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Project and Photso by Brittni Mehlhoff Everyone loves a little something sweet every now and again. So why not give your guests a wedding favor they'll love: a sweet treat for guests to eat. These edible DIY gem favors are the perfect snack favors for guests to grab as they're leaving your reception. And they'll also give you the opportunity to add a clever thank you note! The best part about these colored chocolate candies, though, is how easy they are to make. Here's how to make your own. Supplies: White Chocolate Chips (8 oz makes about 6 gems) Spoon Food Coloring Gel Jewel Ice Cube Tray (you can buy it here) How-To: 1. Separate chocolate chips into several different bowls (each bowl will eventually be a different color chocolate) and microwave at half power in 20 seconds intervals until melted. Stir with a spoon to make sure all the chips have melted completely. 2. Next, add food coloring to each bowl of melted chocolate and stir until the color has been completely incorporated. 3. Spoon melted chocolate into each ice cube well. Once all wells have been filled, gently tap the tray several times to remove any air bubbles. 4. Place the tray into the freezer. Once the chocolate has hardened, pop each gem out of the tray. 5. Fill small canvas bags with the chocolate gems and a note to guests to say thanks for coming to your wedding. There you have it! Pretty, delicious little parting gifts! Tip: If you purchase several gem trays to work with, you'll be able to get these candies made in a fraction of the time.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch Add a little extra pizazz to your wrapped wedding favors, with these DIY clay tags that you can customize any way you would like. Pick clay colors that match your event's color scheme and personalize the finished tags with your wedding date, a monogram, or a short message of thanks. Your guests will love the thoughtful packaging and special touches to remind them of your big day. Here's how to make your own personalized clay favor tags. Supplies: Oven Bake Clay in Various Colors Metal Number Stamp Set Circle Cookie Cutter (1 inch) String or Twine Wooden Skewer or Toothpick Scissors Rolling Pin How-To: 1. Start by pinching off equal parts of clay, in two different colors, and mixing them together by continuously pushing them together and then pulling them apart (kind of like taffy). Once you've reached the desired marbling effect, roll the clay into a ball. 2. Next, flatten the ball out, with a rolling pin, making sure the clay maintains the same thickness throughout. 3. Then, cut out a circle from the clay, with a cookie cutter. 4. Now, stamp your wedding date onto the clay circles (or other message) and add a hole at the top of each circle with a wooden skewer. 5. Place the clay pieces into the oven and bake according to instructions on the packaging. Once cooled, add a string. 6. Tie the tags around wrapped favors to present to guests!
Photos by This Love of Yours... Photography
PRESENTATIONUse a color scheme that matches your wedding palette: wedding colors aren’t just for the flowers and bridesmaids dresses! Taking advantage of the colors you’ve already established can enhance your candy table’s presence, and bring cohesion to your entire reception. Create depth and height in your display: with simple boxes or even phone books, you can sculpt a beautiful landscape on your table. You can wrap the boxes in decorative paper, or even leave them bare and covered with matching linens for a refined, free-flowing cascade. Take advantage of your centerpieces: whether they be flowers, candles, or tiny little goldfish, using an extra centerpiece or two will not only tie into the rest of your reception, but it can also add life and freshness to your candy table. Don’t be afraid to use trimmings: details like good quality linens, ribbons, and paper can add nice touches to your overall display. Less is more: trimmings are definitely your friends, but don’t go overboard! Too many space fillers can potentially clutter your table and cause sensory overload! Consider the table: where will it be located? Will there be a nice backdrop or wall behind it for pictures? Or will it be open so people can access it from all sides? Will it even have sides, or will it be round? These are all good questions to ask yourself before deciding on a set-up design.
