Though it may seem there exists an endless list of possibilities, the truth is that many of the jars pitched as wedding favor containers are too small, poorly made, or too impractical to be of much use. We’ve eliminated those that didn’t measure up in three important categories and then selected our favorites. What makes these favor jars best of class? These jars offer a combination of these characteristics…
1. They are a good value for the price.
2. They are versatile – they can be adapted to differing wedding styles AND can be used after the wedding, at home everyday or for other celebrations…like a baby shower!
3. They are captivating. They are a detail your guests will notice.
I also listed a couple jars that just did not measure up at the end of this article, along with a brief explanation. Take a look.
Our favorite thing about these jars is how little you need to do to make these shine. They are really interesting just to look at, especially massed together, and make anything inside of them look better — cookies, cupcakes, small plants – anything! They are not so good when it comes to storage — the glass lid just sits on top and they are not very large. You’re not going to be storing last night’s dinner leftovers in one of these. Individually, these may not be as useful as when you have 6, 8 or a dozen that you could use at a dinner party. They are a reasonable size at 3″ X 3″ x 4″ high and are well made.
These jars are a good value, sturdy & definitely something your guests will easily be able to find uses for at home. Only consideration – they are small. Note the 3.75″ X 2.75″ dimension. Depending on what you are putting inside of these, their size could be an advantage…less needed to fill these jars!
These jars are AWESOME. They look better in person than even the image. They have a heavy [‘expensive’] weight to them and the lid fit is nice and snug. They are sleek and modern, a nice alternative to many of the other options available. Downside – they are a bit pricey.
These continue to be a very popular jar, with good reason. They are versatile, they are really cute with a truly vintage vibe to them, and they are about the least expensive glass favor jar we carry. Their downside is that they do not seal, so these are not appropriate for liquids and you would not want to use these in situations where they are likely to tip over. They are sturdy too — we’ve knocked a few of these off our table onto a carpeted floor while taking photos — did not break.
We love their shape and vintage feel. We also love the unusual and vibrant colors that these come in, though that does make it impossible to clearly see what is inside if that is important. [These are the jars in our lead image] They have the same cork top issue as the milk bottle – the cork stays put, but it’s not going to keep liquids in or prevent spills of any sort should these tip.
And TWO that didn’t make the cut:
DIY Blank Glass Milk Bottles
These milk bottles absolutely get the job done, and are a great choice for safely storing liquids or anything you don’t want to accidentally spill. They are reasonably priced, and do allow for some creative personalization options with labels and ribbon or twine. They are a bit too functional. Especially with the lid off and the threaded finish showing, these may be too commercial for some people. We’ve looked around for something other than the plain white metal caps as well, and have not found anything much better (other than black).
Miniature Mason Jars
The mason jar wave crested a few years back, but they remain popular today, particularly when creating a casual & comfortable feel for an event. These have the same screw-off lid issue as the milk bottles above – the threaded glass top and simple design give these a mass produced feel. Our main issue with these is the size, especially when used for drinks with the cut-out lids. These are small, holding barely 8 oz. Further, with the flower cut lid added they also are no longer spill proof either. They are a better choice as favor jars for small colorful candies, or mini-terrariums. Personalization is very limited as well – really limited to the size and type of label you use.
There you have it, a short, straightforward, and we hope, helpful wedding favor jar summary. Let us know what you’ve found that made an impression. We are always on the look-out for new and interesting products. Send us a picture too!
Featured Image: Kellie Pickler, Steve Harvey & Lance Bass on Celebrity Family Feud
With 2018 wedding planning here, it is worth spending a moment considering WeddingWire’s 2017 survey results about what wedding guests consider most and least important. It is your wedding, and you (and maybe your parents and future in-laws) are paying an average of over $35,000 for your *Best. Day. Ever.*, not your guests, so you might be tempted to ignore these findings. I totally understand, but you want friends and family to have had a good time and leave feeling glad they made the effort to attend. So while this one survey should not determine your every decision, I think it is helpful information when thinking about how to allocate your wedding budget … and maybe your guest list!
