Originally posted on Huffington Post. Written by Sandra Villarroel - Sandrachile
I am NOT one who is attracted to wedding traditions, because I believe that traditions conflict with our own individuality, however, there is one local tradition that really steals my heart. If you are not from Pittsburgh, let me enlighten you: The Pittsburgh Cookie Table
IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, EVERY WEDDING HAS A GLORIOUS TABLE WITH COOKIES...
Nobody knows where the tradition really comes from, but I am sure it is rooted with people not wanting to arrive empty handed to a party. In my home country of Chile, for example, when you arrive at someone’s house, you always bring either bread or sweets. It’s a standard.
This cookie table thing got me thinking, and wondering more about them, so, I decided to ask around, and get input on cookie table logistics. I gathered the following tips to share with “yinz”
from @vintagealleyrentalspgh a local company that styles weddings and events say: www.vintagealleypittsburgh.com
A cookie table does not have to be 50 dozen of cookies on plastic platters. It can be fun rustic crates, old suitcases or even old drawers filled with goodies. It can be beautiful glass apothecary jars with small signs on the front of them noting the family member made a particular cookie. Jars are a nice way to showcase a family that has contributed to the table and what cookie they made. It’s all about balancing and distributing all of the cookies properly when setting up the table so that it looks even on each side - and the best part of it is - if you are too overwhelmed with the cookie table you can hire a professional to style a beautiful table for you.
KIMBERLEY:from @kimberley_ashlee a gourmet caterer for weddings and events www.kimberleyashleecatering.com
As a newcomer to Pittsburgh, the Yinzer Cookie Table is a new thing for me. It’s endearing, and I can see why guests love it! As an innovator, I am recommending to clients step out of the traditional cookies, and go with macaroons. They come in delicious flavors and such vibrant colors that can tie together event color themes. Truffles are another favorite of mine. The ones we use are customizable, and easy one-biter, that can be packaged to double as a favor.