regalia (rɪˈɡeɪlɪə) — pl n
- the ceremonial emblems or robes of royalty, high office, an order,etc
- any splendid or special clothes; finery
Actually, I love special things that make moments a little more meaningful. The older I get, the more I want to pack as much pleasure into a moment of celebration or entertaining, for both myself as much as for my guests. I don’t hesitate to use my great grandmothers beautiful, delicate pink Fenton vase (melon shape in Rose Overlay). With the perfect blooms, it’s a reminder of things I love. To keep beautiful things on the shelf defeats the purpose of their creation. Not to mention, that it creates a conversation every time it is used when I entertain.
Today, with hundreds of thousands of products vying for attention, I find that the majority of them just don’t make much sense. Too many are so cheaply made that they hardly make it through one occasion.
In designing a cake stand, I have three goals that we important:
Sturdy enough to stand the test of time.
Antoinette definitely passes the test! Made of steel, weighing, depending on size, approximately 13-15 pounds, definitely not a lightweight item. I’m only a few years into creating these stands, experience tells me that they will be around for a lifetime.
A personal rule that I live by, is that all of the decorations in my home that are considered ‘art’ are not reproductions but done by hand. The pieces that I have are not exclusive, they are a collection of that I love, created by hands ranging from my children, friends, and artisans from places far away. There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing that a part of someone else went into creating something. I personally hand-paint everyone of my cake stands with finishes that will look great with any décor. Each one is a work of art and is painted as such.
As a little girl, I relished in playing dress-up, and with my paper dolls. Using magnetic embellishments on my stands, gives them different looks and can be used for all sorts of occasions. Romantically, I imagine a Bride choosing a cake stand for her wedding. After the wedding, it doesn’t get hidden away on a closet shelf but used for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays. Always a cake stand but also a perfect centerpiece in just about any entertaining situation. With a great glass dome, decadent treats and sweets can be beautifully displayed in your kitchen. The little girl in me likes dressing up my cake stands. Certainly not a concept I’ve ever envisioned but true nevertheless.
Here is Antoinette (I name my cake stands, beautiful girl names-another personal pleasure since my children are both boys) flaunting only a few of her looks. Personally, the artist in me could dress her in dozens of other fun finery but for now, I’ve got quite a task at hand…changing how the world looks at their cakes and their stands. Is there anybody out there like me that looks at a beautiful cake sitting on a foil-covered board or passé (usually dented and tarnished) pressed metal stand and thinks that there’s got to be something else?