Party Favor Ideas for Adults

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Party favors are trinkets or souvenirs provided to guests to take home. They don't need to be expensive, just memorable. Parties for adults often have themes, like a holiday or birthday celebration. Use party favors that match the theme. Although they can be purchased online or store-bought, making your own will give your guests something to talk about. It all depends on your budget and level of creativity.

Basics

  • The easiest way to create a party favor is to take a container, put something in it and dress it up. Most bases can be found at craft, party or discount stores. Look for see-through items in bulk, like plastic glasses or boxes. Things with lids are easier to work with, but anything can be wrapped in tissue paper or cellophane and tied shut so they won't spill. Baskets, cardboard containers and bags serve as decorative holders for slightly larger party favors.

    Fill the base with something creative that emphasizes the theme, such as candy corn or black gumdrops for a Halloween party. If you don't have a theme, just pick anything you like. Party favors can be edible, functional or both.

    Brightly colored candies are quick and easy to work with. Grocery or candy stores often sell in bulk, so buy a pound or two of the right colors or a big bag of multicolors and divvy it up. Baked goods are an inexpensive and quick alternative. For chilly weather, hot chocolate packets, tea bags and honey sticks warm up your guests for later. Put them in a mug or basket. Votive or tea light candles also do the trick. Drop plain or scented ones in a holder of their own or put a few decorative ones together in a bag.

    For extra pizazz, add stickers to the outside or paper shreds, Easter grass or Christmas tinsel to the inside. Tie it all together with curling ribbon, raffia or twist ties. Use your computer for labels to send a special message that can be stuck to the outside or featured on the inside. Using plain paper works, too, just fold it and punch a hole in the corner, then tie it on.

    Don't forget to put party favors on a table near the door and remind guests to pick them up before they leave.

Ideas

  • Super Bowl party---Plastic containers filled with colored M&Ms or paper clips in team colors tied with matching or contrasting ribbon.

    Birthday---Put printed muffin cups or colored shreds inside a round plastic container (try Glad 4 oz.) and fill with little decorative soaps, erasers or candles. Put a tiny gift bow or birthday sticker on top.

    St. Patrick's Day---Type up an Irish blessing on green paper or affix white labels to green construction paper. Use craft scissors or fringe the edges when cutting them out. Glue a half-inch square magnet to the back.

    New Year's Eve---Champagne glasses filled with black & white jelly beans. Cover in tulle and tie with silver, black and white curling ribbon.

    Any Occasion -- Create a personalized music CD. Use songs that fit the theme and ones you know your friends like. Make an extra copy to play during the party.

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References

  • Better Homes and Gardens Creative Collection; Simply Handmade: 175 Ideas for Easy Gift & Decorations You Can Make; Fall 2002.
  • Gift Mixes: Food Gift Baskets for All Occasions; Jackie Gannaway; 1998.
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