Thursday, January 16, 2014

Baby Shower Favors: Apple Cider Caramels in DIY Nautical Treat Bags

I thought we'd finish off baby shower week with the favors. I don't like guests to leave a party empty handed - especially not a party where they're expected to bring gifts! For the baby shower favors I made apple cider caramels using a recipe found on Etsy's "How-Tuesday" by Heather of Sprinkle Bakes. I doubled the recipe to make enough caramels to fill 25 favor bags. These caramels are great as favors because they can be made a few days in advance.
To fit the nautical theme, I chose gray stripes for the bags topped with alternating fuchsia and navy whales. I bought the bags at Paper Presentation. For the whales, I used the envelope liner that Carissa designed. I enlarged the print in Photoshop and printed a single whale to trace onto card stock as a stencil. This wasn't exactly a quick project, but I couldn't find a whale stencil anywhere! For the eyes I used a silver metallic Sharpie.
During the party we presented the favors on the bottom shelf of my bar cart. They were a great addition to the decor and really helped get the theme across. Then towards the end of the event we moved them to a table near the exit so guests could grab one on their way out.
The whales are cut from card stock in fuchsia and midnight from Paper Source.

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