I was talking last week about how many of our DIY projects haven't resulted in perfection but how, like the solution to the drainage problem (which Mr. FP is still so proud of), it still works for us.Turns out, the guest favors are a perfect examples of this.
Since getting engaged, I've known I wanted something simple for guest favors. And if it means he doesn't have to do anything, Mr. FP agrees. I had no desire to tulle pouches with Jordan almonds for the next year and a half so we settled on a favor that the guests can DIY themselves... a candy buffet.
As I mentioned here, the containers I wanted the guests to fill candy with don't come cheap. At all. I could literally find no local options. And the transparent, frosted take-out boxes that I wanted didn't seem cheap online either... or at least, not when I took into account that many of the companies that sell them don't ship to Canada.
Thankfully, I found a decent enough option at a local dollar store. The best part: they come in packs of 3 for $1. Um, could life be any better? Well, actually, yes, it could. The worst part about them: the packs are not consistent in color choice and I ended up with a variety of transparent, light pink and light blue.
Darn. These are not what I wanted. Close. But not perfect. My solution? Forget about the colors and spruce them up with some custom labels with our names and wedding date. Eureka!
With the help of the wonderful SassyCat on Etsy I bought these labels and customized them using the provided template. It took a while to design, but they're tailored to match the rest of our stationery. Plus, thanks to SassyCat who sent me a proof before she put the order through (which was definitely needed and allowed me to make small adjustments that the template hadn't accounted for) they worked out great. (For any one interested in taking a similar route, I would highly recommend SassyCat -- her prices are great and she's super helpful).
They're not perfect, but I love them. Considering the amount of other wedding stress we have to deal with all the time, when something like this is cost effective, pretty darn close to the original goal, and personalized, I'm pretty much on cloud nine. And Mr. FP is just happy when I make a decision because it means I will stop talking to him about it...