Heartfelt Favors

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2009

Make your guests happy by offering them something sweet (pate de fruits that have undergone whimsical heart transplants) as well as something thoughtful (wine-filled carafes, to be toted home at the end of their evening, at every place setting).

Eat Your Heart Out
These intensely flavored French fruit jellies wear their you-know-whats on their sleeves. Using heart-shaped aspic cutters -- one big, one small -- stamp out hearts from pate de fruits in varying colors. Then mix and match the hearts with the cut-out squares. The treats can be packaged as favors or served as dessert. 

Pates de Fruits, Recchiuti Confections; aspic cutters, by Ateco, from UltimateBaker.com


Pour Your Heart Out
At dinner, wineglasses are often left empty or get topped too fast. The solution: Set a carafe at each place setting. People can pour exactly the amount they want, when they want, and waiters can refill the flasks at a more leisurely pace. 

Ask your caterer to provide the vessels, or buy them yourself and turn them into favors; just attach tags with the guests' names on them so they know to take them home. 

"Ypsilon" carafe, by Fortessa, from Parker's Pantry.


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