Post # 1
We finally decided on doing Teavana loose leaf tea favors for all of our guests! Intially, we didn’t think it was a possibility because the favors would have been $6 a piece and we have over 200 guests. BUT, after Christmas they had a really great sale on my favorite tea of all time (Strawberry Rose Champagne) so I went crazy!
Too crazy. I bought 10 POUNDS too much tea! I found these super cute vials to fill with tea, completely screwed up my math, and now I have no idea what to do because Teavana doesn’t offer a return option on sale teas. So, I was hoping you could help me decide! Here is the breakdown of our two options:
Option 1: Keep the vials (0.33oz of tea per guest= about 5 cups) and be stuck with 10 extra pounds of tea. Including the cost of the left over tea, the cost would be $2.25 per favor.
Option 2: Return the vials and give each guest 1oz of tea in an organza bag. Including the $50 loss on the shipping fees, the cost would be $1.88 each.
I’m just so attached to the vial idea, that I think I’m losing site of what our guests would think. Do you think the bags are equally as cute? Sorry the picture shows a bag filled with lavender, it’s all I could find!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
I like the look of the vials better. And you can drink the remaining tea yourself! Teavana mmmmm.
Post # 4
@ddattilio: The vials are way cuter, for sure! Since it’s your favorite tea, you’ll be able and want to drink it yourself right? So I personally wouldn’t count that against the cost of the favors, since it won’t really be “wasted”
Post # 5
@ddattilio: Go with the vials, and drink the rest!
Post # 6
The vials look better, IMO.
PLUS, the organza bags will create little tea crumbs all over the place… I know I shove favors in my purse and would have tea everywhere.
If you want to use bags, how about cellophane baggies with round stickers on them to keep them sealed? You can buy sticker paper and print your own (or get them printed on like Vistaprint or something)
Do the vials hold .33oz, or do they SAY that’s what they hold? They may hold more or less, depending.
OR, you can always get some additional vials and package the favors with two vials… tie them together and make up a reason like “two is better than one” or something like there’s two vials because there’s tow of you.
OR: Send out the word to your friends that you bought too much tea and come take some; sell it on Ebay; sell it on weddingbee as favor ingredients (hey want some inexpensive tes? I got 10 pounds!); drop it off in little packages as donations to the local librarians, senior center, voulenteer EMTs, etc; make gifts for teachers; give it out to coworkers…
Post # 8
The vials look better, less messy, and guests can reuse them for something after they’ve drank the tea. Take the loss and enjoy your extra tea 🙂
Post # 9
@ddattilio: While it is cute that you are doing something so personal, are most of your guests tea drinkers? I wouldn’t own a setup that would allow me to drink that tea, heck I wouldn’t know how to make it. I love tea but I buy tea bags. If I were a guest, I probably wouldn’t take one. Just a warning 🙂
Post # 10
Bag, go for quantity and it’s cheaper! People like the vials since they are prettier, but you can make the bag pretty too. There is no way you’re gonna drink 10 pounds of tea in a reasonable time by yourself.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
Another vote for the vials, but the bags are cute too. 🙂
Post # 12
@Atalanta: Ah, I am leaning in that direction too! 10 pounds is an insane amount of tea!
@blueEyes90: We are providing loose leaf tea bags for guests who do not own a strainer, though I know at least a quarter of our guests prefer tea to coffee and are avid loose leaf tea drinks. If they don’t like the favor, they don’t have to take it 🙂 We’re having a photobooth and candy bar/Venetian dessert table too.
@CakeyP: Thanks for the input! The vials SAID they held 1 oz, that’s why I purchased 1 oz for every guest. It wasn’t until they came in that I realized they only help 0.33 oz of tea. The vials were fairly costly for the quanity, so we’re going to avoid that option. We are having a graphic designer make the labels though! I was originally going to have them printed on card stock for the vials, but I could make them into stickers for plastic bags. I don’t think the tea will crumble because it has full flowers/fruit in it but, I will double check. Thanks!
@jessicadarling: Haha, I wish! But, 10 pounds is more than 2000 cups of tea! I could buy some tins and gift it in the future though?! 🙂
Post # 13
I also suggest cellophane bags. They are cheaper than organza bags, and in the case of tea, it will make for a classier presentation. They come in a variety of colours, but clear would probably work best, to showcase the tea. A beautiful bow or ribbon will make the bags pleasing to the eye.
The main conern I have with the organza bags is that they will be messy for the guests, as the smaller pieces of the tea leaves will fall out as they are held in someones hand or put in a purse.
Here are some examples of cellophane bags with bows. You can buy beautiful ribbon of any width, material, texture, pattern etc. to make the bags look pretty and more fancy.
Post # 14
@xoxocheri: Ah, thank you! I love that idea! The tea is REALLY pretty (whole rose buds and dried strawberries) so the clear will be perfect!
Post # 15
@ddattilio: I am glad I could help. I love tea, seeing it on display would be wonderful. That tea does sound pretty, which is odd to say about tea. haha
Post # 16
@ddattilio: Aaahh that IS a dilemma.. I LOVE the look of the vials.
And I agree with another poster who said the bags will leave tea crumbs everywhere (and I always shove everything in my purse, so it’d get messy…). I don’t like the bags, but I DO like the idea of giving away more (all the people suggesting that you might actually be able to drink 10 pounds of tea by yourself before it goes stale clearly knows nothing of looseleaf fresh tea! 🙂 Haha)
Other suggestions…. (you probably thought of this one..) Larger vials??? That’d be awesome!
Or.. other containers other than bags? Maybe little tins with lids like these:
Or tiny jars:
Or miniature favor-sized tea tins! Here’s a link to Oriental Trading’s plain empty tins! And here’s a pic of oher cute tea tins just for an idea:
Or something probably cheaper, these little odd-shaped boxes (not sure what they’re called, but they’re super cute, and they wouldn’t leave crumbs!). Doesn’t have to be clear, but I think loose tea is so pretty that clear would be awesome!
OH OH! Check out this site, there’s TONS of options for little tins and jars and containers! 🙂
I love tea, but we did coffee for our favor, in little burlap bags (plastic bags inside burlap bags, to keep it fresh!)… I kind of wish I’d done tea AND coffee now! 🙂