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A few months ago, I had the pleasure of chatting to a lovely husband and wife photography team, The Lawsons, as we were both involved with the same wedding this summer (again involving a fantastic couple, more of that in a future blog post). It turned out that the wife, Laura Lawson, was planning a birthday party for her husband Pete’s 30th and being a big fan of dessert tables, asked if I would create one for their party. How could I say no?!

Well, things just got better and better as what started out as a joke (I think I said: “All I can think about are beards and woolly jumpers!”) ended up being the theme of the display, and probably the most fun I have ever had in both designing and making a dessert table. I did apologise on several occasions to Laura for spending so much time staring at images of her husband’s face. I think she forgave me 😉The initial sketch was quite simple, showing the key elements of the design. These took the form of glasses and woolly jumper cookies, glasses cake pops with black cases to indicate beards, and the stylised version of Pete as a two tier square cake centrepiece.

I wanted everything to remain very clean and angular so my plan was to display everything on monochromatic square tableware. I also own the cutest little black cake stand that was a surprise extra Christmas treat from my other half, so I thought this was perfect for displaying “Pete”.

So, here we are, the finished display! I had a bit of an audience whilst setting it up, which was quite unexpected, especially when I saw that Pete was sitting, watching a version of himself being placed in position. Honestly, I haven’t laughed so much about a cake order since the time of the vampire meerkats!

At this point, my photography skills really let me down so I will leave it to the experts to really showcase the display. Thanks so much to Lawson Photography for not only being such nice people, but for ordering from me, taking fabulous photos and then lending them to me!

Apparently, although the red one is Pete’s favourite (and was accidentally washed and shrunk, RIP red jumper), he has a whole collection of fuzzy woolly winter warmers so the cookies reflected this. I thought I would keep the palette simple so stuck to primary colours as a simple accent to the rest of the black and white. It was a lot of fun creating the knitted effect on these!

I just love this top-down shot of the cake pops. Look how cute they are!!

And finally, this cute shot of the birthday cake. Love it! 🙂

For a full rundown of Pete’s birthday and to meet the man himself, Laura has blogged all about it here. And to see more of the fabulous couple’s amazing skills, their stunning website is a must visit:

Thanks so much to both Pete and Laura for giving me the opportunity to create this dessert table. Also, a happy birthday to Pete! I hope you enjoyed reading about the dessert table and Pete’s birthday as much as I did being a part of it.

Until next time,

Beth x

15/08/2012 - 10:14 am

Claire - English Wedding blog - Ha! Love it, Beth. Shame my Dad’s birthday was last week…
Hope you’re well and business is good.
Claire x

23/08/2012 - 11:59 am

Sara at Monty Manatee - Hi, I love the spectacles biscuits!! V cute!

26/01/2013 - 9:25 pm

a touch of florida sunshine » beth's cake blog - […] Lawson to talk about Kim and John’s wedding, and in the process created what I think is the most fun dessert table ever for Pete’s birthday. Such a lovely couple with a great sense of humour and an incredible talent. Thank you so much […]