DIY Welsh Cake Wedding Favours

Samantha from Naturally Crafty is back today with her easy peasy step-by-step guide to making DIY Welsh Cake wedding favours, these are perfect favours for a Welsh wedding- home made and delicious!

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To make the Welsh cakes you will need:

225g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon mixed spice
75g caster sugar
110g unsalted butter
100g mixed dried fruit
1 large egg
A large bowl
Wooden spoon
Frying pan.
6cm circle cutter

Step 1
Sift the dry ingredients together.

Step 2
Rub in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.

Step 3
Add the fruit and mix thoroughly.

Step 4
Add the egg to the mixture.

Step 5
Mix into a firm dough. If its too dry, add just a spot of milk. If it’s too sticky add a touch of flour. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 8mm thick.

Step 6
Use the cutter to cut the dough, re-rolling the trimmings until all the dough is used.

Step 7
Lightly grease the pan with sunflower oil. Heat the pan over a medium heat and cook the Welsh cakes for about 3 minutes on each side. They should be fairly brown and crisp on the outside but don’t cook them too quickly as they need to cook inside too. If they are browning quickly turn the heat down.

Step 8
Allow the welsh cakes to cool but when still slightly warm dip into caster sugar.

Your Welsh Cakes are now ready…

You can present your welsh cakes in a variety of ways including glassine bags and cellophane bags as pictured. Tie bags with twine or ribbon and add personalised tags.

If you would like any of the templates for the tags just get in touch. Happy Baking!!!

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Vintage Inspired Wedding Favours from The Vintage Bride

Vintage Bride Sophie has been exploring the tradition behind giving wedding favours and has found some beautiful vintage inspired favour ideas…

The tradition of giving wedding favours

Favours have been given to guests at parties and weddings for many, many years. The tradition of the favour is an extremely old one, originating in Europe. Aristocrats would present their fancy party guests with boxes, often embellished with gems and jewels containing sugar cubes. Sugar used to be extremely expensive and was considered a complete luxury so to be presented with a favour like this was such a treat!

As sugar became affordable, favours (or bonbonnieres) evolved. Have you ever been given sugared almonds as a favour before? I know I have and it was only through researching this post that I discovered why! Traditionally, five sugared almonds should be presented in a small box or bag tied with ribbon. The five almonds represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness and the almonds themselves, teamed with the sweetness of the sugar symbolise the bitter-sweetness of marriage. How lovely is that?! They also happen to be super cheap so if you want tradition on a budget this is surely favour perfection!

However, I feel that (especially in recent years) favours have evolved again. You brides and grooms are more creative than ever and the development of social media means there is more inspiration at your finger tips than ever before! **cough cough PINTEREST cough**

We chose to give small jam jars filled with tiny rhubarb and custard sweets topped with mismatched floral fabric. They were easy to make, cheap and they looked really effective on the tables with the mismatched china. However, I do wish we’d perhaps put more thought into what people would want as we were left with a lot of jars of sweets at the end of the night! Needless to say our dentist wasn’t happy at our next check up

I’ve put together a selection of my favourite favours out there. A lot of these are vintage-inspired but even those that aren’t can easily be adapted.

This is my personal favourite. I’d fill it with five sugared almonds

I love the idea of books as wedding favours!

Or a Mix-Tape (OK Mix-CD)

Who doesn’t love Popcorn?

And last but not least favours for a winter wedding- vintage Christmas baubles.

What did you choose or what do you have planned? Have you received a spectacular favour you’d care to share? Will you be making your own favours or will you be calling on help or paying someone to provide them? Do you think favours are a terrible waste of money and will you be donating to charity or using the money saved for something else? I would love to know!

Till next time, enjoy this glorious sunshine!

Sophie x

Welsh Wedding Traditions from the Vintage Bride: Love Spoons

In this new series of posts Vintage Bride Sophie is going to be investigating Welsh Wedding Traditions and sharing with you ways that you can incorporate them into your wedding day. She kicks off this week with the beautiful tradition of Love Spoons.

