The ever fabulous Sarah is back again sharing an awesome DIY that is favor, escort card, and tasty treat all in one! I hope you all enjoy!
Happy spring, lovely readers!
We have a sweet and tasty DIY for you today that also serves double duty as your favors and your escort cards! Crunchy, sugary meringue cookies in the shape of numbers will be a perfect treat for your guests to munch on as they find their seats for dinner! Edibles are always a great favor, and combining elements cuts down on your cost and time spent on each task.
This project will take a few hours to a couple of days depending on how many guests you have. Use extra care while handling the finished product, they are pretty fragile. Cost will vary.
-Meringue in a pastry/piping bag (or plastic bag with the tip cut off!)
-Cardstock in your color of choice, cut into 4×6 inch sheets and 4×2 inch lengths (one each per guest)
-Thread in your color of choice
-Plastic treat bags in 4×6 size
-Permanent marker in your color of choice
-A sewing machine
Step 1: Prepare your meringue according to the recipe. I used Martha Stewart’s recipe, but there are many versions and flavors out there. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon the freshly whipped meringue into the piping bag and start shaping the numbers. Make them a little thick so that they don’t break when you take them off of the baking sheet (I broke a few doing this!) I found it easiest to build up the thickness by making multiple thin lines of meringue.
Step 2: Once you have all your numbers finished, pop the baking sheet into a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven, and cook for an hour. Check to make sure they aren’t browning periodically. I ended up cooking mine for closer to an hour and a half, it really depends on your oven. If you lightly touch the cookies, you can check and see if they are starting to crisp up. Once they are set, take them out of the oven and let cool.
Step 3: While your cookies are baking, you can prep and cut your cardstock. Load your sewing machine with your thread, and sew a zigzag line across one end of the larger sheets of cardstock, about 3/4 of an inch from the edge.
Step 4: Once the cookies are cool, insert them into the plastic treat bags and layer them over the cardstock, folding over the bag if necessary. Then fold the 4×2 inch strip of cardstock in half lengthwise, and fold that over the top of both the bag and cardstock.
Step 5: Sew along the edge of the small strip of cardstock so that it seals the bag and attaches it to the backing cardstock.
Step 6: Use a permanent marker to write guest’s names along the bottom, under the zigzag stitching. I wrote the names of Downton Abbey characters for this example :)
Your delicious escort cards are ready to go! Make sure to taste-test a couple yourself!
Have fun and stay crafty! Until next time, my lovelies!