Oops! We Need Favors…and Fast!

We are not going to be able to make preserves for wedding favors (insert sad face here) anymore and we need to come up with an inexpensive plan B, fast! Mr. B’s Nana was supposed to spearhead this project, but unfortunately, she’s decided she’s not up for the job. I totally understand and there’s no hard feelings at all—his Nana has a lot on her plate. But now we have 100+ mason jars and no idea how to fill them! Yikes!

I scoured the Internet for ideas, and apparently you can put just about anything in a mason jar! Food is among the most popular. I saw this tutorial for  DIY cookiejar favors that would be really easy and inexpensive:



There is also the option of making mini cookies for the jar!



I have some fabric leftover from our centerpiece frames, which I would LOVE to use for this project!

Color-coordinated with cute labels…this could be a great addition to our decor, no?



If cookies are too generic, try cupcakes in a jar! I found a great tutorial right here!

No doubt the pictures would be cute, too!



Since we already plan to have plenty of cookies and cupcakes on our dessert bar, neither of those things really excited me. One dessert we had not planned on was PIE, which apparently you can also put in a mason jar! Yum!

Mason Jar favors


Everyone loves cookies, cupcakes, and pie, sure, but those sweets don’t fit with our garden theme. I think HONEY, however, is a great option. It comes from the garden, it’s still sweet and delicious, and it would be something our guests would definitely use!




We could also add a cute label like this one..

Maybe an ode to blogging for Weddingbee!

Love it!



Another idea (although, not mine…ahem…cue Mrs. Stripes) is to use the jars as drinking glasses!

We could put chalkboard stickers on each one and label them for our guests, and they could even take their glass home as a favor.

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We know the pictures would be phenomenal!

Which idea do you like? Do you have any suggestions on how we can use our mason jars? What’s something you’d like to receive in one as a wedding favor?


Mrs. Brooch

Arlington, VA
Wedding Date:
April 2011
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    peaches1038 795 posts, Busy bee @ 8:09 pm

    We are doing honey favors! My grandpa is a beekeeper so he is taking care of all of that. How big are your mason jars? A half-pint jar is A LOT of honey. We bought the 4 oz quilted jelly jars and I think people would be able to get that on a plane much easier than a larger mason jar. We don’t have very many people flying in, so it’s not too much of a problem for us anyway. Good luck with your favor search!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:12 pm

    I really want some pie in a jar right now! That picture looks tasty!

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    hbear 35 posts, Newbee @ 1:44 am

    i LOVE the cookie-in-a-jar!! it’s super cute and the layers are so cute.. though if you wanted to keep color coordinating, you could just do the cupcakes in a jar and just food coloring accordingly…

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:31 am

    I’ve received the “cookie in a jar” before as a gift, made them, and ate them. Rapidly. :) I love that idea and the honey + granola combo!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:50 am

    LOVE the honey one! I can never pass up a jar of honey as we use it in cooking and drinks.

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    keturahrussell 201 posts, Helper bee @ 11:47 am

    I think all of those ideas are really cute, but depending on how big your jars are, might not be practical! I say do the drinking glass thing with names on it! Good luck, can’t wait to see an update on what you’ve decided!

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    Molly, Guest @ 3:48 pm

    Since your wedding has some Southern theme going how about a dry-rub bbq seasoning mix? Something that can be mixed ahead of time, not have to be heat-sealed, used later and enjoyed more than once probably. ? If I weren’t diy’ing so many things already, I’d be making vats of my MIL’s family bbq sauce recipe to can in cute jars like yours. (The stuff is so good you can just about drink it and everybody who tastes it loves it.) And her family is all Southern. ;)

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    Becky, Guest @ 9:18 pm

    Ooh, I think I’ll make these as take-home’s for my son’s birthday party! Thanks!

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    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:10 am

    I love any favors involving food-I’m easy to please. One thing to consider is that the cookie mix will be able to be made ahead of time, where as the pie or cookie jars would have to be made close to the wedding (Stressful!).

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:27 pm

    I love all of your ideas! Cookies, honey, drinking……I think whatever you choose will be so welcomed!

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    Ashley, Guest @ 3:11 pm

    We ordered bird seed cakes from for wedding sake to match our wedding theme and they were a huge hit. http://www.etsy.com/listing/68836159/25-natural-summer-beach-wedding-theme

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    bacon 695 posts, Busy bee @ 12:13 am

    I love the honey in a jar as an ode to the ‘Bee… but you’d need a fortune in honey to fill 100 jars. Sad Face.

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