This was a custom order. Usually I don't use prefab handles - they're such a pain! But I think it turned out pretty good. The inside is black and has a divided patch pocket on one side, and a zipper pocket on the other side. Both pockets are made out of the outer gold fabric. Oh and the outer is 100% silk. Magnetic snap closure.
My original plan was to have the pagoda scene be the front, but I really liked how the trees and the bird looked, so I used that as the front. What do you think?
Personally, I would not ask guests to bring food. Guests are guests, they are not supposed to provide the party. Hosts provide the party, and this includes the food.
But you can recoup your cost here by not providing favors. I tend to think of favors as completely optional. People always talk about favors, and I admit I gave some out at my wedding, but I've never actually attended a shower where favors were given out. Plenty a wedding, but never a shower, bridal or baby.