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Cheap homemade party favors


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Cheap homemade party favors

Pei | | Jun 4, 2007 12:19 PM

Some wedding planning advice, please!

Here's the impasse: I think wedding favors should be inexpensive because people throw them into the garbage anyway. Instead, I'd rather they get something small and tasty, eat it, enjoy it, and be done with it.

So I'm thinking aobut buying really adorable gift boxes ($1 each for a white box with a colorful satin ribbon) and putting something homemade inside. My mother, Ms. Impressions, fears that might be cheap. We both agree that something perishable would be risky and we'd rather have something that can be put together a few weeks before and just packed up in a box.

-anything that might look "cheap" is out.
-anything perishable is out (cookies, cupcakes, truffles)

What have people done? I was thinking for a January wedding, homemade cocoa mix and a little bag of mini marshmallows might be cute, along with a little note thanking the guest for coming and giving instructions for how much water/milk to add to the mix.

A little more complicated, but is there some kind of powdered cocktail/drink mix that I could package? Obviously giving guests a pack of margarita salt is a bit bizarre, but is there something like a powdered cosmo mix I could put together that's actually good?

I did find little boxed chocolates I like, and they're my backup plan at $3 a pop. homemade hot chocolate is $2.25 a pop, and I'm trying to find ideas that would be equally cute/nice but perhaps cheaper. I know getting under $2 is pretty impossible, but I can try!

My splurge idea was ceramic measuring spoons. I found sets sort of like the ones Giade deLaurentis uses at Cost Plus for $3 a set, which is awesome. But I'd have to package them somehow, bringing me to over $4 a set. Sigh...