One of my favorite things to do when I am hosting any party is to provide favors for the guests who attend. Personally, I think it's a simple and easy way to show your guests how much you appreciate their presence at an event you worked so hard to create. It's also another excuse to be creative and add detail to make a party feel even more special.
When Mom and I started deciding on favors, we were overwhelmed with so many options! I had just joined Pinterest a few weeks before we began planning, so that is one of the places I checked when we were trying to decide on the perfect souvenir to send home with our tea party ladies. Here are some options we thought about:
|Teacups & Flowers|
|Mints in Dahlia Tissue|
These are all great ideas and if we had more time, more money, or a smaller crowd expectancy, we may have chosen one of these options. Although we were gathering a collection of teacups for the tea bar, we weren't sure if we would have enough to send home with everyone. We thought Kim may want to keep some of them as sentimental reminders (she ended up choosing a set and so did I), and also...we wanted teacups to be available for their intended use and didn't want to sacrifice that by filling them with wax or dirt. So, we disqualified any favor that involved actual teacups. We thought about tea bags, cookies, candies, etc. but we were already serving a lot of the things we thought about sending home and if someone wasn't a tea drinker, they wouldn't be excited about getting tea. And although the rings were super cute, we didn't feel that everyone coming would enjoy them enough to wear them.
So, we came up with an idea which incorporated some of the inspiration we got from searching and finding the above options. One of my parents' tenants actually worked at a chocolate shop where she learned (and grew a passion for) making chocolate treats. So, with some creative thinking and her help, we came up with these:
Aren't they adorable? We thought these were the perfect favor because they still had a "tea party" vibe without being too theme-y. These "Vanilla Creme" spoons are perfect for adding a bit of creaminess and subtle flavor to your cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, warm milk, or even eaten by itself. And let me tell you...they were DELICIOUS! Mom and I tried one when we first got them, and we were lucky to have a few leftover. We tried to spread out the remaining few to savor them, they were so yummy! You can check out more pictures, a better description, and other things DeAnna makes at her etsy store or facebook page.
Mom and I got the idea while we were looking around, then asked DeAnna if she could come up with a flavor for us. We purchased the plastic spoons (that look like real silver) at GFS, but I've also seen them at other party stores, Costco, and even in smaller quantities at Wal-Mart. We dropped the spoons off to DeAnna and picked them up once they were dipped, decorated, and finished. She sent them back to us in individual cellophane wrappers (shown) and a simple "Thank You" tag.
I didn't get a picture of them before I added some extra touches, unfortunately. They were ready to be handed out as they were when we picked them up. However, Mom and I had just been shopping at an adorable little Scrapbooking store in Destin while we were vacationing and I picked these up:
I knew we'd be doing favors, but didn't know what that would look like when I got these. But, I had purchased a few sheets of these simple, pretty "thank you" stickers and had to use them. Keeping with our tea-party theme, I dug through both my mom's and my own ribbon collections to tie the tags on. Of course, I had to stick the stickers to something, so I used a 1.5" circle punch to cut out small circles just slightly bigger than the stickers to give them a pop of color and a simple border. I used card stock to do this...half in green and half in purple. Once they were all cut, I placed a sticker in the center of each circle (pattern side up), then used my tiny hold punch to make holes for the ribbon. If you don't have a tiny hole punch, you can use a regular size hole punch.
When I threaded the ribbon through the holes (using a blunt yarn needle to help them along), they looked like this:
I didn't worry about matching the ribbon or using a certain number of each kind, etc. (Which drove my OCD tendencies a little wild). I think the mixed patterns, textures, and colors made the bunch of them really pretty and eclectic.
Mom and I also loved the idea of the ring, but thought it might be better to add a charm that could be added to a charm bracelet, necklace chain, or looped onto a key ring. We purchased an assorted set from Oriental Trading Co. and I attached these to the ribbon with a smaller piece of yarn or edging. The set came with a slice of pie variety, but we opted to leave those out and only used the teacups and teapots.
I think these added the perfect finishing touch to our delicious favors!
Once they were all finished, I arranged them in a round wicker basket my mom had at her house:
Then the basket was placed at the table by the front door so that guests could grab a favor on the way in or on their way out.
Kim also chose to use DeAnna for her wedding favors. Kim's wedding had a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" touch, so she wanted each guest to have a blue Tiffany's box at their seat when they arrived at the reception. Of course, real diamonds would be a little pricey, so DeAnna made milk and dark chocolate diamonds dusted with shimmer. These were then packaged into Tiffany blue boxes and of course tied up with a white ribbon: