DIY Project: Cupcake Flags

Maybe you haven’t heard, but cupcakes are the new black.

You must be living under a rock if you haven’t experienced the cupcake fad explosion over the last few years. There are now whole stores devotes to selling cupcakes (Read about some tasty cupcakes I got for my birthday here) and The Food Network even has a new show, Cupcake Wars, devoted to the trend.

However, it’s “trend” status is morphing into “tried and true staple”. Many have questioned when the cupcake fad would end, but lately I’ve been reading how many event and catering specialists are now thinking it is here to stay. (Which I am personally quite glad to hear.)

Brides have been trading in the classic tiered wedding cake for trays of cupcakes in all colors and flavors. One wedding I went to this summer even had a “Cupcake Bar” (E – they were delicious by the way!).

Then the cupcake flag was birthed. See this beautiful example from (Hostess with the Mostess) below.

How did this begin? Perhaps hostesses wanted to combat the informality of the cupcake? Perhaps brides who had foregone the traditional “cake topper” wanted something special?

Just like “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop,” the world may never know.

Martha Stewart has downloadable templates for these flags, which are fine and dandy if you find one that works for you. But, what if you want your name on it? Certain colors? A theme? You might get some strange looks if the cupcakes at Cindy’s baby shower have wedding rings on them.

What’s a gal to do? Custom flags of course!

Many vendors on Etsy can create custom beautiful flags for you. BUT, I would recommend trying to make your own.

I made my own flags for our wedding. Moose wasn’t feeling the cupcake suggestion, so we ended up serving cheesecake. But visions of wedding cupcake flags had already infiltrated my crazy bride brain, so I invented…. cheesecake flags!

The best part about making your own is that you can have as many different kinds as you want. An Etsy vendor will likely charge you per design. With color and text variations, I had about  27 different kinds of flags. (Overkill? Yeah. I know.)

The other, and probably more enticing, reason to make your own is the fact they they are very inexpensive!

I made 150 of these flags. Can you guess how much I spent?

Toothpicks = $3
Hot Glue = $3
Printing Costs = $5 (This is if you go to Staples and not print them yourself.)

TOTAL COST = $11

I was able to fit 27 flags on a sheet by flipping half of the triangles around to create square shapes.

I used Adobe Illustrator. If you don’t have that you could probably use Microsoft PowerPoint or Publisher (it’s just triangles people! There are also lots of nice rectangle flags, like the one I posted above if triangles scare you.)

After that, I cut them out and hot glued a toothpick to the back. Bada boom. Three episodes of Smallville later, I had 150 cupcake (er, cheesecake) flags ready to go.

No one noticed that the back was blank. (*Seriously, wedding guests. Did you notice?) Heck, I wouldn’t have noticed. After I pulled that puppy out I would be eating that dessert with glee.

I hope this helps you make your cupcake involved event a little more celebratory and a little less expensive.

Cheers : )

Pssst… Images from (Hostess with the Mostess), and (FoodNetwork.com)

Wills&Kate Pandemonium!

When the news started picking up about “Waity Katie” finally getting her wish, I paid attention. Like many other Americans, I am slightly obsessed with any kind of news regarding the British Monarchy.

Actually, that’s probably not true. I’m more than a little obsessed. When the news started picking up I read the biography of Princess Diana, “The Diana Chronicles” written by former Editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker magazines, Tina Brown. And this is where is gets worse. I was so engulfed by the story that I proceeded to read Andrew Morton’s original tell-all “Diana: Her True Story in her Own Words”.

Yes. I read two, quite lengthy, Princess Diana biographies back-to-back. I don’t think that makes me average.

And you can bet I’m ready to read the upcoming book by Christopher Anderson (releases on April 29!):

Since then, Wills and Kate, or should I say Prince William and Catherine Middleton have gotten engaged and begun planning their wedding. This paired with the fact that I think Kate Middleton and everything she wears is the cutest thing in the world, has launched quite the interest

Now begins the fun part. My whole reason for today’s post.

British royalty wedding memorabilia.

The Brits have a knack for creating tacky, hilarious, obsessive memorabilia. The china I don’t really understand. The last thing I want to see when I’m spooning up my mashed potatoes on Christmas Even is a weird faded out picture of Prince William peering out at me.

Seriously. Where do they get these pictures? Poor Kate.

Their official wedding china, I’ll admit, is beautiful.

Now this. This is hilarious. I remember getting Teen People issue featuring Prince William (in his pre-balding days) and he was a big cutie. Kate is a lucky gal. Prince or not.

Now THIS I would buy. I think this little pint mug was done so prettily!

And for the modernistas (Okay, I think these are kind of cool too).:

I could go on and on. Ugly t-shirts, more china (how much fine china can Brits possible use?) thimbles, spoons, plaques… There is a whole lot of ugly and amazing going on out there.

Now for my favorite piece. I would buy these in a hot second!

*Drum Roll Please*

Hah!! How cute! If I was going to wait for hours outside Buckingham Palace to catch a quick glimpse of the newlyweds, I’m sure I would want a pair of these adorable gloves.

April 29th is only a couple more weeks away!

Remembering the Words

We should be surrounded in our homes with things that make us think, challenge us or bring a smile.

As my husband and I embark on the beginning of our marriage we wanted to remember exactly what we said on our wedding day to each other. We want to be challenging ourselves to live up to those [lofty and sometimes hard to keep!] promises that we once made.

What do you surround yourself with in your home?

Recycling Wedding Decorations

I don’t know about you, but I spent AGES planning and decorating for my wedding. It was a huge DIY effort (thank you Husband for loving me when I’m insane) but it was so much fun to do.

After the wedding was over I had boxes full of all kinds of stuff. Luckily for me, I thought ahead. Most of the stuff that I bought I was able to reuse again in our home – ex. black wall frames, canvas storage bins, vases.

BUT, there was some other stuff that I was really tied to that I didn’t want to throw away but wouldn’t hold up well in a storage box. Our wedding day was a blast, so we decided to incorporate some of the pieces into our home.

A la wedding:

A la guest room:

A la wedding:


A la doorframe: