(Closed) DIY Favors???

posted 11 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I am going to give away tea bags for favors.  They have lame ones you can buy at theknot, but they seem very overpriced and I hate the clipart on them.

So I found a site that sells bulk tea bags and I am going to buy 100 bags of Earl Gray (my fiance’s favorite) and 100 bags of jasmine green tea (my favorite).  The tea bags are $25 for 100, so it’s going to be a pretty cheap favor.  Then we are going to design an envelope of some sort with brewing instructions and wedding information.
At work we get a lot of promotional books, and we always get one where you can buy coffee/cocoa packets with personalized labels.  They are usually a really shiney silver or blue.  You could try to look online.  They would probably be close to $1.50ish a piece, plus a set up fee for the printing.
Good luck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

That tea idea is great  – especially since I’m marrying into a British family!

I’ve been tossing around a couple ideas, one being a glass coaster with the chiness symbol of love on it. I’ll wrap it in ribbon and hang a thank you tag from it.

I want to give something that people will actually use – you know? 

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Tall Bride – I think cocoa mix is a great idea!  I think I would be too lazy to make my own though, I’d just buy large bags of the different flavoured kinds from Starbucks or some other cafe and then just package it myself. 

We were going to do tea – try Mighty Leaf teas if you do this, they are teabags but instead of the bags being made of regular teabag papery material, the bags are a silky type of material that look really classy.  Not much more expensive than other types of teabags though and they have a huge assortment of flavours to pick from.

I think now we’re going to do customized playing cards with our photo and wedding date on the back though because my fiance is a magician so it’s a really personal gift.  Also pretty cheap since he knows the wholesaler.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

smartl

Do you plan on keeping the tea in the envelope it comes it?  I saw pictures on Martha Stewart about making your own tea bags from loose tea, but I nixed the idea because I feel it should be sealed some way.  
I had planned on just keeping the tea in the package it comes in, then putting it into an envelope.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

By The Way

This is the site I plan on getting the tea from.  I am waiting until closer to the wedding so the tea is as fresh as possible.

Chinamist

They offer both a sample pack, as well as the ability to purchase a single flavor in bulk.  I like the simple package design as well.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Beccs – the Mighty Leaf tea comes in its own tea bags already.  You can buy looseleaf tea and actually looseleaf is usually higher grade tea and perfectly acceptable to give it out this way, but to brew it properly you need to have a tea strainer at home and a lot of people don’t have one so I think tea bags are a better bet to give out.  I was planning on getting some small organza bags that close with a satin ribbon and putting 3 or 4 teabags in each organza bag, tying it closed and attaching a thank you tag.

Sorry I don’t know how to do HTML so I don’t know if this will link or not but here is a link to the Mighty Leaf tea website so you can see what I’m talking about:  http://www.mightyleaf.ca/tea-pouches.aspx

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Thanks smartl.

I didn’t notice before that Mighty Leaf tea comes in bulk, you can buy it in boxes of 100.  I might consider going that route.
I decided against loose tea for that reason, that a lot of people won’t have a way to make it.  At my brother’s wedding last week they gave out little things of coffee beans.  Myself and many others don’t have coffee grinders, so it’s a favor that a lot of people won’t be able to take.  I had looked online at getting cute little tins for loose tea, but I decided that not everyone is as obsessed with tea as I am, so I should just go the safe route of tea bags.
My fiance’s grandma wants us to do Jordan almonds.  So I was trying to think of a cute packaging idea (maybe a cute box) to house both the almonds and the tea.  
I liked this idea from Martha Stewart a lot.  To combine some tea cookies as well.  I’ve made green tea mint cookies before and they were really good.  But I also don’t know if I want to have to deal with cooking hundreds of cookies.  So perhaps I’ll do a similar box and then in place of the cookies, put the Jordan almonds.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

We did custom CDs – We did two different discs, one of music he picked for me, and one of music I picked for him. The discs were "his and hers"  that I designed and had professional printed (Ididn’t want to use labels).They had photos of us as babies/kids and an engagement photo, and I made my own sleeves using the super cheap cardboard sleeves as a starting point. Each couple got a set (one of each disc), as did any guest (there were few) that came solo.

The cost ended up being roughly $2-3 per disc. We decided against anything edible, since it just gets eaten and forgotten. Also, music is very important to us, so this was a really personal and meaningful item. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2007

We’re doing a candy buffet AND a compilation cd.  The cds we bought are super cool and look like mini vinyl records. (Verbatim Vinyl is the name)  They are going into cd sleeves instead of cases to keep with the 45 theme.  We plan on using mostly oldies music & keep it kind of vintage.  We’re only doing one per family, though – not one per person. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I’d totally make my own cocoa mix. I’ve done it for gifts before– the basic recipe is 2 parts sugar, one part cocoa, and about a pinch of any of the following for each serving: cinnamon, cayenne pepper (tiny pinch for this one!), powdered ginger.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2007 - Westbury Manor

I’m actually helping my friend make cocoa mix packages for her baby’s 2nd birthday party as the favor.  The party will be held in Dec. and the theme is blue…

We are thinking of getting these and adding hot chocolate and mini marshmellows, tied with a lovely blue ribbon.  We’ll also add a circle sticker with the baby’s name and date.

http://www.nashvillewraps.com/ShowSku.ww?Class=052&Type=271 

Or you can put it in glass jars too..

 Hope this helps!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

we did 3 types of favors but wrapped them the same way. we then noted what they were on the back and said if they liked one of the other types, to meet someone new and switch (we really spent the weekend having families mingle).  they held either our fave coffee, tea bags, or homemade cocoa (his mom makes it every year). we also put in two homemade chocolates – dark chocolate topped with either white mint or pink raspberry, in the shape of fortune cookies. the tea was the most expensive since we put in fancier types, but overall it came out to about $.75 per favor.Favors

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