What could be more romantic than an engagement party on the most romantic day of the year! But does that mean heart-shaped party favors packaged in Valentine red? Not at all. With a little creativity and a flair for the feminine and nostalgic, you can present your guests with favors that capture the Valentine spirit—minus the chubby Cupids!
Take your Cue from Our 5 Favor Packaging Ideas:
1. Think functional and decorative – Planning an afternoon tea party for your engagement celebration? Miniature pots of pink roses would make charming table decorations. When grouped together mid-table and coupled with candles, they form a lovely composite centerpiece without the expense of fresh flowers. Or, when positioned at each place setting alongside your prettiest china, these flower pots serve double duty as place card holders, too. And oh yes, we almost forgot…these mini arrangements are actually guest favors! Personalize each one with a romantic quotation from Shakespeare or a note of thanks to your party guests.
2. Say it with chocolate – You can’t go wrong with giving out chocolates on Valentine’s day. In honor of the occasion, though, select special chocolates such as Ferrero hazelnut clusters or truffles made with an exotic ganache. Just put 3 to 4 pieces of these treats in 12” organza wraps—here, we’ve used ones in powder pink—and your favors are ready for giving at the party.
3. Consider precious and petite – Feeling a bit vintage on Valentine’s day? Then, these French-style footed porcelain boxes are just the thing. Their petite size makes them perfect for presenting 5 pieces of Jordan almonds or foil-wrapped chocolate balls—the classic wedding candy. Or you can tuck a tiny scroll into each box bearing a romantic saying, like, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”
4. Give something practical and pretty – Create a charming favor table display with candles wrapped in shimmering organza (pictured size is 17″). To make the presentation even more spectacular, rest each favor on a lovely candle coaster ringed with pearls. Talk about minimal effort for maximum elegance! Hint: Mix and match colors for the wraps—fuchsia, pink, and red, for instance—for a festive Valentine’s look on the table.
5. Go with scrumptious cookies – Who doesn’t love an iced cookie? Give some of these baked treats rendered in whimsical shapes, like hearts or miniature wedding cakes. No “theme” cookies available? You can still give something special such as snickerdoodles, Mexican wedding cookies, or good old-fashioned buttery shortbread cookies. For an extensive collection of cookie recipes, we recommend The Ultimate Cookie Book from Better Homes & Gardens.
For packaging as pretty as a Valentine card, why not wrap your cookie favors in rose-embroidered sachets (be sure to put them in cello bags first to keep them fresh, though). Then, add a little tag as your “save-the-date” card to remind guests of the upcoming wedding!