5 Ways To Gift Fab Favors
Gift your party guests with a favor they'll actually use.
By Rebecca Willa Davis
Photo Credit: Kutay Tanir/iStock Photo
Youve come up with a dinner menu, prepared an I-Pod playlist, and bought loads of bubbly, but is your holiday party missing something? Jennifer Brisman, a New York-based event planner, gave us the inside scoop on spreading holiday cheer, one party favor at a time.
When to give:
If youre having an intimate gathering at your house or have asked guests to bring a bottle of wine or a dessert dish, its appropriate to give party favors. If you know that your guests will be bringing things to your home, its nice to give them something to bring back to their home, explains Brisman.
What to look for:
When shopping for favors, think of how useful theyll be to your guests. According to Brisman, You want to give with purpose, where the life cycle is going to last from year to year. If you go with something edible, make sure it can be shared. And dont feel pressured to go all out; as she points out, I think that people over-excess. Theres something to be said for doing something sweet, that doesnt have a one-off shelf-life.
What to avoid:
Stay away from things that are hokey! warns Brisman. High on her list of over-played favors are picture frames, Christmas stockings, socks, slippers, and napkin rings. And equally passé is spending money on wrapping paper. Instead, she suggests reusing what you have in your house, such as linen napkins, fabric swatches, and wine bags.
If youre on a budget:
You dont have to break the bank when buying favors. To keep costs low, go for something homemadeeggnog, hot apple cider, and oversized cookies are all easy to make. Stores like Marshalls and Target often carry inexpensive ornaments, which Brisman likes because they can be used year to year by guests. Or you can custom order cocktail napkins with seasonal images (think wreaths or snowflakes) or sayings (like, Have a holly jolly Christmas, or, We hope that youre decking the halls). Not only are paper napkins cheap and easy to findstop by your local stationary storebut they can be used by your guests in the future, thus extending the favors life cycle.
If you want to impress:
Knock the socks off of your party guests with guaranteed crowd pleasers, like pashmina throws or martini spears. People can use these things, and theyre always in style, points out Brisman. For an added wow factor, think about presentation; instead of just handing out beautiful ornaments to your guests, for example, hang them on a tree and invite your visitors to take the ornament of their choice at the end of the evening.