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  • Edible wedding cake favors are a guest's best friend! These cute mini cakes are simple to make and affordable as well!

     

     

    Supplies you'll need:


    Powdered sugar
    Sifter
    Skewers or toothpicks
    Plain round cutters, various sizes
    Chocolate sheet cake or brownie sheet, 1" deep

     

     

     

     

    Step 1:

    Whether it's made from scratch or your friend Betty Crocker, bake your cake flat in a shallow sheet pan so it only rises up to an inch.  Once cool, trim the top with a serrated knife using a sawing motion to form an even, flat surface.  This will be flipped over, so don't worry about imperfections!

    Step 2:

    Both brownies and cake work well, but with the latter you will have to be more careful to achieve clean edges.  Carefully twist the round cutters into the sheet cake with desired sizes for each tier. For this example, we used 1.25", 2.5", and 3.5" cutters.

     

     

    Step 3:

    Assemble the tiers on top of each other, with the flattest surface facing up (usually the bottom-side of the cake).  Insert toothpick to secure tiers together.  If using skewers, measure against the assembled mini cake, and trim a few millimeters short of the full height so it doesn't protrude. 

     

     

     

     

    Step 4:

    Lightly dust cakes with powdered sugar.  Wrap, and enjoy!

     

     

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  • Don't you hate when you are at a bridal shower/wedding or any happy event and you get caught up in the festivities, put your drink down, and then have no idea which one is yours?  We've got the solution to this pesky problem with this handy DIY project -- and they're so cute to boot!

     

     

     

     

    Supplies:

     

     

    1. Assorted decorative papers
    2. Scissors
    3. Glue - a glue stick works best for most papers
    4. Wooden skewers or drink stirrers
    5. Alphabet stickers - should coordinate with papers

     

     

     

     

    Directions:

     

     

    1. Cut decorative papers into 1" by 2" rectangles.
    2. Apply glue and fold in half around tops of wooden skewers. Let dry.
    3. Place flags and sheets of alphabet stickers next to drinks and allow guests to mark a flag with their initial - a first initial for a smaller gathering like a bridal shower, or first and last initials for larger events (if you go the second route, be sure to buy stickers that are appropriately sized).

     

     

    Enjoy!

     

     

     

     

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  • Continuing on our quest for adorable, edible wedding or bridesmaid favors, enjoy this sweet and savory DIY project! Your guests will lnever forget these precious treats!


     




    Coconut Balls


    Makes 4 dozen coconut balls or 2 dozen finished cream balls


    250 grams unsweetened coconut


    150 grams sugar


    2 large egg whites


    1 tsp coconut extract


    Zest of 1 lemon


    Pinch salt


    30 grams coconut milk or whole milk


    In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the coconut, sugar, egg whites, coconut extract, zest of lemon and salt. Mix using the paddle attachment and add the coconut milk while mixing.


    Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for about 2 hours so all flavors are absorbed and the coconut becomes moist.


    Scoop the dough using a small ice cream scoop that is about 1 ½ inches in diameter.  Round the balls slightly with hands and place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment. Gently flatten the balls.


    Bake them at 350F for about 10-12 minutes until the edges turn golden brown. Let them cool.


    Store them in an airtight container for up to 2 days.


     


    Lemon Coconut Cream


     


    75 grams egg whites


    150 grams sugar


    225 grams butter, room temperature


    Zest of 1 lemon


    Juice of 1 lemon


    2 tsp coconut extract


    Place the egg whites and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk them together with a hand whisk. Place the bowl over a water bath and continue whisking until the sugar dissolves and the egg whites feel very hot to the touch. The mixture will turn white.


    Immediately, transfer the bowl to the mixer and whip the egg whites in high speed until the bottom of the bowl has cooled down.


    Start adding the room temperature butter, 1 Tbs at a time, while continue to mix in low speed. Incorporate all the butter. It might look curdled at one point, but turn the speed back to high for a few seconds and the buttercream will all come together.


