Caramel apples bring out the kid in everyone and make the perfect souvenir for an informal afternoon wedding. Each piece of candy-coated fruit is warpped in a sheet of cellophane and tied with waxed cord; bright paper scrolls are hole-punched three times and speared by bamboo skewers.
Welcome out-of-towners to the Cornhusker State with a bag of crunchy homemade caramel corn. Have friends or a caterer make the snack a day or two before the wedding, and store it airtight so it stays fresh. A few hours before the wedding, place in bags, fold the top, and staple on a label.
Favors as gorgeous as these can double as decorations: use them to enhance an entry hall or place settings, or group them together for a centerpiece. A homemade mini cocounut macadamia Bundt cake is placed inside a 4-by-4-by3-inch gift box lined with bakery tissue. A handwritten note is tucked under the ribbon and a fresh orchid tied on top in lieu of a bow.
This little jar of homemade peach preserves relies on nothing more than peaches, sugar, and a squeeze of lemon for its orchard-fresh flavor. We created our own printed stick-on label, added it to a Weck jar from Glashaus, and tied a linen ribbon around the top. Learn how to make the labels for the jars on the next slide.
Guests will long remember their trip to the Lone Star State with homemade spice rub and your favorite recipe. Pour the rub into eight-ounce glass jars, and seal. Decorate the lids with circles of patterned giftwarp secured with rubber bands. Fold the recipe-backed label and slip through a second rubber band around the jar's middle.
Pale-green boxes hint at their contents: homemade Key lime cookies, a delicious variation on the state's famed Key lime pie. We stacked rows of the fluted sable cookies in a slim cardboard jewelry box lined with unbleached parchment paper. Scalloped edges on the paper labels and pale-green polka-dot ribbons provide chic touches.
Send guests off with a package of grits so they can enjoy a hearty Southern breakfast at home. Wrap a bag (ours is from Charleston Cooks) in kraft paper or newsprint with a rubber-stamped label. Use waxed cord to bind each bundle. Learn how to make the packaging for the grits on the next slide.