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