Jun 21, 2010

Pea in the Pod Guest Dessert Table + Ask Amy

By: Amy Atlas, in Ask Amy, Kids

How cute is this pea-in-the-pod guest dessert table feature from Whitney of Sweet Celebrations by Whitney? Whitney is a baker based in Las Vegas and was inspired to do a dessert table after seeing our work. This table is perfect for a kid-themed event (showers, birthday parties, brises/christenings). All of the sweet pea details on the table are adorable and I love the fresh green color palette. I also love how Whitney used the paper lanterns on the table instead of hanging them. I haven’t seen them used that way, but it works for this table.

A little before the event was supposed to start, Whitney heard a loud crash. It turns out a kid at the event was tempted by all of the goodies, jumped on the table, and broke a few of Whitney’s vessels. Whitney was paralyzed with panic. I know exactly what she was feeling. When I first started my business, I did a lot of birthday parties and this happened often. What kid wouldn’t be tempted to jump on a table filled with goodies? Believe it or not, I’ve had adults do this as well at parties! I even had a gorgeous table set up for a very important client and she didn’t see it until after all of her guests bombarded it {at least they liked the desserts and she saw pictures!} In Whitney’s case, after a brief moment of panic, Whitney quickly called on friends for other vessels and pulled the table together very nicely. Well done, Whitney.

Whitney asked about how I have dealt with last minute emergencies so I will give you a few tips below…

(1) Make a list before your event of everything that is being packed. This will help you keep track of your items and will remind you if you forgot anything. I am very meticulous about this and while it may drive everyone around me crazy, it keeps me sane.

(2) Bring a little bit extra candy, desserts, icing, etc. It is a little tricky because you don’t want to over bake/order, but you should give yourself a little room for error. In Whitney’s case, the glass bowls broke and she had to throw away the candy that was in that bowl. Luckily, she had extra and none of her guests noticed anything missing.

(3)Bring a few extra vessels to your event. No matter how well we pack our items, there is usually one casualty. I always pack a few extra vessels to ensure that we have options in case a vessel breaks. I usually bring extra of the items that can’t be easily purchased the day of.

(4) Give yourself time to set up. If there is an emergency, then you’ll have time to make the adjustments. I’m a stickler about getting things ready early for this reason.

(5) If need be, have someone guard the table until your client sees the table. Yes, sounds crazy, but your client should see your work of art before it gets touched.

(6) Try not to panic. Okay, maybe you can panic for a minute, but that’s it. If you are prepared, you will be able to make adjustments that will look just as good as your initial vision. Even though you will notice the difference, you will be the only one that does.

Thanks for sharing, Whitney!

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