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June 15, 2017

As save the date notices and frilly invitations clamor your refrigerator, it’s clear that wedding season is upon us. Whether you are the one planning a wedding or attending, I’m sure all invested parties want to give and receive a functional (and even better, edible) party favors at the end of the great shabang. Some brides opt for a monogrammed ornamental trinket that lands right on your coffee table and remains forever forgotten while crafty super-brides create cute DIY candles and succulent arrangements. Favors show gratitude to your guests for attending the wedding; therefore, they ought to be thoughtful, but also... affordable/doable. I mean, you did just pay for a whole wedding! DIY edible favors are manageable and budget-friendly for brides (and their assistants, A.K.A. Mom and BFFs) to accomplish, with hopefully as little stress as possible. Time to rally the bridesmaids together and hit the kitchen to make few tasty, chic wedding favors.     

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1. Infused Salt

A pinch of infused salt instantly adds an additional punch to your food with minimal effort, and making it is almost as easy. You have the freedom to mix and match various spices and herbs, and let your guest pick their faves. According to Heather via The Pioneer Woman, a ratio of 1 teaspoon dried spices or dried herbs to ¼ cup kosher salt provides just the right flavor balance. Crushed coriander, sage, fennel seeds, and dried orange peels are a few lively flavors to start with. 

2. Herb Infused Olive Oil

 

Fill your kitchen with aromatic scents of rosemary, thyme, or bay leaves as oil olive oil absorbs their earthy essence. Anything olive oil can do, infused olive oil can do better. Not only will guests get an extra umph when they cook with the oil, they can also dip warm breads in it, make vinaigrettes, drizzle over cheese, and use it for roasting vegetables.     

3. Vanilla Extract 

A little goes a long way when you add a splash of pure vanilla extract to your baked goods. Head to your local liquor store for a few cases of vodka or bourbon, and your favorite local market for vanilla beans. These two ingredients steeped in a large pot create aromatic vanilla magic. A small bottle between one and four ounces is a perfect size for wide distribution for a crowd.  

4. Loose Leaf Tea

For some, tea is an everyday occurrence as much as coffee is. Others drink tea to mellow down or to soothe an upset stomach. Whatever the use, small tins filled with custom loose leaf tea blends are a stellar giveaway. Match teas to the mood of your ceremony; chamomile, mint, and lavender for a clean, chic wedding or fruity blueberry and pomegranate blend for an upbeat feel.        

5. Cookie Mix

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen

Homemade cookies have a certain allure that you just can’t replicate with store-bought. Gift your guests the joy of making cookies at home with pre-measured cookie mixes in a jar. Our All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies knocks Tollhouse cookies out the game. Layer all the dry ingredients and chocolate chips in the jar and tie the instructions around the lip. All your guests have to do is add eggs, butter, and vanilla extract, then bake.

6. Hot chocolate Mix Kits   

Hot chocolate mix kits are most appropriate as token of appreciation. Mix unsweetened cocoa powder, dark cocoa chocolate morsels, nonfat dry milk, and sugar together to make the mix and top it off with mini marshmallows.

7. Customized Candy

Replace the iconic “M” on M&Ms with your moniker or even a your couple’s portrait on personalized candy treats. Match the chocolate candies with the themed colors of your wedding and wrap them in lace baggies for an elegant touch.  

8. Coffee + Mugs

For the coffee snobs that can’t live without their favorite Colombian medium roast with notes of sour cherries coffee beans, share this specialty item with your guests. Order coffee mugs marked with your surname and wedding date and fill them with a scoop of coffee beans. Wrap the mugs with cellophane and tie a bow around the top. 

*Many of the favors require small to medium sized jars. I suggest heading to your local craft store like Michael's or Hobby Lobby. I also found a website called Specialty Bottle that has a large array of shapes and sizes reasonable priced.

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