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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  1. Member
    missapis 770 posts, Busy bee @ 4:54 pm

    FI and I are doing honey. We keep bees as a hoby, so we all we have to pay for is the jars and labels!

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    FutureMrsWright 19 posts, Newbee @ 4:55 pm

    All great ideas! Just one more suggestion would be the classic jordan almonds. They come in all colors, so they could be color coordinated with your wedding colors. Otherwise, honey seems great for an outdoor wedding, but pie in a jar sounds delicious! Haha.

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    whitanella 702 posts, Busy bee @ 4:55 pm

    I love the drinking glass Idea! You could double the glasses as place cards even if you wanted to with every one’s names on them at the tables!! Filled with fruity colored lemonades and drinks or iced teas would make beautiful photos!! So creative, and an idea I may have to snag for my wedding some day!

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    burlapandlace 297 posts, Helper bee @ 4:56 pm

    You could fill them with tea bags and cookies or fill them with those sweet colorful french macaroons.

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    sugarpea 5088 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:57 pm

    These are such cute ideas! I love the pictures of the mason jar pies (: I especially love the last picture, although I may be biased because my name is Tabitha, and my name is featured on virtually nothing (besides Bewitched) haha

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    reinab505 658 posts, Busy bee @ 4:58 pm

    Oooo, I love the idea of pie or cupcakes in a jar. I don’t know many people who use honey, but it’s cute and would go with your garden theme.

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    sparks 649 posts, Busy bee @ 5:00 pm

    I love the honey idea! Its cute and who doesn’t like honey?

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    slhicks 72 posts, Worker bee @ 5:01 pm

    We’re doing honey too! It haw been very important to FI and I to keep things locally sourced throughout the wedding planning. I contacted my favorite honey vendor at the farmer’s market and he is willing to give us an insanely good deal for my favorite kind of honey – galberry honey. He’s even willing to let us borrow a machine to portion out the honey for free! I think it’s a great favor and people will really appreciate taking something home that reminds them of their visit to Florida. Great taste Miss Brooch!

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    Jaime, Guest @ 5:02 pm

    One concern I had — for guests who travel by plane to your wedding, they won’t be able to take the honey home unless they checked a bag.

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    Gigi, Guest @ 5:03 pm

    I love the one with the fabric on top (with the pink lable and pink chips). Its so cute, and you could get colored chocolate chips to match your wedding colors!

    ORR you could fill the little jars with gumballs. Assorted colors, or just the wedding colors, with a cute labels and some pretty ribbon would be a lot of fun!

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    Azbride, Guest @ 5:07 pm

    Drinking glasses is def. Cute. What about something more garden like? Maybe vegetable or herb seeds, or homemade salsa. Or u could plant some herb seeds in the jars so they sprout by the wedding, that would be super cute but troublesome if you have a lot of out of towners.

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:07 pm

    We did pudding in a jar :) I love, love the cookie in a jar idea- so cute! And everyone loves cookies :)

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    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:09 pm

    @slhicks: I love that you contacted your local farmer’s market! Smart girl! I totally have no idea how we would buy (and divide up) honey in bulk? But, after hearing what you’ve done, maybe I’ll try to contact someone local too! Excellent idea! Thank u :)

    Love everyone’s ideas! Thanks all!

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    MUI831 730 posts, Busy bee @ 5:10 pm

    I love the drinking glass idea.

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    mightywombat 4963 posts, Honey bee @ 5:37 pm

    The honey’s a great idea, although Jaime is right about the guests on planes.

    Also – keep in mind that favors aren’t required. If it’s too much stress, hassle, or money, you can let it go. Miss Manners says so. :)

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    cinnamonbun 1116 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:41 pm

    I like the honey and the cookies. I love the idea of the pie, but I don’t really see favours as something to be eaten immediately…. more taken home and enjoyed. Pie like that would need to be eaten pretty soon. Especially if the jars didn’t have lids, to show off the pretty tops.

    Have you thought about making the jam yourself?

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    jboltz19 654 posts, Busy bee @ 6:09 pm

    PIE IN A JAR! I about died when I first read of this amazing idea a few months ago! I am planning to give them out as favors for my shower – so I am partial to them!

    I love the idea of anything in a jar. What I loved about pie in a jar was that after stuff your guests (wedding food, shower food, etc) they dont have to eat that immediately.

    Whatever you do will be adorable…I love all these ideas! :)

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    periwinkle, Guest @ 7:29 pm

    That amount of honey sounds like it might be really expensive. I’d go with cookie-in-a-jar mix – lighter in weight, and you can attach some gorgeous gardeny tag to it.

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    emily, Guest @ 7:32 pm

    i’m not convinced the cookie mix in a jar thing makes sense. Every cookie recipe i’ve ever followed calls for certain dry and wet ingredients to be mixed in a certain order, not just all dumped in together. for example my oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe requires that you cream the butter and the sugar together first, then add the liquid ingredients (milk/egg) and mix that in, then flour/baking soda etc and THEN once that’s all come together nicely you can add the oats and chocolate chips. i feel like just throwing a whole jar of stuff in at once would result in a lumpy gross batter with ingredients poorly distributed and combined… honey sound lovely though!

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    lolo7835 645 posts, Busy bee @ 7:53 pm

    You can also do hot cocoa mix in a jar if you are worried about the right way to mix the cookies! (Although we did cowboy cookies in a jar last year for christmas and they kicked ASS. Man they were good)

    I’ve also see DIY soup mix in a jar as well.

    I love the honey, but I to worry about the folks on the plane.

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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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