    Add the lemon juice, lemon zest and coconut extract at the end.


    Place the cream in a piping bag fitted with a plain tip (about number 5) and pipe some on a coconut ball. Gently press another one against the cream creating a sandwich.


    Slightly refrigerate them before packaging them so the cream sets.


     



    Recipes Created By: Aran Goyoaga


    Photo Courtesy: Aran Goyoaga

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  • Serve drinks in charming glass bottles with handwritten labels!

    If you can, choose your drinks based on the color of your wedding. Clear glass bottles are easily found at kitchen shops or IKEA. We used office supply labels and added the name with handwriting to make it more personal.

    If you have a special family recipe for homemade lemonade or a special soda, perhaps you'd like to give these as favors, or to some of the family and friends who've helped you out on your big day. These bottles will add a personal, homemade touch to your wedding and contribute to the charm of your day!

     

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  • These bright and sweet little Parisian cookies are the perfect favor for an elegant affair. You can have them made in any flavor or color to match your event and then package them using our easy instructions.



    Source List:


    1. Small favor boxes, 2" square from PaperMart ($20 for 200 boxes)
    2. Sturdy Paper Punch - Here we used this Cosmos Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts ($10)
    3. Macarons - You can try to make your own or purchase some from your local French bakery. Prices will vary but it will be somewhere around $1.50 per cookie.
    4. Ribbon from PaperMart (25 yards for $1.40)



    Instructions:


    Step One: Using the Cosmos Punch, make a hole in the front of the box.
    Step Two: Assemble box and place macarons inside.
    Step Three: Tie with a ribbon and voila -- one sweet favor!

    1
  • Your guests will be delighted by these escort cards/fan favors, which are both practical and really pretty! You can create these in just 4 steps:

     

     

     

    Supplies for each favor:

     

     

    1. Two unfinished wooden circles -- You can find these in the wood crafting section of your local craft store. These are 1.25" in diameter and were purchased at Michael's; we opted to paint them with gold acrylic craft paint but you can also leave them unfinished.
    2. Vellum -- 8 1/2" by 11" sheets
    3. Printer
    4. Sandalwood fan -- Many online sources sell sandalwood fans, they are usually priced between $1.00 and $1.50. If you live in a larger city your local Chinatown is also a great resource.
    5. Ribbon (optional)
    6. Glue
    7. Double stick tape or regular tape

     

     

     

     

    Directions:

     

     

    1. Before cutting the vellum, use a word processing program to print the names of guests centered and evenly spaced down the page. The page setup should be set to portrait (or vertical). If you plan to use the favors as escort cards be sure to print the table number of each guest right below their name. You should be able to fit 2 names per sheet. Print and cut sheet in half.
    2. Fashion the vellum into a roll with the same diameter as the wooden disks. Using a tacky craft glue, glue one disk in place at one end of the roll as shown. During this process it might be helpful to use tape to tack the roll shut while you are gluing the edges. Later you can use a small amount of glue or double stick tape to seal the back seam shut.
    3. Insert the fan - you can tie on a new ribbon if desired.
    4. Glue second wooden disk to close the tube. 

     

     

     

     

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  • Looking for a special way to ask your bridesmaids and maid of honor to be part of your big day? These sweet accordion gifts can be customized to your bridesmaid's personality. They "pop" open when the lid is taken off!

    Materials needed: Boxes with lids, Ribbon, Computer/Printer and assorted charms or tokens.

    Step One: Measure box and layout text accordingly in a program like Microsoft Word or Adobe Illustrator. You'll want to make each one according to your bridesmaid's interests. Print it out.

    Step Two:  After printing, cut out the strips of paper and fold them accordion style. Be sure to leave a little flap at the top to adhere the strip to the lid of the box.

    Step Three: Attach the tokens or charms by tying or gluing them to the paper then adhere the strip to the lid of the box.

