So far we have baked and frosted 200 cupcakes while keeping our cool, stored them overnight and got them to the venue, and now we are going to show them off.
Cupcakes can entice nearly anyone into their presence like the Sirens luring sailors to their doom. Without any special displays or fancy decorations.
So we could leave well enough alone.
We could just line them up on a table and say “have at them”. And probably no one would say a bad word about it. Especially not once they’ve tasted the ridiculous red velvet cupcakes.
Heck, I bet you could launch cupcakes across the room for people to catch like Tshirts at a hockey game (or basketball or… you get the idea) and people would scramble and elbow each other out of the way just to catch an ultimate cupcake.
I had a vision. And my vision included cupcake stands. 4 of them. At least.
They would be distributed around 2 or 3 dessert tables. And across the room, there would be a table set up with a cookie buffet stocked with homemade cookies for guests to take home as favors.
And then there was the photo booth. You know, the old school kind you still find sometimes at the mall.
Yeah, with all sorts of accessories and props for people to play with in their photos (Not those kind of props. You know, tiaras, funny glasses, boas… that kind of thing. Sheesh).
So yeah, I tend to dream big. It is only recently (in my thirties?) that I’ve learned that maybe – just maybe – doing it all is sometimes too much. And maybe going overboard isn’t called for. Maybe sometimes.
Anyway, back to reality. I did some research and found a couple of cupcake stands ranging in price from $30-$50. Multiplied by 4?! Ouch. That didn’t really fit my budget.
Not to mention, what the heck am I going to do with 2-4 cupcake stands after the party? Where would I store them? When would I use them again?
I won’t lie. I was disappointed and almost ready to to hit the “Checkout” button anyway, budget be damned. I mean, they were already in my shopping cart anyway.
But I took a deep breath and stepped away from the laptop.
A few days later I was in Borders (by the way, did you know they are closing a bunch of stores? The ones that are closing are having crazy sales… just fyi, in case you are needing any book-type stuff).
I browsed the crafty section and then the wedding section. And one book in particular jumped out at me: The DIY Bride. I flipped through the pages and there it was: my cupcake stand.
So I took the book home with me (I have a weakness for books and consider it a good day when I make it out of a bookstore with fewer than four books… which is also why I don’t go to bookstores very often anymore).
- The scrapbook paper I used was 12″ x 12″, so to cover the 14″ base cake circle, I had to do some patch work.
- I used spray adhesive to attach the paper to the cake circles and hot glue to attach the rick rack and plastic cups.
- Use spray adhesive in a well-ventilated space (I went outside)
- Work quickly (and carefully) with the hot glue. I’d run a bead of about 3-4 inches and attach the rick rack to the edges, then do another 3-4 inches.
- Lightly trace with a pencil where you want to place the plastic cups (centered) before doing anything with the hot glue.
- I used really basic clear plastic cups between the tiers, but you can get creative to match your style and decor.
- For more DIY wedding stuff online, be sure to check out DIY Bride.
I made 4 cupcake stands, but only used 2. There was only 1 dessert table. The cookie buffet idea was filed away for another time. And the photo booth was just nixed.
It was hard to let go of the cookie buffet and the photo booth. But pushing to make those details of my vision happen was starting to stress me out, which went against the theme that Dan and I had set for our party: relaxed, easy, and fun.
It turns out the cookie buffet would have been overkill anyway. 200 cupcakes was enough for most everyone to have 1-2 at the party and then take 1-2 home.
(I had one friend who skipped dinner completely so that she could eat 3-4 cupcakes. I think she was sick of cupcakes (literally) after that so her husband got to enjoy the ones that made it home).
We used plain brown paper bags (lunch sack style) to send cupcakes home with people. I looked for cupcake boxes and almost let myself get stressed about it, but in the end the paper bags were simple and perfect for the casual style we were going for.
Anyway, I hope this series on my trials and triumphs making the cupcakes for my own wedding reception is helpful for you in some way… even if it only inspires you not to do it yourself :)