A Little Favor For Our Guests

Pbear and I wanted to do a little something for our guests in terms of favors. Because we’re not doing welcome bags, this is our one opportunity to really thank them for coming out and sharing our special day with us.

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When we first started talking favors, we had one condition: we wanted it to be food based. We’re really foodies at heart, and we wanted something that people could eat and then throw away, so it doesn’t have to live forever in the junk drawer. Furthermore, it seems like food tends to have the best responses from people. The question, of course, was “what?”

We tossed around a couple of ideas:

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Cookies: because everyone loves cookies. However, getting custom, individually wrapped cookies is kind of expensive, so that got crossed off the list.

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Bottles of honey: I thought this would be a nice nod to the hive that has been so supportive during our engagement, but the honest truth was that nice honey ended up being a little bit on the expensive side, and PBear seemed lukewarm towards the idea.

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That lead us to our final favor choice. I had thought about doing test tube favors around the time Mrs. Wallaby showed off her test tube favors. They are a slight representation of the fact that we’re both science nerds and they’re also super adorable. By some miracle of fate, the lab next door was throwing away a huge unopened box of test tubes(!) around that time, and I knew that we absolutely had to do test tube favors.

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No one really seems to use them anymore and they were just giving them away…

Of course, the test tubes we obtained were a bit smaller than the ones that Mrs. Wallaby used for her favors—ours were 16x125mm and hold about a tablespoon per test tube. Just one test tube looked a little sad by itself and we also had a lot of test tubes at our disposal.

Thus, we created test tube kits of three related, but different, things. Because not all of our guests are cooks like we are, and so our guests wouldn’t end up having to bring home two of the same thing, we decided to make two kits.

The first kit was a honeymoon inspired cooking blend kit, containing:

1) Herb de Provence: a French herb blend inspired by the lavender fields of France, and tastes delicious on grilled chicken or fish.

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2) Lebkuchengewuerz: A German gingerbread spice blend that could be used around the holidays to make gingerbread. Or could also be used in place of apple pie or pumpkin pie spices.
3) Himalayan pink salt: I originally wanted to use fleur del sel, but it got a little expensive. Plus the pink color is a nice touch and goes with our color theme slightly better.

The other mix was an herbal tea blend that matches well with the garden tea theme we kind of have going on. For the tea blend version, we have:

1) Blooming rooibos tea: A blend of lavender, chamomile, and rooibos melds together nicely and is a lovely way to end the day

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2) Hibiscus flower tea: A tart, fruity tea with hibiscus flowers, lemongrass, orange peel, mint, and rose hips that turns red when brewed, which I think is just cool

3) Vanilla bean sugar: I personally am an awful tea drinker, in the sense that I always add a bit of sweetener into my tea. I love the idea of a slightly fancier sugar to finish up the kit.

We bought most of the ingredients from our local co-op where we can get bulk herbs for really cheap. I completely underestimated how light dried herbs are, and though the $10.00—$30.oo per lb price was intimidating, we ended up spending less than $50.00 (<$1.00 for each favor!) on all of the supplies to make everything, and we have tons of stuff left over.

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We spent a couple of days mixing together the mixes and filling the tubes. We ended up having to food process some of the larger items to get them to fit and then shook them to get then to settle before topping it off. We capped them with a cork stopper and taped them shut with good old lab tape. They are very fragile, so we ended up breaking some when we pushed the stopper in.

We then created a label in illustrator that we taped on the test tube (we originally planned on using address labels but found that address labels don’t work as well on the curved surface.) The labels have little flowers taken from our wedding invitations.

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Then we taped the cork on the top (just because I’m paranoid like that), and then taped three together. Lastly, we wrapped the tubes with leftover baker’s twine and then added a label with an ingredient list, which also roughly explained what each thing could be used for.

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I’m not completely sure how I want to display them yet. I kind of like the idea of putting them back in the test tube racks I used when making them (see above), but they barely fit in there with careful nudging, and I’m afraid that they’ll get torn up when guests grab them out.

I know still that not everyone will like this favor and that’s okay. I hope that some of our scientist dorky friends and family will get a kick out of them and that will be enough for me.

Are you providing favors for your guests? What type of favor did you choose? How did you display your favors to make sure that your guests actually take one home with them?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Panda

Location:
Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
June 2013
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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 10:05 am

    These look awesome!! So cute that it captures the science side :)

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    tealmarie 225 posts, Helper bee @ 10:06 am

    I love these and the fact that you have two different options. If I were at your wedding I’d be scoping out the leftovers at the end of the night and grabbing extra!

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    jilleeann 409 posts, Helper bee @ 10:09 am

    Fantastic. I really like the option of either cooking spices or tea. I’d totally dork out over the cooking spices personally.

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    elysion 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 10:14 am

    So cute, I love them!! Seems like you put a lot of thought into the different kits as well. Great job!!

