I was in Pittsburgh over the weekend to attend the wedding of a friend from college. The beautiful church ceremony was followed by a catered barbecue at the couples' home.  And it was there that I discovered...The Cookie Table!

Imagine a big dining room table full of dozens of plates of cookies, stacked up high.  It was a display of sweet deliciousness!   And we were all invited to partake, sampling different varieties.  There were so many to choose from!  And the best part?  We got to take some home in gift bags labeled with the date of the wedding and the couples' names.

No one seems really sure of the origin of the cookie table but many agree the tradition was probably brought over from Europe.   Everyone from Pittsburgh spoke proudly about the cookie table tradition and I wondered why I had never heard of it before.

With the average wedding cake costing close to $500, I think the cookie table is a brilliant alternative.  What's more, it's a way for family and friends to share their talent and time with the newlyweds.  It may sound sappy, but it seemed like there was love in every bite.

Have you ever been to a wedding with a cookie table?  Do you think they will get more popular in New Jersey?

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