Get your sweet tooth ready, because we have the cutest real wedding favors today from Keri and Josh’s wedding in Maryland. Theresa Choi sent over their wedding photos and I just had to know more about the cookie jar favors. The jars were fun and functional – serving as favors, decoration and place seating name cards – and they perfectly coordinated with everything at their wedding. You can tell that they spent a lot of time not only assembling the jars, but thinking the details through. It shows, because they are so cute! I especially appreciate that the fabric pattern that tops the jar coordinates with each guest’s place – check out that very unique table seating chart! Keri was kind enough to share their inspiration, how they put it all together as well as their cookie “mash up” recipe.
From Keri: I wanted a wedding favor that would work with our wedding mood. Not formal, but rather laid back and homemade. I also love to cook, so this was a front runner from the beginning. The monogram on the jars was created by my brother in law and it was carried through all of our stationary. It appears on our invitations, wedding program, thank you note, and menu card as well as the jars.
The ingredients were a blend of my favorite cookie (Chocolate chip) and my husband’s (Oatmeal Raisin). The assembly was fun! We had to make 170 jars and it took an afternoon to assemble them all. We purchased the jars from four different Walmarts (we bought them out!) and the ingredients in bulk from Costco. I decided the generic Walmart brand was worth the savings over true mason jars. They also had the advantage of having a smooth jar surface so that the monogram sticker attached easier. The assembly was a family effort. The weekend before the wedding we had seven people help put everything together. Each ingredient was dumped into very large bowls and we created an assembly line. We found that we had to pound the ingredients down after each layer or all the ingredients would not fit.
We embedded the instructions under the fabric on the same stationary paper. The fabric remnants were trimmed with scalloped scissors and coordinated with the table runners that I sewed. The vision was to use all the fabrics (shades of aqua blues and yellows) from our wedding to create a quilt for safe keeping. There were 16 different fabrics for the toppers used since there were 16 tables at the reception. The fabric on the jars coordinated to the place seating name cards. You can see the fabric circle on the name cards coordinated to the cookie jars indicating the table assigned. We finished each jar with either aqua and white ribbons or yellow and white depending on the fabric used. The label within the ribbon reads “Keri and Josh’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Mashup.”
Here is the recipe for each jar:
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, or Butterscotch Flavored Morsels
- 1 1/2 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (We excluded the nuts)
Thank you so much, Keri! These cookie jars are not only pretty, but function – the best kind of wedding favor! For more DIY weddings and ideas, be sure to check out the our DC area inspiration and idea galleries. You can also look through our DC area wedding vendor guide for loads of amazing vendors to help you pull it all together. Special thanks to Theresa Choi for sharing the images for this post.
Photo Credits: Theresa Choi Photography