I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing this blog post ‘Perfectly gift wrapped wedding cakes and favours to take home’ as our shoots have been swarming with homemade biscuits, yummy cakes and calorie ridden treats. We’ve all been there, enjoying a wedding with a lavish meal, only to find that we are too full to eat any of the cake, so you ask if you can have a gift wrapped wedding cake slice and favours to take home (we’ve all done it!)
…It is time for guests to leave the party with their traditional piece of wedding, birthday, christening or celebration cake. This departure will not be enhanced for anyone by being handed a parcel of soggy serviette. However, there are many creative ways to send your guests happily on their way with a piece of cake perfectly wrapped.
Folded paper plate baskets.
Simple, inexpensive paper plates, available in so many colours and designs, can be easily cut, folded and secured to make a high-sided basket in no more than 5 minutes. Tie a pretty ribbon around the basket’s edge and finish off with a bow and possibly attach a personal message with a paperclip.
Wrapped in a layer of greaseproof paper first, each piece of cake can then be wrapped in a colour co-ordinated, paper napkin and tucked inside the basket for safe carriage home.
Gift wrapping by Jane Means
Plastic glasses or beaker wrapped in cellophane or napkins.
A variety of shapes and sizes of plastic beaker and goblet are available and they come in varying transparent shades of clear, pink, blue and many other colours. Disposable plastic cups can also be used. With the portion of cake inside the cup, a large piece of cellophane can safely wrap the entire package and be tied tightly with colourful ribbon, leaving a frothy explosion of cellophane at the top.
Image by NellieBellie
Glass Jars filled with cake.
These jars can be bought in every conceivable size and, for those with a celebration cake consisting of many cupcakes, small, chunky kilner jars can be perfect to house each cake. With ribbon around the neck of the airtight jar, the cake is safe to take home in its own little presentation pack. The addition of a handmade tag also provides a personal touch. Guests will also be able to re use the jars for storing biscuits etc.
Decorated mini bags.
My clear plastic, white lace print bags would be perfect as a pretty and simple solution. Tuck the cake into the plastic bag, fold over and secure the top of the bag and attach a (ruffle) bow for a neat, compact package. Alternatively you can secure with some ribbon (check out my YouTube tutorial to learn how to tie the perfect bow)
Ribbon sets by Jane Means
It is possible to buy cake portion boxes but what about making triangular cake slice shaped origami boxes yourself? I will be preparing online tutorials at a later date to demonstrate a variety of very useful decorative origami projects.
Origami may look fiddly at first but with a little patience and practice, it is possible to achieve such beautiful, handmade, inexpensive designs, which are bound to draw comment and curiosity.
A gift box.
Take a simple, small box and dress it up like as a gift. It’s purpose may be merely to contain a slice of cake to take home, but it can be a beautiful miniature presentation with a coloured tissue paper lining, a ribbon around the coloured body of the box and an embellished lid. Coloured crafting jewels, origami or artificial flowers, spike bows, ruffle bows or your preferred applied accessories. Have fun and make it a gift to your guests.
Image courtesy of Bloved Blog
Remember: Wrap your cake portions in greaseproof paper.
I think after writing this blog post we now need to indulge in a bit of Afternoon Tea