Thursday, March 11, 2010

my wedding things (on thursdays)

After the cupcake display, my other pet project was what I affectionately called "the sweet table." In a lot of Asian traditions, having sweet food symbolizes sweet wishes-- the New Year tray at Lunar New Year is filled with sweet things, the tea served during the tea ceremony is sweet to symbolize sweet relations, etc. So, a table full of sweets seemed appropriate for a wedding...as well as my sweet tooth! Here is my sketch:

And here is how it turned out:

Isn't it lovely? I cannot take credit for it, however. This table was truly made of sweet wishes from friends and family.

Along with the personalized cupcakes, I made pink flower cupcakes (extras, in case people wanted two!).
These pink flowers were made ahead of time (royal icing!) with the blue rose girls, but especially with the help of amazing illustrator and friend Alissa Imre Geis:
The delicious fudge was made by Squatchie's aunt:


and the raspberry, plum jam and chocolate surprise cookies were made my Squatchie's mother and sister. This was particularly appropriate because in Chinese tradition, the groom's family is suppose to supply cookies for the bride's cookie day!

My dear friend (and co-author of Our Seasons)Ranida made the double happiness cookies. The character she frosted on the cookies is the Chinese character double happiness--the traditional Chinese symbol used to wish couples joy in marriage:



The vintage material table runner was made by dear friend and extremely talented Anna Alter (more about the table runners later) and flowers arranged by my mother (more on that later, too!)

I know that everything on the table was made with a great deal of love and affection, which makes the table that much more beautiful...and sweet!

And I know at least one guest agreed!

7 comments:

jeannie brett said...

Beautifully done! And all w/fam and friends! Wow!

jama said...

Oh yum! What a beautiful sweets table. Everything must have tasted extra good because it was made with such love from family and friends. :)

Anna Alter said...

Everything was as delicious as it was beautiful and made with love... esp the ginger fudge YUM!! I need to get the recipe.

Barbara O'Connor said...

You absolutely amaze me!!! I am in total awe.

janet wong said...

How about a Grace Lin book illustrated in frosting?

Grace Lin said...

Thanks, all! I would love to do a book on dessert...

R said...

It definitely was the sweetest sweets table we ever did see!
I love how everything turned out just like your sketches! :>