Mementos of the time you spent in each others' company make a luncheon memorable. A small gift or grown-up party favor puts a graceful finishing touch on a business networking luncheon, a midday club meeting or a lunchtime gathering of friends. Tailor what you offer to reflect the gathering's purpose and delight guests long after the event is over.
Classic Candy Favors
Fill pint-sized glass jars with hinged lids, small decorative watering cans or tiny woven bamboo baskets with cellophane-wrapped hard candy. Tie colorful ribbon around the containers to create perky, practical gifts. For a more traditional give-away, choose gourmet chocolate truffles in individual boxes with bows or candy tins filled with mints. Obtain these candies from a local confectioner or custom order them for delivery with a label bearing a celebratory message, the event date or your organization's name and logo.
Gifts That Do Double-Duty
Tasteful decorations that double as take-aways have a place of honor at luncheon tables. A centerpiece arrangement of small cut-glass vases, each with a rosebud, turns into a collection of classy gifts when you give one vase to each guest upon departure. Nicely boxed giveaways, such as fancy bottle openers and corkscrews, make charming holders for place cards. Open the lid and use it as an easel to hold the cards with the guests' names so that they're easily readable. When the luncheon is over, invite guests to close the boxes and take home their presents.
The Personal Touch
Homemade gifts add personal pizzazz to casual and party-style luncheons. Whether you embellished picture frames, make delicate bars of herb-flecked soap or bake cookies, wrap the take-home gifts carefully for high visual appeal. Small houseplants or pansy plants you've placed in little terracotta pots make cheery pieces of natural beauty to give away. When you organize more formal luncheons, turn to local artisans and craftspeople for distinctive take-home gifts such as decorative tiles and small, handsome pieces of pottery.
Flair for Business
Business and networking luncheons are appropriate venues for giving away branded items. Order tennis balls, golf balls, playing cards, visors and T-shirts with your corporate logo to hand out when the event is a robust gathering of colleagues you interact with often. If your luncheon guests include prospective clients, vendors and newcomers to the industry, logo-imprinted items that invite routine use are optimal; consider retractable ear-buds, stainless steel travel mugs and keychain flashlights.
- The Everything Guide to Being an Event Planner; Jennifer Mancuso
- Clemson University Cooperative Extension: Pansies & Johnny-Jump-Ups
- Photo Credit Andersen Ross/Blend Images/Getty Images
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