Spice-filled bottles! DIY Favors for an Arabian Night’s Theme

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Spice favors for Arabian Nights Theme

All excited about the “Arabian Nights” theme for a friend’s bridal shower party? We totally understand. The decor will be fabulous for sure. The menu definitely an adventure into Middle Eastern cuisine. But have you thought about the guest favors?

Of course, these should be suitably exotic—but nothing too difficult to source nor too pricey. We have a suggestion! Why not delight guests with charming bottles of spices that you can DIY? These will help bring back both the flavors and the fond memories of this special celebration long after it’s over. And best of all, they can be put together in a snap…even without help from a genie!

Step 1: Prepare your materials.

  1. small apothecary bottles with cork stoppers
  2. your choice of spices (see options below)
  3. “magical” sayings or messages printed on strips of paper
  4. ribbon, sequins, beads, tassels, etc. for embellishments

Step 2: Fill the bottles.


Select your favorite spice or one with an exotic flair that is used in a special dish.

Fill each bottle with a special Middle Eastern spice you’ve selected just for your guests. There are many intriguing ones to choose from, but here are perhaps the more familiar (and readily usable) ones:

  1. cumin - A member of the parsley family, cumin is used in dried or ground form to bring a very strong, spicy flavor to foods. It is amber in color and you may recognize it as a key ingredient in many dishes of Mexican, Asian, Indian as well as Middle Eastern origin.
  2. nutmeg - Nutmeg is actually the seed kernel inside the fruit of a large evergreen tree. It is sold both whole (to be grated as needed) or ground into powder. It is primarily used in desserts like pies, custards, cookies, and spice cakes, as well as in the holiday favorite of eggnog! But it is also great in souffles, soups, egg dishes, and vegetable dishes.
  3. turmeric - Turmeric is taken from a root whose flesh gives it its bright yellow or orange hue. It is best known for flavoring curry dishes, while it also gives mustard its distinctive golden color.
  4. cinnamon - Certainly the most familiar of all these spices, cinnamon is obtained from the bark of the cinnamon tree. We all love it as the spice in apple and pear pies, cinnamon rolls, and cinnamon toast! But it is also used in savory dishes in the Middle East, and is becoming increasingly recognized for its medicinal and health benefits.
  5. baharat - Literally meaning “mixed spices,” baharat is an all-in-one concoction for flavoring Middle Eastern dishes. In specialty food stores, you will often find this labeled as “sebah baharat” or “7 spices.”

Step 3: Add your scrolled notes.


Enclose a recipe card from your favorite dish! Then you can also serve this dish during the bridal shower party.

Roll up your printed messages into little scrolls and slip one into each bottle. These could bear fittingly “magical” sayings or wishes for each guest—or a personal thank-you note for coming to the party!

Tip: A great addition would be an accompanying card with a description of the spice being given, plus a special recipe using it.

Step 4: Seal and decorate the bottles.

Seal up each bottle securely with its cork stopper. Important: Do inform guests that they should keep the stoppers tightly in place and the bottles stored in a cool, dry place to preserve the spice’s best qualities.

Finally, add pretty embellishments like ribbons, sequins, beads, or tassels to complete the special look of the favor!

10 comments: “Spice-filled bottles! DIY Favors for an Arabian Night’s Theme”

  1. Jean - June 1st, 2011 3:39 pm.

    Wow, this is such a great favor idea…and totally doable! Thanks, too, for all the info on what spices to use.

  2. Amy {Blowout Party!} - June 1st, 2011 4:15 pm.

    I love the idea of giving a spice as a favor! Every time your friends use it, they’ll remember your party, and it looks gorgeous in a corked bottle!

  3. Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) - June 2nd, 2011 12:38 am.

    Thanks, Amy! Yes, that’s what we thought, too. A favor that guests are sure to use long after the wedding will keep fond memories of the occasion fresh in their minds. :-)

  4. Deanna, Mirabelle Creations - June 3rd, 2011 8:31 pm.

    Thanks for stopping by Mirabelle Creations. Love this idea and love the fact that guests will be able to use it well after the wedding!

  5. Corinna - June 6th, 2011 11:32 am.

    Those look great and such a useful favor to boot! I’d love to attend an “Arabian Nights” shower and my mind is already brimming with amazing decor ideas!

  6. Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) - June 6th, 2011 8:01 pm.

    Thanks, Deanna. A practical wedding or party favor is always more appreciated, right? We’ll be looking out for inspiring ideas at Mirabelle Creations, too!

    Thank you, too, Corinna! That’s really our goal…to get people’s creativity going for planning and decorating their own parties.

  7. Mimi - June 8th, 2011 1:26 pm.

    Great idea which can be used for other themes as well. Such as sand for a destination wedding.

  8. Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) - June 9th, 2011 6:45 pm.

    Yes, that’s a great idea, Mimi! In fact, we’ve seen decorative sand in different colors available from online suppliers (probably at local craft stores, too). So you could even layer the sand in the bottles to match your party palette.

  9. The Perfect Palette - June 16th, 2011 7:47 am.

    Such a fun idea!! Loving the theme too! Thanks so much for sharing! xo, chrissy.

  10. Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) - June 17th, 2011 9:02 pm.

    Thanks for always being so supportive, Chrissy! You know how much we love your site. :-)

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