Post # 1
So my family (and fiancé) keep insisting we *must* have favors for people. I could do without, but there are bigger battles so I’ll just roll with this.
I’d buy gold paper boxes online, and bake cookies to put in them. I’m estimating 3 cookies would fill a box and with ~100 guests I’d be baking ~350 cookies. If I baked and froze the cookies ahead of time, and just had a small assembly line helping me pack the defrosted cookies the day before it shouldn’t be too stressful right?
Post # 3
It’s not crazy BUT don’t leave it to the last minute or you’ll be kicking yourself. If I were you, I’d made the dough, freeze it (or bake and freeze it, depends on the cookie) and give it to someone else to do. You’re going to make yourself batty if you try to do it the day before!
Post # 4
@Tphan: i think you are crazy, I am worried only because you are going to be stressed out about other things that will come up.
I am a baker myself and I don’t like freezing things too much in advance because it then develops a certain after taste.
Post # 5
@Tphan: I didn’t want to vote for either option. I vote for “if you don’t care about having favors, don’t have them. If other people care, tell them they should buy them.”
If you decide to bake them yourself, I would do the dough making weeks in advance and freeze the dough in little blobs. And borrow a bunch of cookie sheets and cooling racks so when you do bake the cookies you don’t waste a ton of time waiting for sheets to cool etc etc.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Daizy914: I’m with you on the aftertaste issue.
We just completely tossed the idea of favors. It helped that at the last few weddings we have attended the guests have, either intentionally or unintentionally, left their favors at the reception. It just seemed like a lot of work and money for something a substantial portion of guests don’t really care about.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We helped out at some good friends’ wedding last summer and spent several hours baking cookies for the welcome bags. I think they only needed about 160-200 cookies. We busted it all out in one afternoon, no problem. If you don’t have a lot of other last-minute DIY stuff, I think it’s fine! (I would have been too busy with a thousand other projects and events Thursday and Friday to do it for my wedding.)
Post # 8
Crazy. This could backfire tremedously.
Post # 9
@Tphan: I don’t think it’s crazy at all, I say do it! However, I would do what was suggested by a pp – freeze the dough rather than the actual cookies. That way you can bake them closer to the wedding and you don’t have to worry about freeze burns or strange aftertaste.
Post # 10
I wouldn’t do it. In order for it to not be stressful, you’d have to bake a week or two in advance and freeze them. No one likes week old frozen cookies.
Post # 11
Ok, so complicating things is the fact it’s a Saturday wedding, and I’m having a traditional tea ceremony and reception in my backyard the Thursday beforehand. So literally the only day I could bake AND pack them would be the Friday right before the wedding.
Post # 12
I don’t think it’s crazy, in the holiday season I know I’ve made over 300 cookies in a day. It’s an all day event, and my entire kitchen and dining room get covered in cooling racks and piles of cookies, but I find baking more calming than anything else, so it was actually really fun.
If you actually enjoy baking and think you may have time I would consider trying to bake them within a week of the wedding to avoid having to freeze them, frozen cookies have never managed to bounce back for me.
Post # 13
Not crazy. But it might prove stressful.
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
No, you do not want to be dealing with cookie assembly the day before. You want to be dealing with getting your nails done, and crazy out of town relatives. 🙂
We did personalized tic-tacs in our wedding colors- was just a little over a dollar piece, and were done WAY in advance.
(photo by Ethan Yang Photography)
Post # 15
I was going to do this for my wedding of <50 guests. (50 favor boxes) and 3 cookies each also, but I found a wholesale bakery that is charging me $100 delivered for 150 mini black and white cookies. I would have spent probably $50 myself plus hours of my time so Im not baking after all. Im a little sad because I can bake a MEAN cookie but Im already going ape shit so its worth it! lol
Post # 16
@Tphan: I think it depends what you have lined up for the day before the wedding, since you said you could only do it on the Friday. I can tell you that on Friday before my wedding I spent 3 hours decorating our venue, and another 2-3 hours putting together bouquets and it was totally fine. If you can find some helpers and set aside a couple hours, I say do it! Personally, I found it really nice to have a couple projects to focus on for the day before the wedding.