Does anyone know who’s responsible for this playlist? It’s pretty brilliant. We’ll be grooving and graving to this tonight. Happy halloween fellow night owls.
Wedding favours have the potential to surprise and delight your guests. Get this important part of your wedding reception right and your guests will leave feeling loved up and tickled pink. Get it wrong and you’ll adding to the ever growing trash pile of worthless tack in the sky.
Image courtesy of Bespoke Bride.
While there may be many definitive lists of wedding favour ideas around, such as the most creative wedding favour ideas or the best eco wedding favour ideas, when deciding what to put on the tables at your wedding the best starting point is to put yourself in the shoes of your guests. When you do, a few obvious rules emerge:
1. All wedding favours should reflect the couple getting married. What is important to you? Whether it is health, being environmentally friendly or breaking all the rules in the book, don’t abdicate your personality when it comes to choosing your favours. Guests want to feel as if they are in a world of your creation.
2. Wedding favours should be a treat for your guests. While many couples opt for personalised wedding favours commemorating the date of their marriage etc, by the time your guests reach dinner they will have spent an entire day thinking about you. Why not make this bit about them? Something delicious, a fun activity, a conversation starter – whatever you go with, think about your friends and family and what they would like to receive.
3. Ultimately, favours should be consumable, wearable or small enough to fit into a jacket pocket or a full purse.
4. Consumable favours should complement the meal being served. Will your guests have room left for an edible treat? Perhaps a liquid favour would have more takers. Example: Faust’s Potions ‘Drink Me’ herbal hangover cure vials.
5. Wearable favours are a sure fire way to ensure nothing gets left behind, and a great way to help your guests look fabulous. Examples: bindis, glow-sticks, or little pots of glitter.
6. While little pots of honey are lovely in principle, they are a clunky thing to have in your back pocket. Their lifespan is also limited. If you choose to give your guests a small memento, something they could use time and time again would be of more worth. Example: handmade handkerchiefs.
As nobody knows weddings like an experienced wedding provider we have asked Katherine Hudson, of the renowned Arabian Tent Company, for her views on choosing the best wedding favours.
Hi Katherine! In your experience, what sort of items have you found to make the best wedding favours?
The days of sugared almonds are long gone, and so are the days of potted jam from great aunty Mable. The best wedding favours are the ones that guests can use straight away when they sit down to dinner – ideally interactive ones to get the conversation flowing with the people they’re sitting with. Those favours that can be consumed, worn or used at that particular moment are always the best.
Are there certain types of wedding favours that tend to get left behind or ignored?
A lot of wedding favours get left behind if they’re not instantly engaging to a guest when they come across them.
Are there certain types of wedding favours that encourage guests to interact with one another?
I’m a fan of fancy dress items – silly sunglasses, moustaches, head-gear etc. They are great for creating interaction amongst the guests.
What is the cleverest wedding favour you have ever come across?
Whilst not hugely clever, probably the best (and most used) favour that I saw at a wedding was a little bottle of Tuaca (the bride and groom drank a lot of it when they first met!) – all the little bottles were empty at the end of the night as they got used for a special toast to the bride and groom.
Tuaca Bottles by Infinity Photographic.
You can read more about Katherine’s work, as see examples of her unique wedding marquees, furniture and props on the Arabian Tent Company website.
If you’re still at a loss, consider some of the ‘definitive’ wedding favour ideas lists below but consider the above and PROCEED WITH CAUTION!
Buzzfeed Life’s 42 Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Actually Want
Rock My Wedding’s Favour Me
No Impact Bride’s 10 Green Wedding Favor Ideas
Real Simple’s 10 Creative Wedding Favor Ideas
Bespoke Bride’s 50 Fab Favours for Your Wedding Day
Halloween has always been my favourite celebration of the year, but even I can’t stand the sickly sweet rendition of All Hallows Night that our neighbours across the pond have infected us with. It almost seems as though if you do not have a child and you’re not ruled by high fructose corn syrup then Halloween is not for you. I beg to differ. All Soul’s Night is a time to gather together, look death in the eye and raise a glass to all things dark and decrepit with brazen joviality. Below are my favourite recipes for an unnervingly stylish Halloween dinner party.
Click through for full recipes and instructions.
By Victoria Hudgins of A Subtle Revelry
In celebration of the left-field.
By Kelli Hall of Julep
1/2 ounce Black Vodka (like Blavod)
1/2 ounce Fig Vodka (like Figenza)
1 1/2 ounces Creme de Cassis
Dash of Dry Vermouth
And keep them coming.
By Laura of Family Spice
1 cup blueberries, frozen
1/2 avocado, seeded and peeled
1 tsp wasabi, paste
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sesame seeds, black
By Alanna Taylor-Tobin of The Bojon Gourmet
(This recipe is gluten free)
For the gnocchi:
1 cup (8 ounces / 225 grams) roasted winter squash puree
1 cup (8 ounces / 225 grams) whole-milk ricotta
3 large eggs
1/4 cup (1.25 ounces / 35 grams) grated Parmesan
1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea or kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup (3 ounces / 85 grams) potato flour (not starch)
1/2 cup (2 ounces / 55 grams) millet flour, plus more for rolling
1/2 cup (2.75 ounces / 80 grams) sweet rice flour, more as needed
To finish the gnocchi (makes 2 servings):
1/3 of the pumpkin ricotta gnocchi
olive oil, as needed
3 ounces (85 grams) pancetta, diced
1/3 small head red radicchio, leaves torn into 1-2″ pieces
1- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, plus a few pretty leaves for garnish
a few large sage leaves, sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
The Sidecar: Bloody Sesame Beetroot Salad with Chia Dressing
You’re going to have to off-road with this one as the recipe link is dead. It just looked so evocatively innards-like and yet so delectably healthy that I had to include it.
By JJ of 84th & 3rd
For the Pears:
1 Tbsp whiskey or brandy
100 g 85% dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
1/2 tsp sea salt
150 g butter
100 ml red wine
1 1/4 c raw sugar
For the Cake:
1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 c red wine
1 1/2 c water
4 firm pears
For the pears:
2 large eggs
1/2 c buttermilk
1/2 c [35 g] cocoa powder
1 c unbleached white flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
Follow my Pinterest board HALLOWEEN PARTY for many more grown up yet ghoulish party planning ideas.
Less of a recipe, more of a method of approach. The message from the Guardian is clear: where the morning after is concerned, more is definitely more. Click here to read the full article.
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