Post # 1
For most guests this is a destination wedding, so I wanted to give something as a favor that had some local flavor. However, I definatley don’t want it to be too touristy/chessy. Does anyone have any ideas?
Post # 3
Chili/Hot sauce? I know that people specifically request certain ones when my colleagues go to Tucson.
Post # 4
I too wanted to add some Tucson flavor to our event since a lot of people traveled from afar to attend our wedding. So…here is what we came up with:
This is a lil’ labor intensive but the pay off was HUGE at my wedding last weekend: My mother and I went to (of all places) Ace Hardware and bought little half-pint canning jars because they had a wider opening and were dirt cheap. We then made my mother’s world famous salsa in a large batch and included the salsa in all of the OOT Bags at the hotels our guest’s were staying at. We put pretty labels on the jars of salsa that said, "Mother of the Bride’s Salsa de Tucson." We got soooo much positive feedback from people who loved our OOT Bags and all the "stuff" (including chips) we had in there but nothing was as good as my mom’s salsa! We had people from L.A. begging her for the recipe.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
At the top of mt. Lemmon, in the place that had the terrible fire awhile ago, there is a little gift shop that sells saguaro cookies cutters. They probably sell them in Tucson proper, that just happens to be where I found mine when I lived there. If you can’t make salsa, I think cacti cookies would be a good way to go. Plus, everyone will be saying "I have saGuaro cookie" tee hee hee 😉
Post # 6
Those Saguaro cookie cutters are also sold at the gift shops at Saguaro National Park (if you can’t make it up to Mt. Lemmon)…they also have Javelina cookie cutters. We’re thinking of either making the cookie cutters (a combo of the two) our favor or doing actual cookies like Ms. Dorsay suggested.
Post # 7
I am thinking prickly pear vodka! They have it at Total Wine, but I am not sure if its in favor size bottles. I am on the hunt, and will let you all know if anything turns up!
Post # 8
Those are all great ideas! I will let you know what I end up doing!
Post # 9
Lisa Frank is also based in Tucson! It’d be a great gift for the kids!
Post # 10
You should do mexican shot glasses. I was thinking about doing it but ended up doing a photobooth instead.
You can buy them in bulk if you search on the internet
Here’s what they look like:
Post # 11
Just an update…thanks for all your great ideas, my FMIL found this one and I think we are going to go with it for the out of town gift bags:
http://www.cherisdesertharvest.com/index.html is a Tucson company that sells their cactus candy, jelly and honey at lots of gift shops around town. The warehouse/store is near Kino and Aviation. They have 2 oz. jars of the jelly and honey for $1.95 each or a case of 24 for $42.12 (that includes tax). He said you can mix up to 4 different types in a case. The candy comes in a 2 oz bag for $2.75 apiece or a case of 24 for $59.40. You can get the candy in prickly pear, margarita or mesquite bean flavor. (I tasted each and the first 2 are good. The mesquite bean one is odd.) You can also get them chocolate coated for the same price.
Post # 12
That sounds like a really nice gift. I’m orginally from Tucson, so I would have suggested something with saguaros and salsa, or prickly pear jam (yum).