One of the most stylish gals I have ever met is getting married in June, so it was not surprising to receive a gorgeous peacock-inspired wedding invitation, which set the tone for what is sure to be a beautiful night in the Virgin Islands. There was also no surprise in discovering that the blues and greens used in her wedding suite provided ample inspiration for this weekend’s bridal shower in her honor.

Plate presentation

To keep with the bride’s theme, Lauren (hostess and maid of honor) used the Folk Ornament Printable Party Invitations, and tried something different with the Peacock Feather Rubber Stamp—by using food coloring and powdered sugar she created an elegant and edible glass plate design.

Rubber stamp ideasWith a little experimentation, she found the perfect ratio of food coloring, powdered sugar and water. Lauren applied her edible paste to the rubber stamp with a paper towel to control coverage, then gently and evenly pressed the stamp onto the plate. The plates were placed on a large table to dry, and did so rather quickly.

Lauren was able to stack the plates for easy buffet service at the shower…but easy certainly did not look cheap, as this beautiful accent was a hit among shower guests. Bride-to-be, Jaime, was tickled by Lauren’s attentive detail and classy integration of her wedding theme.

— Liz
PS colors: night & curry
Latest fave: Cavallini Wrapping Paper


40 Responses

  1. OK. Wow! I’m definitely impressed! That’s AWESOME!

  2. Rochelle says:

    Amazing!!! Might have to steal this ingenious idea for my repertoire.

  3. That is such an awesome idea! Very stunning and elegant- the plates turned out great!

  4. This is awesome and very creative!!!!

  5. jamie says:

    what an awesome idea! is the recipe for the paste available??

  6. Great idea with beautiful results. What is the ratio of powdered sugar to food coloring? Was the food coloring the paste type of liquid? Thanks!

  7. what a great idea! thanks!

  8. Regina says:

    I have to admit that I’m biased as the colors and peacock stamp are my favorites, however, this is truly thinking outside of the box. Ingenious, stunning, and oh-so-personal.
    Great idea!

  9. My only role in this entire project was the mad scientist who mixed the “paste,” unfortunately I do not remember the exact amounts. (Also why I am a cook and not a baker.)

    We used a glass ramekin to mix, filling the bottom with 1/8-1/4 inch of green food coloring and adding powdered sugar slowly. The first trial was a little thin and the second was too clumpy, and a little water made it perfect. I would compare the “right” consistency to our PVA glue.

    The color came from the standard green food coloring and the white from the sugar. You can play with other colors by mixing the primary colors. Just remember the sugar will make it a little lighter.

    Trials are easy with this project because you just wash and dry the plate and the stamp. And, much to my surprise, it was not messy at all.

  10. erin m. says:

    Perfect to dress up my simple glass dessert plates for an upcoming baptism brunch. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Chelsea-Ann says:

    I love your idea; however, what is your ratio to water, food coloring and powder sugar?

    More details will be great!!! Thank you.

  12. Wow, this looks so *sweet*! 🙂

  13. Dawn says:

    Simply fabulous! I can’t wait to share with my readers!

  14. I love this, is to creative and the perfect embellishment. Can’t wait to share with my readers {}. thanks for sharing!

  15. susan says:

    Hi Paper Source – I’m thrilled to see this beautiful peacock decorative alternative way to showcase plates and the bride’s theme.

    Beautiful entry.

    I appeared on a local tv segment and had designed an entire bridal shower theme around peacocks, blues, greens, etc. and this plate theme with your rubber stamp would have been a gorgeous delight.

    I hope to see you in Chicago late July when I’m there for the baby shower expo! I love your paper, envelopes, stationery, ideas and blog! It’s delicious!

  16. vickieli says:

    this is so cool!

  17. Natalie says:

    This is brilliant. I really want to try it for a baby shower.

  18. Lynn says:

    Wow, this is a really cool idea. I am going to try it on the inside of martini glasses. Great idea for a dinner party. Thanks!

  19. susan kennedy says:

    can’t wait to try this

  20. Patricia Lim says:

    Wow, this is awesome! I absolutely love this!

  21. Leslie says:

    did you use liquid dye or powder food coloring dye?

  22. ida says:

    is this a silly question…did u use a new stamp?

  23. deboss says:

    wow, magical looking and with just coloring, sugar and water a nifty trick altogether, thanks!

  24. To answer a few questions:

    @Chelsea-Ann I do not have the exact quantities but if you start with sugar covering the bottom of a small bowl, then add coloring until you get your desired color (recommend slightly darker) and a splash of water, the consistency should be comparable to our PVA glue. Just play with it, adding and balancing until you find the right mix.

    @Lesley We used old-fashioned liquid food coloring

    @Ida We did use a new stamp, mostly because the peacock feather was perfect for the wedding inspiration.

    We’d love to see photos of your applications on our Facebook page. Feel free to share!

  25. Tina says:

    This idea is so creative and yummy too!

  26. betsy says:

    WoW this is amazing, who would have thunk? 🙂

  27. Sybilz says:

    Been a stamper for over 25 years, and a teacher for at least 20. I have never seen this technique before. I’m letting my art club know about it. Great for any party! I’m thinking tea party for the girls- poolside.

  28. What a neat idea! I linked to this page from today’s scrapbook news at

  29. How cool is this!?! GREAT idea!

  30. Wow! What a unique idea! I love this. I must see about getting some clear plates and try this out! Have a bridal shower coming up soon! Thanks for the inspiration.

  31. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the great idea! Just tested it out as a “practice run” for a butterfly-themed baby shower. I had some trouble with the “paste” consistency and my first few tries I had WAY too much of the paste on the stamp, but eventually I got a pretty nice effect. My stamp has more solid sections than yours did, I think it would work better with one more like yours, with lots of lines and not solid blocks. Still, definitely something I’ll use for the shower and other parties in the future, I am sure!

  32. gerette says:

    Just gorgeous! I love also that it allows you to use simple clear plates and match them to an event rather than buying paper plates for each and every party theme.

  33. Brandy says:

    I love this idea! I will be featuring it on my blog on Aug 24th!

  34. singelke says:

    brilliant. a very elegant and personal design touch to a surface largely overlooked except for the presentation of the food. it would be a pity to place food over these gorgeous plates!

  35. What a brilliant idea! This inspires me to do something similar for the holidays! Thanks for sharing something so elegant and simple to do!

  36. Amanda says:

    Would look pretty on white or black plates as well for different occasions.

  37. Carol kieffaber says:

    Very creative and thinking outside of the box! Love it!

  38. Barbara Simoes says:

    I was just on another site that showed rubber stamping on iced cookies, but the recipe was just for food coloring and water. I think that this idea could be converted to go on top of the decorated plate filling it with decorated cookies, also stamped. Love it. I have been buying stamps to use as imprints on cookies, but this would be so much better.

  39. Lori says:

    What about washing the plates after use?

  40. David vil says:

    This is the creative and unique stamp ideas.