend Dash of Joy!!


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What is the minimum order for a cupcake bar or s'mores bar?

The cupcake bar minimum order is 50 cupcakes, the s'mores bar minimum is 75 s'mores

Where are you located?

Since we specialize in dessert bars for special events, we do not have a store-front.  Instead, we come to you!

How far do you travel for special events?

We travel anywhere within 20 miles of Westchester, IL.  We are happy to travel farther, however additional fees may apply.

Do you offer gluten free cupcakes?

We do not offer gluten free cupcakes at this time.

Do you offer custom packages?

All of our packages are custom and allow you to choose the exact flavors you would like on your cupcake bar or s'mores bar.  Tell us about your special event and we will create something that is perfect for you!

How far in advance do I have to book my dessert bar?

We need at least a month's notice for the cupcake bar, and 3 weeks notice for the s'mores bar.