CANDYColor is key: as mentioned before, having a specific color scheme can really make your table pop. Monochromatic palettes can also be striking and elegant. Make sure to consider different hues and shades – for example, if your colors are red and brown, don’t be afraid of using different shades of reds and pinks. If using primarily dark colors, try to use trimmings in lighter shades to bring energy to your table. Check the weather: Will it be hot or sunny? Will the table be indoors or outdoors? If indoor, will there be AC? If you’re worried about warmth, save the stress and avoid candies that could easily melt (unfortunately this includes most chocolates)! Fruit seasons: if you’re planning to use fresh fruit on your table (e.g. chocolate dipped strawberries), make sure you consider if they are even in season. Strawberries in the winter might not be as sweet as when they’re at their peak in the summer! Not just candy: if you’re open to treats in other forms, consider mini cookies, kettle corn, or spiced nuts as sweet additions. Placing the wedding cake or groom's cake on the same table can add visual diversity. Be creative: candy isn’t just made to be eaten, but also to play with! Bundle large lollipops together like a bouquet of flowers, or skewer some marshmallows to simulate kabobs – the possibilities are endless. Keep it simple: having a variety of flavors and different types of candy can be satisfying to everyone, but don’t be afraid to go with a specific flavor profile. Whether it be a gummy bear bar or a chocolate truffle tribute, your guests will definitely enjoy the sugar rush! Don’t buy too much! It’s easy to worry about not having enough for everyone, but if you’re planning to include a meal and cake in your reception, guests probably won’t be stuffing themselves with extra sugar. A small portion of ½ cup (4 oz) or less is a good estimate per person. If you want to buy in bulk for a visual effect, save large containers for popular candies so you won’t have too many leftovers.
CONTAINERS AND SUPPLIES
WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES
Project Wedding – the forums have a great Classified Section where you can buy gently used items from the community.
Online Candy Stores:
Local stores for candy:
- Your neighborhood grocery store: Safeway, Lucky, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc.
- Bulk stores like Costco
- Michael’s: they have a special selection of wedding candies
- Ethnic grocers may also carry unique treats that can give your table a broader range of flavors.
Containers and things:
- Restaurant supply stores, like Kamei or East Bay Restaurant Supply
- Save On Crafts
- Furniture stores like Ikea, Crate & Barrel
- Thrift or second-hand shops
- Cost-saving stores like Target, Ross, or the Dollar Store
- Scoops and more scoops
Event Design and Description by Lollipop Events and Designs, Photography by Cary Pennington
Create a feast of fireworks! Transport your guests to the eastern shores for this Nantucket style clambake where sea foam and cherry colored beachy décor set the tone for this laid back nautical event. Think cable knit, Kennedy’s and Coca-Cola Classics for this Americana inspired motif. Glossy red willow branches play dress up as red coral for the evening and bring the event to dramatic new heights.
This patriotic palette started with a basic white linen. We jazzed up the linen by throwing a bright red overlay over the table at an angle. Anything from a plain red textured linen to a red and white checkered table cloth, will give the table a Nantucket feel.
We took two basic cylinder glass vases of the same width and height. Any size will do depending on the drama that you would like to create in the center of the table. Overturn one of the glass cylinders so that is upside down on the table, then take the other cylinder vase and place it right side up on top of the first vase. To ensure that they do not fall down use a glue gun to place a few small drops of glue on the bottom of each vase, you will be able to scrape the glue pieces off after your party. Next, wrap decorative wrapping paper around the center of where the two vases meet. Embellish the vases with decorative ribbon to customize and finish off the look. We used plain red ribbon and then layered a thinner white ribbon on top of it. Finally, take willow branches and spray paint them in a high gloss white or red and place them in the vase. They will have a floating affect due to the overturned vases that you created.
To balance the large centerpiece, take small bud vases in any size or shape. Embellish them with the same ribbon used on the main centerpiece to tie the table together. Fill them with any flower from inexpensive red carnations to bright red peonies.
Any plain white dinnerware will do, just play around with the shapes and textures. We used plain white plates with square bowls, and textured white milk glass stemware. Incorporating tableware in creative ways will create that extra panache and interest on the table. We used basic cornhusk holders to serve as containers for our silverware instead of using them to hold the corn as they were intended.
