Engagement Party Favors
Engagement party favors can be thoughtful and set the tone for the couple’s upcoming wedding without breaking the bank. Consider these five ideas from Kylie Carlson, CEO of International Acaedemy of Wedding and Event Planning.
Clever Tote Bags
If the couple is planning a destination wedding, get guests excited for the trip when they leave the engagement party with a fun tote bag they can use for their travels.
To buy: White canvas tote, $2, Hobby Lobby. Customize totes with the couple’s wedding hashtag or a photo by printing them out on iron-transfer paper ($10 for 10 sheets, Michaels) and ironing onto the totes.
If you have out-of-town guests attending, show off your area with fun local goodies. It makes it a more personal experience for them and is a great way to channel your creativity.
To buy: Head to local boutiques and shops to track down tiny treasures, like miniature soaps, sweet and savory snacks, postcards, and other items the town is known for. Package them in simple kraft boxes, tie with a pretty ribbon, and arrange on a table near the door for guests to take with them as they depart.
Who doesn’t love to leave a party with a sweet treat? Wrap up the couple’s favorite dessert or a special item local to the area for guests to take with them and enjoy later.
How to Make: Get baking and whip up a batch of chocolate-chocolate whoopie pies, fancy florentines, or strawberry dust meringues. Package in clear treat bags and seal with a pretty “thank you” sticker.
Mini Popcorn Bags
Popcorn bars are very on trend right now—and always delicious. Go for classic buttered popcorn along with the couple’s favorite flavors, like caramel or cheddar.
How to Make: Set up large bowls of each variety of popcorn with scoops, as well as smaller bowls of mix-ins like M&Ms, pretzels or marshmallows. Put out bowls or cups for guests to scoop their own mix to eat at the party, or offer inexpensive clear treat bags for them to take home.
If you’re having an outdoor engagement party during the warm summer months, your guests will appreciate a favor that is both pretty and practical. These fans are a great way to stay cool and keep bugs at a distance.
To buy: Portable iPhone fans, $12 for four, amazon.com.