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The Clay County Advocate - Press-Flora, IL
  • Hobbies: Wedding favors you can make yourself

  • Wedding season is here, and DIY brides are putting finishing touches on their big day. Small favors or token gifts are nice flourishes that will leave favorable impressions on wedding guests.

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  • Wedding season is here, and DIY brides are putting finishing touches on their big day. Small favors or token gifts are nice flourishes that will leave favorable impressions on wedding guests.
    From the incredibly edible, like chocolate hearts and other treats, to the extraordinarily imaginative, like a message in the bottle, custom porcelain ornaments or show-stopping wine stoppers, you have lots of options.
    Favors are easy to assemble and don't have to cost a fortune. Your local craft or party store will have many of the supplies needed. Use your home printer to create custom labels, adding personalization. Use ribbons, gems and papers that coordinate with your wedding-color palette.
    Be sure to make a few more favors than there are guests expected. You can place the favors at each place setting or display them on a table with a tag suggesting that guests "Take One." (Some guests, of course, might take more than one!)
    With all the details of the big wedding day, it is easy to overlook the idea of a favor. For some brides and grooms, it may seem like an extra cost on a tight budget. Favors should come from the heart and have a personal meaning to you, and they don't have to break the bank. A favorite poem scrolled up and tied with a bow for each guest is a low-cost option that will let guests know how much you appreciate them sharing in your special day.
    Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
    Charming thanks: Add a charm to a personalized thank-you card. Inside the card, tuck a packet of native wildflower seeds or a handwritten thank-you note.
    Cork stoppers: Transform plain corks by screwing a draw pull into the top of the cork. Add a scrapbooking letter for personalization.
    Porcelain ornaments: Add an embossed rubberstamped image to an ornament. Base ornaments are about a buck each. You can also Mod Podge a design to the front.
    Candy tins: Fill tins with small candy. Wrap the edge with ribbon and add a label to the top. Look for tins in bulk at craft retailers.
    Bagged cookies: Fill small cello or glassine baggies with homemade or store-bought cookies. Add a tag to the top or a ribbon bow. For extra personalization, add an embossed rubberstamped image.
    Message in a bottle: Personalize small bottles with a label and ribbon. Fill with a scrolled poem, small shells and sand.
    Hot cocoa to go: Make individual baggies of hot cocoa for guests to have in their room or back at home. Personalize muslin baggies with an iron-on transfer design.
        
    Cathie Filian is a lifestyle expert, Emmy-nominated television host, author and designer. Learn more about Cathie by visiting her blog at www.cathiefilian.com.
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