Who doesn’t love an edible party favor? It’s not another item that you have no use for and ends up in the donate or garbage pile. Whether it’s a corporate event, a non profit event, a wedding or a birthday party. there are endless possibilities for using edible party favors to customize your event further. From attending many events in the Washington, DC area, I’ve been the recipient of some fun favors that I gladly devour on the car ride home! When planning your party, take a look at these ideas that our clients have used.
Sugar cookies. What about I love about sugar cookies is that you can have any design on top, consistent with the design scheme of your event. For a corporate event, these cookies are one way to brand your event with the company or event logo. For a birthday party, wedding or anniversary, the design can reflect the guest of honor, like the beer bottles cookies for a client who loves to beer.
Photo: Jay Moore.
Cookies by Sugar Pixie Sweets. Photo: Stephen Gosling
Seasonal Gifts. Gifting with a seasonal perspective is a fun idea also. For example, our clients gave caramelized apples for fall events. For a summer event, I received a pint of ice cream and a sundae kit.
Apples from Oh My Chocolate. Photo: SOTA Dzine
Ice Cream and Kit from Ice Cream Jubilee. Photo: Vicky Choy
Chocolates. Most guests enjoy chocolate favors. You can pick a design that coordinates with your event design scheme (like the US Capitol one or the sports balls for a sports themed event below), or package them in your event’s color palette (like the maroon box below). We’ve given M&Ms, Godiva, Hersheys, and even products from locally sourced chocolatiers like Artisan Confections.
A chocolate version of the US Capitol is a popular choice for Washington, DC events (from Historical Chocolate Company) Photo: Darla Brown, Brown-Williams Photography
Photo: Lori Love Photography
Photo: Angela Gaeto
Photo: Deb Lindsey
Cupcakes To-Go. When cupcakes were all the rage, we had many clients who provided boxes for their guests to take home a cupcake. Sometimes you’re just too full to eat the favor at the party but could enjoy it later. Whether it’s cupcakes or cookies, you can provide fun to-go containers for guests to choose what they want to take with them
Photo: Ralph Alswang
Meaningful Items. Especially for social events, the hosts often give party favors with meaning to their guests. Check out some examples below.
For this wedding, our couple were Chinese and Italian. To reflect their heritage, their favors were a fortune cookie and Jordan almonds. and Photo: Dreamworks Photography
For clients that were from Philadelphia, they gave TastyKakes sweets as their favor. Photo: Ever After Visuals
Our client hosted their fall event in Alexandria, Virginia and gave their guests cider produced at Mt. Vernon nearby. Photo: A Candid Image
Personalized labels of hot sauce. Photo: Photos Unscripted
Homemade Edibles. When the hosts make the favor themselves, guests will surely enjoy them that much more. I recommend only making your own edible favors for smaller social and private events only.
Our client was a chef and made these cute jars of apple butter as gift to her guests at this fall wedding. Photo: Vicky Choy
How about some homemade peach jam? Photo: Vicky Choy
At this fall wedding, the groom was an avid home brewer and gave their guests bottles of his own ale. Photo: Vicky Choy
There are so many options out their for edible party favors, if you want to include them in your event. When possible, a party favor provides your guests with one of the last memory or experience they have with your event as they depart. Check out this article we contributed to on party favors and goodie / swag bags.