PHOTOS: See the Floating ‘Dessert Walls’ at Savannah Guthrie’s Baby Shower

07/09/2014 at 11:27 AM ET

Savannah Guthrie's baby shower
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When it came to Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie‘s baby shower, awe- (and “awwwww”) inducing caterer Peter Callahan didn’t even contemplate a traditional cake.

“People love seeing food in a way that hasn’t been done before,” he tells PEOPLE. And, voila: The party’s “dessert walls” were born!

The custom-made lucite walls were outfitted with pegs to hold doughnuts and cinnamon-sugar soft pretzels, giving the illusion that the treats were hanging in air.

Savannah Guthrie's baby shower
Peter Kramer/NBC

Savannah Guthrie's baby shower
Peter Kramer/NBC

At the June 30 shower, held at NYC’s The Glass Houses, the expectant mom and her work pals also noshed on miniature delicacies from Callahan’s 2011 cookbook, Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Little Plates You can Make for Any Party — including thin-crust pizzas in tiny boxes that the caterer, armed with a glue stick, topped with reprints of beloved children’s book covers.

“They were so precious! I wanted to take a picture of each one,” Guthrie says.

Next on Callahan’s food-design bucket list? “I’ve been working on a hanging carving station,” he says, “but I’ve not yet solved the question of can the chef hold the meat while it’s hanging and probably swinging?”

In the meantime, the dessert wall is his latest hit — at least among Guthrie and her shower guests. “The doughnut and cinnamon pretzels disappeared. We were totally cleaned out. There was not a crumb left,” says Callahan. “If you ask me, vertical food is the new trend.”

Savannah Guthrie's baby shower
Peter Kramer/NBC

Savannah Guthrie's baby shower
Peter Kramer/NBC

—Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

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Heather on

I’m sorry but I think this is dumb. Desserts don’t need to be hung.

cantstandsavannah on

Can’t stand the way Savannah has dressed through her pregnancy! Disgusting and not very moral either the way she announced the baby at her wedding! What happened to marriage first then a baby doesn’t anyone do it the old fashioned way any more?

Karen on


Heide M on

What a clever idea.

katie on

Interesting, but a bunch of dried up donuts – no thanks. Doesn’t appear very sanitary either.

katie on

“The doughnut and cinnamon pretzels disappeared. We were totally cleaned out. There was not a crumb left,” says Callahan. “If you ask me, vertical food is the new trend” If you ask me they shouldn’t have been so cheap on the food and had enough. A little more is better than a little less when entertaining. Tacky!

lacanyonmom on

cantstandsavannahmom-you sound bitter, it’s so sad! she’s in her 40s, a professional, makes a great living, she’s adorable, she’s been dating and engaged to her husband for years before she got pregnant. i’m sorry you’re so ignorant and have such a sad life. PS: you WISH you looked like her pregnant

Bette on

No thanks.

AnsleeT on

That’s so stupid….being original and creative does not always ensure a smart decision…(who wants donuts at a baby shower anyway?!)

chris on

I think the dessert idea was very creative considering where the shower was held. With regards to her having a baby “later” in life, sometimes pregnancy does not happen easily for couples or you don’t have a partner or the finances to care for a child. I have really enjoyed her pregnancy fashion. She has kept it classy with figure forgiving matte jersey – I have seen a lot of Maggy London, Donna Morgan and Ralph Lauren.

Tina on

So far, from what I’ve seen in the photos of her shower, it didn’t seem very cheery and sweet like baby showers usually are. It looked like whomever planned it was trying to be all trendy and art deco. It doesn’t scream “Awww”.

bitsy on

@cantstandsavannah – clearly your mother never taught you that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all ! poor manners……now THAT is disgusting!

lolly on

as if any of those stick people would eat a donut.

Krissie on

If any of these fake people actually ingested a donut, then bulimia was also on the menu

guest on

That looks absolutely ridiculous! And gross too!!

Gabby on

I love how judgmental some people are..Tend to your own knitting!

Selena on

Just guessing they were all still there when everyone left. No one wants to eat a donut or pretzel after it’s been drying out hanging on a wall. And as for Callahan’s quote, the items that were gone, had to be wrapped for some people to take with them!

Mag on

Don’t think they really going to eat these desserts, just hanging there.

Jeannie on

Doesnt look very appealing or appetizing like this. Looks rather bland and boring. I’m sure someone thought this was creative and maybe to some it is. I just dont like it.

Who cares on

He is ugly however most white men are lol


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