(Un)fortunately the banquet package did not include w favours, so we were left to source on our own. I have an aversion towards practical things that are sadly adorned with pictures/ names of the bride and groom, and shot glasses with 喜 on them are hideous and quite frankly sloppy.
We decided on something edible in the end, because then our guests would not be burdened with the guilt of throwing them away if it was not to their liking. Unlike useless mugs, you can share and distribute food! Cookies were the most obvious choice, and given my long history with the folks at APSN, it was only natural to place our order with them.
After a short tasting session, A and I agreed on a mix of chocolate chip cookies and eggless cookies. Initially we settled with 5 pieces a pack, but eventually ended up with 10 pieces a pack because… Well I can’t remember why. 5 just seemed odd. Also at $4/pack of 10 it was extremely reasonable, and besides it was for a good cause.
I bought baker’s twine from my trusted supplier mooseart, printed out gift tags on kraft paper and intended to create something like this:
By the time the cookies arrived, the gift tags were already cut with holes punched in them. The cookies came out fine but alas the original package made my original intention impossible, so after ten minutes of deliberation with the sister, I decided to repackage all the cookies!
So it was another trip to Daiso to buy clear gift bags, and then a long and arduous process to 1) repack the cookies; 2) tie the twine around the neck of the gift bag ala bread packing style (not easy); 3) attach the gift tag. Eventually we managed to finish the repacking in three days, so it wasn’t that time consuming.
- Feedback on the cookies were great! Everyone liked them.
- It was a good move on our part to provide something edible. Some of the guests were hungry while waiting for the banquet to start, so at least they had something to munch on
- I should have confirmed the packaging design with APSN after we decided on 10 per pack. A laments that the students wasted their time packing our cookies. 😦
- I can work in BreadTalk packing bread!
In deciding the kind of favours we wanted to give the guests, we put ourselves in their shoes and considered the hard truth that we absolutely did not want to receive a meaningless gift with the faces of the couple tattooed on it. Eventually we decided on cookies, because nobody (with the exception of A) hates cookies and we managed to turn it into a good cause by engaging A***’s bakery team.
Now that the vendors are settled, it is time to fret about packaging. There are really just three options to consider:
1. A tag on the side
2. A typical store item tag
3. A sticker on the front
We also need to consider how we want to display the favours. There are typically two ways:
- Distribute the favours by placing them at each seat before the reception starts; the downside is that it takes up space on the table
- Set up a booth at the reception table towards the end of the dinner, and have the guests pick them up as they file out; the downside is that some people may miss collecting the favour, especially if they leave early
We’ll probably go with the second option, but now I’m wondering how the display at the reception table will look like. Must I allocate someone to constantly top up the stock, or should I display all 150 of the favours on the table? Will my table be large enough?
Oh I have to mention, A surprised me when he proclaimed that he liked one of the cookie flavours. Like, like like. And I thought there were no more surprises between us anymore!
This space is in dire need of some pictures. Here are some designs that I quite like; apparently the naked cake design is on trend right now, but a level of skill is required to achieve the desired effect. Some of the designs look as if 1) the chef started off with the intention of fully coating the cake, but ran out of cream towards the end; or 2) the chef forgot to prepare the cream coating, and decided to just leave the layers bare (here I’m just using layman terms; obviously I do not bake).
The classic fully coated cake is fine too I guess. I’m not particular. But flowers are a must(!). And pearl like beadings on the sides are bad. Also is a cake topper necessary? Something like “Love” or “Happily Ever After” would be too corny though.
I thought I might owe the occasional stray reader an explanation on the Apes, but the story sounded funnier in my head than on writing.
It suffices to say that A and I share an affinity with the Planet of the Apes series, yet even though it is the Year of the Monkey, I draw the line at a jungle themed reception. I am also not too fond about placing an ape topper on the w cake.
We have a slight obsession with the cake shows on the TLC channel, TLC being the best thing that has happened to me since we got cable in our home. In one of the episodes, a couple commissioned a cake with a scaled replica model of the Tradis as the topper. Another decided that a dinosaur themed cake was in order as their reception was being held at the American Museum of Natural History. Each cake came up to a few thousands of dollars, a point which slipped my mind when we decided to drop by a cake shop a few weekends ago.
(I realised I have digressed from telling the ape story, but I really wasn’t planning to share it anyway)
We were at Tiong Bahru that weekend morning with some time to spare, so A and I swung by M** ***** *****. I had stumbled across the name during one of my innumerable Google searches, and the pictures looked tempting enough to warrant a physical visit to the shop.
The shop front was indeed impressive and very Instagram-worthy. One of the chefs greeted and entertained us for a short while. We understood the following from him:
- They are really famous. Celebrities drop by from time to time, even non-local ones!
- They are really expensive. He gave us a ballpark figure of $22/pax. If I wanted to feed 100 people, that would amount to a whooping $2,200!
Needless to say we were obviously way out of our league! There’s just no way we can justify a slice of cake costing that much, so we very gladly crossed them off our list. We’ll stick to something closer to our
comfort level budget, so P*** G***** is next on our list.