Choosing the right party favours for an engagement party can be tricky; while favours are expected at showers and the wedding itself, they are not usually "required" or expected at an engagement party. Therefore, keeping it simple is key. Give guests something small and slightly neutral to the occasion, as the favour should serve as a parting token or treat to remind them that a wedding is on its way. Tie in the wedding theme and "save the date" only if the date and theme are already known.
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Things you need
- Homemade baked goods or chocolates
- Small candies or mints
- Parchment paper
- Small gift boxes
- Metal tins
- Cellophane or cloth bags
- Theme-based tokens
- Small flowerpots
Brainstorm ideas. Keep engagement party gifts simple. Leave the face-imprinted and name-branded tokens like candle holders, key rings and other novelty items for the wedding. An engagement party is simply an engagement party, not the wedding itself, so it is not appropriate to flaunt your union yet. Gifts merely show gratitude to your guests for coming to your party.
Bake homemade treats to wrap individually. Edible gifts are both the most practical and useful homemade party favour to give. Bake gourmet brownies, cookies, biscotti, fudge or small loaves of sweet bread. Wrap each treat in a cellophane gift bag or parchment paper. Secure the wrapper with a decorative ribbon.
Fill decorative cloth or plastic bags, tins or small boxes with a selection of small candies, chocolates or mints. Purchasing candies and chocolates saves you time while placing them into personalised sacks or boxes adds a homemade creative touch. Tie the bags and boxes with decorative ribbons, and add a note or sticker reading "thank you" if you desire.
Design wedding-theme specific favours featuring Save-the-Date information if the wedding theme and date are already planned and secured. Favours that announce the theme of the wedding are appropriate to give at an engagement party as they highlight the wedding itself. Favour ideas include small tokens based on the theme, such as a dried sea star with a save the date tag and ribbon for a beach-themed wedding, a metal horseshoe with a tag and ribbon for a Western-themed wedding, a small flowerpot or pinwheel with tags and ribbons for a farm or country wedding, a wine stopper or opener with a tag for a vineyard setting, or simply small potted flowers in the wedding colours with a ribbon and save the date tag tied around the pot.
Position party favours on a table or ledge by the exit of the room. It is possible that not all guests want to take home a favour (allergies, diets, going straight to the airport), so lay out the favours or stack them into a basket or decorative bowl for the guests to help themselves to on the way out of the party.
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