I’ve got a sweet tooth, and fortunately so do some of my best girlfriends. A few weekends ago we spent a sunny Saturday morning crossing off one of my 101 things – a Boston Bakery Crawl!
If there is any “rule” in my book to hosting a dinner party, it’s don’t make it too complicated!
What’s the point of preparing and hosting a get-together if you’re going to miss it all?
I’m fairly inept when it comes to fashion designers. Like, really inept.
I like what I like and never really pay attention to “what’s new”.
Except for the miniscule fact that Kate Spade has weaseled her way into my pysche and refuses to budge.
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 : )