A friend of mine went to a wedding a few weeks ago to a coworker of her husband. The groom, who works with my friend’s husband, comes from a wealthy family and so does the bride. The wedding was extravagant and everything involved was pricey. For their gift to the couple, my crafty friend bought pricey towels from the gift registry and constructed a towel cake. It looked fantastic in the pictures she took of the final project.
This past week, the groom brings in the towel cake to work and gives it to my friend’s husband saying that they don’t do crafty decorations in their home and could they (friend and husband) return it for something more useful. My friend’s husband proceeded to tell the groom that the gift was towels from the registry and that they only had to take out the pins and decorations to use them. The explanation was lost on the groom and he left the gift on the desk and said he would be back for the new gift later.
My friend and her husband are upset but have no idea what to do. Keep the towels? Disassemble the ‘cake’ and repackage the towel in a box? Give them something else? We all have our opinions here at work but no idea what is a proper response. 0617-13
I would undo the towel cake and fold the towels into a stack. When the groom came to retrieve the “new gift”, he can choose to take the towels home with him or reject the towels. If he does the latter, there is no second “new” gift to replace the one he has rejected.
How to make a towel cake…I prefer to use rubber bands to hold the “layer” rolled together and then cover with a 2-3″ ribbon.