Nautical Wedding Part II

nautical wedding cupcakesAnother decorative task I was thrilled to be asked to be involved with was to bring in the nautical theme to the cake table. My niece being the resourceful person she is ordered cupcakes from Costco and to be very honest (and my niece knows this so no big revelation after the fact) the thought of cupcakes from Costco for her wedding didn’t exactly float my boat since I am a baking snob but I do own up to it. I thought they had no soul so it became my quest to give them them one.She found the cardboard tower online she wanted to use and I immediately had some ideas ~Spray paint it white enamel after a primer coat ~ the finish was glossy and perfect.
Add a thick cotton nautical decorative rope around the edges and hot glue it in place.
nautical wedding cupcakesNo. I did not make the top cake but there almost wasn’t one as the person making it forgot to do it and had to deliver it the next day. Luckily the wedding wasn’t until sunset. Whew! And as it turned out the Costco cupcakes were delicious and people raved about them. Who knew? 😉
Next came the flag toppers and cupcake bands ~

nautical cupcake toppers

I played around with various color combos and decided to keep it a white color palette for the most part with a hint of navy, red and gold as accent colors. The flags would be the perfect vehicle to tie it all in together.

Now I just had to make them.

nautical cupcake toppers

I used navy scrapbook paper but I wanted to offset the flag tips just enough to show a color on the underside. Unfortunately, the navy paper didn’t come with a patterned red backing so I had to make the navy paper into a double faced sheet.

I found some wrapping paper I liked and attached it to the navy sheet with spray adhesive (Super 77).

“Yikes! Stripes!”
Don’t these look like long strips of Fruit Stripe Gum?

nautical cupcake toppers

Now came the really fun part ~ using my new Martha Stewart anchor punch (found at Michaels and Paper Source) and Xyron sticker maker (found at Paper Source and Amazon).
No compensation. Just sincere enthusiasm.

I used gold metallic poster paper to make the anchors.

nautical cupcake toppers

After punching out the anchors I fed them into my nifty new Xyron gadget/toy and pulled on the tape below. What does this do? It sandwiches the anchor punch outs between an adhesive strip and a cello top so I can make my very own stickers!

nautical cupcake toppers

I can’t tell you how much I love, love, love this gadget and this was the first time I had ever used one. The Xyron comes in different widths (mine is 1.5″) and has inexpensive adhesive refills.
My nifty machine cost $10.00

nautical cupcake toppers

I felt like I was Mrs. Grossman!

nautical cupcake toppers

To finish the flags ~ I ran a strip of adhesive and double stick tape across the inside of the flag and secured a lollipop stick in the middle.

Oh. I also made bands to go around the cupcakes out of pearlized poster paper. We had to cut them out individually with an Xacto knife which took a long time. Son2 measured around our prototype Costco muffin substituting for the cupcake and taped each band into a circle the night before and popped it off to await placing them on the cupcakes the day of the wedding.

nautical wedding cupcakes“It Takes A Crew”
Sons 1 &2, SIL Sally, me and nephew Todd were scrambling.
This took us an hour to band the cupcakes and stick in the flags and we were hustling!

nautical wedding cupcakes

In the final “Nautical Wedding Part Tres” post I’ll have more family pictures of the day.
I’m waiting for better pictures to surface than the ones I took.

Stay tuned… 🙂 xoxo

Nautical Wedding Part I
Nautical Wedding Part III

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  1. lovely … it looks so magical!!! You have got to be one of the most innovative and awesomely creative people in the world!! I’m always in awe of your wonderful works of art! XO HHL

  2. I didn’t know there was a gadget to make your own stickers!
    Great choice to make gold anchors. I love that the little flags bring the theme to the plain white cupcakes.
    A frugal, albeit time consuming, wedding cake display. You did a fabulous job and I’m sure your niece was thrilled!

  3. Absolutely beautiful!! I love crafting and your choices were just perfect! 🙂

  4. OK. Those flags are cute as buttons. You ought to collaborate with Muffy Martini and sell them for yacht-club cocktail parties!

  5. It’s amazing how the little touches always take the longest and make the biggest impact!

    I love your little flags!

    The baker who failed should be seriously told off!

  6. FAB!!!! Everything looks SO wonderful!!!!

    PS: LPC doesn’t have a bad idea! HA!

  7. OMGoodness. You are amazing. (think I wrote that on your previous post, but I can’t write that enough. Seriously.) Such great gadgets, too. I look forward to viewing more pictures of your nieces wedding. Take care.

  8. you are just so creative. i love it!

  9. How I wish we lived closer together PM. I can see us doing crafty things and laughing all the way…..

  10. I can certainly appreciate how much time and love and effort went into these. You are the world’s best aunt. Your future dil’s are gonna love you.

  11. Great job! And the bride is beautiful 🙂

  12. I just can’t wait to see what is going to take place when your sons get married. You are so incredibly talented and creative. I can’t do anything except write poetry and take pictures.

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