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    Jenn, Guest @ 10:42 am

    That is such a cool idea! I would snag the teas and enjoy those!

    My MIL is a fabric buyer/hoarder and had yards and yards of blue denim with white pinstripes and my MOH suggested pockets with seed packets in them.

    So MOH and Mom and I cut out rectangles of the fabric, sewed them up on each side, and threaded thin twine through the tops to tie a bow. Then I branded them with a T (new last initial) with a steak-brand heated over the gas stove flame- smelly but so cute!- and we tucked a packet of forget-me-not seeds inside each pocket.

    Mom white-washed a rustic basket and we filled it with the favors and I’ll use some wood scraps that FI has brought from work to make a sign inviting folks to take one with our appreciation for coming.

    Our wedding is at the end of May and casual, outdoors on FI’s family farm, and with lots of touches of nature and growing things. So the seeds fit in nicely.

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    clumsylawyer 1351 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:42 am

    Ohmygoodness I adore these! I love both the fact that you’ve used test tubes and the different things you’ve put in each are just fantastic!

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    beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 10:48 am

    such a clever idea! these came out so cute! I know your guests are all going to enjoy using these in the future!

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    mckeestephanie 272 posts, Helper bee @ 11:06 am

    Love these. We are doing three different flavours of jam as our favour. Strawberry, raspberry and blueberry. My mom makes great jam so she is helping out and making them. I have a little sign that says please take on and will set them up by the stairs leading to get out of the venue.

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:09 am

    Love them! And that the test tubes are a bit of a homage to grad school/science :)

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:13 am

    As a guest, I’d love to receive this favor!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 11:27 am

    these are super cute and really useful! and it has something to do with you guys.

    would they be too fragile for a basket or something?

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 11:32 am

    Love these! Especially that you have 2 sets so that couples can take home one of each easily :)

    The plan is to do foodie favors for our guests, too. In our case it’ll be small pots of wine jelly, and we’re thinking 2 different flavors for variety, as well. I’m planning on having one at each place setting, though, so people don’t forget to pick one up on their way out.

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    bridesmomma 444 posts, Helper bee @ 11:55 am

    These are super cute!

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    jordyanna 476 posts, Helper bee @ 12:37 pm

    I love it! I think everyone will like it, especially if they know that you both love science … My suggestion is to DIY a slightly larger test tube holder (although it will probably be more effort than it’s worth), use a basket to hold them, or place them at every plate.

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    Red Poppy 20 posts, Newbee @ 1:30 pm

    Your favors are awesomely cute and so prettily packaged~ I love the variety, too! Great idea. I think they would be nice lined up in a low, simple basket. (My favors were sour patch watermelons, filled in clear plastic cases, which doubled as the escort cards.)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:35 pm

    These are adorable, so perfect for you two!

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    Pink Penguin 144 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:51 pm

    These are such sweet, well thought out favours! I would love to receive these as a wedding guest.
    We’re making little jars of jam as we are having a vintage afternoon tea. x

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:59 pm

    Such a personal and sweet favor! So unique, love it.

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    airplane 395 posts, Helper bee @ 6:24 pm

    Best. Favors. EVER!

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:56 pm

    you girls are so sweet!

    @Miss Squirrel: @clumsylawyer: @Mrs. Eagle: I don’t think our wedding has very many sciencey elements, I hope that this was suffice!

    @TealMarie: @Mrs. Beanstalk: @clumsylawyer: @Mrs. Bracelet: @bridesmomma: I hope that our guests like it as much!

    @jilleeann: I too am dorking out over the spices. I think I would be okay if there were extras, so I can take them home and use them all myself!

    @Jenn: that sounds so sweet and perfect for your casual outdoor wedding

    @mckeestephanie: @Miss Road Trip: I love the flavors of jam you’ve chosen. I have such a craving for jam now!

    @jordyanna: I’ve thought about diying a slightly bigger tube rack, but I’m just not completely sure how to wrap my mind around how to do it.

    @Mrs. Gray Wolf: @Red Poppy: basket might end up being the cheap and easy solution.

    @Miss Airplane: I’m not sure I would go that far ;)

    @elysion: @Mrs. Sword: thank you =) we did put a lot of thought and care into this.

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 8:13 pm

    They turned out great! So cute! (and coincidentally I bought the exact same colors of baker’s twine that you have haha)

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:40 am

    @TealMarie: I also would be looking for extras, I love both of them! It’s so cool that you ended up getting more than you needed so that you could do little sets!

    Maybe if you go the basket route, you could put some kind of basket filler in it so that the tubes can stick down into it and not bang off of each other, just in case they’re too breakable to be bouncing around!

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:56 am

    I love these! This is so adorable and so fitting for you both! Also – vanilla bean sugar and gingerbread?! I’m dying. If you want to send a care package to this ‘Bee, I wouldn’t be upset about it. ;)

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