Party favors abound in variety, ranging from simple to intricate. Depending on what type of birthday celebration you are hosting this year, you might consider giving your guests a token to take home in remembrance of your big day. Match the favors with the invitations, and you can create a theme that will be difficult to forget.
Why Give Favors?
Although party favors are not required, it is certainly good manners to show guests appreciation for their presence at your party. After all, people are busy, but they are taking time to celebrate your birthday and bring you a gift shows they care. Return the favor and give them a token to remember your party by and show your appreciation of their friendship.
Depending on your interests and what type of theme your party will have, it is always fun to match favors and invitations with the designated theme. If you are having a cocktail party, you can send invitations featuring a cocktail shaker or martini glasses, and then take it one step further and hand out personalized martini glasses or cocktail shakers at the end of the party.
If you are simply having friends over for a backyard barbeque, consider sending invitations featuring bottles of barbeque sauce or a person grilling. Then, buy small bottles and fill with your favorite barbeque sauce, either store-bought or homemade, for your guests to take home. You could even personalize a label for the bottle using a computer or a local printing service.
If your party doesn’t have a theme, you can still incorporate creative favors into the party scheme. If you love to bake, whip up some birthday cookies and decorate them with your name and birth date and let each guest take one home. You can give guests a hint by sending invitations layered with delicious-looking birthday cookies.
If you are known as the resident chocoholic, send chocolate-colored invitations with gold or silver lettering, and then order chocolate bars with personalized wrappers. You can choose the color scheme, the message on the wrapper, as well as the type of chocolate.
If you and your friends have climbed aboard the poker bandwagon, invite everyone over for an evening of birthday poker. You can set up multiple tables if you need to, and each table could feature a different form of poker, such as Texas hold ’em and seven card stud. Preface the party with invitations featuring a poker table or a set of playing cards. Then, when it’s time for your guests to go home, send them away with a personalized deck of playing cards.
Perhaps you love flowers and want to have a birthday luncheon with a garden theme. You could decorate the tables with bouquets of your favorite flowers and send invitations featuring these flowers or concentrate on one type, like a daisy. Depending on the type of plant you choose, send guests home with seeds or a small starter plant in a pot that has been personalized with your birth date and your name. When guests see the flower blooming, they will remember how much fun your birthday party was.
Whether your party will have a theme or rely on your personality to set the mood, sending your guests away with thoughtful favors will remind them that you care.