Cheap and Cheerful/Swedish Cupcake Papers

“Cheap and Cheerful” is described on some online dictionary as “Brit. informal — costing little but attractive, pleasant or enjoyable.”  When I considered dipping a toe into the vasty waves of blog world I decided that cheap cheer would be my theme, and not just because I’m broke and have Caledonian depressive tendencies. Even when I had a few shekels to rub together and was cheerful as a chipmunk on crack, I’ve been enthralled by the cunning and sunny little things in life. Poached eggs on toast, origami paper, hotel give-away shower caps, rubber duckies, homemade pizza, paperclips, tea towels, matchbooks, grommets, Orangina, calculators with really big buttons, baking powder biscuits . Let me loose in Office Max with five bucks and two hours and my heart will be like a singing bird.

I could go on and on — and I will.

By the way, “Cheap and cheerful” is for sure Brit. colloquial, but what that winsome definition doesn’t say is that every Brit I’ve ever met, from my working class Lancashire-born grandmother to my glamorous buyer (Better Dress, Holt Rendrew) boss, Myrtle Neel, trots out those words with a sneer.For example, Nana might find a neighbor who’d planted out purple petunias and marigolds surrounding a plywood wishing well. She’s sniff: “Cheap and cheerful.” Miss Nell would return from the European couture shows and wail”After seeing those divine Missoni knits, everthing I can find in North America is just so cheap and cheerful!”

I’m trying to think of a North American equivalent — tacky, perhaps? Downmarket? Vulgar? Meretricious? Whatever! I’m a generation away from Old Blighty and I’m going with the non-ironic meaning.

Here’s my cheap and cheerful find of the day, courtesy of the King Arthur catalogue that his the mailbox this afternoon. Striped Swedish cupcake papers in those lovely clear Scandinavian colors. Although I don’t bake more than a dozen cupcakes a year, I’ve always loved those frilly paper cups. I think these Nordic beauties are the apotheosis of cupcake containers. At $6.95 for sixty, this is cheer on the cheap.



Filed under Into the Mystic, Paper, Ten bucks or fewer

7 responses to “Cheap and Cheerful/Swedish Cupcake Papers

  1. Yay!!! This is great. Perfectly wonderful. Honestly, M., your off-the-cuff little litany of examples of the cheap and the cheerful had my mouth watering. I AM susceptible like that, but still.

  2. freakyfrites

    1. Love the cupcake wrappers. Already anticipating licking the spoon.

    2. Thanks for introducing me the King Arthur website! Ladybug sugar decorations? Vermont cheese powder? Time to dust off my credit card!

  3. Looking forward to uses for hotel shower caps, not having an obvious use for them.

  4. Oh, my Darlin’ Dear!!!

    This is wonderful!!! I’ve been a proponent forever!

    I’m so delighted that your words will be floating out for the taking, just joying the days, and the subject is dear to MY heart. The sight of a DEALS sign’s cheery curve in the rows of neon, a glimpse of something rosy and marked-down, these THREE gift cards to Half-Price Books, and what IS IT about cupcake papers??

    I click Bakerella every day just to see what she’s discovered and created.

    And to know that you’ll be RIGHT HERE—I have no words.

    Will there be a place to mark “FOLLOW”? I’m on the bandwagon already—the bright CHEERY one.


  5. Alex

    Yep, cheap and easy, that’s me. Oh, wait…it’s cheap and cheerful. Sorry.

    Those baking cups are fun. I’m trying to think of uses for them other than cupcakes. I guess I’ll dig the new KA catalog (arrived yesterday) out of the to-be-recycled bag.

    I almost forgot–congratulations on your new blog!

  6. Freakyfrites I can’t believe you have lived w/o the King Arthur Baker’s Catalogue this long! Terrible. If not for KA there would be MANY fewer items in my pantry and batterie de c.

  7. I am SO with you, Mz. P. We buy our Fermipan yeast, powdered milk for bread baking, sanding sugars, specialty flours and so much more at King Arthur. Plus I love the King Arthur story — the family who owned the company, for like a zillion years, gave the company to their employees.

    — Maggie

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