It’s that time of the year when summer weddings are in full swing! So, celebrating a wedding on Independence Day couldn’t be more fun and festive. Take inspiration from this patriotic holiday and give guests party favors in the spirit of the “Stars and Stripes”—with a creative and stylish flair. Here, we offer innovative packaging and gift suggestions for this all-American occasion. Take a look!
Go Silver and Sparkling
Start with an elegant 4th of July table setting. Against a color palette of red, white, and blue, bring in sparkling silver décor touches for a party atmosphere that’s fun yet sophisticated. Add an element of surprise to the table with accents like aqua-colored napkins in place of the traditional royal or navy blue, glittery sequins or confetti stars, and even whimsical pinwheels inserted among the table centerpieces.
As favors for guests, let little silver baskets filled with candy create a striking favor display, or use jeweled rhinestone card holders in a pretty daisy design to mark each guest’s place setting. Both these favor ideas are sure to make your party scene shine!
Give Something Sweet and Fun
When thinking of an all-American treat to give your guests, why not aim for a nostalgic touch? Just think of your favorite childhood goodies, such as delicious caramel apples, saltwater taffy, or bubble gum. Present these delightful treats in shimmering organza packaging, alternating deep red and soft aqua for a stylishly “patriotic” look. Or you can choose to bake some scrumptious chocolate chip cookies, Rice Krispies Treats®, or S’more cookie bars—all well-loved summertime treats—and package them in these lovely fabric wraps as well.
Beyond something silver, sparkling, and sweet, you can also try out these favor ideas:
Healthy – Make a festive pecan mix featuring dried cranberries, blueberries, and mini marshmallows. Present it in glass jars or simply wrapped in cello, then dress it up in a red wrap.
Practical – For an elegant memento with a practical purpose, give guests a lovely picture frame. Adorn it with a red-and-blue ribbon and enclose a card commemorating the special occasion.
Simple but Fun – Sparklers have always been a hit at 4th of July parties. Present these sticks in handmade “favor rolls,” add a personalized tag, and they’re ready to give.
Whimsical – Hit the baking pans and make some fun star-shaped cookies. Decorate them with red, white, and blue icing. If you prefer cupcakes, make some frosted with white vanilla icing and then topped with red and blue star sprinkles. Hint: A tiered cupcake display can even take the place of the wedding cake, when opting for a budget wedding.
Tasty – What could be more American than barbecue sauce? Find your favorite one and present it as a take-home gift for guests, with a yummy barbecue recipe enclosed. This is also a great favor idea for the men at the party.
For fun recipe ideas, try these sites:
Chocolate Chip Cookies – a recipe from the Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company.
Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® - featuring various recipes that you can do yourself.
S’more cookie bars – a recipe from HERSHEY’S® Kitchens.