I was totally amazed when I saw these brownie mix party favors from one cool pick’s blog. These “Big Brother’s Badass Brownies” were given out at a baby shower! The ingredients were individually packaged in an awesome kraft tube with an enclosed recipe card. The brownie’s are the soon-to-be-big-brother’s favorite recipe. The labels were designed and printed by the fantastically creative Melanie Lantin, who is truly one cool chick.
Since it’s birthday week, I thought this idea would be an impressive favor, especially for a birthday fiesta!
I love the idea of mixes. Ali, my pastry-savvy sister, loves to spend hours in the kitchen, waiting for butter and eggs to come room temperature, and meticulously measuring ingredients. On the other hand, I don’t always have the necessary patience for baking. My favorite cake recipes involve doctoring up Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe. I breathe a huge sigh of relief when I see a pastry recipe with 5 ingredients or less.
A few months ago, while browsing around Williams-Sonoma (and pretending to be a domestic goddess), I stumbled upon this fantastic Sprinkles cupcake mix. My sister Gavi and I whipped them up rather quickly. All that was required from our end was eggs, butter and confectioners sugar. Voila! Mixes are my best friend and I think they could be yours too. I especially love Spinkle’s tube packaging for the mix. It’s so much more striking than the mixes found in paper bags and cardboard boxes. It really sets Sprinkles apart and definitely made me want to go home and bake some cupcakes!
The tube mix from one cool chick is a perfect DIY way to personalize a favor. Maybe you have a legendary family recipe for cookies, brownies, cake or cupcakes. Take the time to measure out and assemble the dry ingredients ahead of time. Type up a recipe card, explaining what needs to be added, how long and at what temperature it should bake. Stick on a fun and fancy label and ta-da, an amazing favor!
I did a little research for my DIY lovers who really want to have this favor come to life. Mailing tubes can be purchased practically around the corner at your local office supply shop. I personally like them best in kraft or white, but they also can be bought in a variety of colors or even transparent. Design your own labels, or hand draw them. I love the variety of options, colors & textures at Online Labels.com. They provide wonderful templates which make printing labels yourself really simple.
Purchase your ingredients from your local grocer, or if you are giving a large amount of favors, use a wholesale supplier like Costco or BJ’s.
Measure out the ingredients into cellophane or plastic bags (there are great ones available at Nashville Wraps). Make sure to secure the bags with a tie, ribbon and/or a cute tag, and label the bags with their respective ingredients.
Print out a recipe card on nice stock to explain how to assemble the mix. Give a little background on the meaning behind the dish.
The ingredients could also be assembled in a cute mason jar with a fabulous ribbon tied around but I’m really enamored with the tube.
Trust me, domestic goddesses (ahem) like myself will swoon!