I've been excited about this post before I ever even knew what I was going to actually write in this post.
As I've mentioned a time or twelve, we finally solidified our bridal parties last week!
Every since we got engaged, I knew I wanted to ask my girls in a fun way rather than just sending a text message. I mean there's nothing wrong with that - honestly, it's A LOT easier, but I apparently like to make life difficult.
Quite some time ago, I saw this pin.
1/2 pint canning jars
Bows/twine/anything you want to decorate them
Cupcake mix (I chose box, just to make it easier)
Icing (again, I chose premade)
Before I started this, I went back and forth with how to do it. Do I make cupcakes and cut them? Make a sheet cake and then just use the top of the jar to make a round insert into the jar? Thankfully, my mom pointed out that the jars are bigger at the top than the bottom, as are cupcakes. Decision made. Cupcakes it is.
My mom was a big help throughout the rest of this process. One word: camera. If you haven't noticed, I use an iPhone for all my pictures meaning the quality is less than fantastic. I'm sick of it, but I don't have the funds for a fancy camera, so why not have my mom use hers?
Step 1: Make the cupcakes per the box/recipe instructions.
Step 2: Divide the batter up into 3 separate bowls and then start mixing the colors. Start with 2 drops of whatever color you choose (I wanted pink) and then had 2 more drops into the next than you did the last. For example, 2 drops of red in the first, 4 in the second and 6 in the third. You can go back and add more if you need a more drastic color difference. I think I ended up adding like 10 or more to the darkest color because the middle one looked too similar. Once you're happy with the color, bake according to the instructions.
Step 3: Let cupcakes cool for as long as possible - you don't want the icing to melt!
Step 4: Once cooled, cut the tops off of all the cupcakes.
Step 5: Start layering. I wanted to go from dark to light, so I put the darkest cupcake on the bottom. For the icing - just put it in a ziploc bag, cut the tip off and then pipe a little bit in. You can use as much as you want, but you really only need it on the edges to make it work (this also saves on icing). Repeat these steps for the next 2 layers.
Step 6: Assemble the rest of the jar - tie twine, make ribbon bows, affix labels (if you choose - I couldn't get the right color, to print so I skipped this part).
Step 7: Write in your bridesmaid cards. I found mine at Rowhouse14 and LOVED them! Heidi is great to work with! She sends you proofs quickly and shipped out my cards within a day of ordering.
Step 8: Assemble the bags. I got lucky and found these AH-dorable bags at Target. Go figure.
Aren't they cute?!?! A HUGE thanks to my wonderful mom for not only taking quality pictures for me, but being my bridesmaid fairy and delivering these to all the girls in Fredericksburg on Saturday afternoon. She really is the best.
And another huge thank you to the wonderful ladies that have said yes to standing by my side on our wedding day. I'm so thankful for each and every one of you and wouldn't be able to do this without you! Love you all!!