When you can’t say it with a Hallmark card

That’s some toast Laura made when her mother-in-law turned 50.

One so grand, in fact, that it’s been officially named the world’s largest toast mosaic by the Guinness World Records.

Laura is Laura Hadland of Cheshire, England, who says that Sandra Whitfield isn’t the stereotypical mother-in-law. They’re best friends.

In an outpouring of love and “a sense of randomness,” Laura pieced together the unique gift with:

600 loaves of bread
40 friends, recruited from Facebook
9 toasters
1 photograph of the birthday girl
9,852 slices of bread, browned or scorched to varying degrees

and hours of painstaking labor to create the portrait measuring approximately 33-by-42 feet.

The mom-in-law’s reaction?

Tears of joy. “It was certainly a massive shock. I love toast but it feels very strange seeing my face made out of it. I’m really overwhelmed because they have gone to so much effort. Laura really is the best daughter-in-law you could wish for. It’s been the best birthday present ever and now I’m a world record holder.”

Where’d it go, toasters ‘n’ all? The Salvation Army. You might say it was the best birthday since sliced bre … ah, never mind.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lexiemom
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 19:02:41

    Yeah, toast!!

    (You gotta watch!)


  2. allycatadventures
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 19:23:09

    @lexiemom – lol – yeah toast! The Texas line, too funny!


  3. Rev Stan
    Nov 04, 2010 @ 00:17:39

    What a fab (if slightly bonkers) thing to do. Of course if Damian Hurst or Anthony Gormley had done something similar Saatchi would be buying it for six figures.


  4. longeyesamurai
    Nov 04, 2010 @ 02:48:47

    That’s one way of buttering up the in-laws. 🙂


  5. Aussie Emjay
    Nov 05, 2010 @ 18:39:02

    Clever, though strange. I’m glad the leftovers went to a worthy cause.


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