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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Invite guests to help themselves to these yummy favors pinned on linen covered cork board. Cellophane bags printed with the couple's initial and wedding date are filled with delicious goodies and pinned to the board.
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Buy glassine bags; trim tops with scalloped scissors. Fill bags with enough cherries, or other small fruit, so they peek out over the top. To help the bags stand up, turn corners under at bottoms. Display favors in wooden crates.
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Make some homemade cookies and place them in labeled jars. This way, your guests can choose their favorites. Set out glassine-lined bags and seals for packaging cookies to go.
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Candy Rock Favors
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.
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Boxed Groom's Cake Favors
Assembled in the shape of a three-tier layer cake, store-bought boxes hold individual slices of the groom's cake, ready for the guests to take home. Tucked between the white boxes are ranunculuses, sweet peas, hyacinths, and lilies of the valley.
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Decorate the caps of jars with squares of fabric in playful colors and patterns (we used stripes, pink linen, and florals), and secure with twine. Line up the jars on a tablecloth made from matching fabric, and label them with your first initials and the wedding date.
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Favors and seating cards function as one. Place truffles or any small favors in boxes, and wrap in solid and patterned papers. Print names and table numbers onto adhesive-backed paper, cut out, and affix to tops.
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Give some height to your favor table to make it shine. Here, pink goodies, both store-bought treats and homemade shortbread stripes, are set out on a tiered bistro stand. A menu states the choices.
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Humble supplies can take on an elegant air: Monogrammed stickers and crepe paper decorate clear plastic tubes filled with champagne-bubble candies. They're then piled into a glass compote around a smaller compote of crepe-paper flowers.
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Flower topped boxes on a green table covering reminiscent of grass make a lovely spring display for a favor table.
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For paper cones filled with dragees, cut a 2-inch-thick Styrofoam sheet to fit a tray of your choice. Affix with floral clay. Insert two wooden skewers for each cone in the foam. To make the paper cone, cut a sheet of card stock into a 6 1/2-inch square and roll it into a funnel shape, leaving a small hole in the bottom. Adhere with craft glue, holding until the glue sets. Adorn each cone with an 8 1/2-inch paper ribbon held by a monogrammed sticker, and fill with dragees. Slide cones onto skewers. Cover the foam with various shades of sugared almonds, and place a banner on the tray instructing guests to take a favor.