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Pie pops revisited

Hey folks,

remember those adorable pie pop favors that I blogged about here?? Well, I can now vouch for these babies as a recent bride (and wonderful friend) and I made these for her wedding! What started as a cute idea definitely turned into a labor of love as we spent 3 days prepping and another 3 baking over 300 pie pops, but I can confidently say that they were well worth the effort!!

Check them out in all their professional photo glory (photos by VeLvet OwL Photography):

And the final cost? hard to say exactly because we had to run out for a few more apples and lollipop sticks (we made half apple and half strawberry rhubarb), but they definitely came out no more than .50 cents a piece…and there were NONE left on the tables. Cheap + delicious + something people actually enjoyed = HUGE SUCCESS.

If you’re planning on tackling these favors and you have a huge guest list like my friend, you’ll need lots of time and determination (….and probably a couple bridesmaids). But stick it out and you’ll have amazing, homemade favors that are sure to be a hit. πŸ™‚

If you have any questions about the supplies we used or how we made them, don’t hesitate to ask!

p.s. how cute do the fabric flowersΒ  look (from my last tutorial) on the bridesmaids dresses?!

Happy planning! πŸ™‚


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The berries are making an appearance in good ol’ Oregon and it’s making my mouth water thinking about all the yummy berry pies and homemade jams I want to make this summer! If you’re having a summer wedding where the berries are sweet and plentiful, I can’t think of a better favor to give your guests than homemade jams…they will not only represent your location and season, but are super cute and super yummy- something your guests will have no choice but to appreciate!– and subsequently gobble up.

Find jars at thrift stores (or purchase them new), make your favorite jam (and coincidentally make your kitchen smell like candy…double bonus), and then package them with scraps of fabric (you can find great deals on scraps at your local fabric stores) and these awesome FREE jam labels from EatDrinkChic.com!

There’s something so comforting about homemade jam…and these labels capture that essence perfectly. So if you’re looking for a charming and sweet (pun most certainly intended) favor to give your guests, look no further than the local fruits in your area this season for a low-cost and high cuteness-factor favor. πŸ™‚

Enjoy and happy planning!

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I found these and just HAD to post them. While they’re presented on Better Homes and Gardens as a great Valentine’s Day idea, I think these little cuties would be perfect at a bridal shower, or at a wedding as favors or in a candy buffet.Β  Besides being fricken adorable all by themselves, BH&G also suggests using them as nontraditional fortune cookies. Very cool. All you need to make these meringue cones are sugar cones, meringue cookies (which you can either purchase or make yourself), chocolate chips, and pretty paper and nonpareils for the secret message…making these a treat your budget will find tasty as well.

Print love fortunes on pretty paper and cut them into strips. Roll the note and tuck in the bottom of a cone. For an additional surprise, sprinkle a few colorful nonpareils inside the cone on top of the note. Using a pastry brush, coat the bottoms of two meringue cookies with melted chocolate chips and stick them together.

Coat the top inside of the sugar cone with melted chocolate, then set the meringue cookie “scoop” on top. Let the chocolate set before giving or eating.

Now all I need is an excuse to make these…I’m sure it won’t take a very good one. πŸ™‚Β  If anyone else tackles these cones, please let us know how they turned out!

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My friend and bride-to-be Jen is having favor issues…should they even have favors? If so, what the heck should they give? And how much should they spend? All valid questions in today’s wedding world. Favors seem to be one of those minor details that can tend to give couples more than minor stress…but they don’t have to. Jen has a few ideas in mind, so I want to break them down into pros and cons to help make the decision easier.

Charity donations-

Jen wants to make a donation in her guests’ honor to savetheelephants.com. Sound silly? Maybe. But I love it. And I love it merely on principle. I love being able to take something that is characteristically materialistic (i.e. wedding favors) and turning it into something better…any opportunity we get to give to worthy causes, yes, yes, and YES. πŸ™‚ If you want to make a donation, I suggest picking something meaningful to you as a couple. Have you both volunteered your time with Habitat for Humanity? Did you adopt a kitten or a puppy at your local shelter? Something that is meaningful to you will also be meaningful for your guests. Added bonus: You are in COMPLETE CONTROL over the cost. Want to donate $300? $500? That’s exactly how much you’ll spend. There will be no surprise costs that are easily found in providing wedding favors, like shipping, packaging, etc. And that is a beautiful thing.

Candy buffet-

I love candy buffets simply because they involve candy. ha. Candy buffets are always a big hit at the party, but they are also usually a big hit on the budget. Glass jars or canisters can get pretty spendy. And fancy cookies, truffles, and candies can certainly run up the bill fast. But YOU CAN DO IT CHEAPER. Find cool bowls and jars at places like Goodwill. Or check out the marketplace on weddingbee.com. Tons of brides go there to sell stuff they bought for their wedding and can’t use anymore. Their loss is your gain! And remember that the candy is going to be EATEN. While those expensive ribbon candies that were made to match your colors and the M&Ms stamped with your monogram look extremely pretty, they will be gone before you can say, “Look how pretty my candy buffet is.”

