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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  • Party Box Design

    gorgeous, and great tips!

  • Tracy

    I love the paper lanterns. Perfect for a pea in the pod!!

  • Tracy

    I love the placement of the paper lanterns. Perfect for a pea in the pod!

  • Etta

    Hi Amy, beautiful green table! You alwais inspire me… yesterday we had a Topolino birthtday party at home and for the table I was very inspired by you (of course… I'm hundred years far from you!!!), if you like to see some pics of the table come to my blog you'll be wellcome!!
    kisses
    Etta

  • Rachel

    Fantastic table! I love the sodas!

  • Lauren

    This is so sweet. I love the lanterns that create a tier for more desserts. Also, grabbed the new In Style this weekend, congrats on the mention!

  • Kristin Call

    absolutely LOVE Whitney's work. so glad to see her featured here!

  • Bird

    Great tips!

  • Kim @ Frost Me!

    over the top fantastic! I love the round lanterns under the shelf on the table. everything is well done!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

  • Krystle

    I love her party set up! The invites are soooo cute!!

  • Amanda

    I love how the lanterns look like the peas – darling!

  • Page

    so adorable! 🙂
    page

  • Lindsey {Bella Grace Party Designs}

    I love everything about this table.

  • Bea @ CancunCookies

    Thanks for the tips, Amy… To keep guests from eating before the host arrives I cover the table with tulle… Love the Guest Dessert Table!

  • samia

    The paper lanterns look gorgeous and the cake is the most beutiful thing i have ever seen!! 🙂 your advice is really worth a fortune thanks..

  • Brandi

    Another adorable party! Thanks for the great tips too.

  • SZ

    I recently found your work and never saw anything likes this before! I read your blog everytime you come with a post, but what amazes me is your love for what you do and the ability to share, so kind!
    This table is a proof so beautifully done by Whitney and you… you are an inspiration!

    All the best from Holland!

    Sonia van der Zwaan

  • Mrs. Tanaya

    What a great art of bake! 🙂

    ~ aia ~

  • I run for cake!

    Super cute design theme! Thanks so much for all the advice about setting up dessert tables!

  • I love the Pea in A Pod baby shower theme. Everything just coordinates beautifully!