Typically, we avoid party décor trends like the plague. (Seriously, are gold letter balloons and millennial pink tassels done yet? Yiiichhhhh.) But there is one sorta-recent craze that we can’t get enough of: FOOD WALLS.
It all started innocently enough with the donut wall — a DIYer’s dream that was simply a spray painted peg board adorned with prettily-decorated donuts. They started popping up at parties, media events, and weddings, and were even spoofed on Parks and Recreation when Tom Haverford threw a shindig with a shrimp wall.
As such, we thought food walls were over — until LeeAnne Locken surprised us with a cotton candy wall at her carnival-themed engagement party on The Real Housewives of Dallas. And just like that — with the spin of a sugar — we were back on board.
And now, the world’s number one tennis player, Serena Williams, has upped the food wall ante with her wedding to Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian. The reception took place at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, and featured a “living salad wall.”
“What’s a living salad wall,” you ask? Well, we can only assume is an edible cross between a salad-based food wall and a living wall (the office décor trend preferred by most gynecologists). We don’t know exactly how it would work, but we imagine you just walk up to a wall of breathing greens with a set of tongs and pluck off some bibb lettuce at your own discretion. (Honestly, it sounds very satisfying and we are very interested.)
Beyond the living salad wall, the couple had four food stations: a steakhouse, Italian (in honor of their meeting in Rome), Southern (Serena’s fave), and Armenian (Alexis’ fave). They also served a cocktail called the “New Fashioned,” made with Añejo tequila, agave nectar, orange bitters, and angostura bitters, and had Chinese- and New Orleans-themed food trucks, y’know, just in case guests were still hungry after eating the walls.
Congratulations to Serena and Alexis!
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