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Bridal Shower Favor: Take-home Cake Pop Box!

Bridal Shower Favor: Take-home Cake Pop Box

Good morning dearies! Wedding season is ramping back up, and I’m so excited to share with you more budget-friendly ideas! I absolutely LOVE this bridal shower favor, but full-disclosure, that’s probably because these were the favors I made at my shower! If you’ve read this blog before you know that I am a HUGE fan of edible or practical favors. Because if my opinion, if you can eat it or use it – it’s junk, and I hate the idea of my hard-earned money going straight to the trash. 

And WHO doesn’t love cake pops?

Cake Pop Favor Boxes

Here’s what you’ll need:

Instructions:

1. Download your free Cake Pop Box labels!!! We recommend printing these labels on full-sheet label paper. Customize and cut out each label. Never used our printables before? Visit our printing FAQ page to learn how to customize your printables in Adobe Reader (it’s easy!).

Do you LOVE this idea, but our yellow labels aren’t working with your color scheme? We offer customized versions of our printable labels in our Etsy shop for as little as $5! We can change colors, fonts, etc.! Contact shop@marrythis.com with questions or to request a custom order.

2. Assemble your pre-baked cake pops. I followed this recipe, except I used pink and brown candy melts instead of almond bark to coat my pops. Decorate the pops using your favorite toppings! I used pearls and sprinkles as well as shredded coconut (my favorite).

Bridal Shower Favor: Take-home Cake Pop Box 
3. After the cake pops are fully set, place each pop in a clear treat bag. Tie each bag with a twist tie. Cut off any excess. You can see a few pink wrapped pops toward the back of my crappy photo above ;)

4. Assemble your boxes! My boxes held 8-10 cake pops each. I laid them flat, alternating directions, so they nestled nicely. Wrap your boxes with a bow. Peel and stick on your customized label, and VOILA! Favors that are GUARANTEED not to end up in the trash. I have it on good authority that most of my favors didn’t even last through the weekend.

Bridal Shower Favor: Take-home Cake Pop Box

As always, if you used our free printables in an awesome project, we would love to see your work! Send your photos to allison@marrythis.com for a chance to be featured on our blog! Happy gifting!

Roundup: Fabulous Fall Wedding Favors

Happy Monday, friends! In the spirit of Fall (and spending hours this weekend raking up leaves) I thought it would be nice to throw together a roundup of fabulous Fall wedding favors. My personal favorite being the tiny bottles of whisky, because I’m a drunk (and most likely your wedding guests will want to be, too).

Fall Wedding Favors

1. Fall Favor Box | 2. Favor Box with Paper Leaves | 3. Mini Liquor Bottles | 4. Fall Favor Tags | 5. Mini Candied Apples | 6. Pouch of Pears | 7. “Fall in Love” Scented Leaf Soaps

Freebie Friday! “It’s What’s Inside that Counts”
Oreo-stuffed Cookie Favor

Happy Friday, friends! I am so excited because for the first time ever MarryThis! has teamed up with de Lovely Affair for a fun wedding favor post swap! (In case you missed it, make sure to check out yesterday’s totally rad Plantable Wildflower Paper charity favor!)

Oreo-stuffed cookie wedding favor

Head on over to dLA to check out my guest post featuring DIY Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookie wedding favors. You read that right. Stop drooling. AND since we here at MarryThis! like to do things on the cheap — you better believe that each favor costs less than $1 to make!

Download your free “It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts” printable label and check out the DIY!

Oreo-stuffed cookie wedding favor

And as always, we want to showcase YOUR lovely MarryThis-inspired favors!
Send your images to allison@marrythis.com – you may just be featured on the blog! 

A few awesome wedding links for your weekend:

This week on MarryThis!:

Have a wonderful weekend!

Charity Favor: Go Green – Plantable Wildflower Paper

Hello there MarryThis friends! I am Mellissa, and I blog at de Lovely Affair. I was so excited when Allison asked me to write a guest post for the Charity Favors Series, and today, we are going green with a fabulous charity donation idea AND a super easy DIY project for you crafty, budget brides.