The good news is that 68% of guests surveyed rank celebrating with the couple as what matters most about your wedding, followed closely by the opportunity to catch up with family & friends, with 63% checking that box.
HOWEVER…when asked about what your guest is paying the most attention to, the top attention getter is — DECOR — the setting, furnishings, attire, colors & how these all work together. Your guests are appreciating the aesthetic your wedding and reception choices create.
Aesthetic is that hard-to-define, but you-know-it-when-you-see-it vibe you feel when an event is cohesive, coordinated and pulled-off in a beautiful and tasteful manner. Aesthetic is a sincere and focused expression of your personal style, completed with surprising details and by combining various components to create a unified whole. And maybe most important, it’s not about how much you spend, it’s about how you spend it. Style comes through best with a light touch, IT’s A PARTY after all, and it needs to be enjoyed and able to be messed-up a bit.
What Guests DON’T CARE ABOUT
Taylor Street is excited to report what landed at the bottom of the list in terms of guest importance – escort cards. We happily report this because wedding favors are usually toward the bottom of the list as well, so it is with relief and some delight that we report this result. WeddingWire’s survey also reports guests found toiletry amenities as unimportant. I’ve honestly got nothing more to say about that finding, however…I do have a few comments on favors.
So while trying to not sound too defensive, we suggest that wedding favors can not only be something your guests could appreciate, they absolutely contribute to your wedding’s aesthetic and help to create an overall impression that guests will carry with them (literally!) back home.
We humbly observe that wedding favors are [way] down the the priority list because they are not a concern of any of the big-ticket vendors – venue, caterer, photographer/videographer, florist. The wedding planner is the only wedding professional who may consider favors important enough to discuss with you, and she or he is also usually already trying to stretch a budget to cover a very long priority list.
Guests ranked what bothered them most at weddings as: (1) drunk guests; (2) not knowing anyone & feeling alone; and (3) bad music.
So, might this WeddingWire survey have any impact on you? Maybe those friends you were going to send a stag invite to (so you could manage head count) will now receive “+1’s”, or maybe you’ll rethink the DIY DJ mix tape decision you already were feeling unsure about. Maybe you’ll even carve out some $$$ for wedding favors!
Next post – Choose your aesthetic in 5 [mostly easy] steps. Plan on!
Tired of the SEO-optimized click-bait titles and bored by breathless Black Friday pre-sale announcements?
Add in 24/7 race-to-the-bottom political news and it’s tempting to just give-in to the sky-is-falling-so-might-as-well-get-used-to-it voice in my head and trudge silently toward December. Tempting, but that’s an excuse to not do this Thanksgiving post I’ve committed to. And I absolutely believe in Yoda’s “do or do not, there is no try” attitude-is-everything philosophy. So I write. My topic — giving thanks this Thanksgiving.
I am giving thanks to family – my family.
This year, Thanksgiving itself will be a very small gathering. The reasons are many. The larger local family is adjusting to a new marriage and the restructuring this brings. With new additions to guest lists and newlywed hosts at the helm, we could sense the anxiety and ambivalence of having a really large group for dinner and graciously excused ourselves.
Our parents are also not joining us this year. My father’s worsening dementia makes it difficult for him to enjoy gatherings. The disease makes it increasingly hard for him to have a conversation, and that plus the noise and unfamiliar surroundings causes him to withdraw. I will instead have a Thanksgiving lunch with him at his facility. David’s mom is unable to travel by air, is unable to drive herself here, and is too far away for us to drive her to us and back. FaceTime will have to do.
So it will be David and me, our son and one other adult, someone who consistently and passionately works (and it can be work) to remain involved in our 12 year old’s life. He will be with us for a few days over Thanksgiving, and we are so glad that he will be here. He is family.
He is as family as it gets in my world. He continues to choose by his actions to be involved, to listen, to make spending time with us a priority. He wants to. Not many adults show that dedication and loyalty.
