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Give Alternative and Fun Party Favors

Sending your guests home with a fabulous party favor or swag bag is a sure way to go out with a bang and make sure your event is memorable.

If the open bar didn’t impress, a fun and unique party favor sure will! So, skip the boring and generic picture frame and opt for something that’ll be the talk of the town.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Donating to a charity or organization instead of handing out traditional party favors has been growing increasingly popular. You can give back by choosing a charity beforehand that may have a ‘gift’ with donation such as the $1 yellow Live Strong bracelets. Or, donate the monetary value of your choice for each guest. Print out your own certificates that say “We donated __ dollars in your name to ___ charity”.

An alternate idea may be to put a few coins or dollars in small envelopes and urge your guests to donate that amount to the charity of their choice.

The Personalized Gift

Sending a personalized party favor is a great way to tie the evening together. Your guests get to take home a fabulous reminder of the guest of honor, so make sure their personalized gift is something they can get some serious use of!

Mouse pads or custom photo mugs are a cute, yet practical party favor guests of all ages can enjoy. Fill your mugs with candy for an extra touch of sweetness!

The “Green” Gift

For a creative gift that not only puts a smile on your guests’ face, but is also eco-friendly, give out mini potted cups with a bag of seeds attached. Decorate them with ribbon for a festive touch.

This way, you are not only making the world a more beautiful place, but this party favor will grow, blossom, and be a permanent part of the earth. An eco-friendly favor that makes the world a little more colorful!

The 2-in-1 Favor

For those planning a party on a budget, springing for a live band and giving your guests an awesome gift bag may be out of the question. Our solution? Book some entertaining talent that can double as a take home gift.

Artists who can draw your guests right on the spot and send them home with a portrait are usually available at a reasonable hourly rate. Caricature artists are great for both kids and adults, and can draw a fabulous photo in under 10 minutes!

Similarly, renting a classic photo booth is a great 2-in-1 favor. They provide hours of entertainment, and the photo booth companies usually have plastic frames for sale that will fit the photo strip. For even more fun, provide your guests with a prop box full of wigs, mustaches, and of course funny sunglasses!

The Flavor Packed Gift

When all else fails, go for the flavor. Send your guests home with a delicious DIY treat that they can display and eat! Gifts like cordials or spice-infused liquor makes for a fabulous gift and shows your guests how creative and crafty you really are!

I once received homemade Limoncello as a party favor, and you can bet I displayed the adorable bottle and gave a little tidbit about the party before sipping the drink!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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