Recipe Book Party Favors
If you're used to scribbling your recipes for guests post-party, why not make a gift out of it? Small dollar-store notebooks are a good size for writing recipes, and tyed with a ribbon, they make sweet party favors.
Macaron Pop Party Favors
Guests will happily munch on these macaron pops as the reminisce on the way home from your party. Simply insert lollipop sticks into purchased macaron cookies and wrap in velum envelopes.
Potted Plant Party Favors
Make simple pots of moss or small house plants to give as party favors. A printed tag lets guests know they're free for the taking.
Wine Bottle Party Favors
Channel your inner designer and create party-themed wine labels. Print them, and adhere them to the bottles with double-stick tape. To start, know that the average wine bottle is 10 inches around, so the length of average printer paper (11 inches) should suffice.
Fire Starter Party Favors
Fire starters are inexpensive party favors, and they couldn't be cuter. To make them, attach long wicks to pinecones with wax. Place the pinecones in metallic cupcake liners for a sparklking finish.
Flower Seeds Party Favors
A bed of blooming flowers will keep guests smiling long after the party is over. Wrap seed packets in easy-stitch burlap bags, and seal the bags with a plant marker.
Sophisticated Candy Favors
Sweet and simple, these party favors will give your guests reason to indulge their sweet tooth. Upgrade strore-bought candy bars with scrapbook paper and doilies. Add a printed label to separate types of chocolate, or say "thank you."
Gratitude Journal Party Favors
Invite your friends to revel in the little things with the aid of a small gratitude journal. A handmade label and a pencil are all you need to style simple notebooks into a meaningful party favor.
Fans as Party Favors
Guests will be more than grateful for simple paper fans on a hot summer day. Hand these out at the beginning of the party, so everyone can cool off as they relax under the sun.
Compass Party Favors
Compasses make clever party favors at travel-themed birthday parties. Attach a clip-on compass to cardstock printed with a map pattern, or use a length of ribbon to tie the tool to a real map. Add a personal message or a travel-related quote to the favor.
Tea Kit Birthday Favors
Guests will think warm thoughts when they brew a customized tea blend. Spoon store-bought loose-leaf tea into individual heat-seal tea bags (available online and at organic food stores), and insert a length of decorative twine, centering it in the bag opening. Press the edge of the bag with an iron to seal. Print or write the name of the tea or a personal message on small tags. Glue the tag to the end of the twine. Tuck the tea bags inside a cup with a few honey sticks to complete the party favor.
Potted Plant Teacup Favors
Throwing a tea party? Fresh herbs make an aromatic party favor. Plant a herbs in delicate, second-hand teacups. Tie a small tag with the herb's name or a guest's to the handle of each cup. Tuck instructions for care among the foliage.
Editor's Tip: The favors double as place cards when you arrange the tagged teacup planters on saucers at the table.
Party Favor Frames
Picture frames capture images of the party forever. They're so easy to customize, too. Paint or purchase frames to coordinate with your color scheme. Use dimensional chipboard letters from a crafts store to spell out an appropriate sentiment or note the date of the party.
Editor's Tip: If you'd like each guest to have a photo memento of the party but printing photos during the party is too chaotic, send a party photo sized for the photo frame with each guest's thank-you note.
Paint-Swatch Treasure Boxes
Colorful gift boxes in interesting shapes take on party personality when wrapped with paint-swatch strips from the paint store. It couldn't be simpler to customize boxes to suit your party decor. After you wrap the boxes in the colors of the day, fill them with sweets, salty snacks, photos, or a charming memento of your party.
Herb Rub Party Favors
Spice up your birthday party with miniature tins filled with a custom herb rub. Buy tin canisters at a crafts store. Adorn them with strips of patterned paper attached using double-sided tape. Mix up our herb rub recipe and add it to the canisters. Tie a bright ribbon and an identifying tag around the cap.
Editor's Tip: Include an ingredients list and directions for use so friends and family can cook with confidence.
Yield: 3 tablespoons
Prep: 15 mins
Garden Gifts Party Favors
For a fall or winter party favor, nestle flower bulbs in a peat pot. Add a colorful ornament to dress up the natural bulbs. Lastly, tie a length of colored twine into a bow and tack it to the peat pots.
Editor's Tip: Include instructions for forcing bulbs to help guests enjoy spring color inside while it's still cold.
Mini Cactus Party Favors
These mini cacti make a cute take-home party favor. Wrap bright tissue paper around the bottom of the pots and fluff. Hold the tissue in place by wrapping ribbon around the pot and tying with a knot or bow. Attach a card with the plant name, guest name, or party word (these say besos or "kisses" in Spanish).
Vintage Vase & Handcrafted Flower Favors
Guests will gush over these cute vintage vases filled with handcrafted flowers. Purchase small clear vases at a crafts or vintage store. Make flowers using a pearl-strung jewelry wire (add stability by running thin wire next to the jewelry wire) as a stem and scrapbook flower embellishments for the flowers. Personalize the gift with tag and a party-themed embellishment (like faux diamond rings for a bridal shower).
Editor's Tip: Use the embellished vases as place cards or create a pretty centerpiece by displaying them together on a cake platter.