When planning favors for Chelsea's bridal shower, the trick was two fold. First, how do I keep with the theme of retro housewife and still give something that all us modern gals would love. Second, how do I make the favor something awesome... and still affordable. To accomplish the theme and the affordability, I'm going to have to roll up my sleeves and beg the other bridesmaids and mother of the bride for a little elbow grease.
The beauty of being a woman in 2013 is that you can love baking and your stressful corporate job... and no one judges the dichotomy of your lifestyle. We all seem to be there now... managing a household and a demanding career. I wouldn't have it any other way. But I digress...
I landed on favors that are perfect because:
- They are in line with the retro housewife theme
- They are pretty enough to be out on the table during the shower
- They match the color scheme (and could easily match any color scheme you choose)
- Most (there's always a few sticks in the mud) women will love the gift
- It contains reusable parts (future pinterest DIY project - umm, yes!)
- Super affordable if you take the time to order the components in advance
For the shower we made nearly 50 Brownie Mix Mason Jars! Shocking but true. The jars will be coupled with wooden mixing spoons, because, I'm pretty sure you can never have enough wooden spoons. The breakdown on the costs per person:
- Wooden Spoon - $1.16
- Mason Jar - $1.20
- Dry Ingredients - $1.81 (with extras for the house!)
- Fabric/Ribbon - $.08
- TOTAL COST PER PERSON - $4.97
I'm pretty sure I could have paired this down using an alternative recipe that didn't require so much cocoa powder. That was the killer ingredient cost at well over a third of the total ingredient cost. Consider yourself warned.
So, the recipe* and the final result...
Chewy Brownie Mix in a Jar
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins
Cooling Time: 20 mins cooling
Servings: 24 brownies
LAYER ingredients in order listed above in 1-quart jar, pressing firmly after adding each ingredient. Be sure to wipe out inside of jar with paper towel after adding cocoa. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon.
- 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup Baking Cocoa
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
Attach the following recipe:
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Pour brownie mix into large mixer bowl; stir. Add 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) melted butter or margarine, 2 large eggs, 2 tablespoons water and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract; stir well. Spread into prepared baking pan. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar.
Makes 2 dozen brownies.
*Original recipe can be found at recipegoldmine.com