Ideas for Making Party Favors

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Party favors are a traditional gift to tell your guests you're thankful they attended. Small and inexpensive yet thoughtful items work best. Choose items your guests will use--candy and candles are popular favor choices. Spend some time creating favors everyone will enjoy that also make a pleasing display on your party tables.

Fortune Cookies

  • Create your own fortunes for homemade fortune cookies. Write an appropriate message on a strips of paper. Use just one message such as "thank you" or create several humorous fortunes to include.

    Beat three egg whites in a bowl until they foam. Mix in 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1.5 oz. of unsalted butter until smooth. Slowly stir in 1/2 cup flour. Let the batter stand for 15 minutes. Line baking sheets with baking parchment. Draw 3.5-inch circles on the parchment. Smooth the batter into the circles with a spatula. Bake at 355 degrees for 5 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.

    Slide a spatula under a cookie and remove from the backing sheet. Lay a fortune on top the circle then fold in half. Fold in half the opposite way to make the fortune cookie shape. Set on a rack to cool until hard. Package two or three cookies in small Chinese take-out boxes. Stencil a design on the front of each box that coordinates with your party's theme.

Candles

  • Give each guest a candle and holder to commemorate the occasion. These holders look like stained glass when a candle is flickering inside.

    Tear tissue paper in small pieces. Use two to three colors per votive. Coat the votive holder in glossy decoupage glue. Arrange the tissue paper on the votive holder so it is completely covered. Let dry, then apply a coat of glue over the tissue. Once dry, outline each separate piece of tissue with silver puff paint. Place a small candle inside.

    Tie a ribbon in a large bow around each candle. Attach a small tag thanking your guests for coming.

Flower Favors

  • Give each of your guests their own tasty flower arrangement to enjoy. Fill small metal pails--available at craft and party stores--with an assortment of candy. Cut out simple flower shapes from decorative cardstock. Poke a hole in the center of flower and slide a lollipop stick through it. The lollipop makes the center of the flower. Place the stick in the pail so the flower stands up.

    Create chocolate roses for your guests. Wash and dry strawberries. Don't remove the leaves around the hull. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Dip each strawberry in the chocolate and lay on wax paper to harden. Poke a wooden skewer into the leafy end of each strawberry. Wrap green florist's tape around the skewer, attaching two or three artificial leaves as you wrap. Place the strawberry into a small clear bag and tie closed with ribbon. Hold three strawberry roses together at the stem and tie into a bundle with ribbon.

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