    Step Four: Tie with a ribbon and voila! A special gift for your special friend.

     

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  • Light up your evening wedding with romantic candle light!  We found these darling mini lanterns and couldn't resist adding a pretty ribbon and name tag to use them as escort cards.

    As each guest finds their lantern and walks to their table, your venue will be cast with a sea of gorgeous light. Double them up as favors and centerpieces too! We suggest you set your tables with larger lanterns so that when your guests set down their mini lanterns, the centerpieces will be complete and your tables will be awash with candlelight! Guests can bring the lanterns home and use them again and again.

    A few tips:

    - Make sure you use the right size candle for your lantern. If the candle is too big, the handles will heat up. Give them a test run prior to your big day.

    - Make sure your venue allows candles.

    -As always, be careful with flames. Assign a friend or helper to monitor the lanterns and candlelight.

    -Be sure to have your photographer catch the details!

    Enjoy!

     

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  • Send your guests home with mini cakes! We love these mini bundt cake pans that you can use with any type of pound cake recipe. If you want to make it extra meaningful, you could use a family recipe. Or, better yet, have a special relative pitch in and bake the cakes for you.



    After letting the cakes cool, we wrapped them in cheesecloth (available at any grocery store). Next, we used tags from an office supply store and stamped them with each guest's name. Don't worry about making the stamps perfect. Imperfections add to the charm.


    We added a sprig of boxwood for a festive touch. Depending on the season, you could add anything from fresh flowers to herbs. Display them at each place setting or at the entrance to your reception. Your guests will love these delicious favors and the best part is that they won't be wasted!


     

    2
  • The super talented Kimberly Canale over at Inspired Goodness sent over this fabulous Do it Yourself wedding project -- which we adore! Thanks Kimberly!

    A fun way to add some pops of color to the wedding without spending a fortune is making use of seasonal fruits. Lemons, limes, pears, oranges and peaches can be used to lend some decorative accents in two interesting methods.

     

     

     

    First, as favors, they can be left a top a menu card or napkin at each place setting Using a mixture of two tags is a fun way to add some dimension and get all of your messaging into one place. The large leaf should incorporate the bride and groom's name and the small one is perfect for featuring your wedding date.

    Secondly, as escort cards, fruit can be artfully arranged on a table and placed in alphabetical order. This is perfect for last-minute shifting of guest. In the weeks leading up to the big day, spend time labeling each leaf with guest names and table numbers. Wait until your seating chart is finalized to match the correct table to each guest.

    Try using fruits that not only work with your color palette, but have a special meaning to your location; Apples in Washington, Peaches in Georgia, Oranges in Florida...

     

     

     

     

    For a fun DIY-twist, this project incorporates a coordinating set of scrapbook papers, which have been mixed and matched in a green-blue color palette.

    Supplies:

    DIY Leaf Template (you must have Adobe Reader installed to open this) 
    Assorted scrapbook paper
    X-acto knife or scissors
    Pearl head pins: these come in lots of wonderful colors and are available at most fabric stores

    Depending on what paper you use, 12 sets will cost about $0.55 - $1.00

    Directions:


    Cut scrapbook paper to fit inside a standard home printer: 8.5" x 11"
    Download the DIY Leaf Template
    Print the template onto your cut scrapbook paper
    Cut out each leaf shape
    Mix and match patterns for an interesting look
    Attach leaves (small on top of large) using head pins

     

    Tips:

    Text can be added to the leaves in many software programs. Experiment with different fonts and layouts to get the right look for your event.
    To keep the design casual, you may want to write directly on the scrapbook paper with your favorite pen, marker. They can also be embellished with rubber stamps.
    Seek out a local farm stand for the best quality fruit you can afford. And be sure to ask if you can take your purchases home in one of their wooden crates. It makes a great piece to help add authentic style to your escort card table.

     See more fabulousness from Kimberly at her Inspired Goodness blog!

