I would like to start by thanking you for going on this journey with me. I haven’t been as consistent as I would like and there are tons of recipes in drafts however, I am becoming more organised and I aim to publish two posts every week.
It’s been exactly a month since I took the first step to achieving one of my life dreams/goals (owning a dessert business). On the 30th of March, 2019, I completed my first dessert table order for a wedding – one of the most stressful and exhilarating experiences of my life. I had to make Cupcakes, Donuts, Cake Pops and Lemon Possets (a total of 230 items) in two days. I never thought that I could accomplish all that I did with a 4 month old baby who needs my constant attention. Thanks to my supportive husband and peaceful boy.
I thought to share 4 key lessons that I learnt whilst executing this project:
1) Plan Plan Plan Plan
My initial consultation with the client was in October 2018 (when I started my maternity leave). However, as the baby was due in November, we decided to pick up our conversation in January – to determine if this is something I will be able to deliver with my commitments as a first-time mum.
I started brainstorming, studying competitors and researching ideas from the initial consultation thus, by the time we met up in January, I was able to communicate my ideas (based on their vision) and provide a sketch of what the table would look like on their wedding day. This is what I believed gave the clients the assurance of my competencies and as such, a booking was secured.
Efficient time management and planning also meant that I was able to structure and allocate baking and decoration times for all the desserts i.e. I was able to set-up on time, even though the Donuts and Possets were made on the wedding day (shout out to Mr O for taking some time off work to support me all through the process).
2) Practice Practice Practice
Prior to securing this booking the only things I had previously made were Cupcakes and Possets. I’d never made Cake Pops and my only attempt at making Donuts put me off from making them.
I spent February and some weeks in March testing various recipes and decoration ideas. This prevented any form of disaster occurring, and the feedback that I received was amazing.
3) Always strive for excellence
Making desserts for a blog post is totally different from creating a dessert table. If what you intended to blog about ends up being a disaster, you can chuck it away without any criticism. On the other hand, providing a service means that the clients have expectations and your work will be on display for everyone to see. So it has to be impeccable and appealing.
Honestly, I was scared taking on this job and it was even scarier as the days approached. It was my first wedding booking (a step towards my goal) so, I wanted everything to be perfect and I aimed for it. It was hard and I was exhausted at the end of the day but, as we all know, “first impressions matter….”
4) Have a checklist
I believe this speaks for itself as it helps to make sure that you have everything you need for your project. One of the main lessons I learnt was that some of the baking ingredients required needed to be sourced from America (cheaply) or I would need to contact independent UK suppliers on time to have all the ingredients needed for the Cake Pops.
To this end, as we are about to start the 2nd quarter of 2019, I would like to encourage you all to not give up but keep striving – we still have 8 months to fulfil our goals, visions and dreams. Rather, choose to – PLAN, PREPARE, STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE AND TRACK YOUR PROGRESS (via a checklist).
Personally, I am planning to spend the next quarter focusing on cake decorations, pastries and wedding cake flavours, and I have a consultation for a summer wedding cake.
Once again, thank you for supporting my journey and I am now officially taking bookings for Cakes and Dessert Tables. To make an enquiry, send us an email on – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography by @Merakicphotos and @jessekonadu.photography