Monday, April 14, 2014

7 Ways to Display and Share Your Party Favors

You've planned your whole party. You have the menu, the guest list, and all the decor ready to go. You've even ordered the favors—but how are you going to share them with your guests?

While some order lip balms, lotions, or lavender sachets planning to include them in larger gifts for their guests, others may be wondering just how to present their favors. Here are 7 different ways to display and share your party favors

1. Rub a dub dub—lip balm in a tub. Painted metal or galvanized washtubs make great display containers for your favors (especially when your favors include duckies). Line with tissue paper or decorative fabric and arrange favors inside. Tub can be used as a centerpiece or placed next to a guest book.

2. A tisket, a tasket—favors in a basket. Probably one of the most common ways to share party favors, choose a decorative basket lined with a napkin or fabric swatch, then add your favors. Select a grouping of similar baskets in different sizes if you are offering an assortment of favors.

3. Everything in its place. Set each favor directly on a plate or on a folded napkin at each place setting to share with guests. This is a sweet way to welcome guests to your table.

4. Treats & Sweets. Set up candy or apothecary jars as a centerpiece on your serving table, then fill with favors and allow guests to help themselves. Very decorative and works well for an assortment.

5. Favors Gone Wild. Let your favors escape and decorate the table. Get creative with your tablescape, and include props like feather boas, fashion accessories, and kids' toys.

6. Bottoms up. For Girls' Night or a Bachelorette Party, why not start with a round of favors? Add one to each glass at the table. We love martini glasses, but margarita, hurricane, or even wine glasses look pretty with a little favor. You can always match your lip balm flavor to the glass shape!

7. Favors in Bloom. Perfect for floral theme favors or spring events. Tie favors onto branches to create "floral" arrangements for each table.

There are so many other ways to share your party favors. What's your favorite?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pickles & Ice Cream Invitations and Gifts

I love the idea of a cravings theme for a baby shower, and the classic craving is Pickles & Ice Cream!

We've created a Pinterest board with lots of ideas for decorations, snacks, gifts, cakes, and invitations for a Pickles & Ice Cream baby shower. We couldn't resist making invitations, stickers, postage, and gifts to match our Pickles & Ice Cream lip balm favors.

Our new Pickles & Ice Cream invites and stickers are available on Zazzle. Personalize with your own party details.

Customize a Pickles & Ice Cream t-shirt for the mom-to-be, too! Lots of colors and styles to choose from. 

Moms need lots of totes for carrying baby gear, so why not choose one to match the theme? Different sizes and styles!

Pickles & Ice Cream postage will match the invitations. (Coming soon.)

What would you include in a Pickles & Ice Cream baby shower? I'd love it if you'd share your ideas in the comments!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Sneak Peek Tamper Proof Balms

Lip Balm Tubes with Custom Labels | Smooch design #221
This week's quick Sneak Peek is smoochy balms in tubes. "Kissing Single Life Goodbye" is currently the most popular design (and sentiment), but this one has the bonus of hot pink caps.

The other noteworthy addition is our new tamper evident labels. See that clear, rounded bit at the base of the cap? It's perforated, so when you twist the cap off, the seal breaks. This also leaves a clear coating over the balm's design, so it won't wear off in your pocket!

We've just started using these new labels to replace our shrink wraps, but we'd love to know what you think. If you have any questions at all, please contact us. You're welcome to share your opinions in the comments field below, too!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Pickles & Ice Cream Baby Shower Favors

Pregnancy comes with some pretty big changes, and one of the most common is food cravings! The classic is Pickles & Ice Cream (probably not at the same time, but you never know...). Our new gift sets and favors celebrate that wacky craving in sweet (and sour) balms. Available in a set (perfect little baby shower gift!) or personalized for your Pickles & Ice Cream baby shower favors.

Pickles & Ice Cream Baby Shower Gift | No minimums

Pickles & Ice Cream Baby Shower Favors | Choose your flavor(s)
We'll be sharing our matching Pickles & Ice Cream invitations, stickers, and other gifts, available at Zazzle soon. And we'll have more ideas for throwing your own Pickles & Ice Cream Baby Shower.

How about you? Did you crave pickles and ice cream? What were your favorite pregnancy foods? (I ate my weight in coffee ice cream and oreos!)

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Flavor of the Month April 2014

Alton Brown's best kitchen advice.

In Alton Brown's I'm Just Here For More Food, we are encouraged to consider carrot cake a "large muffin." As I have always been tempted to spoon that thick, carrot-flecked batter into muffin cups, I am behind this culinary reclassification 100%. 

I was surprised to find no pineapple in Alton Brown's carrot cake recipe. My favorite family recipe comes from my grandmother, who always included canned pineapple in her carrot cake. This month's lip balm flavor is inspired by her recipe (sorry, Alton), with its spicy crumb and creamy, cheesy (cream cheesy?) frosting. And yes, even a touch of pineapple. 

Carrot Cake lip balm is available through April, and like all of our Flavors of the Month, it's 15% off. 

We'll also include a Carrot Cake balm in orders placed by our favorite (er...flavorite?) customers. You know I don't like to pick favorites, so I'll let you decide. Look for the note at checkout to let me know if you'd like one!

Do you like Carrot Cake? With or without pineapple? (Nuts? Raisins?) 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

7 Uses for Lavender Sachets

Have you ever received a lavender sachet at a wedding or bridal shower? Lavender buds are sometimes shared with wedding guests to shower the new couple after the wedding, so you probably didn't have any extra to take home. But if you have a lavender sachet after a bridal shower or other event, here are a few things you can do with it. 

1. Tuck sachet into a drawer to give linens a floral fragrance.

2. Pin into a pillowcase for sweet dreams.

3. Drop into the bath for a quick tub tea. You can use the whole sachet, or pour out a few tablespoons of buds and tie them into a muslin bag for easy "brewing" (and clean up).

4. Empty buds into a potpourri dish or decorative bowl and stir buds occasionally to release fragrance

5. Fill a spare sock with buds and tie the end, then toss into the dryer to scent laundry

6. Mix buds with baking soda and sprinkle on carpet, then vacuum up and enjoy the fresh scent

7. Brew lavender buds on stove top (or in a small crock pot) with other herbs and citrus peels as a quick air freshener. Add buds, peels, herbs, cinnamon sticks, and any other favorites to your pot, add water, and heat uncovered at low temperature to enjoy the fragrance.

lavender sachets
Lavender Toss Sachets for a Bridal Shower
Do you have any creative uses for lavender? Please share!

We create personalized lavender sachets for bridal showers, weddings, and baby showers. Talk with us for details!


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