     

     

     

     

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  • Edible wedding cake favors are a guest's best friend! These cute mini cakes are simple to make and affordable as well!

     

     

    Supplies you'll need:


    Powdered sugar
    Sifter
    Skewers or toothpicks
    Plain round cutters, various sizes
    Chocolate sheet cake or brownie sheet, 1" deep

     

     

     

     

    Step 1:

    Whether it's made from scratch or your friend Betty Crocker, bake your cake flat in a shallow sheet pan so it only rises up to an inch.  Once cool, trim the top with a serrated knife using a sawing motion to form an even, flat surface.  This will be flipped over, so don't worry about imperfections!

    Step 2:

    Both brownies and cake work well, but with the latter you will have to be more careful to achieve clean edges.  Carefully twist the round cutters into the sheet cake with desired sizes for each tier. For this example, we used 1.25", 2.5", and 3.5" cutters.

     

     

    Step 3:

    Assemble the tiers on top of each other, with the flattest surface facing up (usually the bottom-side of the cake).  Insert toothpick to secure tiers together.  If using skewers, measure against the assembled mini cake, and trim a few millimeters short of the full height so it doesn't protrude. 

     

     

     

     

    Step 4:

    Lightly dust cakes with powdered sugar.  Wrap, and enjoy!

     

     

    2
  • Don't you hate when you are at a bridal shower/wedding or any happy event and you get caught up in the festivities, put your drink down, and then have no idea which one is yours?  We've got the solution to this pesky problem with this handy DIY project -- and they're so cute to boot!

     

     

     

     

    Supplies:

     

     

    1. Assorted decorative papers
    2. Scissors
    3. Glue - a glue stick works best for most papers
    4. Wooden skewers or drink stirrers
    5. Alphabet stickers - should coordinate with papers

     

     

     

     

    Directions:

     

     

    1. Cut decorative papers into 1" by 2" rectangles.
    2. Apply glue and fold in half around tops of wooden skewers. Let dry.
    3. Place flags and sheets of alphabet stickers next to drinks and allow guests to mark a flag with their initial - a first initial for a smaller gathering like a bridal shower, or first and last initials for larger events (if you go the second route, be sure to buy stickers that are appropriately sized).

     

     

    Enjoy!

     

     

     

     

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  • Continuing on our quest for adorable, edible wedding or bridesmaid favors, enjoy this sweet and savory DIY project! Your guests will lnever forget these precious treats!


     




    Coconut Balls


    Makes 4 dozen coconut balls or 2 dozen finished cream balls


    250 grams unsweetened coconut


    150 grams sugar


    2 large egg whites


    1 tsp coconut extract


    Zest of 1 lemon


    Pinch salt


    30 grams coconut milk or whole milk


    In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the coconut, sugar, egg whites, coconut extract, zest of lemon and salt. Mix using the paddle attachment and add the coconut milk while mixing.


    Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for about 2 hours so all flavors are absorbed and the coconut becomes moist.


    Scoop the dough using a small ice cream scoop that is about 1 ½ inches in diameter.  Round the balls slightly with hands and place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment. Gently flatten the balls.


    Bake them at 350F for about 10-12 minutes until the edges turn golden brown. Let them cool.


    Store them in an airtight container for up to 2 days.


     


    Lemon Coconut Cream


     


    75 grams egg whites


    150 grams sugar


    225 grams butter, room temperature


    Zest of 1 lemon


    Juice of 1 lemon


    2 tsp coconut extract


    Place the egg whites and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk them together with a hand whisk. Place the bowl over a water bath and continue whisking until the sugar dissolves and the egg whites feel very hot to the touch. The mixture will turn white.


    Immediately, transfer the bowl to the mixer and whip the egg whites in high speed until the bottom of the bowl has cooled down.


    Start adding the room temperature butter, 1 Tbs at a time, while continue to mix in low speed. Incorporate all the butter. It might look curdled at one point, but turn the speed back to high for a few seconds and the buttercream will all come together.


