The laid-back atmosphere and small-town appeal of Cape Cod draws numerous visitors, and prompts many to aspire for its lifestyle. These same qualities provide a great source of inspiration for seashell-inspired gift and favor ideas that capture the mood and look of this summer haven.
Welcome Guests with a Goody Basket
Before the guests arrive, prepare welcome baskets teeming with a scrumptious selection of Cape Cod delights, such as bags of potato chips made in Hyannis, dried cranberries, oyster crackers, jam, and a bag of coffee beans. Decorate each basket with cotton ribbons in cheery gingham. Then place one in each guest’s hotel room. Besides these gift baskets, present equally inviting pint-sized treats at the reception table.
Send Guests Home with Tasty Treats
Give guests confections that are unique to the place. Saltwater taffy, for instance, is a Cape Cod specialty that comes in many flavors. Available in an array of pastel colors, these candies make perfect fillings for candy trays tied in place with a blue gingham ribbon.
Cape Cod is also famous for cranberries, so guests will surely appreciate a jar of candied cranberries. Chocolate cranberry truffles may be placed inside woven sinamay heart-shaped boxes, each lined with colored crinkle paper and decorated with a simple raffia ribbon.
Alternatively, traditional Cape Cod creations make a wonderful option. Jewelry made of sea glass and beach stones may be given to female guests or to the bridesmaids in embroidered pouches. Pottery and soaps crafted in Cape Cod, as well as pictures and cards capturing the spirit of the seaside town are equally appropriate for this event.
Personalize Mementos with Photographs and Notes
Photographs of the wedding ceremony, guests at the reception, or Cape Cod landmarks make lovely mementos when placed in beach-inspired frames. The same frames may also be used to present inspirational poetry or quotations about Cape Cod, accompanied by thank-you notes bearing the name of the couple and the wedding date. For an attractive presentation, enclose the frames in colorful wrapping and display them on the welcome tables at the reception.
A wedding reception held in Cape Cod–or even one merely inspired by its scenic beauty–should ideally reflect the seaside town’s charm. Welcome baskets, gifts and favors provide the opportunity to showcase Cape Cod specialties, from edible treats to handmade crafts, while nostalgic photographs capture the special moment in an elegant manner.