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6 Fun DIY Favors

Wedding favors don't have to be elaborate or expensive to taste great, entertain or bloom with gratitude

BY ANNA SACHSE

CTW Features

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Thank guests for attending your soirée with these easy DIY reminders of the big day.

Seasonal Sensation

Purchase a pile of your favorite local fruit and wrap each snack in a way that works with your overall wedding décor, such as an adorable burlap sack with a funky printed tag or a chic, mod fabric with a button closure, suggests Danielle Venokur Greenberg, founder of dvGreen, a sustainable event design company in New York.

Wise Words

To help make the trip home a little more enjoyable, treat guests to copies of your favorite book/s. They can be mass purchased, often at extremely low cost, on eBay or Amazon.com,” says Dallas/Fort Worth-based event designer and entertaining expert Tara Wilson.

Seed Paper Yarmulke

Rather than buying throwaway satin yarmulkes for a Jewish celebration, make your own with seed-embedded paper that guests can then take home and plant, suggests Greenberg. Order the paper at GreenFieldPaper.com, and stop by a local craft store to buy a circle cutter and ink stamp for personalization.

Potted Succulents

These hearty decorative plants are available in clay or plastic pots and can often be found for as little as $1 apiece at local nurseries. Wilson suggests attaching a card that says “Watch our love continue to grow.”

Just Add Love

Layer all the dry ingredients for your favorite chocolate chip cookie, snickerdoodle or brownie recipe in small mason jars. “Finish with a fabric or ribbon accent and a tag with baking instructions and a sweet tagline or graphic icon,” says Greenberg.

A Hangover Kit

Late-night revelers will appreciate a cute package that contains packets of Alka-Seltzer and aspirin, Band-Aids, mini bottles of vodka and tomato juice, and individually wrapped saltine crackers, says Wilson. Include a card that says “Thanks for hanging with us on our wedding day!”

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