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For parties big and small, no matter the occasion, I am a firm believer that party favors are a must. If you're hosting a party that will also include assigned seating, you can even turn your place cards into party favors, giving them a two-in-one purpose in your tablescape! When I went shopping at Dollar General with this in mind, I came out with the idea to make small, personal candy dishes bearing dinner guests' names, giving everyone at my Thanksgiving dinner a sweet treat to take home. Here is how I put them together!
- Small ramekins, $1 each
- Candy, $1 and up
- Cellophane, $1
- Curling ribbon, on hand or $1
- Bamboo skewers, on hand or $1
- Paper, on hand
Total: $1 and up for each
Dollar General had all kinds of fun little containers in their seasonal section that would be great for turning into favors and all kinds of other coordinating table decor! I found some cute little ramekins for $1 each and grabbed them because they were not only the right size for the project, they would also be useful for guests to reuse after the party. I also grabbed an assortment of other little containers because they had so many neat ones for cheap!
Cut a large square of cellophane and center it in one of the ramekins. Fill the ramekin with candy. I used a handful of hard candies around an upside-down sucker in each. The suckers are optional but are very helpful in assembling the favors. If you have extra candy left from Halloween this is a great time to use it, otherwise Dollar General has a nice selection.
Gather the cellophane into a pouch around the candy and tie it off with curling ribbon. I used two lengths about 20 inches long to give me nice, long curls, which I tucked around the edges of the ramekins. The upside-down sucker was helpful for this step!
Use bamboo skewers and paper to make a little flag with each guest's name on it. Mine were made with paper from my scrap stash and embellished with a tiny leaf paper punch; the names are simply written with a brown marker. Use glue to attach the paper flag to the skewer.
Slide a flag into the center of each bundle of candy. I used the sucker sticks as a guide for placing my flags. If needed, use a small amount of tape to secure the skewers to the sucker sticks. Each of your guests will now know where to sit, and they will have a sweet little gift to enjoy later!