You probably don’t have room in your budget for $150,000.00 for party favors and you’re probably going to limit the guest list to a lot fewer than 150 guests so you are luck. There are lots of really cute, simple to make party favors that you could make yourself for just a few dollars.
I was recently asked to make party favors for a baby shower. There were 20 guests and the theme was Winnie the Pooh. All of us recognize that bears like honey so we thought the guests would also. We gathered together individual packets of Stash vanilla honeybush tea, honey dips, some honey candy (the wrappers had cute little bees on them) and Bit-O-Honey candy bars.
We might have just put all these honey flavored treats into a bag but I had another idea that could make them prettier to look at and simply more fun. Most of the items we used for the packaging is found in one of the numerous dollar or party supply stores. We used clear cello bags, the type florists use called corsage bags. You’ll find bags printed with various themes at party stores too.
We cut white poster board to fit in the bag and glued the things to the poster board. The Bit-O-Honey bar colors didn’t match our color scheme so we wrapped the pubs in paper. We personalized the pubs with the date and name of the Mother and baby. In case you have a great graphics program on your computer you can customize the wrappers like we did. You can find a FREE template by Google searching”candy wrapper template” and you will find YouTube videos explaining how to wrap the bars. If your party has a favorite theme, you can use themed wrapping paper rather than white paper to wrap your candy bars.
We tied the bag closed with blue, pink and yellow curling ribbon to match our color scheme. The complete cost, including the treats was $2.75 each.
The thought we decided on for the baby shower wasn’t the only idea I had. Since honey and tea were the key items we thought of putting all of them in a mug. The mug would have made a cute party favor take away but we still would have had to utilize the cello bag and ribbon and because a mug would have added another dollar into the complete cost we decided against it.
Why not include them in helping create personalized party favors? All you need are paper lunch bags, either kraft or white, a hole punch, colored markers and some ribbon. You can add stickers if you like.
Twist the top of the bag over about two or three inches. Using the hole punch, punch a hole about an inch on both sides of the center. Your child can write each guest’s name on the bag in colored marker and add an original drawing or stickers if he or she wants.
Once the bags are decorated, fill them with the treats you’ve chosen. Instead of choosing all candy treats, include some healthy choices like granola bars and peanut butter crackers. Fold the top of the bag down and lace your ribbon through the holes and tie a bow. For a more vibrant bag, select a couple of different colours of curling ribbon and instead of a bow, curl each strand, giving your gift bags a very festive look.
Fill small canning jars with cherry and mini marshmallows and tie on a recipe card with your favorite cookie or bread mix for a wedding shower favor. A plastic beer mug with some beef jerky and a package of popcorn could be fun for a Jack and Jill and a small baby bottle full of jelly beans or other candies makes a cute party favor for a baby shower. Check out the local farmers markets for soap makers who will wrap goats milk or other hand made soap in a personalized wrapper. The options are endless.