Holiday Tastemaker Interview with Lela Rose

Caroline’s Cakes is not only about delicious dessert, but the spirit of hospitality, grace, and tradition that is baked into every offering. This season, we’re tapping our community to share in that spirit. Read our interview with Lela Rose– designer, author, and entertainer– who shares her family’s traditions, tips for a special tablescape, and must-haves around the holidays (7-Layer Caramel Cake included)! 

Follow Lela Rose on Instagram @lelarose for more.


What is one of your favorite holiday traditions when it comes to entertaining or celebrating with loved ones?

We have a lot of holiday traditions in our family, and we all feel strongly about celebrating them every year. One of them is Christmas breakfast and having the same meal that I have had my entire life. 30 years ago, I painted my brother and soon-to-be sister in law a set of plates depicting the 12 Days of Christmas. Each year, we eat on those same plates and quibble over who gets which one (seven swans is a crowd favorite).

Please share a few tips for making a tablescape feel special?

I love to mix textures & patterns to my heart's content. I pick up vintage textiles on many of my travels and love the stories they tell. Mixing that with interesting tableware, candles (always a must as they add so much to any table), and some fresh branches or berries is a perfect way to set a holiday table that really tells a story of past & present!

What are 3 of your favorite songs to set the mood for a festive holiday/winter party? 

Santa Baby, Bing Crosby’s Christmas album, and Wham’s “Last Christmas”

It wouldn’t be the holidays without ____ 

My family. 

What is your favorite Caroline’s Cakes flavor for the holidays and why?

The caramel cake is an all-the-time favorite no matter the month. The delicious decadence is truly divine!

Shop the Lela Rose x Caroline’s Cakes custom cake collab here, which was featured in the 2023 Garden & Gun Holiday Gift Guide!

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