Welsh Wedding Traditions: Love Spoons

Hi Cwtchers!

Over the next year, I’m going to be looking at various romantic and wedding related Welsh wedding traditions. I’d originally planned to do a single post on these but I wouldn’t be able to do each of them justice (some of them are incredible and some are HYSTERICAL!) so we’ll look at them one at a time.

Today I’m looking at the tradition of giving love spoons. This tradition is thought to date back to the seventeenth century and they were traditionally carved by men to present to young women as a way of asking their girl of choice out or showing affection. It is thought the spoon showed the girls’ father or family that he was good husband material – that he could carve wood and provide for her (grrrr). The earliest known Welsh love spoon dates back to 1667 and is on display at one of our favourite wedding venues, St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life (I’m now dreaming of proposals by it. Pleeease say this has happened to one of you!)

These days love spoons are generally given as gifts and presented at weddings, births, christenings and for anniversaries. As I’m sure you’re aware there are many different symbols and meanings associated with the spoons. Symbols are carved into the wood and, collectively, hold a little message. I remember my father giving me a silver love spoon necklace when I was a little girl which was meant to prevent my heart being broken. Of course, I did have my heart broken but I can honestly say that I wasn’t wearing it at the time and I’m sure it wouldn’t have happened if I had been.

So let’s have a look at the different meanings and ways you can incorporate love spoons into your wedding. Predominantly, these are the main symbols you will find carved into them.

  • Horseshoe: luck
  • Cross: faith
  • Bells: marriage
  • Hearts: love
  • Wheel: supporting a loved one
  • Lock: security
  • Caged balls: the number of children hoped for
  • Birds: going away together
  • Stalk: a new birth
  • Chain: a wish to be together
  • Diamond: wealth and good fortune
  • Key, lock or keyhole: security (I will look after you)
  • Knot: eternal love
  • Twisted stem: togetherness
  • Dragon: the protective symbol of Wales

In terms of incorporating this tradition into your day, there are many ways you can do so! You could present your husband or wife-to-be with a bespoke spoon as a gift they can cherish forever. If your budget allows you can buy personalised spoons in bulk to give as favours. You may choose to have spoons made for your bridesmaids, groomsmen or parents to say thank you. Or you could put one on your gift list if you’d like one for your own home to remember your day! Left it too late for your wedding? Your fifth anniversary is the one requiring a wooden gift .

If you don’t have the time or expertise to carve love spoons for your guests or loved one, shame on you (although I may be able to help).  Luckily, living in Wales, you can buy gorgeous spoons on your doorstep. Or for those further afield, they are readily available online too. Here are my picks…

You can purchase reproduction love spoons from St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life. They are carved by Sion Llewellyn and are copies of the spoons held in the museum. You can also buy from him directly.

Welsh Gifts: 20 personalised love spoon favours are £58.40

The Lovespoon Gallery in Mumbles is a gorgeous little shop selling many designs. You can order online and they have a selection of spoons which can be used as favours.

If you’re looking for something really special, Adam King carves the most beautiful bespoke spoons. You can choose exactly what you’d like carving to make your spoon really personal and unique (he’s even carved Care Bears before!) Prices range from £70-£150

For those of you wishing to go the extra mile, you can learn to carve your own spoon at this workshop: Sharon Littley Woodcarving in Port Talbot or  via this online tutorial.

If you’ve ever tried your hand at this amazing craft please let us know! We’d love to see your efforts and we’d love to see how you’ve incorporated love spoons into your wedding!

Enjoy the first days of spring all and, as always, happy planning!

Sophie x

DIY Tutorial: Home Made Jam Favours

Our Homemade Bride Kate got married on the 20th of December and is currently on her honeymoon in exotic Thailand, but she hasn’t left us empty handed. Here is a DIY tutorial for the jam favours her lucky guests were gifted with at her wedding. Home made favours are always well received as people appreciate the effort that’s gone in to them, and this one looks fairly easy too- bonus!

