Favors with Monograms
Ruffly and Romantic
Scan and print art from a monogram book onto adhesive paper; cut out with a large scallop craft punch, and affix to lid. Fold a 1-inch piece of narrow ribbon in half; glue to underside of lid at center front. Fill and close the box, then wrap pleated ribbon around it, and secure in back with double-sided tape.
These favors are decorated with elongated letters. Print monogram onto rectangular papers; trim with scalloping scissors. Wrap cardboard cylinders with layers of tissue paper; top with monogrammed paper, and secure with double-sided tape. Tie one end with rickrack. Fill with candy, and tie off.
Monogrammed Favor Boxes
This package is sealed with a personalized label made using a rubber stamp.
A single initial is featured on a pressed-sugar box; another is formed with silver dragees (almonds with a sugar coating).
Graphically printed bark (chocolate spread thin and then broken into irregular pieces) is too nice to cover up, so use a clear lid. Grosgrain ribbon, taped around the lid's sides, picks up hues inside. A monogram tag is kept small so as not to obstruct the view.
These whimsical dragee cones standing in a galvanized tray will delight even adults.
Stack iced cookies back to back, wrap in cellophane, and tie ends with ribbon. Monograms can also be made by cutting dough into letters or twisting ropes of it into shapes. An initial could be in contrasting dough, or piped onto still-wet icing.
With a rubber stamp and some ribbon, simple boxes and tins become custom-made containers for favors like sugared almonds, petit fours, or a piece of groom's cake.
Favors with Heart
If you give charitable donations in guests' names, here's a beautiful way to let them know. Cut 7-by-4-inch pieces from patterned papers. Write or use your computer to print a message on the plain side of each sheet (if you're printing, do so before cutting the paper). Measure and mark papers at 1-inch intervals; fold where marked. Cut top panel into a point. For each, adjust folds to make a hexagon, overlapping top flap, and seal with a monogrammed sticker.
Elegant Cookie Cubes
For a sophisticated favor, stack cookies in a plastic box lined with your monogram on all sides. To line box, scan calligraphed initials and print onto card stock; back with glassine using double-sided tape. Score and fold to fit in box.
Calligraphy and Cakes
The monograms on these French patisserie-style charlottes, or molded sponge cakes, consist of piped chocolate batter baked into almond-flavored cake.
Make an impression on guests by adding eye-catching detail to basic cookies with ordinary rubber stamps.
Ribbon sugar candy is wrapped in cellophane, tied with ombre ribbon, and labeled with a monogrammed sticker.
Cake For One
These monogrammed groom's cakes were given to all at the wedding of Francesca Andrews and Ross Goodwin in New York City. Made by caterer Glorious Food, the cakes were tucked into boxes and bound with bows, which tied them to Andrews's wedding theme: purple. Guests took them home to enjoy or to test tradition: It's said that if an unmarried woman sleeps with a piece of wedding cake under her pillow, she will dream of her own wedding.
Stamped Glass Candleholders
For the reception, re-create the beauty of etching with ease. All you need is a rubber stamp, white ink, and glass candleholders -- frosted glass holds ink best. One stamp can form a single motif or an allover pattern. (For a custom design, such as your monogram, have a stamp made at an office-supply store.) To use a large stamp on a cylindrical container, carefully roll it from side to side. Allow a day or two for ink to fully dry.