Peacock Wedding Favors – Homemade
How to make your own!
The peacock, because of its symbolism and beauty, is fast becoming a top wedding theme in North America. It has long been popular for weddings in different cultures and countries (India, for example). The peacock itself represents royalty, wealth and knowledge whiles its rich, vibrant colors of green, royal and turquoise blue, purple and gold are gorgeous when incorporated into wedding décor and favors.
- Favors given in a favor bag or box that is the color of one of many colors found on a peacock feather. Craft stores offer a large selection of favor bags and boxes, primarily found in the wedding section (organza bags and small favor boxes). There are also larger, colored paper bags found in the gift wrap section. To further decorate you can attach the eye of an actual peacock feather (and a bit of the stem) to the box or bag with a glue dot (again , found at craft stores and easy to use). Craft and floral stores have peacock feathers for purchase and there are several stores online that offer them in bulk. Simply type “Bulk Peacock Feathers” in a search to find sources.
- Everybody loves to receive an edible favor and a peacock shaped cookie would be a much appreciated ‘thank you’. You can find easily find an online source for a cookie cutter. Then find a reliable and delicious recipe for a sugar cookie and icing. Our favorite can be found at the bottom of this article. To frost, use an easy technique called “flooding” to decorate in one or more vibrant, peacock-inspired colors. To learn how to flood cookies go to google.com and type in “how to flood cookies”; the results given will provide many easy-to-understand videos and tutorials. Once the frosting hardens (I recommend letting them sitting overnight) put them individually into cello bags and tie with a pretty colored ribbon.
- Add a themed favor tag to the favor of your choice. To do this go to google.com/images and type in peacock (or peacock feather) and select an image that you love. Copy it onto a word or powerpoint (or similar) document and copy it as many times it will fit on a page. Buy white or ivory cardstock and print on it. Cut out the shapes by hand and, with a hole punch, punch out a hole to put satin ribbon through for hanging. It’s also lovely to hand stamp the back of the image with a “Thank You” rubber stamp. To find, look in the $1 bins at craft stores (stamps and ink).
To easily print this recipe, please go the our blog post on it which includes a printable version. Printable Sugar Cookie Recipe.
This recipe is adapted from Penny McConnell who has a wholesale cookie business and sells decorated cookies to Starbucks. I have made the cookies and they are great. Very little spread, if any. You can roll them very thin if you like crunchy cookies or make them a bit thicker. She recommends baking on parchment paper. Be sure to add ALL the flavoring specified. It is a lot, but makes all the difference in the world.
Add egg, cream, vanilla and almond extract all at once and thoroughly blend. The mixture will look curdled but that’s how it should.
In a separate bowl, stir together the flour and baking powder. Add the mixture to the wet ingredients and blend.
Roll out to a thickness of 1/4 inch and cut with a cookie cutter. Bake on parchment sheets for 8-12 minutes (depending on thickness and size of cutters) and cool on a rack. Makes about 3 dozen cookies depending on cutter size.
Dough does not need to be chilled before using.
This is the best cookie icing I have ever used and it hardens nicely for bagging but is not rock hard like royal icing. You will love it. Sugar Baby Frosting from: www.wildwestcookies.com
Combine milk, syrup and vanilla in a saucepan over heat and add boiling water. Blend together with electric mixer. Add confectioners sugar and continue mixing until smooth. The frosting consistency is similar to a glaze. Color with powdered food coloring for decorating cookies.
You may purchase the powdered food coloring at cake decorating specialty stores, Walmart cake decorating department, or Hobby Lobby cake decorating department.
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