Post # 1
This is from my blog, but I thought I’d turn to the geniuses here for help!
We are asking everyone to send us their favorite recipes. I have this thing for cookbooks and thought that it would really be special if I could make my own of the ones we’ll receive. I am afraid though that this will not go over as well as I would like it to. If it does, however, I would like to get 5 or 6 of my favorites printed on Vistaprint postcards and seal them in little plastic bags. If I don’t get many responses of good use, I’ve thought about printing the recipes for the cupcakes and using them. I could take photos of the test run cupcakes and put them on the front with another card just thanking people for coming. I also like this because I will have quite a few left over (only inviting 50 ppl to wedding/reception) and I can send those to the people that I would have invited if we were doing something bigger.
Other than that I am really at a loss of what to do. I am crafty. Mike likes cigars. I know that there will be ample amounts of cigars floating around so the guys won’t feel “left out.” Should I just put the cigars in a box next to the recipes and call it a day. The women will take the recipes and the men the cigars.
Post # 3
personally, as a guest, it sounds like a lot of work. writing out a recipe then mailing it? no time… i’m totally a no frills guest… i’ll show up and bring a gift but don’t expect much else!
Post # 4
I love the recipe idea! We gave our BM/GM couples a ‘date in a box’ last Christmas and included one of our favorite recipes with a hard-to-find ingredient (example– Chicken Piccata with a little bottle of capers).
I think a recipe card with a picture of the dish is perfect and good for men and women– good for a date/special meal. Especially if you use one of your favorite recipes as the one to give away and maybe include sprinkles if it’s cupcakes or a cookie cutter, etc. Or even the dry ingredients in a mason jar…
I also love the idea of collecting recipes and even if not everyone gives you one, you’ll probably get enough for a small cookbook (especially since you can ask people–like very extended family–for recipes even if they are not coming/invited to the wedding). A copy of that cookbook might not only be a good memento for you, but a good thank you gift for BM/GM/parents.
Post # 5
I think the recipes are a great idea. People whot don’t want to or don’t have the time won’t send them to you, but I’m sure lots of your guests will send something back, even if it’s something simple. You might pick 3 of your favorites and then pick 3 of your favorites from your guests; that way, you don’t have to worry about finding 6 good ones from the pile (although I bet you will!). I think men and women will both like this favor…I know lots of guys who can cook, or who would want some woman to cook a dish for them. ; )
Post # 6
I have to second kbok and the other ladies who have commented. First of all, your guests won’t really care all that much what the favor is…they’re just glad to be celebrating with you! I wouldn’t worry about having something special for the men and the women. There are a lot of men who cook and would love some new recipes…I think it’s a great idea!