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Flaunt Your Favors

Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2007

Presentation is everything, goes the old adage. And when it comes to your wedding favors, this rings especially true. Like the tokens themselves, the display doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive to be significant. Something as simple as embellishing clear bags with printed fabrics elevates mere candy to something special. Likewise, placing pots of flowers at varying heights on a plate stand turns simple gifts into a grand gesture, while innovative wrapping lets you delight with little more than paper and ribbon. Or consider a more interactive arrangement, such as a sweets station where your guests can assemble their own bright boxes of chocolate. You'll find these and other fresh takes for inspired presents, along with instructions for re-creating them, on the next pages. Here's to doing your guests a favor they'll remember.

A Bloom of One's Own
Demure and delicate, African violets are pretty little packages and, with minimal effort, can make a dazzling display. Simply slip the potted plants into panettone molds, cluster on three-tiered plate stands or let stand solo, and tuck a handwritten note inside.

 

Potted African Violets
Materials for Each Favor
2 3/8-by-2-inch panettone baking mold
2 1/8-by-8-inch paper
2-inch pot with plant
Pinking shears
Card stock

What to Do
Roll paper into a tube and drop into the round mold; it will conform to the mold's shape. Slide African violet pot inside paper circle tube. Write a note on card stock, trim one end with pinking shears, and tuck the other between the paper and the mold.

Pattern Play
Here, hexagonal favor boxes wrapped with colored satin ribbons make a bold statement when arranged on a table to form graphic, flowerlike designs. Stash little treats, such as a few Jordan almonds, inside, and let guests pluck one from the field.

 

Ribboned Boxes
Materials for Each Favor
2 3/8-by-13/16-inch hexagonal box
Ribbon: three 6 1/2-inch ribbons (for center box); 10-inch ribbon (for outer box)
Double-sided tape

What to Do
For center box, wrap three ribbons around box, securing underneath with tape. For the outer boxes, secure one end of ribbon underneath candy-filled box, and wrap it up and across top. At the far side, bend it back, then forward again to form a loop; secure bottom of loop with tape. Continue on and secure underneath.

Candy Land
Given as a favor, chocolate is always a big hit, and letting your guests assemble their own boxes sweetens the deal. Create a buffet of offerings -- we used milk, white, and dark chocolates -- and label each with a printed tag. Small boxes, secured with elastic bands, are casually stacked alongside the treats.

 

Chocolate Sampler
Materials for Each Favor
Paper for liner and sticker
3-inch oval craft punch
Sticker machine
3 1/2-inch-square box
15-inch-long elastic cord

What to Do
For sticker, cut paper with the craft punch; run through a sticker machine, and affix to lid. Cut paper to make one bottom liner and two dividers, as shown; cut notches in center of dividers so they interlock. (Or use our template.) Place dividers in box. Add lid, and tie on cord.

Tier Factor
Take your favors to the next level by staggering fabric-sealed bags filled with sweets on Styrofoam blocks of varying heights. The packages -- stuffed with candy sticks, taffy, and grape jelly candies -- are set upon a copper tray beneath a stately arch of kiwi vines and orchids.

 

Fabric-Tied Candies
Materials for Each Favor
Floral fabric
3 1/2-by-2-by-7 1/2-inch polypropylene bag

What to Do
Tear the fabric into a 1-inch-wide strip (snip fabric at edge, and tear along the grain), and cut to be 5 inches long. Twist top of candy-filled bag to seal; wrap fabric around it, and tie.

 

Fabric-Tabbed Treats
Materials for Each Favor
Floral fabric
3 1/2-by-2-by-7 1/2-inch polypropylene bag
Stapler

What to Do
Tear fabric into a 3-inch-wide strip (snip fabric at edge, and tear along grain), and cut to be 3 3/4 inches long. Fold top of treat-filled bag over a couple of times; fold fabric over the top of the bag, and staple.

Take Your Pick
Unify your event by matching favors to the day's color scheme. Mix up the offerings, and you'll have even more opportunity to emphasize the motif. Here, soaps tied with dainty lace, candles bundled with eyelet ribbon, and doily-trimmed paper bags all reflect the black-and-white palette.

Lacy Bag
Materials for Each Favor
5-inch piece of 3-inch paper lace
Glue stick
Black paper bag (5-by-3 1/8-by-9 3/16-inches)
1/8-inch hole punch
6 3/4-inch ribbon

What to Do
Apply the glue stick along bottom of lace, line up with bottom of bag; press to adhere. Fold over top of filled bag, and punch a hole at the top center through all layers. Thread ribbon through the hole, and tie in a bow.

Lace-Trimmed Soaps
Materials for Each Favor
1 1/4-by-7-inch piece black paper
2 1/2-inch-square bar soap
12-inch lace trim
Double-sided tape

What to Do
Wrap paper around the center of soap; secure underneath with tape. Wrap ribbon around center of paper; tie into a knot on top.

Lace-Tied Tapers
Materials for Each Favor
2 tapered candles
5-by-6-inch piece printed paper
Double-sided tape
Two 7 1/4-inch eyelet ribbons

What to Do
Lay candles as shown. Wrap the paper around middle of both, securing underneath with tape. Wrap one ribbon around each end of paper. To secure, slip one end of ribbon through an eyelet hole, and pull snug.

Comments (4)

  • 15 Nov, 2011

    Where can I find the small potted violets on the east coast? I con'tacted the suggested grower and they require a 300+ minimum and won't ship to the east coast as they are in CA. A list of vendors/suppliers across the country would be helpful. Thanks!!

  • 12 Aug, 2010

    Keilani makes affordable pearls that make a great wedding favor :-)

  • 12 Sep, 2009

    Where can I buy the boxes?

  • 11 Jan, 2008

    How do I make the "FOR YOUR GUESTS" banner? I think this makes the look complete. If anyone has details, email me at jenna_matter@yahoo.com