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Contain Your Joy

Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2009

Yes, it's what's inside that counts, but sometimes the outside is just as important. Two cases in point: Fresh salads can be easily reinvented as hors d'oeuvres when nestled in paper nut cups. And gooey-good desserts can be sent home with guests when cradled in old-fashioned jars.

Touch of Glass
Sticky desserts as favors? Yes, you can. Our solution: Cushion a vanilla cupcake between a layer of raspberry jam and a dollop of cream-cheese frosting in a classic canning jar. Pair it with a wooden spoon, and voila  -- you've got a pudding-rich, mess-free treat that guests can easily take home. 

Don't forget to top the lid with an "Enjoy" label downloaded from our website. (A 2 1/2-inch mega circle punch will make the project a cinch!) French terrine (No. 748090), the Container Store. Wooden spoons (No. 12893), Fairway Market.

Get the Recipe for Buttermilk Cupcakes in a Jar

Download the Enjoy Label Template

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Winners' Cups
When filled with sample-size portions of a baby Greek salad or a beet-and-radish pairing, kitschy disposable paper cups suddenly seem cool. Nut and party cups, Wilton. Bamboo mini forks, Pearl River Mart.

Get the Recipe for the Beet and Radish Salad

Get the Recipe for the Baby Greek Salad