My most recent post, Celebrating the Holidays With Aerin Lauder, includes a photo of a festive tablesetting in which Aerin has placed a marble acorn as a favor. Ms. Lauder's gift is beautiful, but homemade cookies make fun favors, too - whether you wrap them in burlap or pouches made of antique Fortuny fabric. Bulbs or seedlings are party gifts that will grow over time, and beribboned trinkets can serve as both favors and namecards for festive holiday tables. Sending home leftovers in pretty packages is another way to help guests enjoy your party long after it ends. 

"A silver bowl is filled with cookies Gregory bakes as favors for party guests."
 Gregory Van Boven and David Beck's home in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Interior design by Gregory Van Boven.
Photography by Eric Roth.
Written by Krissa Rossbund.
 "Christmas in Boston" produced by Estelle Bond Guralnick.

 "Place a tiny evergreen seedling at each seat to serve as both a placecard and a thank-you gift for dinner guests. Bundled in black burlap and tied with twine, the offering is a gesture that's both eco- and economically-friendly."
Photography by Michael Graydon.
Stylist: Stacey Smithers.
Canadian House and Home (November 2008).

 "Surprise your Christmas party guests with a thoughtful take-home gift. These so-Southern magnolia tree saplings from Florida-based Seeds of Life are an ecofriendly way to say 'thanks for coming.' The trees are packaged in natural jute and come with care instructions so that your gift will last way past the dinner party. Tie on personalized gift tags to each tree for the finishing touch."
Photography by Erica George Dines.

 "A glittering package containing the ingredients for a favorite family nut bread recipe sits at every place setting. CDs of holiday tunes or handmade ornaments are also great takeaway gifts for your guests. Glitter paper, ribbon, and tags are from Paper Source.
Apple green plates aren’t specific to Christmas but are well-suited for a holiday brunch. Metallic touches on the dinner ensemble—including service plates that anchor the porcelain, gold-rimmed amber wineglasses, and white linens hem-stitched in gold—give the basics a luxurious charge."

"China from Home James in a mix of patterns, a playful party favor in a bowl, a turtle napkin ring, and lime-green placemats make for a festive table in the breakfast room."
Interior design by Christopher Hyland.
Photography by John Bessler.
Written by Amy Elbert.
"Visions of Sugarplums" produced by Ann McVicker.

"A clean-lined chartreuse palette keeps this table sweet and informal. The dining chairs are backed with a two-tone damask, lending a touch of texture. The citric hue is tempered by gold touches, like the floral detail on the salad plates. Little woolen polar bears grace each table setting—charming children and adults alike."
Photography by Helen Norman.

 "Send guests home with a breakfast treat of bagels and Belle Chèvre fig spread."
Tablesetting by Tasia Malakasis, author of Tasia's Table: Cooking with the Artisan Cheesemaker at Belle Chèvre.
Photography by Iain Bagwell.

 "Send guests home with a yummy care package of leftovers."
Tablesetting by Georgia designer and author James Farmer.
Photography by Hector Sanchez.

 "Leave gifts on each guest's chair. Little house boxes make a cute alternative to wrapping paper."

 "Make little bags of homemade festive cookies from greaseproof paper edged with ribbon and lay at each place setting."

"As a favor for each guest, burlap pockets adorned with pleated velvet ribbon and glittery snowflakes are filled with 'Kitchen Sink' cookies. The treats mix chocolate chips, pretzels, and potato chips."
Connecticut home of Capucine and David Gooding, founders of luxury tableware company Juliska.
Photography by John Bessler.
"Gorgeous Intergenerational Holiday Gathering" written by Krissa Rossbund.

"Team graphic fabrics like “Richelieu” from Fortuny with glam ribbons for a modern presentation. 'Maori' rectangular platter from L’Objet."
Event planner: Rachel Hollis.
Photography by Peter Krumhardt and Colleen Duffley.
"Entertaining: Enlivening a Traditional Holiday Dinnerwritten and produced by Krissa Rossbund.

Fortuny Pouch by B. Viz Design.
Size approx. 4in. wide x 4 1/2in. tall. Pouch created from antique and vintage textiles and trims. Great for holidays, gift packaging, and birthday parties. You can request color or type of textile. 
Photo via B. Viz Design website.

 "A bouquet place card doubles as a pretty favor for guests to take home. To keep the flowers looking fresh, insert the stems into floral tubes (available from your local florist) before arranging them in each cone."
Gridley & Graves.

 "Send each guest home with a token of your gratitude. Todd treats guests to scented candles in beribboned black boxes. The fun squirrel card reminds guests of his mascot and the wonderful meal they shared."
Tablesetting by Todd Fiscus.
Photography by Jennifer Davick.

"Each place setting usually has a small wrapped gift peeking out of a cup or bowl. 'It's fun when having a dinner to provide a little favor for each person,' Christopher says. 'It doesn't have to be expensive. It can be as simple as a candy silver coin or a miniature book.' "
Chelsea apartment of Manhattan interior and furnishings designer Christopher Hyland.
Interior design by Christopher Hyland.
Photography by John Bessler.
Written by Amy Elbert.
"Visions of Sugarplums" produced by Ann McVicker.

 "Graceful champagne flutes from Home James stand ready for holiday toasts. 
Piling small wrapped boxes on a serving tray adds a little magic to your celebration. For entertaining a younger crowd, place small wrapped chocolates around the house for a festive scavenger hunt. The children will love it, and the adults might be grateful for the distraction!"
Chelsea apartment of Manhattan interior and furnishings designer Christopher Hyland.
Interior design by Christopher Hyland.
Photography by John Bessler.
Written by Amy Elbert.
"Visions of Sugarplums" produced by Ann McVicker.


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