Monday, October 18, 2010

Details Details: Cake Stand

Just like with the bar, we knew from the get-go that we wanted to do a cake / dessert buffet instead of a traditional tiered wedding cake.  I had always envisioned something a la . . .

(via Snippet & Ink)

. . . but the Mister had another vision.  One that actually made sense for the cake gazebo at our venue.*  The gazebo could only hold a small round table, so the mister decided he wanted to build a tree-esque cake stand.  Originally, we had grand plans to acutally make the cake stand look like a tree, but like many a grand plan before it, that plan got scrapped when things got down to the wire.  I'll just cut to the chase and let you see the final product.

(photo by my Father-in-Law!)

We had a local cake shop make the four cakes (which were unbelievably delicious, I might add) and my Mother-in-Law baked the cookies and brownies.  I grossly underestimated the amount of platters I needed to purchase for the cookies and brownies so they ended up keeping the cookies in the Tupperware.  Not ideal, but I didn't even notice it on our wedding day.  That's one of those things where you just end up having to say "oh well" and shrug it off.  People were so excited for my Mother-in-Law's famous peanut butter cookies with Hershey's Kisses that no one even cared about the Tupperware.

So back to the cake stand.  This was also a fairly simple project but time consuming because of all of the trial and error.  The structure of the stand is made from metal pipe fittings from Home Depot that the Mister screwed together to form the "trunk" and "branches."

Those are pipe fittings all over the floor.  The Mister spent forever and a day picking out what he thought he needed, and then we must have gone back 3 or 4 more times to return some things and buy some more.  Photo by yours truly.

We attached the pipe fittings to a large wooden base that we covered in spare purple fabric.  We then covered the fittings with clay to even out the surface and wrapped it in green ribbon.  The platters that the cakes sat on were actually lazy susans that we disassembled so they couldn't spin and then attached to the "branches" with screws. 

Sounds simple, but this project took a long time to complete, and we actually finished it two days before the wedding.  It probably would have been easier if we were following a set plan, but we were really just flying by the seat of our pants. 

And now, for a moment of sadness.  The day after the wedding, when we were packing up the lodge, we decided to throw it away.  It was heavy and took up a lot of space, and we couldn't think of a single reason why we would use it again.  So a little birdie convinced us to toss it, and to be honest I regret that decision a little.  Even though I'm sure we would have ended up tossing it at some point in the future, I could have at least got to the point where I didn't have so much of a sentimental attachment to it anymore.  Sigh.  You live, you learn. 

* Yes, our venue had a gazebo just for the cake.  It's a smart idea, really, when you've got a venue that's entirely outside and in the woods.  No one wants sap in their wedding cake. 


Kristin - Miss Glasses said...

That stand is gorgeous! I can't believe all of the lovely details you put into your wedding to make it truly your own. So sad that you had to throw it away :( I bet you could have put it up in the Classifieds section on Weddingbee and someone would have snatched it up!

nicoliolihpf said...

You guys are so handy! I'm impressed!

Bridget said...

what a creative idea!

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