A variety of colorful candy in clear rectangular boxes, wrapped with translucent paper, makes for stylish favors. Acetate boxes (T109), Glerup Revere Packaging, glerup.com. 3 1/2mm ribbon (ER1540), Mokuba New York. Translucent paper, Paper Presentation. Lavender rock candy, crystallized ginger, and champagne gumdrops, all The Sweet Life. Gummi peaches (C100857), Haribo, Candy Warehouse.
It doesn't get any easier (or cuter) than this. Put dragees in notched-petal favor boxes. Arrange five of these unusual shapes together in a circle and, voila, you've got a classic five-petaled cherry blossom.
Custom favor boxes, Denise Sharp. Dragees, Pecou, from Crossings, 800-209-6141.
For a favor that brings out the kid in guests, turn baking cups into darling dishes brimming with old-fashioned hard candies (these have hazelnut-chocolate filling). The cups are normally used for baking single servings of brioche, so they're made of stiff paper that can hold lots of little treats. To package each favor, add candy to the cup, then wrap in cellophane. Tie closed with a ribbon threaded with a printed paper tag.
Chocolate bars adorned with the faces of the bride and groom are sweet in more ways than one. Choose a few favorite photos, then print them using an ink-jet printer or photocopy onto lightweight paper. (Enlarge or reduce images if needed.) With a paper cutter, trim so photos are slightly shorter than candy bars. Remove outer wrappers but not inner foil. Wrap each candy bar with a photo, and secure in back with double-sided tape. Adorn with waxed twine tied in a small bow.
The fortune-teller of your childhood can make a grown-up statement at a wedding or shower. To make one, fold a 7-inch square of decorative paper into quarters; unfold, then (printed side down) fold corners into center. Turn over; fold corners into center again. Turn over again; place thumbs and forefingers in flaps and lift. Fill with candy.
Dress up cellophane bags with decorative paper to showcase candy for favors or guest-room gifts. Cut paper as wide as the bag and as long as the bottom plus 1 inch for the front and the amount you want for the back; fold. Embellish with a personalized message or monogram. Slip liner into bag, and fill bag with candy. Center ribbon along top of bag; fold bag over ribbon twice. Tie ribbon.
In these lovely favors, sugar-coated Jordan almonds masquerade as robins' eggs in a delicate faux nest; parchment paper threaded among them acts as a simple place card. The almonds are available from confectioners in a range of colors; the nests are from a floral-supply company. Cut 3/4-inch-wide strips of paper long enough to reach across a nest, and write a name on each strip, finishing the ends in an inverted V.
Guests are sure to grin when they receive a pair of bright-red lobster lollipops, playful versions of a seaside icon, from Ju-C Suckers. We tied them together with a blue gingham ribbon and attached a custom-stamped hang tag. The good news: no plastic bibs or drawn butter required.
They may look like the real thing, but candy pebbles in small galvanized pails are a sweet and delightful favor for an outdoor wedding; a note lets guests know they're for eating. The candy shown here is marzipan and chocolate-covered dried fruit in disguise. Print your message onto paper, cut into strips, wrap around the pails' handles, and secure with double-sided tape. Set the pails in trays filled with turbinado sugar.
Saltwater taffy, a popular souvenir of Atlantic City, is shore to be a crowd pleaser, even if you are nowhere near the boardwalk. Deposit the candies (these are from The Original Fudge Kitchen) into a cellophane bag and secure with a satin ribbon, looping it through an oval-punched label stamped with a greeting.
Old-fashioned nature-theme wrappers transform trail-mix chocolate bars from Coco-Luxe Creations into unique mementos. We replaced the sleeves on the foil-wrapped bars with computer-printed ones depicting elk, trout, native plants, and evergreens (the images came from clip-art books; some have accompanying CDs of the images). We added the names of the bride and groom, the date, and the location, and printed the labels. Pile the bars in large wicker baskets or trays for guests to dig into when the party ends.