We displayed this cake at the "I Thee Wed" bridal show in Tuscaloosa yesterday. One of our catering colleagues looked puzzled as he asked the significance of the numbers.
"I understand the 50 and the 25, but what does the 16 stand for?"
"This is cake jewelry" I explained, "and these are the most common numbers we are asked to put on cakes."
-- The gold "50" IS for a 50th Wedding Anniversary
-- The silver "25" is for a 25th Wedding Anniversary
-- The "16" IS for a Sweet Sixteen Birthday
One of our neighbor shops in Downtown Northport, Petit Pois, has started carrying the keepsake bejeweled numbers, letters, and other symbols that adorn the tops of celebration and wedding cakes. The shop already carries antique christening gowns as well as other dresses and bonnets from France, which are perfect for dressing infants and toddlers up for these special occasions.
The monograms and crosses can be used for wedding cakes and christening cakes.
"Oh! I thought it was all wedding related... I've been married 14 years and I didn't want to miss an important anniversary."
I just smiled.
So we gave away cake and watched the runway show. Guest models and escorts included Miss Tuscaloosa Brittany Finley, wives of some of the University of Alabama coaches, Tide shortstop Josh Rutledge, and Olympic Boxing bronze medalist Deontay Wilder.
The bridal show, one of two held in Tuscaloosa this winter, benefitted the United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama. It was sponsored by Jester's Flowers and Venue, Hotel Capstone, Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelry and Total Entertainment.
As I packed up my table after the show, another caterer commented that I was one of the first to be ready to leave. "I have a date with Bruce tonight" I explained.
"Oh, is Bruce your boyfriend?"
"No, Bruce Springsteen"
"Do you know him?"
"Not exactly, he's playing the halftime show."
"Oh, is that tonight?"