Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wedding countdown has begun

Currently in Virginia finishing up the last details of Melinda's wedding, which is this Saturday. We Will be updating y'all through out twitter account @PoshPurpose which can be found at Let me give you a quick preview: President Obama is coming to town tomorrow so we will enjoy road blocks both today and tomorrow. Fun times!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Wedding Leftovers

After all the fun is done, weddings usually have a lot of leftover food that needs to be distributed.  Many venues have rules against taking food with you because of liability concerns (i.e. food poisoning from leftovers that weren't properly refrigerated).  In my case, I'm free to do with leftovers as I wish.  Which means I'm going to have a lot of leftover cake and desserts to deal with.  I decided to make these leftovers a part of the favor for our guests and let them take the doggy bags home full of our delicious treats.

I didn't want to do a paper plate wrapped in syran wrap and a bag wouldn't be appropriate to put cake in, so I came up with the idea to use pink bakery boxes for all the leftovers.  Pink is one of my wedding colors and since we are having a lot of desserts, it fits in with using the bakery boxes.

I found a fairly large selection of boxes at Paper Mart.  I decided to order a small sized pastry box that pops up automatically.  The automatic boxes are just kind of pushed into shape rather than having to mess with putting the tabs together which I thought would save on time and headaches.

Image from PaperMart

I decided that I wanted to add a little decoration to the box so I began looking around for stickers that I could use on the boxes and the candy bar bags.  I found out that stickers are really pricey especially if you want any sort of personalization (range from 25 cents - $1.00 each!!!).  Because I needed about 300 stickers even at 25 cents each that would be $75 for stickers!!!!  I looked into other options and I decided to purchase a stamp from etsy that I could reuse for future thank you gifts and I could also use for the candy bar bags.  This is the one that I loved because of the doily pattern since I'm using throughout the wedding (doilies are so cheap!  more doily projects to come later).

$30 Stamp from Etsy
Image from Vendor StampOutOnline*

*The ordering process with this vendor was really easy, but the only thing I will say about StampOutOnline is that I requested a handle be added to the mounted block and the vendor promised to add it in for free, but when the stamp arrived there was no handle.  I didn't bother to follow up on the handle and just decided to "make do," but stamping without the handle definitely hurt my hand more.

I also decided to alter the stamp and just have the text written without our names on it so that I could reuse it for future gift giving (depending on the gift recipient, the gift may only be from me or Mr. 3 and not both of us).  I used a stamp pad that I already had from pre-engagement craft projects and I stamped the tops of the boxes for 135 people for a special extra touch while watching Toddlers and Tiaras.

Stamped Pastry Box

To finish everything off, I also found pink bakery tissue at Paper Mart to line the boxes. The cake will be cut early in the night, which means that the servers can box up the leftovers and have them ready to hand out to guests as they leave.

Here's a breakdown on cost-

Pink pastry boxes - $47.20 for 250 boxes
Pink bakery tissue - $8.20 for 1000 sheets
Stamp - $30 (which will be used on the candy bar bags and also reused for future projects)
Ink Pad - Free (already owned)
Total: $85.40

Not exactly a small cost, I know....but it helps eliminate a problem and keeps beautiful, yummy, fondant-free cake and desserts from being thrown in the trash and it is doubling as a part of the favor we are giving our guest.  If you breakdown the cost of these materials, it's about 63 cents per person (based on 125 guests and 10 children).  If you go with an all white box and liners, which are slightly cheaper at Paper Mart, you can save a little bit of money and you can add your wedding color through your ink choice for your stamp and perhaps a bit of baker's twine to tie the boxes together.  Also, bear in mind that these supplies were ordered in the smallest quantities available, and I will have a lot of extra.  However, these is extremely affordable if you really do need boxes for all 250 guests (about 34 cents per person).  I'll be using the leftover boxes that have been stamped for future baked good presents and the blank ones I'll use to package up small gifts like jewelry and cosmetics for Mother's Day, birthdays, Valentine's Day, etc.  This was also a really quick wedding project, it only took me about an hour to stamp the boxes I needed.

What do you think?  How are you dealing with leftovers?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wedding Toasts

Melinda asked me to give the toast at her wedding so I have spent the past few days thinking about what I will say. My usual approach to most things is to just wing it, but since I love Melinda and I know she frowns on that attitude, I figured I should probably be a good bridesmaid and write my toast ahead of time. I know that less than two weeks of prep time would still make her frown, but I am working against my nature here!

Since I have never given a wedding toast before, I did a little bit of research. I recalled seeing a Southern Weddings Magazine blog post about wedding toast etiquette and found the list of tips extremely helpful, which I have posted below. My favorite tip is definitely #3   :)

Happy 4th!

Thanks for reading Posh Purpose!  Briana and I would like to wish a very happy and safe 4th of July to all of our readers!  (Side PSA: Avoid suspect potato salad and firecrackers...the 5th of July won't be so pleasant if you come down with food poisoning or lose a finger in a backyard fireworks display.)  Bring on the hamburgers and hot dogs!

We'd also like to thank all of the men and women serving in the armed forces both near and far and those that have served our country in the past.  We feel blessed to live in such a wonderful country and we know that the sacrifices of these men and women are keeping us safe.  Thanks for all that you do!

Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Cupcakes that are Kind to Your Wedding Diet

My little sister made delicious cupcakes for Melinda's bachelorette party, and they were only 65 calories each! The recipe is super easy, too. All you do is buy a box of cake mix and a 28 oz can of crushed pineapple, then mix the two together and pour into cupcake tins. Bake according to the directions on the cake mix. She adapted this recipe from one she found on

The cupcakes were super delicious and moist. Tally used a box of coconut cake mix and the coconut and pineapple flavors were wonderful! She whipped up a cold can of coconut milk for frosting, but we all agreed that frosting is not necessary for these delicious, low-calorie cupcakes. Yum!