Friday, July 18, 2008

Ode to the Cake Table

I'll admit it. I LOVE cake tables. I just down-right love them. Everything about them. I spend a lot of time concepting and creating the perfect cake table for every event we produce at IAE. What I find so appealing about them is that you can use completely different linens - within the same color palette, of course - to create a show piece that sets off that ever-important butter cream dream!

All too often, the cake table is completely forgotten about and dressed with the oh-so-offensive cotton white table cloth with creases running here, there and everywhere (another pet-peeve that you can look forward to reading a post about in the near future!). Not a worthy resting place for such an important element!

I'll admit it, we've spent hundreds of dollars on linens for the cake table alone. This isn't always necessary, though. I challenge you to think outside-the-box when it comes to the presentation of your cake. Is there a wonderful little table in your Grandma's house that would set your cake off and warm her heart? How about building a table out of hockey sticks to honor your husband's love of the game? Or what about shopping your local flea market or tag sale for an old credenza that could be brought back to life with a coat of paint? There are just so many things you could do that won't cost a lot but will bring character and personality to your event. (And much pleasure to your photographer and baker for doing something fun and creative :)!

So, get fun and get creative! But just don't forget about your cake!
PS - The cakes above were designed by the lovely Barb Hoek of Sweet Cakes Design (her's is the dreamy one on orange) and Pastry Chef Scott Hunter of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. I'm here to tell you they tasted as pretty as they look!


HandbagsbyJen said...

I always look forward to what you bring out for the cake table. After setting about 50 tables with similar linens, it is exciting to see something over the top for the cake table. Often times, something that could not be affordable for all of the tables.

aletha :: pearls events said...

This is why I didn't use a linen at all, and instead set our cake on a gorgeous antique wooden table at St. Cecilia's!