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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).
Continuing on our quest for adorable, edible wedding or bridesmaid favors, enjoy this sweet and savory DIY project! Your guests will lnever forget these precious treats!
Makes 4 dozen coconut balls or 2 dozen finished cream balls
250 grams unsweetened coconut
150 grams sugar
2 large egg whites
1 tsp coconut extract
Zest of 1 lemon
30 grams coconut milk or whole milk
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the coconut, sugar, egg whites, coconut extract, zest of lemon and salt. Mix using the paddle attachment and add the coconut milk while mixing.
Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for about 2 hours so all flavors are absorbed and the coconut becomes moist.
Scoop the dough using a small ice cream scoop that is about 1 ½ inches in diameter. Round the balls slightly with hands and place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment. Gently flatten the balls.
Bake them at 350F for about 10-12 minutes until the edges turn golden brown. Let them cool.
Store them in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Lemon Coconut Cream
75 grams egg whites
150 grams sugar
225 grams butter, room temperature
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp coconut extract
Place the egg whites and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk them together with a hand whisk. Place the bowl over a water bath and continue whisking until the sugar dissolves and the egg whites feel very hot to the touch. The mixture will turn white.
Immediately, transfer the bowl to the mixer and whip the egg whites in high speed until the bottom of the bowl has cooled down.
Start adding the room temperature butter, 1 Tbs at a time, while continue to mix in low speed. Incorporate all the butter. It might look curdled at one point, but turn the speed back to high for a few seconds and the buttercream will all come together.
Add the lemon juice, lemon zest and coconut extract at the end.
Place the cream in a piping bag fitted with a plain tip (about number 5) and pipe some on a coconut ball. Gently press another one against the cream creating a sandwich.
Slightly refrigerate them before packaging them so the cream sets.
Recipes Created By: Aran Goyoaga
Photo Courtesy: Aran Goyoaga
Serve drinks in charming glass bottles with handwritten labels!
If you can, choose your drinks based on the color of your wedding. Clear glass bottles are easily found at kitchen shops or IKEA. We used office supply labels and added the name with handwriting to make it more personal.
If you have a special family recipe for homemade lemonade or a special soda, perhaps you'd like to give these as favors, or to some of the family and friends who've helped you out on your big day. These bottles will add a personal, homemade touch to your wedding and contribute to the charm of your day!
These bright and sweet little Parisian cookies are the perfect favor for an elegant affair. You can have them made in any flavor or color to match your event and then package them using our easy instructions.
1. Small favor boxes, 2" square from PaperMart ($20 for 200 boxes)
2. Sturdy Paper Punch - Here we used this Cosmos Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts ($10)
3. Macarons - You can try to make your own or purchase some from your local French bakery. Prices will vary but it will be somewhere around $1.50 per cookie.
4. Ribbon from PaperMart (25 yards for $1.40)
Step One: Using the Cosmos Punch, make a hole in the front of the box.
Step Two: Assemble box and place macarons inside.
Step Three: Tie with a ribbon and voila -- one sweet favor!
Your guests will love these fresh and modern favors -- that they can keep forever! We filled tiny zinc pots with succulents and wrote the name of each guest on the pot with white paint. Eventually, your guests will be able to re-pot these or plant the succulents in a garden as they grow larger. The paint is easily removed with a damp cloth so the container can be re-used. It's a perfect way to show your guests that you love them and also love the earth! Enjoy!
Here's what you will need:
4" pot of succulents (will fill about 8, 3" containers)
3" round zinc containers
pea gravel or small rocks
white paint pen
1. Write the name of each guest on the zinc pots.
2. Divide succulents from 4" pots. Be sure to grab their roots when you do this.
3. Add 1 layer of small rocks or pea gravel to the bottom of the zinc pot.
4. Add a handful of soil.
5. Add two little succulents and plant them with additional soil into the pot.
6. Add rocks on top.