No rest for the weary in these parts. I am still waiting for some time off after my whirlwind month last month. Two more weeks. I can honestly say I have NO IDEA what I am going to do during that week off, but its going to involve cleaning, running, and planning I am sure.
As I told you, my wedding is going to be heavy DIY. I am trying to keep the costs down and I like to have my hands on as much as possible. My first project was my way of asking my friends to be in my wedding. I hinted around in a few places what they were, but could not reveal anything until they were sent.
For a long time I knew who would be in my wedding. It was when we got closer to planning when I realized I needed to cut a few people out. Not because I didnt want them in the wedding, but because more than 5 can be though. I wanted to keep it strictly family and my two VERY CLOSE friends. The other issue I was having was who should be what. After a LONG conversation (with myself), I decided on going with two maid of honors and three bridesmaids. My bff from childhood could very well be a matron of honor, but she is out of state and I dont want her to feel any stressful obligations to this.
Back to the project. What I did was send a homemade dress shaped cookie using the colors of my wedding in a matching box and little note asking the question.
I made a lemon sugar cookie and royal icing. Lemon for the color yellow because my wedding is yellow and navy.
Lemon Cookie from Martha Stewart:
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest ~you know I used more
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Cream butter, shortening, and granulated sugar on medium- high speed in the bowl of a mixer with the paddle until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in eggs and zest. Mix in flour mixture, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Refrigerate dough 15 minutes. I placed mine in the freezer for added firmness
- Roll teaspoonfuls of dough into balls; roll in colored sugar. Place 2 inches apart on lined sheets. Bake until edges are set but centers are soft, 7 to 8 minutes. Cool on sheets 2 minutes; transfer to wire racks. I decorated mine instead
1 egg white
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Mix the ingredients together for desired thickness. Add food coloring if wanted.
I was surprised how CHEAPLY I could mail out the boxes.
The total cost of this project was $30, or $6 for each box. This included:
materials for cards and box covering
So far 4 of 5 recipients have responded with yes so far! I am so happy.
How did you ask your friends? How would you ask?
Any good runs? I miss running, but I still havent had a second.