Wednesday, July 2, 2014

On-Table Storage

The last blog showed a beautiful cake on an elegant silver plateau.  This plateau not only adds to the decor of the cake table and makes a smaller cake taller, but there is a hidden advantage to it.

Out of sight storage.

This view, from behind the cake table, shows you where I stored my cake cutting comb, my cake cutting knife - you can see the white handle on the right side - and extra napkins.

(Just a note to point out the knife I use to cut and serve the cake is not the same knife used by the bride and groom for their first cake cutting.)

I am not one of those "cake ladies" who whisks the cake into a back room for it to be cut in secret, out of sight from the guests.  In 30 years of cutting cakes, I have found guests enjoy watching the dismantling and cutting of the cake.  My highest compliment was a woman who came over to me and said, "I told my husband, 'You can tell she's done this for a few years!' It was fun just watching you!"  Since I do everything right there, I need everything handy and ready to go, but out of sight from the inquiring lens of the photographer's camera.

Before the cake cutting ceremony, I make sure everything is ready.  All of my tools are available but out of sight, hidden in my "secret" hiding place, the bride's knife is in place, a plate is available for the couple to place their first piece of cake, napkins are handy for them to clean their hands, and I have two cups of water close by so they can take a sip afterward.

In the last blog, I showed how the front of the silver stand is softened with the greenery.  In this blog, the back of the silver stand becomes my storage area and the bride and groom are assured of nice photos of a clean cake table!