    Add the lemon juice, lemon zest and coconut extract at the end.


    Place the cream in a piping bag fitted with a plain tip (about number 5) and pipe some on a coconut ball. Gently press another one against the cream creating a sandwich.


    Slightly refrigerate them before packaging them so the cream sets.


     



    Recipes Created By: Aran Goyoaga


    Photo Courtesy: Aran Goyoaga

    2
  • Serve drinks in charming glass bottles with handwritten labels!

    If you can, choose your drinks based on the color of your wedding. Clear glass bottles are easily found at kitchen shops or IKEA. We used office supply labels and added the name with handwriting to make it more personal.

    If you have a special family recipe for homemade lemonade or a special soda, perhaps you'd like to give these as favors, or to some of the family and friends who've helped you out on your big day. These bottles will add a personal, homemade touch to your wedding and contribute to the charm of your day!

     

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  • These bright and sweet little Parisian cookies are the perfect favor for an elegant affair. You can have them made in any flavor or color to match your event and then package them using our easy instructions.



    Source List:


    1. Small favor boxes, 2" square from PaperMart ($20 for 200 boxes)
    2. Sturdy Paper Punch - Here we used this Cosmos Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts ($10)
    3. Macarons - You can try to make your own or purchase some from your local French bakery. Prices will vary but it will be somewhere around $1.50 per cookie.
    4. Ribbon from PaperMart (25 yards for $1.40)



    Instructions:


    Step One: Using the Cosmos Punch, make a hole in the front of the box.
    Step Two: Assemble box and place macarons inside.
    Step Three: Tie with a ribbon and voila -- one sweet favor!

    1
  • Your guests will be delighted by these escort cards/fan favors, which are both practical and really pretty! You can create these in just 4 steps:

     

     

     

    Supplies for each favor:

     

     

    1. Two unfinished wooden circles -- You can find these in the wood crafting section of your local craft store. These are 1.25" in diameter and were purchased at Michael's; we opted to paint them with gold acrylic craft paint but you can also leave them unfinished.
    2. Vellum -- 8 1/2" by 11" sheets
    3. Printer
    4. Sandalwood fan -- Many online sources sell sandalwood fans, they are usually priced between $1.00 and $1.50. If you live in a larger city your local Chinatown is also a great resource.
    5. Ribbon (optional)
    6. Glue
    7. Double stick tape or regular tape

     

     

     

     

    Directions:

     

     

    1. Before cutting the vellum, use a word processing program to print the names of guests centered and evenly spaced down the page. The page setup should be set to portrait (or vertical). If you plan to use the favors as escort cards be sure to print the table number of each guest right below their name. You should be able to fit 2 names per sheet. Print and cut sheet in half.
    2. Fashion the vellum into a roll with the same diameter as the wooden disks. Using a tacky craft glue, glue one disk in place at one end of the roll as shown. During this process it might be helpful to use tape to tack the roll shut while you are gluing the edges. Later you can use a small amount of glue or double stick tape to seal the back seam shut.
    3. Insert the fan - you can tie on a new ribbon if desired.
    4. Glue second wooden disk to close the tube. 

     

     

     

     

    0
  • Looking for a special way to ask your bridesmaids and maid of honor to be part of your big day? These sweet accordion gifts can be customized to your bridesmaid's personality. They "pop" open when the lid is taken off!

    Materials needed: Boxes with lids, Ribbon, Computer/Printer and assorted charms or tokens.

    Step One: Measure box and layout text accordingly in a program like Microsoft Word or Adobe Illustrator. You'll want to make each one according to your bridesmaid's interests. Print it out.

    Step Two:  After printing, cut out the strips of paper and fold them accordion style. Be sure to leave a little flap at the top to adhere the strip to the lid of the box.

    Step Three: Attach the tokens or charms by tying or gluing them to the paper then adhere the strip to the lid of the box.

