The Joy of Little Gifts

I know that favors or "little gifts", as I like to call them, are becoming "out-of-favor" at events these days and I can understand why.  They add to the expense of what is normally already a costly affair and, to be truthful, most guests don't always take them home or even seem to care about them.  BUT, for me, they still add something to a party and selfishly...I just love creating them.  A display of favors can also make a beautiful decoration on the table or in a neglected corner of the room.  So defensively, I feel they have value.  Also, I find if you add yummies to the favors, guests are far more likely to take them home and secretly enjoy them.

        ~So here we go with my "little gift" parade~

These favors below were given out at my "Springtime in Paris" Open House which launched my new event planning/floral design business.  The "Merci" tags were free printables from Celebrate Magazine.  The plastic bags were filled with white, pink and chocolate meringues and tied with black and white striped ribbon, along with the "merci" tags.  Kind of lovely!

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You can see how I made these "Tree Bark Favors" here.  These favors were part of an engagement party where the groom was an arborist (tree guy).


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I brought these gifts to my garden club as a "thank you" to my board members who had served with me while I was club President.  I thought they looked Garden Clubish.

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I'm just throwing in these patriotic favor bags from my Etsy Shop.  I thought they were very cute but, alas, no one has purchased them yet.  I guess I was alone in my thinking.  Haha!


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Scavenger Hunting Bags from my Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt.



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These spring glass planters were Easter gifts for members of my family.  Surprisingly, one has rebloomed this year!


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 TheTussie Mussie.  You can find the meaning of them here


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These are Safari Gift Bags.  I actually did sell these at my Etsy Shop!  I thought they were adorable.


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Baby Shower Favors with an Elephant Theme filled with animal crackers

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This was my Valentine's Day Gift Banner.  Each bag is filled with treats!


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These three favors were voted on by my Facebook friends to see which one they liked the best.  I honestly can not remember which one won.  I think it might have been the "Welcome Baby" one.  {Here is a not-so-subtle hint~I would love it if you "liked" my Facebook Page if you happen to visit  :) }




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Finally, these are the most recent batch of "little gifts" I have delivered this year.  In January, my daughter's kindergarten class made handmade birthday cards for me.  I was so touched.  It was so cute!  I wanted to return the favor (so to speak!) and when I was invited to visit their class a few weeks ago, I brought along these gift bags.

I filled them with animal bracelets for the girls and
 little slinkies for the boys.
Here they were on their way to the classroom.  It was such a fun experience.  The kids loved their presents and giving them made me feel good, or should I say joyful?
As usual, I place NO JUDGEMENT on those of you who do not want or like to have favors at your parties. Sometimes, I don't have the time or the desire for them either.  But, most of the time, I enjoy making these little presents and giving them out to my friends and family.  My daughter would probably tell me this represents something to do with my "love language" or something deep like that. Whatever the reason, I hope the custom of giving little gifts (favors) at special occasions never goes away totally because, I for one, love them and think they bring a bit of JOY to whoever receives them!

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1 comment:

  1. Great ideas! I'm hosting my first Baby Shower, and I needed some favor ideas!

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