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Wedding Cake Disaster

Posted in Let them eat cake!, Weddings! with tags , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2010 by djscottshirley

It was going to be a great reception at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth. The weather was beautiful, providing a great view to the east from the upstairs ballroom.

The House Manager spoke with us as we were setting up our Party Machine sound system. He was shocked by the wedding cake that was just delivered, a bizarre creation of multiple cakes on stilts, connected by plastic stairways, with a cheesy plastic fountain under the center cake. The manager said it was the tackiest cake he had ever seen.

I had seen some exotic cakes before, but this one was truly weird. It was Barbie’s Dream House meets “Chutes and Ladders.”

Nevertheless, the reception went well, and everything was proceeding according to plan – at least until a large woman stumbled backwards into the cake table.

You guessed it: the stairs came a-tumbling down, and the fountain made a huge mess.

The manager happened to be on our stage when it happened, but instead of being upset, he was delighted! He made a quick call on his cellphone, and the staff had the mess cleared away before many people noticed. And a beautiful cake suddenly appeared in place of the bizarre Stairway to Heaven cake.

Sometimes a disaster can be a blessing in disguise.

There’s no accounting for taste – but it can be improved!

For funny bad taste, visit the Tacky Weddings website.


Posted in Pirate Holiday with tags , , on March 22, 2009 by djscottshirley

I love holidays. Holidays are time to celebrate, and I am in the celebration business.

Many of the holidays we celebrate are of fairly recent origin. Most people are aware that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were created by greeting card companies. Valentine’s Day rose to its current prominence because of similar market forces.

Most folks are less conscious of the fact that the celebration of Christmas has fairly modern origins, and at one time it was illegal to observe Christmas in Merry Olde England. Really, look it up!

Birthday celebrations are a modern tradition; before we observed them, it was customary to celebrate a person’s Saint’s Day instead.

We celebrate official government holidays because most of us are off work, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day, all great days for family gatherings and cooking outdoors.

Some of our holidays have evolved into excuses to have a party, such as St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween. Some of the best parties are costume events for Halloween.

But my favorite holiday is only 20 years old, and exists purely as an excuse for a party.

September 19: International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Really! Serious Party Animals have celebrated the day for years, yet I am often surprised to talk to someone who still has not yet heard of it.



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