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Every Tuesday we bring you our top picks for what’s hot and trending in the industry. Today we’ve hand picked our favorite favors that are perfect for any Graduation Party!
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So it’s nearing the end of April and as we all know May through June is graduation time. Yes!! All the students who devote countless hours to studying, writing papers, and taking tests finally see their hard work pay off. And what a relief it is. But now it’s time to celebrate. No, seriously, party and have a grand ol’ time because the next chapter will be exciting and daunting at the same time. Now is your chance to give your graduate a party worthy of their hard work!
Whatever party your planning, here we have selected our favorite favors!
Personalized Edible Favors
You can never go wrong with favors that are personalized. And A+ if you can eat them! Whether you go with Mints, jelly beans or lollipops, your favor will pop with color and sweetness! Because finishing up all that schooling sure is sweet. With dozens of color combinations and designs to choose from you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.
“Oh the Places You’ll Go” Themed Party
If you’re going with this oh so appropriate Dr. Seuss theme, give your guests a favor that they’ll be sure to use each time they travel. Our Acrylic Luggage tag is sturdy and completely customize-able!
Personalized Favor Packages
These days a candy buffet is almost mandatory at any party. If you’re planning on creating one, go with the school colors and choose one of these favor packages that are both adorable and reusable for your guests to fill with different things long after the party is over.
“The World Is in Your Hands” Themed Party
If your grad is planning on doing some traveling after graduation before the real work begins, how perfect is this Globe Design Bottle Stopper? It’s a beautiful symbol of adventure that your guests can use over and over again.
“We’re your #1 Fans!” Themed Party
Every grad has a “fan base” of family and friends that add much needed support. Expand on this theme by using fans in your decor! Create a colorful fan backdrop using the school colors and lay out small paper fans on the candy and food buffet tables. Our fans can be easily personalized with favor tags and labels to honor the grad and their fan base.
“Chalkboard” Themed Party
By now the most recognized symbol of school and graduations is the ubiquitous chalkboard. You see it from kindergarten all the way up to the college years. So naturally, it’s a perfect theme for a graduation party. And chalkboards are so versatile you can use it virtually anywhere in your décor. Our “Sip and Scribble” Chalkboard coasters are perfect for this theme! Let’s “chalk” it up to the grad’s success!
“One Smart Cookie” Themed Party
We all know it takes brawn as well as brains to be able to graduate. Pulling those all nighters aren’t easy… it takes one smart cookie! It would be a delicious and witty affair, and the perfect favor is our Sugar Cookie Mix. It’s customize-able for a graduation party and you can get it with the mini whisk too!
Key to Success Themed Party
Every student knows that the key to success is in their hands, especially after they finish with school. This classic theme allows you to get creative and lets the guests give the grad their own “keys to success!” Hang a board with bits of advice tied to vintage keys for a vintage yet practical look. Our favor pick for this themed party is our Skeleton Key Bottle Opener.
“Picture Your future” Themed Party
If you’re throwing a “Picture your Future” themed graduation party this is the perfect opportunity to focus on the grad’s future plans. Whether they’re about to venture off to college or if they embark on a new career, you can use their plans as your décor. How perfectly appropriate is a photo booth for this party? Your guests can walk away with this cute picture frame and a picture of themselves with the grad! Double points for the Chalkboard!
“Reach for the Stars” Themed Party
So now that school is over, the graduation party is a perfect time to encourage your grad to reach for the stars! Here’s an idea – Have a board where your guests can leave bits of advice for the grad on star shaped stationary. Decorate your space with stars hanging from the ceiling and set up a photo booth with a celestial background. Our favorite favor for this themed party is our adorable and practical Star Bottle Stopper or these yummy star shaped chocolates
How do you plan to celebrate your grad’s success?
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The new trend in reception treats, that keep your guests coming back for more, is the Dessert Buffet. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give up on having a gorgeous wedding cake if you really want one, but it can save you money to have your cake made smaller for your pictures and cake cutting tradition.
There is no end to what you can serve on a Dessert Bar. Cupcakes, pie, bite size brownies, rice krispy treats, cheesecake, etc. Big taste can come in small packages.