    Step Four: Tie with a ribbon and voila! A special gift for your special friend.

     

    4
  • Light up your evening wedding with romantic candle light!  We found these darling mini lanterns and couldn't resist adding a pretty ribbon and name tag to use them as escort cards.

    As each guest finds their lantern and walks to their table, your venue will be cast with a sea of gorgeous light. Double them up as favors and centerpieces too! We suggest you set your tables with larger lanterns so that when your guests set down their mini lanterns, the centerpieces will be complete and your tables will be awash with candlelight! Guests can bring the lanterns home and use them again and again.

    A few tips:

    - Make sure you use the right size candle for your lantern. If the candle is too big, the handles will heat up. Give them a test run prior to your big day.

    - Make sure your venue allows candles.

    -As always, be careful with flames. Assign a friend or helper to monitor the lanterns and candlelight.

    -Be sure to have your photographer catch the details!

    Enjoy!

     

    3
  • Send your guests home with mini cakes! We love these mini bundt cake pans that you can use with any type of pound cake recipe. If you want to make it extra meaningful, you could use a family recipe. Or, better yet, have a special relative pitch in and bake the cakes for you.



    After letting the cakes cool, we wrapped them in cheesecloth (available at any grocery store). Next, we used tags from an office supply store and stamped them with each guest's name. Don't worry about making the stamps perfect. Imperfections add to the charm.


    We added a sprig of boxwood for a festive touch. Depending on the season, you could add anything from fresh flowers to herbs. Display them at each place setting or at the entrance to your reception. Your guests will love these delicious favors and the best part is that they won't be wasted!


     

    2
  • The super talented Kimberly Canale over at Inspired Goodness sent over this fabulous Do it Yourself wedding project -- which we adore! Thanks Kimberly!

    A fun way to add some pops of color to the wedding without spending a fortune is making use of seasonal fruits. Lemons, limes, pears, oranges and peaches can be used to lend some decorative accents in two interesting methods.

     

     

     

    First, as favors, they can be left a top a menu card or napkin at each place setting Using a mixture of two tags is a fun way to add some dimension and get all of your messaging into one place. The large leaf should incorporate the bride and groom's name and the small one is perfect for featuring your wedding date.

    Secondly, as escort cards, fruit can be artfully arranged on a table and placed in alphabetical order. This is perfect for last-minute shifting of guest. In the weeks leading up to the big day, spend time labeling each leaf with guest names and table numbers. Wait until your seating chart is finalized to match the correct table to each guest.

    Try using fruits that not only work with your color palette, but have a special meaning to your location; Apples in Washington, Peaches in Georgia, Oranges in Florida...

     

     

     

     

    For a fun DIY-twist, this project incorporates a coordinating set of scrapbook papers, which have been mixed and matched in a green-blue color palette.

    Supplies:

    DIY Leaf Template (you must have Adobe Reader installed to open this) 
    Assorted scrapbook paper
    X-acto knife or scissors
    Pearl head pins: these come in lots of wonderful colors and are available at most fabric stores

    Depending on what paper you use, 12 sets will cost about $0.55 - $1.00

    Directions:


    Cut scrapbook paper to fit inside a standard home printer: 8.5" x 11"
    Download the DIY Leaf Template
    Print the template onto your cut scrapbook paper
    Cut out each leaf shape
    Mix and match patterns for an interesting look
    Attach leaves (small on top of large) using head pins

     

    Tips:

    Text can be added to the leaves in many software programs. Experiment with different fonts and layouts to get the right look for your event.
    To keep the design casual, you may want to write directly on the scrapbook paper with your favorite pen, marker. They can also be embellished with rubber stamps.
    Seek out a local farm stand for the best quality fruit you can afford. And be sure to ask if you can take your purchases home in one of their wooden crates. It makes a great piece to help add authentic style to your escort card table.

     See more fabulousness from Kimberly at her Inspired Goodness blog!

     

     

     

     

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