Today's Guest Desserts feature comes from Oslo by way of San Francisco. Even though Truc Luu of Treats lives in California and works in Finance at Gap, Inc., it's obvious she has a creative side as well. Inspired by some of my designs, the party invite, and some brown and pink ribbon, she set out to create a dessert table for her friend's baby shower in Norway.
To ensure a picture perfect creation, Truc enlisted the help of some talented friends. Her Gap, Inc. co-worker, Michelle Padilla of NM Designs created the candy and dessert labels, while friend Anne-Marie Rabe photographed the design.
Truc asked for some feedback about her design, because she plans to create another table for the baby's Christening. With so many family members and friends spread all across the country, and even the world, it's just a matter of time before all of you aspiring dessert table designers find yourselves creating your own long distance design. So, I thought I'd provide a few general tips as well.
1) Send pictures, measurements, and color swatches to any of your faraway collaborators to be sure that you're all on the same page. When I designed this table for Nonpareil Magazine, I worked with French miniaturist Stephanie Kilgast of Petit Plat via email to make sure that her miniature dessert table was a perfect replica of the full-sized Alice in Wonderland design I created.
2) Make sure you get a full, straight-on shot of the entire table. It will be an invaluable addition to your portfolio. You might have to move some furniture to get a wide enough shot of the design, so arrive early to set up and take the shots. Replace everything to its proper position, and be careful not to break anything.
3) Have a backup plan in place in case some of your platters and dishes break or your luggage is lost during the trip. It may be difficult to find replacements once you get to your destination.
4) Be sure to wipe plates to remove any chocolate smudges and use a pastry brush to remove crumbs from hard-to-reach places. Check the tabletop for any spilled sugar or debris prior to taking your photo. I know it sounds nit-picky, but your clients will expect you to be a perfectionist with an eye for detail. Your portfolio will benefit from your precision.
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