1- Keep the servings small and presented beautifully.
2- Give a nice variety of tastes to satisfy your guests preferences. Even some sugar free selections would be nice if possible.
3- Chocolate covered strawberries or a chocolate fountain with fruit, marshmallows, cut up pound cake is another wonderful presentation.
4- How about cookies with milk in cute glasses?
5- Make sure you have boxes to send home with your guests for their goodies from the dessert bar.
For the DIY bride, or a reception on a tight budget, this is a wonderful idea. You can have a dessert reception mid afternoon or after the dinner hour so guests will know they will not be fed a meal. Make sure you note that in the wording of your invitation “Dessert Buffet Reception” following.
I love this idea for your bridal shower or engagement party too if you still want to do a traditional wedding cake for your reception.
Now for the inspiration:
This is a brilliant idea (I can’t take credit for this one, but I love it). Use your favorite pie recipe to make these miniature “pies” on a lollipop stick. Wrap the top with cello tied with a bow and put them standing up in an attractive container or make an “arrangement” with them by inserting the stick into a piece of styrofoam which can be disguised with crumbled oreo cookies (that is my idea). Use a round cookie cutter to cut the pie dough out, use your favorite pie filling, crimp the edges, and make these little pies as would any pie, except make sure you insert the lolli stick before baking.
Boxes for all your guests to take home their desserts are available in 10 of your favorite colors and a variety of sizes.
Gourmet Rice Krispie Treats come in different choices including Rice Krispie Pops and Decadent Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Pops.
Individual Cupcake boxes are also available.
For an elegant way to present your cupcakes, there are many styles and colors of cupcake wrappers to make them look elegant.
Now, this is fun!!
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Brides are always looking for ways to add color to their reception. The obvious ideas are flowers, linens, lighting. Today I discovered a most unusual and wonderful way to not only add color, but have the most awesome dessert table with a Colored Chocolate Fountain. You can rent the fountain or just purchase the chocolate or do both. What a beautiful, elegant yet whimsical and colorful way to have dessert. Here are some examples for you to feast your eyes on (talk about eye candy)!Filed under Bridal Shower, General Info, Reception Basics, Weddings By Color | Comments (2)
A Candy Buffet has become a very trendy, popular way of offering sweet treats for your guests to take home. You can choose a nice variety of candy in your colors and do a combination of colors, or you can do a variety of candy in different shades of one color. Think outside the box for containers. Containers don’t have to be made for holding candy, you can borrow glass vases or containers in different shapes and sizes for interest . Isn’t this the perfect excuse for hitting your local garage sales and thrift stores? Of course, your local craft store would have glass containers as well. Or, if you’re doing a shower, engagement party or rehearsal dinner and want to use this kind of set up, you can be as creative as you want for the containers. If you have a theme, tie your candy buffet in with your theme. Look at planters, boxes, toys, etc. and repurpose them. We have a shoe store chain that sells women’s shoes very inexpensively. Sometimes they have an offer where you buy one pair and get the other free. Why not use a cute shoe filled with candy? Get a variety of colors or styles. How about purses? They can be lined with plastic and filled up with candies. Or just set little cello bags of candy in them. Let your creativity shine through.
You’re probably wondering how to figure out how much candy you will need. I would suggest about 4 oz. per person. There are 16 oz. to a pound .
1) How many guests do you expect?
2) How many varieties of candy will you be offering? This will determine how many containers you will want.
3) You need to figure out the total capacity of all your containers. Then the number of containers times the ounces per container (16 oz in a pound) and this would give you a rough idea of the amount of candy to buy. Keep in mind you can subtract several pounds to account for the non-takers.
4) Try to find different heights and shapes of your containers and if you can elevate some of them, it makes the buffet table more attractive.
5) You can create a cute slogan to put on the candy buffet. Two suggestions are:
How Sweet It Is……
I welcome any other suggestions that you’ve found for bulk candy or slogans.
www.metrocandy.com ,www.candywharehouse.com ,are good sources for bulk candy. Favors By Serendipity has wonderful candy coated chocolate covered sunflower seeds in all the popular colors. Bags for your candy buffet can be varied and fun. And there are many boxes and labels you can use.
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