Favors That Won’t Break the Bank

Christmas, Crackers, Festive, Holiday

You probably don’t have room in your budget for $150,000.00 for party favors and you’re probably going to limit the guest list to a lot fewer than 150 guests so you’re luck. There are lots of really cute, easy to make party favors you could make yourself for only a few dollars.

I was recently asked to make party favors for a baby shower. We all know that bears like honey so we thought the guests could also. We gathered together individual packets of Stash vanilla honeybush tea, honey drops, some honey candies (the wrappers had cute little bees ) and Bit-O-Honey candy bars.

We could have just put all these honey flavored treats into a bag but I had another idea that would make them prettier to look at and simply more fun. The majority of the items we used for the packaging can be seen in one of the numerous dollar or party supply stores. We used clear cello bags, the kind florists use known as corsage bags. You can find bags printed with various themes at party stores also.

We cut white poster board to fit inside the bag and glued the items to the poster board. The Bit-O-Honey bar colors didn’t match our color scheme so we wrapped the pubs in newspaper. We personalized the pubs with the date and name of the Mother and baby. In case you have a good graphics program on your computer you can customize the wrappers like we did. You can find a FREE template by Google looking”candy wrapper template” and there are YouTube videos explaining how to wrap the bars. If your party has a popular theme, you can use themed wrapping paper instead of white paper to wrap your candy bars.

We tied the bag closed with pink, blue and yellow curling ribbon to match our color scheme. The complete cost, including the treats was $2.75 each.

The idea we decided on for your baby shower wasn’t the only idea I had. Since tea and honey were the main items we thought of placing all of these in a mug. The mug could have made a cute party favor take away but we still would have been required to use the cello bag and ribbon and because a mug could have added another dollar into the complete price we decided against it.

Why not include them in helping create personalized party favors? You can add stickers if you prefer.

Twist the top of the bag over about a few inches. Using the hole punch, punch a hole about an inch on either side of the center. The goody bag is now ready to be decorated. Your child can write each guest’s name on the bag in colored marker and include an original drawing or stickers if he or she wants.

After the bags are decorated, fill them with the treats you have chosen. Instead of picking all candy treats, include some healthy choices like granola bars and peanut butter crackers. Twist the top of the bag down and lace your ribbon through the holes and tie a bow. For a more vibrant bag, choose a few different colors of curling ribbon and instead of a bow, curl each strand, providing your gift bags a very festive look.

Fill small canning jars with cocoa and miniature marshmallows and tie on a recipe card with your favorite bread or cookie mix to get a wedding shower favor. A plastic beer mug with some beef jerky and a package of popcorn would be fun for a Jack and Jill and a small baby bottle full of jelly beans or other candies makes a cute party favor for a baby shower. Check out the regional farmers markets for soap makers who’ll wrap goats milk or other hand made soap in a personalized wrapper. The options are endless.

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