Post # 1
For our favors, we’re having a trail mix bar complete with my mom’s homemade granola, mini pretzels, M&M’s, peanuts, mini marshmallows, and raisins. I’ve personalized brown paper bags with a stamp I made myself, but my mom and I realized that we need to keep people from completely filling their bags since that would mean there wouldn’t be enough for everyone. We decided the best way to do this is for our guests to fill a mason jar with whatever mix they want, then pour it into their paper bag.
That all being said, I want to make a sign for the table with instructions, but I’d like to keep it fun and cute. Maybe a rhyme or just something catchy. I’m awful when it comes to that kind of thing so any ideas would really be appreciated!
Ready, set, brainstorm! 🙂
Post # 3
The mason jar approach might not work as well as you are hoping.
- It would mean that guests with allergies wouldn’t be able to participate because of the near-certainty of cross-contamination.
- Your recognition that you will need a sign is a strong indicator that the mason jar step is not intuitive and people may skip it without any malicious intent.
Two other options, neither necessarily ‘better’ than the other:
- Get out some fancy-edged scissors and shorten the bags so that they can’t hold more than the amount you want people to take.
- Add more volume to the trail mix bar. If space is an issue, can you have someone responsible for periodic refilling? If budget is an issue, maybe go heavy on the lower-cost-per-volume items like mini pretzels and subtly ration the more expensive ones by, for example, putting them in smaller containers and providing only small spoons to get them out.
Post # 4
I like this idea from acz.
< Get out some fancy-edged scissors and shorten the bags so that they can’t hold more than the amount you want people to take.>
Post # 5
I agree that smaller bags are the answer. Greedy people who would fill up the bag will simply use the jar more than once.
Post # 6
I agree that the jar thing is really counter-intuitive. Shorten the bags if you can. If the stamp prevents that, get some more “filler” material for the granola bar. Pretzels, mini marshmallows, and even M&Ms are fairly cheap. Keep in mind that not everyone will take a favor…
Post # 7
Thanks for the input guys, but I’ve already stamped all the paper bags and the mason jar concept is what we’re going with. We’re putting the ingredients in metal buckets with scoops in them. We’ll have a big amount of most of the ingredients but with ~100 people I’m not sure how fast they’ll go through it all. Does anybody have any suggestions for what I was looking for – wording for the instructions?
Post # 8
@SarahL13: I originally read your post as a request for wording for a sign that would suggest people limit the amount they take. I really don’t think there is a polite way to ask your guests not to be greedy.
Here are a number of suggestions for wording others have used.
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Post # 10
We don’t have enough
of all this stuff
for you to fill your bag.
Please be a star
and use the jar
so we don’t have to nag.
Post # 11
The bags hold more than we meant to give,
So use the jar if you want to live.
We know that the fixin’s look tasty,
but please, dear guest, don’t be hasty,
just fill the jar once
or you’ll look like a dunce,
and your face will be covered in pastry.
We offer a treat,
but not all you can eat.
Please use the jar
to keep your serving petite.