The 10 Most Delicious Wedding Favors - California Style
Getting the right wedding favors can be tricky. Are your guests really going to use that monogrammed shot glass again? How about those oddly shaped coasters? We recommend wedding favors which are smallish (easily packed in a carry-on) and edible. While not everyone has the same palette, that handmade artisanal chocolate will likely be enjoyed a bit more than a crocheted teapot cover.
1. Olive Oil
Olive You So Much
Cook with it, drizzle it over a salad, mix with balsamic vinegar and dip that crusty bread into it - most people will actually use this liquid gold. Buy a bigger bottle and repackage into smaller customized glass containers. Try something higher quality and California grown, like McEvoy Ranch, which has a bolder, more intense flavor than many mass produced oils.
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2. Anything in a Weck Container
Because these glasses are cute, functional, can be filled with so many things (California almonds, jam, limoncello, etc, etc), and can be re-purposed (think snacks on the go, picnic containers, storage for household goods like push pins or coins), not to mention tied with sweet ribbons and tags, we love them. The 2.7 ounce containers sold at Crate and Barrel are a perfect wedding favor size.
Photo: Williams Sonoma
3. Local Chocolate
Until Chocolate Do
You Make Me Melt
Because your guests can eat it on the way home. Or in the morning. Or make a cheese board like the one above. Because - cheese. And in the Bay Area, we have some lovely cheese manufacturer's like those located in the grassy slopes of Point Reyes. Think Cowgirl Creamery up north, or Harley Farms goat cheese in Pescardero. Mmmmmm, yum.
You Bean So Much
What's not to love about coffee puns? Love is brewing ... the perfect blend... Blue Bottle, Ritual - pick your local coffee roaster and fill up a custom-labeled bag (which you can find on Etsy).
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6. California Trail Mix
I'm Nuts For You
As a state that grows some of the most (and best ;-)) almonds, apricots, and other fruits and nuts in the world, mix together your own favorite varieties. No shortage of puns here either. Happy trails, anyone?
Photo: Good Cheap Eats
7. Self Assembled Drink Kit
Go with a custom cocktail kit by including items like a small bottle of gin or vodka, a piece of fruit - say fresh California clementines, and a soda like San Pelligrino Citrus or Blood Orange. We have a lovely fresh grapefruit, gin, and thyme cocktail recipe for you here.
Will You Bee My Honey?
Honey has been a wedding favor staple for some time - why not up the game with some unaltered Sonoma honeycomb? Not to mention that the bee population could use some love, as bee colonies have been on the decline in the U.S.
9. Seasonal Fruit
Apple of My Eye
Simple and straightforward. Nothing says summer (wedding) like a bowl of cherries.
Caramel Me Away
You didn't think we could write a post like this without mentioning our deliciously homemade caramels? With flavors like Honey Lavender and Orange Rosemary - we love to draw on the flavors of our sunny, produce-producing state. Pack four of these into containers, bags, or jars (or we'll do it for you!) - and your guests will leave with a sweet treat.
Do you have any other scrummy wedding favor ideas? Let us know!