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A Recipe for a Perfect Party

Although year-round events, this time of year on the Cape ushers in a flurry of bridal parties and large families gathering to celebrate the love of two people they care about. But, if it’s been said once, it’s been said a million times: 2020 is unlike any other year. This year, the wedding season is almost non-existent, as couples cancel due the global pandemic. But for those who don’t, opting for virtual receptions or inviting only enough people to max out the state limits on gathering, options are limited and constrained. In the following pages, meet some local vendors who are going above and beyond to help couples achieve their dream day, amid nightmarish circumstances.

Whether you’re figuring out how to hold a wedding during the rollercoaster known as 2020 or waiting a year (or two), these wedding vendors across the Cape and Islands are here to help. Cocktail Barbone, an extension of the ever- popular Pizza Barbone, is bringing the bar to your backyard with their replica 1961 Shasta trailer. With services ranging from just the bar itself to a fully stocked bar and bartender to match, there are options for every wedding. Flora Cape Cod is here to make sure your wedding is filled with only the most beautiful flower arrangements. Karyn Metois opened Flora in June of 2020 and has been helping soon to be newlyweds navigate this difficult time by offering unmatched service. No wedding is complete without a delicious meal to fuel all the dancing. Treats Catering has been the premier catering company on the Cape for 40, and isn’t slowing down, not even during a pandemic. Top off the night with the perfect cake, created specially for you by Sara Sneed at the Bashful Tarte. Whatever your style may be, Sneed can craft your ideal cake. And when it’s safe to do so, what better place to tie the knot than overlooking the stunning Nantucket Sound atop the Nantucket Whaling Museum. Combining the unique experience of being married among antique whaling artifacts, and all the classic charm that comes with a Nantucket wedding, the Whaling Museum is perfect for anyone looking to make sure their day is one to remember.

Nothing beats a Cape Cod wedding, whether it comes during a pandemic or quiet summer season, and no one is better equipped to bestow the perfect day upon couples than Cape Cod vendors. Now, more than ever, lets show some love to those who make Cape Cod weddings so magical. -Elizabeth Shaw

The Bashful Tarte

Sara Sneed has transformed the business of wedding cake decorating into an artistic form. Sneed creates original designs that run the gamut from classic couture, to sweet and simple or eccentric. The time she invests ensuring each cake reflects the style of her clients is immediately evident in the designs produced inside her stylish bakery, The Bashful Tarte. The business has been making waves across the Cape and is currently located in Yarmouth off of Station Avenue. Keeping with a popular saying, Sneed confirms “It’s a labor of love.” 

Sneed started The Bashful Tarte five years ago, which has been operating at its current location for nearly two and a half years. The bakery specializes in custom cakes, wedding cakes, and pies—the techniques for which she largely learned from her mother and grandmothers. “They helped me to learn tactile measuring and how to get a feel for when something is baked through,” she reminisces. “A lot of it is a feeling … sometimes you just have to have a feel for it.” Her decorating skills were learned later in her career as a baker with guidance from other pastry chefs, and honed with lots of practice, and a good measure of her artistic intuition. “I’ve been artistic my entire life,” Sneed explains. “All of the visual arts that I’ve ever been involved in help translate into creating wedding cakes, which are pieces of art in and of themselves.” Her designs draw inspiration from a variety of different sources, like wedding dresses and other fashions, images from nature, artwork, the atmosphere of Cape Cod, and, of course, the couples she works with. 

Creating custom wedding cakes is an intensive, personal process for both Sneed and her clients. She generally begins by meeting the couple in person to do a cake tasting and talk about their visions for the cake and the wedding as a whole. She aims to make the process an enjoyable experience and reduce the stress associated with ordering a wedding cake. “It’s something the couple can really enjoy together,” Sneed says. “When they’re coming in for their meetings, we sit down, they sample cakes and filling, and I ask them about their wedding plans. I get a feel for the couple themselves.” Based on this meeting, Sneed is able to discern what the couple wants and design something that completely fits the theme and energy of the wedding. “Every bride is different,” she says, as she begins recounting one couple that found their inspiration in an album cover. “They wanted the entire cake to be green fondant and cream all the way down the front of it, with a lady’s face on top of it,” she chuckled. “It was something else, and they told me it was exactly what they had pictured. I was happy to have made their dreams come true.”

In addition to The Bashful Tarte’s wedding cake services, the bakery also sells a variety of baked goods like assorted scones and muffins, all of which Sneed makes daily. Recently the bakery opened an entire wholesale division selling freshly baked goods to other local vendors, including all of the Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters locations across the Cape. However, above all, artistic vision, creativity and customer service remain at the heart of everything Sneed creates. “To make other people happy with food,” she says, “is a great feeling.” -Katie Anastas

To learn more about The Bashful Tarte, visit

Whaling Museum

Create your own history by renting the Whaling Museum for your next event. The museum provides a unique setting for intimate gatherings and grand celebrations. 

Located in the heart of downtown Nantucket, the Whaling Museum offers guests the perfect mix of modern design combined with history and tradition. The museum’s climate – controlled space features an unforgettable 46 – foot sperm whale skeleton, elegant art, and priceless artifacts.

Flowing from the museum’s main hall is the Hadwen & Barney Oil and Candle Factory, a soaring 1847 two – level, exposed brick space with original wooden ceiling beams. Together, they form an extraordinary venue to host a wedding ceremony or reception, cocktail party, or private dinner event. 

Offering unparalleled panoramic views of Nantucket Harbor, the Whaling Museum’s outdoor deck, Tucker’s Roofwalk, is the largest rooftop party space in downtown Nantucket.

Overlooking the landmark historic district with sight lines to the sea, it is the perfect location for wedding ceremonies, cocktail events, sunrises, and sunsets. -Katie Anastas

To learn more about Whaling Museum, visit

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