I am SO excited about today’s post because I absolutely LOVE charity wedding favors … when they are done correctly. Don’t get me wrong, donating to charity on behalf of your guests is an absolutely WONDERFUL idea that I am in full support of, but let’s keep it real — a charity favor presented in the wrong way can be tacky (and annoying for your guests) EVEN if it’s for a good cause. (Scroll to the bottom of this post for some guidelines to keep your charity wedding favors in check.)
While I love the idea of a donation to charity in lieu of favors, my stomach churns a little when I think about sending my family and friends home empty handed. So our new “Charity Favor” series provides the best of both worlds! We find cute, matching (and inexpensive) favors that your guests can take home and that ALSO benefits charity.
First up are these adorable sugar cookie and dog treat wedding favors to be accompanied by a donation to your local humane society. I LOVE this favor! By pairing a decorated bone-shaped sugar cookie with a homemade peanut butter dog treat — this favor will appeal to your peeps and your pooch. Read on for the how-to.
Dog Lovers Charity Favors
What you need:
- Colored card stock (I used natural-colored recycled card stock)
- Bone-shaped cookie cutter
- 9″ cellophane treat bags (each favor uses 2 bags)
- Pre-baked and decorated bone-shaped sugar cookies
- Pre-baked Peanut Butter Bites dog treats
1. Download your free, customizable “Doggy Bag” charity tag printable. Cut out each tag and set aside (do not fold yet). Never used our printables before? Visit our printing FAQ page to learn how to customize your printables in Adobe Reader (it’s easy!).
2. Place one dog treat in the bottom of a cellophane bag. I used this wonderful homemade Peanut Butter Bites dog treat recipe from The Bark Spot.
3. Place one bone-shaped sugar cookie in the bottom of another cellophane bag (you don’t want to mix the human treats with dog treats). I used a basic sugar cookie recipe from AllRecipes. Once your cookies are cooled, dip them in chocolate flavored candy melts and add sprinkles – OR – feel free to decorate however you like. It is very important to decorate the cookies so it is obvious which cookie is for a human, and which is for the dog.
4. Place your two cookie-stuffed cellophane bags on top of each other. Place one bag higher than the other so your treats aren’t lying on top of each other (see photo).
5. Fold over the tops of the cellophane bags together, leaving enough room for the tag.
6. Pre-fold your cut “Doggy Bag” tags and place it on top of your folded treat bags. Secure the tag to the bags with a single staple.
- Consider matching these treats to your wedding colors! Dye your sugar cookies with food coloring or print the tags on a matching colored card stock.
- Add fun ribbons or buttons to dress up the final product!
We know that each bride’s intentions are good, but a poorly thought out charity favor could make your guests feel under-appreciated.
Here are a few guidelines to keep your charity wedding favors in check:
- ALWAYS list the charity you donated to. A card that simply reads “In lieu of a traditional wedding favor, a donation has been made in your name to charity.,” is too vague. And if we’re being real here, it just sounds like you cheapened out and didn’t want to spend any money on favors. Of COURSE, this isn’t the truth, but you don’t want to give any of your guests the opportunity to misunderstand.
- ALWAYS donate to a charity that is widely accepted by your friends and family. I don’t think your Limbaugh-loving uncle would appreciate it if you donated to the Obama 2012 campaign on his behalf. You can’t go wrong with a charity that supports animals, youth programs, or organizations like
Make-A-Wish or the American Cancer Society.
- ALWAYS donate to a charity you have a personal connection to. Your guests should be able to understand why you chose the specific charity you did.