Party Favor Goody Bags

My little sister’s Bridal Shower was over the weekend and it was a party for sure! Many of you already know that because you saw the instagram of the Raspberry Lemon Cake that I made (yes, I am still swooning over it!!) and you can see my BEAUTIFUL sister showing it off in our front yard here!! Ah, be still my heart! In other news, what would a party be without a party favor! AND since more is always more fun, I went the goody bag route (it is also more mysterious and exciting!)
Bridal Showers are a wonderful American tradition. At the end of the shower our German friend & practically sister said “We don’t have these in Germany but I am making my friends give me one because this was so fun!” – we all have our cultural highlights πŸ˜‰ One of the wonderful things about Bridal Showers is the amount of ladies who gather together intentionally to love on the bride! As Becca was opening her gifts she kept saying ” I am so spoiled” and “I can’t believe you all are stocking my kitchen!” It is a really fun concept to come around a couple and help them become established as they build a home together! And it is weird (I remember) to keep accepting all these gifts from loved ones, family, friends, and even strangers! 
People are generous at Bridal Showers and I wanted them to feel loved, not only with yummy food, great drinks, and fun conversation, but also with a little gift of their own! Creating Party Favors does not need to be hard or expensive! 
Julep Nail Polish
1. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE: Who is coming to the party? Girls, boys, kids, everyone? Ask yourself what they like or what they would want to find in a goody bag. If this Bridal Shower was co-ed, I would be leaving all the guys out with my choice of items. I would have to go more gender neutral! 
2. KNOW THE PARTY: What kind of party is this? This may seem obvious, but it is very important! It impacts not only continuity for a theme you were going with but it also helps determine the amount you spend on each gift. If it is a party like a Bridal Shower or lingerie party where guest are going to be spending a bit more on a gift than you might want to increase your party favor budget a bit. If the party is a dinner party or get together where gifts are not expected, then you might lower your party favor budget. 
3. PICK OUT THE ITEMS: My advice is,
– pick something big
– pick a couple smaller details
– pick a filler
 If you are making goody bags you do not want it to appear that they are not full but you don’t need to keep picking up big/ expensive items. In my example I picked some Julep nail polish for the big item, the Liberty Shoppe hair ties & Thatch & Thistle goodies for fun details, and filled the bags up with chocolate! 
4. LOOK FOR DEALS: You do not need to go broke creating beautiful goody bags! Thatch & Thistle adds goodies to all return buyers (and boy do I buy from her!!!) and discounts for bulk orders, Julep gives you a free Maven box filled with polish & special coupons and deals as a Maven, and The Liberty Shoppe always sells their hair ties in packages of 4 but I emailed them to see if they could do a custom order of one!
5. FIGURE OUT WRAPPING: It is great to have so many fun things but you need to organize them so that each guest can easily pick one up on their way out.  I used Thatch & Thistle (remember, I am a return buyer!!) and picked out white goody bags and two types of washi tape because I couldn’t make up my mind (this one & this one!)

1. GATHER all the goods
2. PUMP UP the jams or put a show on Netflix
3. PACK and store!

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • i love it all and wish i could have been there!! everything looks so beautiful.
    so glad you used the liberty shoppe! i love them πŸ™‚

  • Me too!!! It was so fun to put them together! Should have come – you would have gotten a bag! πŸ˜‰

  • These are so cute & I like how you put in useful & fun items! I also love how simple the bags look – adorable!!

  • Alexa Zurcher

    super cute!

  • Laura M George

    I want to come to a party you host, please!! I can't deal with how beautiful and professional looking it all is xx

  • These are really wonderful. What a special addition to your sister's shower! I like the two washi tapes you chose a lot. πŸ™‚

  • Love this! I am all about goodie bags at parties πŸ™‚ Some people like to skimp out on doing favors, but I think it's really important to do them! There are beautiful!

  • I want to come to your parties, those are fantastic goody bags!

  • Thanks!! You are so sweet!

  • Me too! They are so fun! And I love introducing people to new products!

  • haha! Thanks so much for your sweet words!

  • Thanks lady!

  • Sarah! Thanks! Yeah, I think useful is the way to go. No one likes extra junk.

  • This is such a fun goodie bag! I agree that putting everything in a bag for a suspenseful surprise is so fun!

    I'm going to pin this because it just needs to be pinned =)

  • Beka!!! You are just so sweet!!

  • Ooh, I love these! I'm pretty sure American's put a lot more effort into bridal showers than Canadians do, or maybe it's just a blogger thing?

  • Adorable! I love putting together get togethers and events, but I'm so bad at goodie bags just because it's one more thing to plan that never gets done. I love this idea!

  • Totally get that! I love that you can do this early when you still have time and just leave them in a basket until the party! lol

  • It might be America… but it also might be bloggers πŸ˜‰ HAHA. But we do love to have parties! There can be unlimited amount because different sides of the family and different friend groups tend to each throw one!

  • Ahhh! These are so cute! I want one! I love the items you picked, so fun!

  • Sam!! You are so sweet!

  • Aww that's such a cute gift bag idea!

  • Thanks!! So fun to make too!