This is what I came up with: Tags created in Word, printed on white cardstock and glued to red cardstock for color. I didn't end up going with the cookies, as they would have to be done the week of the wedding and I didn't need anything else to do! I did find 'hot chocolate pops' on Oriental Trading and using them to mix cocoa -- heavenly. Then i just popped them all into my cheap little favor bags, tied with ribbons with hot-glued silk leaves. Word to the wise: Take a year to plan your wedding so you can stock up on seasonal clearance the year before!
I would be pretty confident in plain old copier/printer paper. Most of us do a fair amount of handling it on a daily basis without keeling over.. Besides, what does 'FDA foodsafe' mean these days anyway? ;-) There are many sites out there where you can print Lipton-style paper teabag wrappers. If you can't find one, just send me a msg and I'll email one to you. I would import the image into InDesign - maybe even Word if you don't have InDesign -- and add your text/pictures. I'll be happy to help if you have questions.
Ebay is awesome. It's also a great place to get new ideas. One caution (besides the more obvious e-auction cautions we all know by now): if you have a strict color requirement, check and check again, maybe even ask for a small swatch or sample! I've heard some stories of disappointment when monitor color did not match up with real-life color.
Speaking of disposable cameras, the best deal I found was at -- Walgreens. I collected the coupons, stocked up on 3-packs and didn't have to pay shipping. Then, I removed the cardboard covers, covered them with some glue-stick glue and covered it with decorative paper before reasssembling.
Speaking as a bride-to-be, what would be really cool for me would be a gift cert for manicure/pedicure, facial, something like that. Speaking for myself the time all the vendors are paid off and gifts are bought for the family, etc, there's nothing left in the budget for splurging on beauty services. There are loads of cool crafty things you can do to personalize gift certificates, you could even put it in a funky makeup case or tape it to a carton of orange juice. :-)
Thanks so much for all your input, everyone! :-) I love the chocolate-covered seeds idea and the little pots of grass. Loose tea would be really cute too, except I'm the only tea-drinker... maybe I should just change my theme to 'beer'... ;-) I think I'm going to do some variation on 'seed' food - maybe sesame seed candies. I'll post when they're all assembled for all to see. :-)
Hi All, We're doing a rehearsal dinner in our NEW BACKYARD (the crowd goes wild). The poor yard is devoid of plantlife, except the stray leaf of grass, but next spring I'm going to give it an extreme makeover. Anyway, I wanted to do some little favors that look like seed packets, but I'm not sure what to put in them. I would just do regular old seed packets, but 2/3 of the guests would not know what to do with them. Any ideas for candy/toys/other cool things that would go with this theme? I'm also looking for ideas about cheap/free decoration for our bbq. Luckily, I have inherited a case of sunflower candles, but that's all I have so far. thanks!!
Just in case this helps, we sent out regular xmas cards (I get about a billion free from the Humane Society, etc every year so we always have tons on hand) but with save the date magnets on the inside, held in place with self-adhesive photo corners. The magnets ended up being great - we made them ourselves with the help of InDesign (really you could use Word or anything) and magnetic inkjet sheets. If you make them the size of business cards, you can get a whole bunch on one page, and the sheets themselves run about 5 bucks for three. I was concerned about how they would run through my printer, but they worked beautifully. If you use magnets, people can use your wedding info to hold up their take-out menus all year long and will have no excuse for forgetting the date. :-)