Plantable Wildflower Paper wedding favor

A green wedding isn’t just about going cheap; it’s about making smart, value based purchases for everything from invitations to your dress. NOT purchasing packaged, shipped, and then tossed wedding favors, is good for the planet and your wedding budget. There are so many green DIY options for a green bride but by far my favorite is donating to an eco-friendly charity close to your heart.

The Atlantic Forestvia The Costa Rica News

A perfect green cause for eco-conscious couples: preserving the Amazon Rainforest. Why? The Atlantic Forest region of this vast Amazon Rainforest was once a thriving habitat covering nearly 330 million acres. Now only 7% remains due to urban expansion, industrial development, agriculture, and illegal logging. It’s home to thousands of animals and plant life, some found nowhere else on Earth.This fragile, diverse, and lifegiving biosphere is worth saving for future generations. The Nature Conservancy has a fabulous program to help protect this beautiful rainforest with their Plant A BillionTrees Campaign. You can donate 50 trees for just $50 – a small price to pay.

Green charity favors are an excellent option for eco-conscious couples who want to make a difference with their dollars and give something a little more meaningful than Jordan almonds. And as with every MarryThis charity favor, we can’t have guests going home empty handed. So I have put together a super easy tutorial for Plantable Wildflower Paper. What better way to help the environment than to grow something beautiful?

Plantable Wildflower Paper wedding favor

Plantable Wildflower Paper

Plantable paper is made using paper pulp and seeds! Pretty simple. This is an easy paper making project, perfect for a DIY bride on a budget – no fancy equipment necessary. The end result is beautiful textured paper with a rustic feel, adding handmade charm to your plantable paper wedding favor. {All project photos via de Lovely Affair}

Plantable Wildflower Paper wedding favor

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paper to make pulp – recycled junk mail, card stock, toilet paper roll – no glossy paper
  • Wild Flower Seeds (small seeds are best)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Blender
  • Wire hand strainer
  • Cookie pan
  • Towels or cloths
  • Cookie cutters to make shapes (optional)
  • Plastic wrap or parchment paper

Note: This is a messy and wet process therefore it is best to work on a well-protected surface.

Plantable Wildflower Paper wedding favor

Instructions:

1. Tear the paper into small pieces and toss them into a blender. Add warm water to cover the mixture and blend away. Make sure the pulp is really smooth.

2. Pour pulpy mixture through the wire hand strainer and squeeze out the excess water. All lumps should be removed at this stage and the paper pulp should be well mixed. Note: Squeezing out TOO much water will make the mixture too lumpy and hard to form.

Plantable Wildflower Paper wedding favor

3. Mix a handful of seeds and paper pulp in a bowl. The amount of seeds required will depend on the type of seeds used and the finished effect that you are looking for. Mix the seeds well using your hands or a spoon. Do not use the hand blender otherwise you’ll damage the seeds.

4. Grab your cookie sheet and your mold – a cookie or biscuit cutter, which I used. Press the seeded pulp into the mold, making sure that it is even on all sides. Make sure it’s not to thick or it will take longer to dry. Use a towel to press as much water as possible from the paper pulp.

5. Drying the seed paper quickly is essential, otherwise the seeds will start to grow! Placing the seed paper in a warm (but not hot) environment and ensuring that air can circulate around it is the best way to dry the paper quickly. Blowing the seed paper with a hair dryer on a cool setting will also help. Make sure the paper favor is completely dry before embellishing. Store on plastic wrap or parchment paper. Craft it up and you’re done!

Budget Breakdown:

The seeds and embellishments were the only things that cost any money for this project.

  • Paper: Free, unless you want specific color paper. I made 10 seed discs and used three 8×10 sheets of paper. If you want to make thicker discs, add one more sheet.
  • Cookie cutter: Grab one at the Dollar Store if you don’t have one. I like the idea of a heart shape.
  • Embellishments: I used products I already had. I grabbed them at Michael’s for $1
  • Seeds: Sometimes you can find big seed packets for very cheap at the Dollar Store. Any other garden store will have a mixed packet for around $5-$6.

