Monday, May 31, 2010

Double Duty Centerpieces!

Looking to spice up your reception? Not into flowers or just want to make a different statement? Use cakes as your table centerpieces!

First pick out your wedding cake, scale it back a bit, just the right size for the wedding party. Have a tier to eat at the event and a tier to put in the freezer for the first anniversary celebration. To make the wedding cake the focal point of the reception, place it on a pedestal on an elegantly decorated table with the bridal bouquet.

Then, have your baker make a cake for each table at the reception. Two layers are sufficient; 8-12 inch cakes depending on how many will be seated at each table. The cakes could be a simpler version of the wedding cake or could be in similar colors to the wedding to compliment to the wedding itself. For instance, the cakes could match the bridesmaids' dresses and bouquets. Or they could all be metallic to match the wedding rings. A simple fondant covered cake with a beautiful ribbon around the base to tie in with the wedding theme. A group of mini cakes or collection of cupcakes might fit your theme better. Maybe the cupcakes could be decorated like the flowers in the wedding? Put a charger or small stand of choice in the center of each table, and then put the cakes on top.

After the customary cutting of the cake photo session, the guests don't have to wait for cake. They are also able to control portion sizes and don't have to be embarrassed about going for seconds.

In regards to cost, your wedding cake is smaller than normal and the guest table cakes eliminate the need for extra sheet cakes. The individual guest cakes also take the place of whatever you would have spent on the centerpieces such as flowers, vases, and ribbons. The money saved therefore helps offset the price of the cakes. The chargers can be purchased in a bulk, at a discount store or rented and the cake knives & servers might be included in the table setting price. The unique idea of using small cakes as centerpieces will not only help personalize your wedding reception, but your guests will thoroughly enjoy the edible centerpieces.

Did you have a traditional wedding cake?  Or did you do something unique?  Cupcakes?  Unique flavors and/or colors?

1 comment:

Lyssabeth's Wedding Officiants said...

I LOVE this idea. I've posted it on my Facebook Page to share with couples. What a unique and creative (not to mention yummy!) idea.