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Sunday, July 14, 2013

As Specific as the Pacific

When planning a party, event, or gathering, some people put a lot of time and consideration into every detail. This means doing everything ahead of time, such as finding a venue, figuring out what food to serve, and looking for a nice and tasty cake.

Usually there are two types of people in this world: the people who know exactly what they want, and those who don't. Sometimes a person can be both at the same time, but that's another post.

For those who don't know what they want, it can be a struggle. Almost every cake you see (that fits the theme) looks good to you, so picking one is tough. Maybe your event doesn't really have a theme, so no cake really fits what you're going for. Perhaps you're a people pleaser, taking in everyone's suggestions, so you've got a lot of ideas for one cake.

However, just because you don't know what you want, does not mean you can contact a decorator and ask the question, "How much for a cake?"

For real?

Even chains and grocery stores don't work like that, so how can a decorator? They need some information, such as how many people will you be serving, how elaborate you wish the cake to be, or just the date of the event. Ideally, you'd provide them with all of that information, and then some, but sometimes you just don't know where to start.

Again, don't start with, "How much for a cake?"

That's like going to an online dating website and writing that you're looking for "a man," or "a woman."
He's what you're looking for, right?

When contacting a decorator, be as detailed as you can, but don't be a copycat. Give them the theme or the colors, the number of people you think are gonna be there (Use a maximum estimate. If the initial quote is out of your price range, you can dial back the number of servings after an overestimation, bringing down the cost.), what sort of flavors you or the host are into, the date, and anything else that would be helpful (such as an allergy). Your decorator will thank you, and it'll speed up the process, making that one less thing to worry about.

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