Grand total per favor: Less than $1 each 

Plantable Wildflower Paper wedding favor

Once I got it all figured out, it went very quickly. Less than an hour for my ten discs, but I would say this is an all day, grab your bridesmaids sort of project.

I also put together a printable tag for this project available for download over at de Lovely Affair.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this charity favor! As always, we’d love to see your projects come to life, so send your fabulous wedding favor photos to allison@marrythis.com.

Happy Crafting,
Mellissa

Mellissa de Oliveira is the creator and editor of de Lovely Affair, a practical wedding resource for modern multicultural couples. The blog blends world traditions and international “I Do’s,” practical planning and DIY projects with a good dose of humor, gorgeous photography and, of course, real weddings.

Happy Friday Friends!
A Big Announcement
& a Whole Lotta Link Love

Hello lovelies! I’m celebrating this beautiful Friday in my brand new (circa 1979) house! My hubby and I closed on our house on Tuesday and we are THRILLED. Thank you so much for your wonderful, loyal readership! I’ll be a little light on blogging for the next week or so while we move, but I promise I have a whole crap load of awesome DIYs and charity favors comin’ at ya in July!

First things first — it’s time to announce that MarryThis! is now a one woman show. Frowney face. When Sara, Amy and I started MarryThis in 2010 (back then we didn’t have a blog — we were just selling our wedding guides, which are now free) we had dreams of the three of us quitting our day jobs and working from a beautiful sunny loft on anything wedding related.

But as time progressed, life happened, and now Sara and Amy are both making wonderful and exciting life changes that unfortunately don’t have much to do with weddings. I’m the schmuck still left ;) All this to say, the blog will still be exactly the same and equally as awesome — you might  just experience a bit more sarcasm and a few more Gwar references.

I miss you so much girls! A vegas trip is definitely in order.

Now onto wedding business:

If you’ve seen our DIYs or charity favor series, you know that we are constantly asking to see photos of your finished projects! We received this beauty in our email box and we are so excited to share!

Doggy Bag charity wedding favor

Thanks so much to our new buddy, Megan Miller! In effort to find a non-cheesy wedding favor, Megan decided to make our “Doggy Bag” edible charity favors to give out at her wedding (she’s a veterinarian!), and they turned out fabulous! Megan, I feel honored that you chose our favor to be a part of your big day. Congratulations, newlywed!

And as always, we want to showcase YOUR lovely MarryThis inspired photos too!
Send your images to allison@marrythis.com

A few awesome wedding links for your weekend:

This week on MarryThis!:

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tired, Trendy & Timeless:
Edible Favors

It’s no secret that I love functional, practical favors. Why waste your money on personalized or monogrammed favors that your guests will just add to the donate pile within a year? Play it safe by showing your gratitude with an edible treat that everyone is sure to enjoy.

Now, I know I might get some flak for listing Jordan almonds as “tired,” but come on, ladies! I have nothing against this sweet treat — other than the fact that I have received these favors a billion times myself, and the rest of your wedding guests probably have too. Why not use this “favorable” opportunity to express your unique personality as a couple? Check out our edible favor assessment in this installment of Tired, Trendy & Timeless.

Edible Favors

Tired: Jordan almonds
Trendy: ‘S’more Love’ favors, via Bridesmaids and Weddings & Honey Jar favors
Timeless: Truffle box, photo by Gina Meola Photography

Frugal favor: Homemade granola

granola favor

I often think of a post-wedding morning as one of sleeping in, pressing the snooze button several times, and rushing around to get checked out of the hotel on time after a late night of fun.

That’s where this granola wedding favor comes in. Your guests will love you for this healthy breakfast on the go, plus homemade granola is so easy to make. And when I mean easy to make, I mean Rice Krispies treats easy. Granola takes just a few ingredients, time in the oven and voilà — you’ve got a boatload of tasty and inexpensive toasted oats, nuts and dried fruits.

granola

Use this delish granola recipe from The Kitchen Sink. Granola is sort of like a cookie where you can add whatever you want and it never turns out badly, so choose your favorite dried fruits and nuts.

To make this favor: Fill each wax food bag with one cup of granola. Tie with a fun ribbon and our printable tag and you’re good to go.