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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.
Your guests will be delighted by these escort cards/fan favors, which are both practical and really pretty! You can create these in just 4 steps:
Supplies for each favor:
1. Two unfinished wooden circles -- You can find these in the wood crafting section of your local craft store. These are 1.25" in diameter and were purchased at Michael's; we opted to paint them with gold acrylic craft paint but you can also leave them unfinished.
2. Vellum -- 8 1/2" by 11" sheets
4. Sandalwood fan -- Many online sources sell sandalwood fans, they are usually priced between $1.00 and $1.50. If you live in a larger city your local Chinatown is also a great resource.
5. Ribbon (optional)
7. Double stick tape or regular tape
1. Before cutting the vellum, use a word processing program to print the names of guests centered and evenly spaced down the page. The page setup should be set to portrait (or vertical). If you plan to use the favors as escort cards be sure to print the table number of each guest right below their name. You should be able to fit 2 names per sheet. Print and cut sheet in half.
2. Fashion the vellum into a roll with the same diameter as the wooden disks. Using a tacky craft glue, glue one disk in place at one end of the roll as shown. During this process it might be helpful to use tape to tack the roll shut while you are gluing the edges. Later you can use a small amount of glue or double stick tape to seal the back seam shut.
3. Insert the fan - you can tie on a new ribbon if desired.
4. Glue second wooden disk to close the tube.
Looking for a special way to ask your bridesmaids and maid of honor to be part of your big day? These sweet accordion gifts can be customized to your bridesmaid's personality. They "pop" open when the lid is taken off!
Materials needed: Boxes with lids, Ribbon, Computer/Printer and assorted charms or tokens.
Step One: Measure box and layout text accordingly in a program like Microsoft Word or Adobe Illustrator. You'll want to make each one according to your bridesmaid's interests. Print it out.
Step Two: After printing, cut out the strips of paper and fold them accordion style. Be sure to leave a little flap at the top to adhere the strip to the lid of the box.
Step Three: Attach the tokens or charms by tying or gluing them to the paper then adhere the strip to the lid of the box.
Step Four: Tie with a ribbon and voila! A special gift for your special friend.
Light up your evening wedding with romantic candle light! We found these darling mini lanterns and couldn't resist adding a pretty ribbon and name tag to use them as escort cards.
As each guest finds their lantern and walks to their table, your venue will be cast with a sea of gorgeous light. Double them up as favors and centerpieces too! We suggest you set your tables with larger lanterns so that when your guests set down their mini lanterns, the centerpieces will be complete and your tables will be awash with candlelight! Guests can bring the lanterns home and use them again and again.
A few tips:
- Make sure you use the right size candle for your lantern. If the candle is too big, the handles will heat up. Give them a test run prior to your big day.
- Make sure your venue allows candles.
-As always, be careful with flames. Assign a friend or helper to monitor the lanterns and candlelight.
-Be sure to have your photographer catch the details!
Send your guests home with mini cakes! We love these mini bundt cake pans that you can use with any type of pound cake recipe. If you want to make it extra meaningful, you could use a family recipe. Or, better yet, have a special relative pitch in and bake the cakes for you.
After letting the cakes cool, we wrapped them in cheesecloth (available at any grocery store). Next, we used tags from an office supply store and stamped them with each guest's name. Don't worry about making the stamps perfect. Imperfections add to the charm.
We added a sprig of boxwood for a festive touch. Depending on the season, you could add anything from fresh flowers to herbs. Display them at each place setting or at the entrance to your reception. Your guests will love these delicious favors and the best part is that they won't be wasted!
The super talented Kimberly Canale over at Inspired Goodness sent over this fabulous Do it Yourself wedding project -- which we adore! Thanks Kimberly!
A fun way to add some pops of color to the wedding without spending a fortune is making use of seasonal fruits. Lemons, limes, pears, oranges and peaches can be used to lend some decorative accents in two interesting methods.
First, as favors, they can be left a top a menu card or napkin at each place setting Using a mixture of two tags is a fun way to add some dimension and get all of your messaging into one place. The large leaf should incorporate the bride and groom's name and the small one is perfect for featuring your wedding date.
Secondly, as escort cards, fruit can be artfully arranged on a table and placed in alphabetical order. This is perfect for last-minute shifting of guest. In the weeks leading up to the big day, spend time labeling each leaf with guest names and table numbers. Wait until your seating chart is finalized to match the correct table to each guest.
Try using fruits that not only work with your color palette, but have a special meaning to your location; Apples in Washington, Peaches in Georgia, Oranges in Florida...
For a fun DIY-twist, this project incorporates a coordinating set of scrapbook papers, which have been mixed and matched in a green-blue color palette.
Supplies:DIY Leaf Template (you must have Adobe Reader installed to open this)
Assorted scrapbook paper
X-acto knife or scissors
Pearl head pins: these come in lots of wonderful colors and are available at most fabric stores
Depending on what paper you use, 12 sets will cost about $0.55 - $1.00
Cut scrapbook paper to fit inside a standard home printer: 8.5" x 11"
Download the DIY Leaf Template
Print the template onto your cut scrapbook paper
Cut out each leaf shape
Mix and match patterns for an interesting look
Attach leaves (small on top of large) using head pins
Tips:Text can be added to the leaves in many software programs. Experiment with different fonts and layouts to get the right look for your event.
To keep the design casual, you may want to write directly on the scrapbook paper with your favorite pen, marker. They can also be embellished with rubber stamps.
Seek out a local farm stand for the best quality fruit you can afford. And be sure to ask if you can take your purchases home in one of their wooden crates. It makes a great piece to help add authentic style to your escort card table.
See more fabulousness from Kimberly at her Inspired Goodness blog!
Edible (and drinkable!) favors make sense: chances are, they'll actually be used and appreciated more than a costly trinket. To make these sweet favors, you'll need the following:
Tea bags with strings
Small flat cello bags
A circle punch
Place these favors at each table setting, on a dessert table, or use them as seating cards and display them on a table for guests to see when they first walk in!
For this project, we used inexpensive tea from the grocery store, but you can use fancier tea; just make sure that the bags have strings attached to them. We cut the tags off each tea bag, leaving enough string for the new tag. To make the new tags, we simply punched circles from patterned paper using a circle punch, and glued the circles to the ends of the string of each bag.
We personalized the packages for each tea bag with a sweet saying that we printed onto colored paper. (This label can be personalized with guest names, table numbers, your names, or your wedding date...get creative!) We trimmed the colored paper to match the width of the bags, and used decorative scissors to embellish the top of each label.
We slipped a tea bag inside each cello bag, trimmed off the top of the cello bag so that it was a square, and then glued the paper labels to the tops of the bags.
Patterned and solid paper from the Martha Stewart Collection at Michael's; cello bags available at Nashville Wraps; circle punch and decorative scissors by Fiskars.
Images courtesy: Mary Swenson