plate and drinks

i am using cycle render, and did soms simple effects, the table is checkerbox pattern.
And i like the transparant plate, it was more luck dough.

rendered at 400 samples p pixel.

(at this high render rate the sugercubes looked less good dough)

there where no material textures used here

for a more sparkly texture on the sugar cubes, try using a noisy texture set to affect the reflectivity value, and the specularity value. also some translucency would work nicely.