Thursday, April 5, 2012

Home and a big, fun PROJECT

There's a storm outside. Lightning and all. All this is happening over the Hong Kong harbour while I watch from my 29th floor window. That's right, I'm in Hong Kong! I've come to visit a friend who is happy to put up with me dossing at her place for a week while I break up my move home. Home.


When I get back home there is something very exciting on the agenda. A WEDDING! More specifically my MUM'S WEDDING! Woop! And of course weddings mean wedding cake. And not just wedding cake, wedding dessert table. And who has offered to create this all? is I. In a moment of Amy Atlas confidence and quite possibly madness (my own, not Amy's), I convinced myself that I should and indeed could design, plan, create, bake and decorate an entire dessert table. Pulled off in two weeks between the time that I arrive in New Zealand to the time of my mum's wedding, April 28th.

I first started this 'challenge' last year - months ago - and I had the very best of intentions to be uber-organised. I read up on all the advice from the best dessert table creators I know and had plans to write all sorts of awesome and super helpful lists, schedules, recipes etc that they recommended I do. All this started with a roar. Images were collected, sites were scoured for recipes and designs, a menu was drafted, but then things got in the way. Things like my mind, all its thoughts and its amazing propensity for distraction.

So here I am. Three weeks out and only so much (so little) planning done. But in between not physically writing lists and not officially planning, my mind has been using what down time it has had to mentally do these things and because of this I'm confident I can pull this dessert table off. Hopefully with style, grace, calm and flair - and my siblings (including one of the new ones I'm gaining via the wedding!) to help.

As I'm attempting to keep the full details of the table as a surprise for mum and her new hubby I can't go into too much detail just yet. But you will get a full run down of the table once it's complete...providing I manage to pull it off! If not you'll just get a picture of a wedding cake. Possibly one entirely unrelated to my mum's wedding that I will use to distract both you and I from my own disappointment in myself. Let's hope that doesn't happen.

What I can show you is this. A collection of images I am using as inspiration for colour, texture, design and feel.

If you couldn't tell, there is a breezy, ocean theme happening here. I love the colours of blue and beige together. Images are from:
  1. Celebrations at Home (styling via Events by Sarah Elizabeth)
  2. Heather Equitz Design (found via Amy Atlas)
  3. The Candy Tree's Sweet Little Parties
  4. Green Wedding Shoes
  5. Jay's Catering
  6. The Inspired Bride (and Bake It Pretty)
  7. I can't find it! If you know please tell me and I'll update this post.
  8. Amy Atlas
I can also show you these. My first ever cake pop attempts! These little pearly babies will be included in the menu.

Now to simply...
  • Finalise the menu
  • Put together a work schedule/timing plan
  • Write the ingredients list
  • Write the props list
  • Write the equipment/decorating list
  • Order props
  • Test the recipes
  • Bake the desserts
  • And so on...

I'll be fine. No, honestly, I'll be fine. Wish me luck! x


  1. You'll be absolutely fine honey. And if it doesn't turn out quite how you hope, then no-one else will know! All I want is a wedding cake but I am looking forward to a complete treat! My Love. Mum

  2. You will be awesome, how can you not be with all that creativity flying around in your head. As your mum says, if it's not exactly how you picture it no one elso will know, it will still look (and taste) amazing. I am looking forward to helping any way I can. Your new sis, Karina xx

  3. Hey Gandalf!
    Me and Dobby were just at work thinking about you and realised it's so close to your mum's wedding now. Can't believe after all those conversations in the shop, all the planning and lists/schedules - it's almost here!! We know you'll totally smash it! We have total 100 per cent faith that it's going to be the dessert table to end all dessert tables. Anything you touch seems to turn to gold, so this won't be any different. We both miss you ridiculous amounts and wish you were still here, as does everyone else at C4F.
    Anyway you won't need it but massive good luck, love and hugs from your biggest fans in far away London. Have a ball matey, hope to speak soon! Zo and Irish Fiona xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx