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Here’s the scenario: you like parties, and you don’t mind throwing one every once in a while, but you’re stressed enough about organizing food, drinks, and entertainment to worry much about party favors. As you sift through the offerings on Pinterest or look in your favorite Martha Stewart books and on sites like www.hapaculture.com, your stress levels grow. Infused sugar? Hand carved wooden ducks? And unless your guests would get a kick out of some grass clippings and a few weeds, there’s no way you’re going to find enough beautiful, fresh flowers in your neglected yard (or apartment balcony) to fill up multiple small bouquets. For the party favor-impaired, there is still hope. You can impress your friends with your excellent organization and cooking skills and still send them home with a memento of the evening whose creation won’t bring you to tears or require months of preparation.
Store Bought and Hassle-Free
Despite what the craft fanatics say, a store bought favor is not a failure. Both brick-and-mortar and online stores are packed with cute little items that will reflect the theme of your party (assuming you’ve gone that far) or your personality enough to be the perfect thing. For the price of the items plus shipping, your work is done. If you do want to get a little crafty, make up some personalized tags to accompany the favors. Looking for the unusual and unique? No problem. Shop for Japanese puzzle erasers, colored fortune cookies, jars of specialty jams or jellies, handmade paper roses, and more, all of which are all readily available for sale. Your biggest concern will be sifting through all of the probabilities and narrowing down your options.
Semi-Handmade, or “I Put It in a Box All By Myself!”
It’s okay to cheat a little and make something look handmade when it really isn’t. Beautiful cartons, jars, boxes, and other store-bought containers provide trendy wrapping for sweets and treats. Make the sweets and treats yourself (you won’t be at a loss for recipes for party favors) or purchase them separately from sites like www.hapaculture.com and package them yourself. When anyone asks you how you found the time to make the incredible little treats you are handing around, just give them a coy wink and a mysterious smile and politely deflect all requests to do someone’s wedding. See? It wasn’t so hard after all.