Party favors are a great way to leave an impression on your guests. You don’t have to—nor should you—blow the budget on them. For instance, these custom oyster napkin rings can be replicated by going to your local beach and picking up shells. If the beach is not an option, you can opt for your local craft store or even your backyard where stones or rocks painted with silver spray paint can create a similar, DIY-chic effect. Feeling extra festive? Use paint or a marker to add a monogram of your guests' initials.
Keep kids active toward the end of your party by letting them make and assemble popcorn favor bags for guests. To create these, you’ll need brown paper bags, kid’s scissors, a hole punch, colorful string and markers. Set up a tub of popcorn on a flat, level surface such as a kitchen counter or dining table; then create an assembly line. Assign each kid a specific task such as measuring and adding the popcorn, cutting and attaching the string, punching holes in tags, writing names and/or handing the bags to the guests.
These small linen sacks came pre-printed with their Halloween designs, but you could easily dress up plain sacks with foam stamps or a stencil and craft paint. Fill with candy and toys for the party guests to take home.
With so much candy around at Halloween parties, a salty snack will hit the spot. Whip up some homemade kettle-popped corn or one of our popcorn recipes below and place in scallop-edged cups. Embellish with dimensional scrapbooking stickers (found at craft stores) or one of our free printables. If you're sending a cup home with your party guests, wrap it in cellophane and tie with ribbon so the popcorn will stay fresh.
Send guests home in style with neatly packaged "to-go" boxes. White bakers' boxes lined with parchment paper are the perfect containers for filling with each guests' loot from the day. Print and cut out these festive tags, hand-stamp guests' names and string onto red-and-white kitchen twine.
Top off a fabulous afternoon by sending guests home with handmade granola. Toast your favorite nuts, dried fruit and spices and scoop into adorable paper bags. There's no better way to share the love with your friends and thank them for coming over.
Once the fun is over at the party, give guests ribbon wands to take the fun home. Becca Gorski selected three colors of ribbon for each wooden dowel rod and tied them on one at a time. This party favor represents the theme and is a fun activity for guests.
Celebrate a summer birthday with a camping party. Set up tents in the backyard, organize an outdoor scavenger hunt and tell ghost stories around a campfire. As party favors, Erika Barnes of Tiny Prints suggests filling clear, cellophane bags with s'mores kits so guests can make their own s'mores when they go home.
These gumball machine party favors are easy to make and useful. Painted, upside-down terra-cotta pots make up the base of the machine and round glass jars were glued on top of the pots. The top part is a removable lid so guests can later use the machine as a cookie jar or other storage container. To complete the look, Kara Allen painted and glued wooden doll stands to look like machine dispensers. Photo by Lyndsey Fagerlund Imagery
Encourage guests to continue having s'more fun at home long after the party ends. Gift them with favors that are reminiscent of summer campfires like these s'more take-home boxes which are the perfect way for guests to end their night on a sweet note.