All images in this post are by Maria Farrelly Photography.

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What you will need

Fruit- I used strawberries but you can use any fruit. Perhaps go to a ‘pick your own’ farm or even find a blackberry bush.
500g Jam sugar
A pot
Scales
Jars
Funnel

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Method

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Weigh out 500g of Jam Sugar. The reason I use jam sugar is that it has extra pectin and that helps it to set. Jam_Favours007
Add the sugar to the fruit. Jam_Favours009 Jam_Favours011
On a medium heat bring the fruit to the boil.Jam_Favours013 Jam_Favours014 Jam_Favours015 As you can see the sugar starts to melt and then start to reduce in volume. Jam_Favours022 Jam_Favours024 Jam_Favours030
The best way to test if the jam is ready is with a plate. Put a plate in the freezer and once it’s very cold put a drop of your jam on to it. The cold temperature will cause it to set and run your finger through it. It should wrinkle and not run if you turn it on the side. Also this is the perfect time to test how yummy it is! Jam_Favours026 Jam_Favours028 Jam_Favours029
The best way to sterilise your jars is place them in a cold oven and turn it on until it gets to 100 deg centigrade. If you don’t do this you will end up with mouldy jam! Jam_Favours031

Using the funnel fill your jars. Be careful the jam is really hot and sugar sticks and will give you a nasty burn! Jam_Favours032 Jam_Favours035 Jam_Favours036
Using stamps create a label for your jam and tie it around your jar. Jam_Favours037 Jam_Favours038 Jam_Favours039 Jam_Favours040
There you have it. It is such a lovely delicious favour and can be made any time of the year with any type of fruit. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying them! I have them for my guests.  Jam_Favours042

DIY Tutorial: Colourful Sugar Favours

Our Homemade Bride Kate is back this week with these super simple DIY sugar favours that are easy to make but have a big impact!  All images in this post are by Maria Farrelly.

These little sugar cubes are just perfect to add a little touch of colour. They look so lovely on the table and even if your are sweet enough it entices people to have one in their coffee. Don’t worry though, it will not turn your tea a funny colour! DIY_sugar_cubes001

What you’ll need

Cup of Sugar
Food colouring
Water
Moulds

How to make

Place the sugar in a bowl and add 2 drops of your chosen colour. You can always make it darker by adding more but you can’t take it out!  DIY_sugar_cubes002Once again really carefully put a couple of drops of water in the sugar. I find it helps dropping it on the spoon helps as if you go overboard you haven’t ruined the mixture. Too much water will leave you with a big slushy mess! DIY_sugar_cubes003 DIY_sugar_cubes004Mix! This takes time. Don’t be temped to add more water. Just keep going. It will suddenly change for you. DIY_sugar_cubes006 DIY_sugar_cubes009 DIY_sugar_cubes010 DIY_sugar_cubes012 DIY_sugar_cubes013You are looking for the consistency of wet sand. If it is still a little dry add some more water. Remember you can always put it in but you can’t take it out. Slowly does it! DIY_sugar_cubes014 DIY_sugar_cubes016 DIY_sugar_cubes017Press the sugar into the mould. Any mould will do do. Even an ice cube tray will work but be careful as it might be too much sugar for in some peoples cups of tea. You need to really compact it in there.  DIY_sugar_cubes018 DIY_sugar_cubes020 DIY_sugar_cubes021Set them aside to dry for a few hours. They need to be dry all the way through. Sometimes the top is dry but the bottom is still wet. DIY_sugar_cubes022 Ta-da! Easiest thing ever. They look so effective. They can be a great way to bring through the colours of the wedding. DIY_sugar_cubes024 DIY_sugar_cubes025

Thank you Kate!

If you have followed any of our tutorials we would love to hear how you got on!