For the linen napkins we found fabric of the same color palette but with a different pattern to create extra drama and punch on the table. We then took the same red and white layered ribbon from the centerpiece and bud vases to tie around each napkin, blending together every detail of the decor. To top it off we bought sea fans and spray painted them white to add extra texture and a nautical feel to the table settings.
Set up a small table on the side and line it with rows of retro popcorn containers filled with freshly popped popcorn. Make sure to have enough for each guest. This is a quick and easy snack! You can also purchase nautical themed cookies so that your table is filled with both salty and sweet treats that your guests can munch on. To add an extra touch we took a basic white ceramic container and filled it with vintage coke bottles. Next we took decorative wrapping paper and a wooden dowel to create a sail that we glued to the inside of the container to create our own customized drink holder/sailboat!
We printed a Nantucket themed feast on a simple white lunch bag and placed one at each table setting. We just simply opened up the lunch bag so that it would stand up in front of each place setting. We hole punched it at the top and tied red ribbon through the holes. This is a simple and creative way to provide an easy to read menu for your guests. Next, we used basic picture frame holders to display the table numbers. We chose clear acrylic holders so that we would be able to re-use them for any style of table in the future. Please see our paper candy section to purchase semi-custom menus and table numbers similar to these.
Store bought trinkets just can’t beat the sentiment of a homemade gift. That’s why we absolutely love this project. Not only is it handmade, but the giver has an opportunity to honor and share a great recipe. Now your guests will know exactly what you’re talking about the next time you rave about Aunt Linda’s home cooking!
Using the instructions on the package, download label templates and in a program like Adobe Illustrator or Microsoft Paint design some labels. Look for fun and free downloadable fonts at Dafont.com.
Fill in names to customize and print them onto your label paper. (2).
Lay out the food trays (1) and line them with tissue paper (7). Cut the patterned tissue paper into a rectangle shape just larger than the size of the tray. It looks cute hanging off the edge a bit.
After loaves have been baked and cooled, wrap each mini loaf of bread with wax or parchment paper (5). Tie it up with a bit of Baker's Twine (9) and apply bread label.
After jam has been spooned into the mini jars (3). Tie a sweet ribbon around the neck of the bottle and apply the jam label.
Red and White food trays (We got these from our local snack food vendor)
Mini Jam Jars ($1/each from Cost Plus)
Mini Bread Pans ($1/for 5 from your local grocery store)
Wax or Parchment Paper
Red and White Bakers Twine ($7/for 60 feet)
Red and White Patterned Tissue Paper
Red Ribbon ($1.40/ for 25 yards)
Labels ($10/from an Office Supply Store)
These wedding favors are the gift that keeps on growing! They're easy to put together -- here's how to create your very own seedling kits:
What you'll need:
(1) Kraft box, Michaels, $1 each
(2) Moss, Michaels, ranging from $3 to $5 a bag
(3) Vellum, Michaels, $9.99 for 50 sheets
(4) Antique seam binding, flea market
(5) Soil pellets, seasonally found at Target, search online retailers for larger quanities
(6) 1" Diameter Terracotta Pot, approximately $1
(7) Forget-Me-Not seeds, $1 per packet
(8) Paper sacks, Michaels, about $3 per package of 25
(9) Miniature tags
(10) Embroidery floss, $.39 per skein
(11) Cover weight card stock, $.89 per sheet
Fill a miniature paper bag (8) with a soil pellet (5) and a sprinkling of seeds (7). Embellish as desired - here we used antique seam binding (4), a miniature tag (9) and embroidery floss (10). Simpler alternative: seal bag with a sticker or label.
Print a monogram, logo or thank-you message on a sheet of heavy card stock (11). The card stock should be long enough to wrap around the kraft paper box (1). Create a matchbox-style lid by folding the cardstock around the box. Use a bone folder to make creases sharp and professional, and glue ends together using a glue stick. Simpler alternative: use a box with attached lid and apply a decorative label or stamp.
