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CAKES AND DECORATING

desserts-but cakes are now sliced and
served to each guest, rather than guests
taking a plate.
Non-cakes, such as donuts, officially
take over this year and next.
"Elaborate self-serve dessert tables of
cookies, cupcakes, and candy will be
replaced with individually wrapped and
packaged items or dessert sampler plates
prepared by the catered and served oneby-one to seated guests," predicts Jennifer
Feldstein of The Last Minute Bride in
Vacaville, California. 
In addition to this trend, with the
changing dietary restrictions of a portion
of the population, wedding foods are
reflecting that. Plant-based or vegetarian
options have become increasingly
important, as well as gluten-free items.
Customized foods are also becoming
popular at wedding receptions. Creative
menus with a variety of customizable
offerings allow every guest to enjoy the
culinary experience. Pizza with chooseyour-own-toppings can be a unique
addition to the menu, as can things
such as the aforementioned grilled
cheese station or a dessert station with
customizable elements.
"We love how thoughtful and
purposeful today's couples are in
planning their wedding celebrations.
Along with their designers and planners,
couples continue to think creatively and
deliberately as they plan a wedding that
thoughtfully reflects their unique love
story," says Kristen Maxwell Cooper,
editor in chief of The Knot.
TRAVEL PLANS

As Americans begin to resume travel,
the hotel industry is coming together
to ensure all guests and staff can remain
safe and comfortable. Long before
COVID-19, hotels were dedicated to
cleaning at the highest standards. The
American Hotel and Lodging Association

(AHLA) has launched Safe Stay, an
enhanced standard of health and safety
protocols, to prepare America's hotels
to safely welcome back guests and
employees as the economy reopens. Safe
Stay was developed with the input of
the CDC and under the guidance of an
advisory council comprised of industry
leaders representing all segments of the
hotel industry. 
"Safe Stay is an industry-wide
commitment to our top priority - the
health and safety of guests and employees.

As we welcome back the traveling public,
hotels will be cleaner than ever before,"
says Chip Rogers, president and chief
executive officer of AHLA. "Hotels have
always had rigorous cleaning protocols
and standards, but we're stepping up even
more so that employees and guests can
feel more confident about the entire hotel
experience."  
Hotel occupancy dropped to just
24.5% among open hotels nationwide
in April, the lowest occupancy for any
month on record in the U.S.

Top trends for wedding cakes
Here are six trends for wedding cakes,
according to The Knot, to keep a close
watch:
Inky-black wedding cakes
Black is the hottest new wedding
color, and it's surprisingly perfect for
every style or palette (everyone knows
black goes with everything). A black
wedding cake feels ultra-luxe and
sophisticated-and a dusting of gold
trim will infuse some glamour too. 
Wedding cakes are incorporating
unique color palettes.
Alternative tiers
Non-cakes have been on Knot's radar
for a while, but they'll officially take over
this year. This means alternative tiers
crafted in everything from waffles and
donuts to cheese wheels (perfect if
you and your partner prefer savory over
sweet). 
Understated textures
It's all in the details. To be more
specific, you'll be seeing cakes with a
focus on unique textures in the fondant

or frosting-whether you want it to
emulate concrete or another material
like velvet. 
Structural designs
There's nothing wrong with a cake
that, well, looks like a cake. But this
year, plan to see more confections
with architectural, structural designs
that'll have your guests asking, "Your
baker actually made this? How?"
Floating tiers
Impressive cakes that look like they're
doing balancing acts will take the
spotlight. Whether they're floating on
flowers or 3-D shapes, a floating cake
done right is nothing short of magical. 
Single level
A single-tier cake is the pinnacle of
chic minimalism. Worried it won't be
able to feed all of your guests? Don't
be-you can have a sheet cake in the
kitchen for extra slices. Also, a simple
design doesn't mean the flavor has to
be boring-use it as an opportunity to
incorporate fun fillings. 

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