My daughter's christening reception celebration was held at a French cafe. I wanted to give favors that would stick to the French theme. My first choice though was to give away macarons.
|Image from Cannelle et Vanille blog|
Aren't they lovely? The photo's from one of my favorite blog reads, Cannelle et Vanille. I had a big problem though. I didn't know how to make macarons, and making them according to everyone requires hardcore baking skills, which, again, I do not have. Another option was to buy them from a bakery and it was too expensive. So, macarons are off the list. Maybe next time I'll give them as favors when I learn how to do it.
|Image from Bakers Royale|
I read somewhere that merengue cookies were also French-y in nature. They were much easier to bake, and less expensive to buy. Buying a piece of macaron lets you buy more than a dozen merengue cookies. At first, I decided to just bake them but luckily, I found a store that sells merengue cookies with the right colors. I just needed to repackage it.
Here is the breakdown of the things I used to come up with the merengue favor gift bags (for 60 people):
- Merengue cookies (180 pieces) : $11.25
- Food-grade cellophane bags with square bottom : $7.50
- 1 roll 1/2" pink satin ribbon : $4.00
- 10 pieces textured boards for "merci" cards : $1.00
- Plastic sealer : borrowed
- TOTAL : $23.75
I borrowed my mom's plastic sealer, which I think is awesome. It kept the merengue cookies dry in Manila's very humid weather.
Anyway, that equals around $0.40 per person. Okay, keep in mind folks that these are Manila prices. But, I bet it's going to be as cheap if you DIYed your party favors. Buy your materials from Michael's or even Amazon. Just plan in advance and borrow big-ticket items if you have to.
I'll share the merci cards template next time!