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Recap: Cocktails, Cake, and Creativity at Make Meaning

As much as I pin DIY projects to Pinterest, I’m unfortunately not the craftiest individual. Mod Podge is my best friend, but I can’t paint evenly or cut in a straight line. I blame the dreaded lefty-scissors back in kindergarten.

Despite my shortcomings in arts and crafts class, I was excited when I received an invitation for an evening of cocktails, cake, and creativity at Make Meaning’s Upper West Side location. You may have already heard of Make Meaning as the scene of Aviva and Kristen’s inappropriate verbal altercation on Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City or seen paparazzi photos of Suri Cruise exiting the premise; she’s a frequent customer.

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Make Meaning is basically a high-quality craft shop with creative activities for all ages. This isn’t your basic pottery painting facility; children and adults alike can choose from a variety of projects such as soap making, candle making, canvas painting, and cookie or cake decorating. New Yorkers partake in the full-range of activities at Make Meaning for corporate events, girls’ nights, showers, birthdays, and even drop-in crafting.

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After sharing a few glasses of wine with a group of girlfriends upon arriving at the event, we settled in at our table in front of our blank canvases – individual round cakes covered in a layer of white fondant. We were equipped with a rainbow of other fondant colors, plastic tools such as rolling pins and cookie cutters, and a book of cake decorating examples to serve as inspiration or instruction. And of course, plenty of wine and cheese!

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My friend Jaycee went straight from the book and replicated an adorable watermelon on her cake. I drew inspiration from a beach sunset in the book and utilized this technique to make a tie-die background for a peace-sign cake. I wore Birkenstocks to work that day so I must have been on a bit of a hippie kick. The fondant was pliable and easy manipulated, and there were plenty of friendly staffers giving tips and tricks as we embarked on our cake-decorating journey.

Here is my final product:


We had a blast catching up over beverages while doing something creative after a long day at work. Cake decorating was the perfect outlet to unwind and we were left with a delicious treat to take home, no baking required! The entire activity took about an hour (at a very relaxed pace) and our finished cakes were beautifully packaged in colorful tissue paper and a carrying case. Now I can’t wait to come back and try my hand at the candle making!

Make Meaning

(Two locations in New York City)
Upper West Side
329 Columbus Avenue
(between 75th and 76th St.)
New York, NY 10023

Upper East Side
1501 3rd Avenue
(between 84th and 85th St.)
New York, NY 10028 

Images courtesy of Make Meaning


Ally is a Brooklyn-based marketing pro with a passion for food and fitness. You'll most likely find her at her local brunch haunts and coffee shops, always with a book in hand.

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