Make cookies! Include yours and your groom’s favorite candies growing up…or candies you like to share together now. Again, the more personal you make it, the more meaningful it will be to your guests. It won’t just be a pretty candy buffet, it will be an extension of you as a couple. Plus, you don’t want to take any attention away from your fabulous cake, right? πŸ˜‰

Mix CD’s-

Custom mix CD’s are a relatively inexpensive way to share a little bit of your personalities with your guests. You can put “your song” on them, the song you’re walking down the aisle to, the songs you sing to each other in the car, songs that tell your story, etc. The con? not everyone is going to love the songs you love and that CD may make a better coaster than anything else. But that’s not the point. They’re songs the two of you love and songs that represent you. Maybe include a “reference sheet” with the CD, explaining what each song means to you.

Photo Booth-

Photo booths are awesome. They add another element to the party and give your guests a great memento to take home and remind them of how much fun they had on your big day. they can act as wedding entertainment, favors, and a unique guest book (have the booth print 2 copies…one for your guests, one for you to keep in an album). The only problem? Financially, photo booths are hard to justify as they can run you $1000 and up to rent. If you can compensate that cost over several elements, like the guest book and favors, it might be worth it. But definitely sit down and decide how important an element of this cost means to you. Gotta have it? Cut back in other areas, like photography. Since you’ll be swarmed with photo strips documenting you and your guests at your reception, maybe cut back on the photographer time at your reception. If you can swing the cost, a photo booth is guaranteed to be a big hit. πŸ™‚

So what do you think? How did you give favors that were meaningful and on (under?) budget? Whatever Jen and her fiance choose, from saving the elephants to a photo booth extravaganza,Β  I have no doubt that they will be perfect…and perfectly inspired by them. πŸ™‚

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I’ve got pie on the brain lately. After getting some seriously amazing pie supplies for Christmas and subsequently making not only a beautiful, but delicious (if I do say so myself) apple pie last week, it has become my new mini-obsession. And just my luck, this morning I found another great idea for pies to use as favors, or at your dessert table (remember the pie pops I raved about recently?).

For your pie pleasure today, I bring you Pie in a Jar!

I can’t get over how cute these are!! And surprisingly cost-effective! Buy mini mason jars in bulk (you can find a dozen for $8.49 here!), refrigerated pie dough (or make your own easy crust for event cheaper!), and filling (use fruits that are in season to spend the least), and you’ve got creations that are as fun to look at as they are to eat!

Find the whole tutorial at Best Bites here! The best part? You can make these babies way ahead of time and freeze them!! Talk about knocking stuff off the list early! πŸ™‚

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Favors you can feel good about

Hello all! I’m back! And it’s December! I can’t believe the holidays are coming and going so quickly. And if you’re lucky (unlucky?) enough to be planning a wedding mid-holidays, I hope you’re staying calm. You can do it and I’m here to help you get through it…on (under?) budget. πŸ™‚

Today I bring you an awesomely cool website to find yummy foods from local artisan producers…most of which would be perfect for favors!– it’s called Foodzie…and it’s amazing. Since I’m all for edible favors, this site lists products from gourmet marshmallows, to homemade jams, to cookies, truffles, popcorn, and so much more! But perhaps what I love most about it is that is supports local, small artisan producers. In these times, it means so much to keep our small business owners afloat. Use the cool “Discover” tool to find artisans in your area (or the area of your wedding), so your favors are not only representative of where you are, but are free of shipping costs. Yay!

Remember those brownie pops I posted about a few months ago?

Well, they’re here (already made for you…yeessss) from Hermosa Beach, CA, at $36.00 for 24 of them. That is what we call in bargainista land, a steal.

Or how about some raspberry bars, or pecan coconut bars from Warwick, NY, 5 for $7.50, that you can wrap individually or serve in your dessert bar.

These Razzle Heart cookies from Long Beach, CA would look so cute wrapped in cellophane with a custom tag…and they’ll taste delicious too with their raspberry filling sandwiched between two pecan crusts and topped with dark and white chocolate. YUM!!

From my neck of the woods in Portland, OR are these seasonal handmade marshmallows in flavors like caramel apple, pumpkin spice, and cranberry for fall/winter. your guests are sure to love these tasty, pillowy treats, and your budget will love them even more at only $7.00 for 12 of them!

Foodzie is like the coolest Farmer’s Market you’ve ever seen, without having to get out of your pajamas to experience all of it’s hand-crafted yumminess. Chic, cheap, and unique! Now that’s a strike-out. πŸ™‚

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There are so many ways to kill two (sometimes three or four!) birds with one stone that can equal big savings for your big day. Here are some quick and easy ideas that you can customize and incorporate into your wedding:

Wine bottles doubling as table numbers:

Bouquets doubling as centerpieces:

Programs doubling as fans:

Menus/programs doubling as activity books for the kids:

Escort cards doubling as favors:

Favors doubling as centerpieces:

Gotta love multi-tasking! What ideas have you come up with to “double up” and save money?

Happy planning! πŸ™‚

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