Archive | April, 2011

Hanging Cupcakes and Cupcake Wrappers

20 Apr

Ever thought of hanging cupcakes for display?

Last weekend my roommate was married…Sigh.

For her wedding the mother of the Bride wanted cupcakes. So, somehow I was put in charge. I tried avoiding it, I was going to help my sister coordinate the wedding. I didn’t want to do the food this time. I can’t even figure out how but I was put in charge of the cupcakes. I had a team of wonderful helpers that there is no way in the world I could have pulled it off without them. Now understand this… The mother of the bride used to do all the food for all our weddings. She was amazing!!! So she had a very high standard that I had to live up to. She doesn’t like the same thing twice so I couldn’t just do a regular cupcake stand. She had already done that. About a week before the wedding I was still pondering over how I was going to display the cupcakes.

So I had a lot to live up to and I didn’t even want to do it. I was busy with other things. I did next what I know to do… get help. So I went to one of my friends and asked if she had any ideas of how to display the cupcakes without doing the same ol’ same ol’ cupcake cake. She jokingly said “hang them”. We laughed and she said she was joking. I knew she was joking but it got me thinking… I couldn’t get the thought out of my head so I googled it and found very little help due to the time and budget I was on. I finally found a picture of cupcakes hanging from a small tree. It looked like the cupcakes were in a metal ring of some sort and ribbon glued to it then hung from the tree. Instantly my mind started racing. What could I buy that would fit the cupcakes perfectly in them? I tried a few things before I thought of the rings of canning jars. I had also decided it would be crazy to try to hang over 300 cupcakes so I wanted to either buy cupcake wrappers or make them for the cupcakes that weren’t hanging. I ended up making them due to it being much cheaper.

So I ended up going shopping a couple days later to get all the stuff I would need. I got 48 lids and 70 sheets of 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper for the wrappers and lots of ribbon. A couple of girls and I stayed up late drawing the pattern on the backside of the paper getting 5 wrappers out of each paper. Giving us 350 wrappers. The next morning a whole crew of girls came over to help me finish it off. Next, we glued ribbon around the rings of the lid so that it wouldn’t look like a jar lid. We then cut long strings of ribbon. The longer the better so that you can always adjust the length of how long your cupcake would hang. Then put the cupcake in the ring and put the center of a piece of ribbon on the bottom and figured out where we would need to glue the ribbons to the ring to let the cupcake sit just right. Once we had one ribbon marked we could use that for a pattern and mark the other ribbons. Once all the ribbons were hot glued to the lids we tied the ribbons to a hanger so that they wouldn’t get all tangled for the next day. We had a total of 48 cupcake hangers.

So the day of the wedding we stuck dogwood branches that had just been cut in a pot and secured it by tying the branches together at the bottom and putting tons of rocks in the pot around the branches. So we had our lovely little trees that we stuck on the tables and started hanging the ribbons on the branches. After all the ribbons were on we started putting the cupcakes in the holders. a huge gust of wind came along and blew our lovely little tree right off one of the tables. I wasn’t going to let that take me out though. I had gotten this far and I was not backing down. So we moved the tables up right next to a tree and tied OUR tree to a real tree. Wala… no more blowing over.

I was extremely happy with how it turned out and the mother of the bride loved it. After all the hard work it paid off. So I am glad I got pushed into making the cupcakes I had a really fun time once I got into it. I was also working with an amazing woman who is going to be moving to Mexico soon so I got some good quality time with her. I love a challenge and the hanging cupcakes were a challenge that I feel like I conquered with lots of help and support.
I hope this helps for anyone looking to hang cupcakes.