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How To Choose Favor Boxes?
Right box for right favor
Why do we need favor boxes? Many things need some sort of packaging for practical, hygienic or pure aesthetic reasons. Sometimes we buy stuff in bulk to save money and sometimes a chosen item doesn't have a package. We can find numerous reasons, but the aim is always the same. To present whatever we picked in most pleasing light. What works best for our particular case? Where to find a perfect, possibly personalized favor box?
Every single tiny detail makes a difference. Before we make a final decision, it is good to think about all the related issues, from chosen theme (no matter if we are talking about weddings, birthdays or any other kind of party) to completely scientific information (does our picked box need a waxed bases to prevent grease pouring on the table or maybe extra strong bottom for heavier items).
Here you'll find only few ideas for choosing useful and unique favor boxes, with some links to additional specialized pages. Remember: explore the options, discuss them, rethink, and make smart decisions.
All images by Pippi
Personalized favor boxes as new standard
Think before you buy
With so many different shapes, sizes, colors and patterns, with or without ribbons and similar decorations, it is easy to get confused. If we want to match some kind of general theme and add a personal touch, things got even more complicated.
Personalized favor boxes make great first impression. They say you care about the receiver loud and clear. There are many providers who can help you through the whole process, from choosing the gifts to final display of the packs on the tables, but above all you need to find answers to the most basic questions?
1. What did you choose to give to your guests? Some items don't need any kind of packing and some, like chocolate, need very special boxes.
2. How big are your favors? While in general smaller ones work much better, you sometimes want to include a thank you note or something bigger which just might not fit in and sometimes you can simply solve a problem with a bigger bag.
3. Where will be the packed favors displayed and stored? You can't expect guests will carry their gifts with them for hours. If the tables are not big enough, you need to provide additional place for storage or arrange to give them only after the party. Proper planning and ability of predicting is crucial.
Don't forget to consult with your friends!
When you got all the answers, think about customization. Depending on your time and resources you can do things by yourself or hire an expert. You can imagine just writing the names of all your guests to a bigger party, presumably in calligraphic handwriting, can be a strenuous task.
Popular and affordable compromise are many on-line services, where you can use the existing templates and add your text, just like you can see on the photo above.
For every occasion
Depending on circumstances you can pick a favor box for specific occasions like kids' parties, wedding receptions, baby showers, just-because-it's-Tuesday's and so on.
Before you buy them in bulk, it's good idea to test only one (if possible) and see if it fits into your plans. You don't want to stay with two hundred useless colorful cartoons, don't you?
Martha Stewart's treat boxes are suitable for everything vintage themed, especially for more precious items. They have timeless classic appeal, so it's very likely they can come hand for one of your parties sooner or later.
It's all about the details
We tend to spent all the time choosing favors, but an extra thought on package can really make a difference. Think about tags with humorous quotes, decorative ribbons, bows in colors of party's theme ...
Every little bit counts and your gift will always make better impression with something extra. Be creative and enjoy.
You can do-it-yourself
DIY projects are always an option for obvious reasons. They can help you to stay within a budget, to express your personality and get things done exactly as you want. Of course we have to stay realistic. Not everybody is handy enough to make top-notch origami treat boxes even after hours of learning. And even if we like packing presents, it's one thing to pack one or dozens and dozens.
Sometimes our time schedule simply doesn't allow us to do everything, so at least partial delegation should be considered. Here is simple step by step procedure by Ann's Bridal Bargains.
Time and money - with compromise you can save both
Where to get a personalized treat box?
As already mentioned there are several dedicated service which can give you a hand at similar projects by high quality material of package, ability to add your own graphics, logos, wordings etc., and - above all - loads of experience.
You can find personalized wedding favor boxes at Zazzle - there are all sorts of gift boxes and you can add your names and wedding date.