Line box with sheet moss (2) and place miniature terracotta pot (6) and seed/soil packet inside. Print care and planting instructions on a sheet of vellum (3) and trim so it fits snugly within the box; replace lid.
Photos and Project Creation by Victoria Hudgins
Leave your guests with a scrumptious snack for the morning time and they will be pleased they stayed up to party with you the night before! Hand out gifts of your favorite mini-loaf wrapped up with the world's best butter drizzle.
Ingredients & Materials
Mini loafs of bread- one per guest or family, brown butcher paper and kitchen twine for wrapping, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, and small jars to store the drizzle (I found mine in packs of four at Ikea).
Make your mini loaves the week prior and store them in air tight containers. Use your favorite recipe or one from a box. I made mine from a box mix and got quite a few compliments when serving the bread. If you have a special family recipe, it's a perfect opportunity to pass it along!
Wrap the mini loaves in brown butcher paper and tie with kitchen twine.
The buttery drizzle is really the special favor for your guests; it is sure to liven up their morning. To make one serving, combine 1 tablespoon of melted butter with a hearty drizzle of honey, 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg.
Store the buttery drizzle in glass jars and package with the bread. Be sure to put a 'warm up and stir before using' note along with the package and maybe even include a printout of the recipes.
Edible wedding cake favors are a guest's best friend! These cute mini cakes are simple to make and affordable as well!
Supplies you'll need:
Skewers or toothpicks
Plain round cutters, various sizes
Chocolate sheet cake or brownie sheet, 1" deep
Whether it's made from scratch or your friend Betty Crocker, bake your cake flat in a shallow sheet pan so it only rises up to an inch. Once cool, trim the top with a serrated knife using a sawing motion to form an even, flat surface. This will be flipped over, so don't worry about imperfections!
Both brownies and cake work well, but with the latter you will have to be more careful to achieve clean edges. Carefully twist the round cutters into the sheet cake with desired sizes for each tier. For this example, we used 1.25", 2.5", and 3.5" cutters.
Assemble the tiers on top of each other, with the flattest surface facing up (usually the bottom-side of the cake). Insert toothpick to secure tiers together. If using skewers, measure against the assembled mini cake, and trim a few millimeters short of the full height so it doesn't protrude.
Lightly dust cakes with powdered sugar. Wrap, and enjoy!
By: Danyelle Mathews
Do you have friends and family traveling great distances to attend your big day? If so, you might consider putting together little favor bags to welcome them when they arrive. You can include an itinerary for the festivities, some favorite treats and even personalized stationery to help them feel welcomed and appreciated.
You will need: fabric drawstring bags, freezer paper, x-acto knife, pencil, paint, fabric medium, initial template, foam paintbrush, iron, small bowl
Trace a monogram print-out to the freezer paper using a pencil. (Tip- here is great resource for unique fonts)
Carefully cut out the monogram with the x-acto knife.
With your iron, adhere the monogram template to the drawstring bag. Once the template is adhered, mix two parts paint to one part fabric medium in a small bowl.
Carefully paint over the monogram template.
Once the paint is dry, remove the template and fill your bag with your chosen treats. You can use this same idea to create favors or gift bags for your bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Don't you hate when you are at a bridal shower/wedding or any happy event and you get caught up in the festivities, put your drink down, and then have no idea which one is yours? We've got the solution to this pesky problem with this handy DIY project -- and they're so cute to boot!
1. Assorted decorative papers
3. Glue - a glue stick works best for most papers
4. Wooden skewers or drink stirrers
5. Alphabet stickers - should coordinate with papers
1. Cut decorative papers into 1" by 2" rectangles.
2. Apply glue and fold in half around tops of wooden skewers. Let dry.
3. Place flags and sheets of alphabet stickers next to drinks and allow guests to mark a flag with their initial - a first initial for a smaller gathering like a bridal shower, or first and last initials for larger events (if you go the second route, be sure to buy stickers that are appropriately sized).