Welcome back! In my last post, we discussed some classic favors and how to turn them from boring to brilliant! If you missed it, you can catch up HERE. Thankfully, I think favors have been moving in the right direction for the last few years. Trends have risen up adding a special flair to events/weddings and brides have become more inspired. Let’s take a look!
Who doesn’t love food? I love that this trend has really blown up. I remember back in the 90s, totally dating myself, it was common practice to give out Jordan almonds. Yeah, those pastel candied covered almonds, very popular around Easter. No one can tell me those weren’t bought during Easter clearance. Whatever, not judging… (totally judging!) *wink*
Well, edible wedding favors have evolved, hallelujah! I have seen everything from candy buffets to popcorn bars and those are amazing, but can we push the envelope a little more? Don’t get me wrong, “food bars” serve two purposes really. They serve as an activity and as a favor. So while being financially prudent, it’s also very fun and engaging. So, let’s get started with some food bar ideas:
There is nothing like a warm, gooey, chocolatey s’more. Again, this is one of those things that appeal to our inner child. Whether you have been camping or not, you more than likely have had a s’more in your life. It’s no wonder they have been popping up at weddings, especially outdoor ones. Now, of course, you need the basics: chocolate bar, marshmallows, graham crackers and a heat source. This is completely functional and serves its purpose, but what if you set up the bar and make it more interactive? Set up the s’more components, and a few clay pots with coal for the heat source. Then add some peanut butter, m&m’s, potato chips and other goodies to kick up the s’more experience.
***MAKE SURE TO SUPERVISE CHILDREN AND WATCH THE FIRE CLOSELY. TAKE PRECAUTIONS***
This interactive favor experience can be arranged for approximate $3.00 per person when planned correctly.
If you want to avoid the fire and set up, you can buy little clay planters like these:
(image from Walmart)
line with them with foil and pack all the goodies and drop in a cello bag. Don’t forget to throw in some matches and a tea light or two.
The beloved candy buffet! It is a definite crowd pleaser with something for every sweet tooth. I’ve seen candy buffets done ten ways to Sunday, but not with much variety. It’s usually the same candy each time. Something to remember is to hit all the taste sensations (salty, sweet, sour, chewy, crunchy, hard). You can vary the combinations, but you want to ensure that you offer something for everyone to enjoy.
Don’t get married to the idea of a candy buffet. Consider adding a variety of cookies and scones or don’t forget dried fruit (nature’s candy).
To make candy more appealing, throw in a few generational favorites. I’m dating myself again, but when I was about 10, I LOVED Now and Laters. Ring Pops and Baby Bottle Pop were also really popular during that time. For someone more life seasoned than me, maybe candy cigarettes or blow pop. For ideas, check out DECADE CANDY.
There are so many ideas for food bars. Pretty much any edible thing that you can think of. If you decide to go with an edible favor, please be aware of any potential allergies or food sensitivities. As much as I love food, let’s change gears. I feel the calories taking over.
If you want a really successful wedding favor, think of things trending right now. Off the top of my head, I can think of the fidget spinners and slime. I’m not really cool, so there is probably something that I’m missing.
The theme of the items above is mental stimulation. People love playing with things that require little to no actual mental work but still provide stimulation or relaxation.
The New Generation Favors:
Mini stimulation bottles-
Also known as a sensory bottle, this is probably my favorite thing on the entire list! It’s inexpensive, easy and people will go nuts for them. What’s a stimulation bottle? Read up right HERE. I made some for my daughters, and I probably play with them more than they do.
(image from The Autism Parent)
This can be achieved by filling a container, I used a Voss water bottle, with water, glycerin, glitter glue, fine glitter and star confetti. Don’t forget super glue to seal the bottle. Of course, you are going to want to fancy this up by using something like this:
(image from Weddingstar)
Personalize this by using glitter matching your wedding colors or find confetti to match your theme. These little cuties will keep your guests occupied and they are ecstatic to take them home.
HERE is a more detailed walkthrough of the process. For a night event, try glow liquid!
Stuffed tumblers are a neat way to make sure everything gets taken at the end of the night. They also give you some personalizing control. You can pack goodies based on the bride or groom, trinkets from the wedding or just keep simple with a cocktail setup. Let’s plan on the cocktail setup.
In a tumbler like this:
(image from Weddingstar)
Pack a mini bottle, flavored drink mix, and a recipe card. For non-drinkers, follow a similar pattern, but hold off on the spirit. These can be put together for under $5 per person! What a deal for such a fun favor!
Last on my list, a fan. Fans are super handy in the event you are having an outdoor wedding or live in a warmer climate. More importantly, they are crazy cheap! You can make a fan for less than $2 per person. All you need is a fan handle and some nice cardstock. For the actual fan component, you can either hire a designer to create a design that would serve as a program, or you can do a breakdown of your bridal party and MOB/G, or you can do fun facts about the bridal party. You can put anything you want on here. If you have a good eye, you can try your hand at designing this yourself at Canva.
The really nice thing about this particular favor, it’s a great keepsake for out of towners who couldn’t make it. If they are left behind, you are out almost no money! Affordable, crazy easy and useful. You can’t beat this!
I know that the reasoning behind “economic” favors is two-fold. It’s, of course, affordable and at least if it’s wasted, it’s not that much money. Totally get it, but adding just a few interesting twists or thinking a little more outside the favor box will help you….. So you to planners and brides out there, step out of the box. Embrace your creativity and see what you can manifest!