Sure, matchbooks have become a go-to wedding favor, but there's more to these clever versions than meets the eye. Give away a surprising something to remember in the form of a cheery, charming pack of forget-me-not seeds. The best part: Long after the big day, guests will watch the dainty blossoms -- and the memories -- spring to life.
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.
Paper birds keep watch over colorful chocolates. To create, use scissors to carefully cut tulle, which comes by the yard, into 8-inch squares. Deposit several dragees onto each one. Gather up the tulle around the candy and secure each pouch with twine. Place a die-cut bird on top, knotting the twine around the bird's leg to anchor it. Set the pouches out on trays for guests to take home.
In these lovely favors, sugar-coated Jordan almonds masquerade as robins' eggs in a delicate faux nest, while 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.
These marshmallows are naturally pastel-hued making them perfect for spring. They're imported from Paris and, as you might suspect, they're not your typical campfire fare -- they are long (about 14 inches) and quite pretty, especially when fashioned into love knots, time-honored symbols of commitment.
These rosette-shaped 'Echeveria' resemble a favorite cut flower, but the similarity ends there. The hardiness of the succulent plant is unequaled and will leave guests with a lasting and easy-to-care-for reminder of your wedding -- all they need is good drainage and sun.
Clear glass vessels holding dark-pink peonies are scattered among confectionery favors. Small paper nesting boxes were purchased from a manufacturer in four custom color schemes. (If you want special colors, be sure to order the boxes as far in advance as possible.) The lids were rubber-stamped with large peony icons in light-pink, dark pink, yellow, and green ink and then folded. Round petits fours, iced to evoke the feathery centers of peonies, nestle inside the boxes. When a box is opened, its sides come apart like layered petals.
Let guests tote away sweet almonds in tiny baskets. Line each with mini colored-paper liners, and then fill with Jordan almonds. Use liners and nuts that complement your color scheme. Label baskets with the wedding date. We printed the date on colored laser paper, then made labels with a special craft punch and affixed them with double-sided tape.
Painted metal buckets brimming with blooms call to mind a French flower market. But these bunches, wrapped in colored waxed tissue paper, are not for sale -- they're meant to be given as wedding favors. Display them near a doorway or throughout a reception hall on tiered metal stands painted to match the buckets. At day's end, post a card inviting guests to pick a bunch.
Here's an idea for shower favors that are chicer by the dozen: sweets served in individual eggcups that guests can then take home with them. Mismatched vintage styles found at antiques stores, flea markets, or online auctions are especially charming -- kitchenware stores often sell newer versions in a variety of coordinating patterns and colors. The dainty favors can be filled with either homemade or store-bought treats, such as the coconut macaroons shown here, then passed to guests on a tray.
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