I love when clients are very specific about what they envision for their dessert table. This particular client happened to be my sister who was throwing a graduation celebration brunch for my niece at the Ritz Carlton in St. Louis. Navy and yellow? No problem. Chevron and quatrefoil? No problem. Out of state? Uh, no problem. In 10 days? *gasp* We might have a little problem!
All joking aside, I was thrilled to be asked to do this table as a surprise for my niece, even on super short notice. It is because of me and my daughter that she pursued a Master’s Degree in Deaf Education at Washington University in St. Louis. It is because of her that my daughter loves music, despite a significant hearing loss. This celebration was for much more than receiving a degree. It was the culmination of years of hard work, publishing two children’s books, dreaming of making a difference in the lives of deaf children and most especially, in the life of my child. I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea of just how special my niece is to me. (If you are interested in more background, read this interview she did several years ago when she was in college.)
The pastry chef at the Ritz Carlton did a lovely job making a quatrefoil layer cake. It was a moist vanilla layer cake with chocolate fudge filling.
The rest of the desserts were shipped to the hotel from my various dessert vendors around the country. There was a bit of nail-biting until they all arrived on time and intact! Luckily, it went smoothly and most of the boxes arrived at the same time.
One concern I had was how to ship dessert stands for the table economically and prevent them from breaking. As I strolled the aisles of Target the week before, I had an epiphany. I decided to fabricate the stands in my hotel room the day before the event. Target carries melamine dishes in several sizes and patterns. I selected white for their versatility and used custom paper liners in blue and yellow chevron and quatrefoil prints. At the local dollar store I found simple glass candlesticks. Voila! Dessert stands to go! Here’s a shot of the high tech fabrication process.
After the party, these were gifted to my niece as she does a lot of entertaining. Did I tell you she has a food blog? Mmhm, this gal is a wunderkind.
Congrats again, Mel! Continue to reach for the stars! xoxo Aunt P
CREDITS | Dessert Table Design by Paula Rosenthal of Just a Bite Desserts | Printables by Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails (Banner, Dessert Tents, Place Cards, Custom Papers, Water Bottle Labels, Monogram Design) | Pinwheels by Pickled Parlor