Last Spring I was contacted by one of my website customers who was desperately looking for something sweet to use as a guest favor for a luncheon she was hosting for thirty to forty women. She was hoping to find something not too terribly expensive but at the same time wanted a lovely little gift for each attendee to be able to carry home.
~WRAPPED CHOCOLATE BARS~
After chatting with her on the phone for a bit I found she clearly loved all things vintage and of course (wouldn't you know it...), PINK! The party's theme, "Dressed In Beauty", intrigued me. As we talked a while longer she shared with me how she had a passion for helping women who were facing a multitude of challenges in their lives. The purpose of the luncheon was to both educate and inspire ladies across her state to dress with femininity, modesty and grace without losing their sense of individual fashion.
Gift baskets would be given away to several stand-out women and tucked inside the "lucky" recipients would find beauty and bath products, coffees and teas and a set of Note Cards showcasing one of my favorite "Altered de Papier" website designs. Additionally orders were placed for matching Sachet Hangers and Pillows... It was very exciting for me to be involved with such a fun party and I loved filling the orders even though it was a bit of a challenge for me to meet the deadline.
~DRESSED IN BLUE~
As my thoughts returned to ideas for finding and creating a memorable favor I remembered something I had seen when my daughter, Adrienne, graduated from high school a few years ago...
~PERSONALIZED For My BUSINESS~
Back then I only knew a smidgen about computers (now I only know a LITTLE) and never dreamed of trying to do anything with graphics on my own. So, when I found an offering for customized candy wrappers (for mini Hershey Chocolates) I purchased several sets and before long our girl had personalized graduation treats for her family and friends. In hindsight they truly weren't anything fabulous~ But, they were sweet and did include her name and a pretty little floral motif!
~SWEET WEDDING FAVOR~
I tossed out the idea of creating a full-sized candy wrapper for my customer and a design similar to the one you see above (the PINK DRESS FORM) was ultimately chosen ("Dressed in Beauty" replaced the French Chocolate sentiment). Her Chocolate Bars were then individually wrapped with the customized labels, tucked inside clear cello bags and then tied up with pink ribbons. A personalized sentiment was added to the reverse side.
Now...several months ago one of my dearest friends phoned me and I was excited to hear about her daughter's engagement and upcoming marriage. The beautiful bride-to-be has also chosen to gift her guests with personalized chocolate bars at the reception. Instead of using a vintage graphic a black and white photo of the couple was chosen instead. A simple 'Thank You' sentiment personalized from the bride and groom was added to the back.
If you are planning a party or celebration this idea is sure to be a hit. Even if you don't know much about computer programs (I use Paint Shop Pro) you can still create a label using hard copy elements (scrapbook papers, etc.). Scan or photocopy your single finished image (wrapper design) and then reproduce it. Most any candy bar or boxed candy can be turned into something truly sweet and special.
I'll be in my studio every single day this week working on new website pretties. I PROMISE...more painted finds coming up in a few days!
Blessings for a lovely day!
Love to you~