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Give your guests creative wedding keepsakes that double as edible treats or dazzling decorations. Easily assembled from purchased supplies, they convey an elegant, personal touch that guests will appreciate and long remember.
Iced with the bride's and groom's initials, these colorful confections appeal to the eye, appetite, and spirit. Based on the concept of friendship necklaces, two heart halves are cut from one cookie cutter. To master the piped-on initials, first trace computer fonts on printed paper and practice before lettering the cookies.
For an extra sweet favor, treat your guests to a slew of candy on their way out. To make your own candy bar, simply choose candies in your theme. Look online for special colored candies. Then place them in large vases and hurricanes. Remember to go all out with the candy -- you don't want to have a wimpy-looking candy bar!
Small bakery boxes deliver a romantic treat: cookies and infused tea. Each holder is glued onto a scalloped oval card with a pink sugar rose. The tea box holds enough for one or two.
Consider color and texture as you design table settings and favors for your wedding. Here, a formal wedding in blue features silk wine bags tied with satin ribbons (see close-up next slide). For a more casual wedding you might go with a gingham bag and grosgrain ribbon in colors to match your scheme.
A wine caddy can be dressed up or down depending on your painted design. Your sophisticated silk rendition can include hot-glued or sewn seams, pinking-sheared edges, and stamped initials and crest. Acrylic paint is brushed onto a rubber stamp, then gently applied to the fabric. A silk-ribbon tie and coordinating flower hug any bottle with warmth and affection.
Tip: Look for wine labels that have special meaning. Custom designed labels are available through novelty suppliers.
Light up your wedding table with a votive candle creation. Place a votive candle atop a sprinkling of colorful beads, candies, sand, or miniature shells to create a warm, romantic glow.
Let guests take a bit of the party home! Wrap up something sweet -- such as a truffle or a trinket -- inside pretty party favor boxes.
The gift stand is made from a pair of Styrofoam bases topped with Styrofoam rounds (available through craft or bakery supply stores). Sequin pins are the no-glue secret to attaching decorative paper to both round forms. Ribbon, accented with double-knotted bows, was hot-glued to the edge of the rounds but could also be attached with corsage pins.
These small cardboard boxes (1 1/2 to 3 inches square) are blissful not only for the joy they deliver but also for how easy they are to embellish. Filled with a single sinful truffle, colorful confetti, or relaxing bath salts, they're wonderfully versatile for wedding wishes. Wrap them in different decorative papers, tie with ribbons, add strawflowers and stickers, and then stack for a series of happy surprises.
Download our Votive Sleeve Pattern to make these striking decorations for your reception table.
Visit a crafts store for a heart-shape cardboard box to decorate with pink crafts paint and glued-on seed beads.
Precious paper butterflies that were scored, folded, and glued to a corsage pin (with a pearl head), flutter around realistic pear candles. For stability, encase the pin between two paper butterflies. Beads of glitter glue around the edges add sparkle. Purchase custom-printed ribbons or try hand-stamping your message onto the ribbon.
To complement the candles, store-bought matchboxes (that can be used to light the candles) were covered with decorative paper and stickers that say "One of a Kind."
Mix and match china patterns combine into a romantic look for an at-home shower or wedding reception. On the plate, a heart-shape plastic container holds one perfect truffle nestled in pink package shred.
Look for interesting candleholders that can make unusual centerpieces. This painted candleholder of twigs has a distressed look to harmonize with a nature-themed spring wedding.
Almost everything is edible in this favor. Twig bird nests feature a pair of delicate doves made of hollow white chocolate. They're sitting on a brood of blue Jordan almond eggs and are finished with fanciful edible flowers.
Iced cookies in the shapes of starfish, dragonflies, sea horses, and flowers can be made for the children who attend the wedding. Wrap in cellophane and tie with a ribbon for an added touch.