When you get to a certain point in your twenties, I feel like you hit a period of time where all you do is go to weddings, bridal showers and bachelorette parties. All of these events are super fun, but when you are involved in the creative process, you’ve got to try and step it up a notch and make everything memorable. One of my oldest friends, Amy, is getting married in Newport in mid October and just this past weekend, we had her bachelorette party and bridal shower. Since my friend Joan and I are bridemaids in the wedding, we were in charge of the shower favors - a job we were thrilled to have. I don’t know about you, but I hate cheap, useless favors that I throw away the second I get home. I’d rather get no favor than something that’s silly or useless. So, Joan and I thought it would be fun to do something edible, yet super adorable…mason jar cupcakes! We made a lot of these little cuties since it was a large shower of 50 or so guests, but you can make these for a small number as well.
The favor turned out to be quite cost-effective at around $2 each to make. We got the mason jars at the supermarket and the pretty paper and raffia at A.C. Moore. To make things easy on ourselves, we used boxed cake mix and cans of frosting, but you can of course feel free to do everything homemade. For the number of cupcakes we needed, we ended up using 4 boxes of cake mix and 7 jars of frosting. We could have used even more frosting too. So…now that you know the facts, here’s what we did:
Mixed up the cake mix as the directions indicated.
Then we filled up the jars (sprayed with Pam) about 1/3 of the way up the jar. Note: the batter doubles in size, and you still want room left for frosting, so 1/3 of the way is just about right.
Once the cupcakes are done baking, we put the jars in front of a fan, which was super important because they would have taken a lifetime to cool otherwise.
Once they were completely cool, we filled up a large zip lock bag with the frosting and piped it in. We then smoothed the frosting so it looked pretty from the outside.
While the cupcakes were baking and cooling, we traced and cut decorative paper for the tops of the jars. Joan found these wicked cute pads of paper at A.C. Moore (they were postcard sized and a ton of different patterns).
We then put the top of the jar on, slipped on the fitted paper and screwed on the lid. Super cute, right?! We couldn’t get over how perfect they were turning out.
Look at all the different patterns!
Once we topped all the cupcakes, Joan cut lengths of raffia that we could tie around the lid. She ended up being allergic to the raffia, but seriously, what else is new? Joan is allergic to everything.
Finally, we took our little homemade label, hole punched it, and strung the raffia through and tied it up!
The favors were a big hit at the shower. They looked great on the table and everyone was excited to take home something that they could savor later on! It was definitely worth taking the extra time and effort to make the cupcakes, than to buy something online. It means much more and is a fun thing to do with a friend!
Congratulations, Amy! We can’t wait for the wedding!