100+ Favor and Shower Prize Ideas

Not sure what to give your guests? Browse this list for lots and lots of options.

Favors to Eat

  • Godiva chocolates: From rich dark to white chocolate goodies in theme-appropriate forms, Godiva is the gold standard for edible party favorites. On a higher budget? Get the Sylvia Weinstock-inspired wedding cake-shaped chocolates. They also have other chocolate treats like brownies and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
  • Homemade chocolates: You might get them at a candy shop or make them yourself using melted chocolate and plastic candy form trays, adding sticks to turn the creations into chocolate lollipops. Craft stores supply candy form trays in a host of theme shapes. And use tinted chocolates bought right at the store to make theme-coordinating favors.
  • Chocolate roses with the ends wrapped in color-coordinated foil.
  • Fortune cookies: Buy these in bulk at an Oriental market or make your own. For a little extra flair, dip them halfway in melted chocolate and dust with colored or theme-appropriate edible baking sprinkles. Visit gourmet shops and baking web sites for theme-shaped sprinkles.
  • Chocolate-covered everything: Dip some strawberries, dried apricots, cherries, peanuts, Oreos, pretzels and even coffee stirrers and spoons into melted chocolate. Let solidify on wax paper before packaging as favors. Use a specifically packaged mix for dipping strawberries (found in gourmet shops and supermarkets) to get the best results.
  • Cupcakes: These are the new, hot shower favor! They come in such fabulous colors and decor themes, with designer wrappers that add a fashion flair to this trendy treat.
  • Sugared almonds, the traditional bridal gift, either in white or pastel shades.
  • Petit fours: These little frosted cakes are another traditional choice among the bridal set. Like mini wedding cakes, these might be filled with strawberry, chocolate or whipped cream, and iced with pastel or white frosting with a mini rose piped on top. Box these individually in Lucite boxes for the best presentation.
  • Brownies: Dress them up with theme sprinkles, frostings or use a cookie cutter to shape them into stars, hearts or other themed shapes and package individually.
  • Sugar cookies: Make them yourself or use a pre-packaged sugar cookie dough. Cut them with a fun, theme-oriented cookie cutter found at the craft or gourmet store, frost with a thin layer of colored icing, and pipe on designs with white, pastel or bright icing.
  • Chocolate chip cookies: Bake yourself or let Mrs. Fields do it for you in a variety of flavors.
  • Meringue cookies: Get a great recipe and pipe out these white or pastel-colored clouds to bake and serve.
  • Drink mix baskets: Fill a basket with two margarita glasses and a little margarita recipe book, a pair of sunglasses and a beach read. Or make it a martini basket with two fun-shaped martini glasses, plus a recipe book or recipe card set.
  • Tea basket: Fill a basket with a beautiful or fun tea cup, a selection of packaged tea bags in a variety of flavors like green tea, peach tea, raspberry tea and pomegranate tea, some individually-wrapped cookies or sugar wafers and a great paperback novel.
  • Personalized wine or beer bottles with labels you can create yourself.

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