Sometimes the addition of the simplest little things can add charm and interest to your wedding venue, and your guests will really appreciate and marvel at all the effort you have gone to and your attention to detail. You don’t have to spend a fortune, and you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to produce some pretty fabulous wedding favours. If you’re stuck for inspiration then learn how to make wedding favours. It’s easy and they look GORGEOUS!
How to make…
Hot Chocolate in a Bag
You could make lovely homemade labels for these too, or use luggage tags with a little message for your guests. Alternatively, put these ingredients for the perfect hot chocolate into little cardboard boxes or trays.
1.Fill a little paper or cellophane bag with the right amount of drinking chocolate for one person and seal it.
2.Fill another packet with mini marshmallows, a plain biscuit and a square of chocolate.
3.Put both bags into a paper cup together with a striped straw or small wooden spoon and hand out to your guests as favours.
You could also use freshly ground coffee and chocolate-covered coffee beans for a more sophisticated gesture.
How to make…
If you’re thinking of giving cupcakes as favours, you will need some smart packaging ideas. Whatever you choose not only needs to look special but should be robust enough to protect your lovingly created cupcakes within!
The busy bride will probably want to buy in the packaging – there is so much available now that’s chic and affordable. But it’s how you decorate your box and coordinate it with your cupcakes and the day itself that adds a unique, handcrafted touch.
All In White
Traditional white cupcakes in classic ivory boxes tied with complementary ribbon trimmings are so simple to do. Focus on one decorative element, such as pearls or hearts, and carry it through to your box embellishment. Short lengths of patterned ribbon make a real impact when tied in an extravagant bow.
Add a touch of glamour to your wedding with colourful cupcakes and boxes that either match your colour theme or act as an accent colour. Satin roses and ribbon can be bought in bulk and added to pre-bought tins. Coloured favour boxes add instant ‘wow’ to the tables, and look even more effective when matched to the cake nestled inside.
Use the favours as place settings. Attach oversized luggage label-shaped tags for a fun but practical alternative to the traditional folded placecards.
How to make…
What could be more stylish and appreciated than individually wrapped cookies, designed especially by you for the recipient? These colourful heart-shaped cookies would be perfect as a gift for the mums, or any of the other important female guests.
You Will Need
❈ Large and small heart-shaped vanilla cookies
❈ Pale pink, pink, lilac and silver sugarpaste (
❈ Piping gel or boiled jam
❈ Sugar glue
❈ Edible silver lustre dust
❈ Set of heart-shaped cookie cutters
❈ Flower plunger cutters
For the Embellished Hearts
1 Roll out the pale pink sugarpaste to a thickness of 3mm (¹⁄8in) (see page 95). Cut out hearts using the cookie cutter used to create the cookies.
2 Paint piping gel or boiled jam over the top of the baked cookies to act as glue, then carefully place a sugarpaste heart on top of each cookie.
3 Thinly roll out the remaining colours of sugarpaste and cut hearts in different sizes. Layer centrally on top of the covered cookies, using sugar glue or water to secure.
4 Cut out a selection of small flowers using the plunger cutters and attach to the cookies as shown. Press the end of a paintbrush into the centre of each flower to add more interest.
5 As a finishing touch, mix edible silver lustre dust with boiled water and stipple over the silver sugarpaste.
For the Small Hearts
Cover the small cookies with sugarpaste in a selection of coordinating colours, smoothing and curving the edges as for the large cookie.
Every day is unique…
♥ An embellished heart cookie in a pretty box would make a memorable gift for any occasion.
♥ Younger guests will adore these candy-inspired cookies (see right). Wrap in cellophane with a twist at each end, or gently push in a lollipop stick while they are still soft from the oven.
Here are some more inspirational ideas and how to make wedding favours:
Hand-sewn lavender bag favours:
For more wedding inspiration and to learn how to make wedding favours, look out for The Complete Vintage Guide, published in October 2013 and available on Stitch Craft Create. Or why not try the Contemporary Wedding Crafts Book?
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