Divorce—Just Another Reason to Party?

by Norris Law Group on June 3, 2014

Divorce—Just Another Reason to Party?Bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, engagement parties, wedding parties—and now, divorce parties? Oh, yes. The Deseret News reprinted an Associated Press article by Leanne Italie which details a new and growing trend of newly divorced people celebrating their “freedom” with large and lavish parties.

Italie reports that a diverse group including professional event planners, bakers and pastry chefs, attorneys and academics all note the rise of “divorce parties” since the turn of the millennium. Richard O’Malley, an event planner based in NYC says, “I’ve taken to naming them freedom fests, as you aren’t celebrating the end of the marriage but the freedom you have chosen in your life.” O’Malley goes on to say that he helped one woman throw a $25,000 “freedom fest,” complete with cocktails, a formal multi-course dinner and an eight-piece band. The host wore a white dress and had her father walk down an aisle to take her back as opposed to giving her away. A bridesmaid from her wedding years before threw a bouquet back to her.

O’Malley says that these divorce parties have also resulted in a windfall for professional cake artists. Cakes often represent a rather “dystopian” view of love and romance: cakes are upside-down or lopsided, and sometimes are shown falling on top of an ex-spouse. Tampa chef Lisa Davis says that her business makes at least one divorce cake each month: “We call them freedom cakes. The first one was maybe six years ago. It was ordered by a guy. It had a groom with a broken heart on his lapel…I try to redirect the anger to a more positive place when it comes to the cake.”

Duff Goldman, former star of “Ace of Cakes” on the Food Network, says that his flagship Charm City Cakes in Baltimore and Charm City Cakes West in LA he has been fulfilling requests for divorce cakes for about 10 years, and also produces around one a month: “We’re thrilled to put a positive spin on what can be a difficult and stressful time for people.”

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County and throughout Utah in the area of divorce and family law. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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