What defines your family?
David’s and my family is not defined by blood, it is defined by commitment. Our family is defined by trust and support. We care about, care for and look out for each other.
Big picture — families, however they form, are a reflection of the effort its members put into maintaining and encouraging them. Their spirit and relevance are a direct result of a concerted effort. Most importantly, families are worth celebrating, especially those families that do not fit neatly into a traditional definition, are seldom acknowledged, and sometimes marginalized. These diverse & modern families are American families too.
Who will your family include this Thanksgiving? Will there be new members, whether because of relationship or circumstance changes? Or, are you about to “be that newbie” in someone else’s family? Either way, let’s all plan to not just try, but to do — and take one definite action step that will demonstrate the importance of your family to you and how glad you are to be a part of your family this year. Someday, they might be all the family you’ve got — and, as it turns out, all the family you’ll need.
The holidays are upon us and the family and friends events you have planned for the next two months will be a huge success! After all that planning and hard-work everyone will be talking about your party for the next year. There’s just one final detail – Napkins.
Our selection of napkins can be customized to fit your event and theme. A simple #CHEERS design or old classics like Sip Sip, Hooray or Seasons Greetings. There are foil colors for printing to add a little sparkle plus a wide rage of napkin colors. Perfect for placement on your buffet or cocktail area.
Personalized napkins are super fun, a great addition to any party, plus it kicks festive up a notch! Got for it.
Summer fading to fall was the inspiration for our event planned by Lauren Emerson Events & Design. The leaves in Virginia were starting to turn a slight orange hue and it was the perfect element to pull into the design. Upper Shirley Vineyards has beautiful views of the Virginia landscape that made it the ideal location for our event. Our favorite elements of the night included the plaid linen (Pressed Fine Linens), the dainty plates (Paisley & Jade), and the amazing entertainment — think bluegrass playing all night long (Early Grove String Band) and a caricature drawings for all of the guests. (Kyle Edgell). Check out more of the crisp fall inspired details from the night captured by the talented Elisa Bricker!
It is human nature — the more we value the person we are shopping for, the more we strive to find THAT one-in-a-million gift that will completely & effortlessly reflect the depth of our feelings about our relationship and be EXACTLY what he or she wants.
Warning, Will Robinson.
You know and I know that thinking this way is, at best, unhelpful & at worst, a sure path to frustration and spending (way) more than you can afford. So why do we do this? There is a psychology to gift giving — and there is research that demonstrates the biggest effect from giving a gift may be on ourselves — our self-perception as a result of the gift we give. Self-perception could be a pretty powerful motivator when just one person is involved, but multiplied by a long gift list full of cherished friends and family and it is not surprising that we often lose control.
Here are 5 rules that I know, but sometimes forget to apply, when it comes to holiday shopping. These help to keep me grounded and thoughtful as I go about checking off my Christmas gift giving list.
1. Money does not buy love. You can be passionate about gift giving and still not blow your budget. Giving gifts that are practical, but maybe a bit less desirable to give as gifts, is GOOD! Handmade gifts are awesome, if you dedicate the time and materials needed to truly deliver. But – if you haven’t yet done what you are planning to do for a DIY gift – do a practice run to make sure you have all the supplies you need and that the end result is what you envisioned. As with all gifts — keep the recipient in mind — ‘useful’, ‘edible’ or ‘holiday keepsake’ are all great DIY categories. And lastly – do not turn gift spending into a competitive sport – do not attempt to match spend. Rarely turns out well, builds resentment, and just not a good headspace to be in.
2. If they asked for it, that probably means they would like it. There are studies that demonstrate recipients actually appreciate gifts they specifically asked for more than gifts chosen by the gift giver. (!!) Moreover, when recipients then rated the giver of the requested gift, they rated them as more thoughtful and personal than the person who gave the unrequested gift. Long story short here — don’t guess — ask for a list. And if you are worried that asking for a gift list may seem tacky, or obligate the person you’re asking to then give you a gift, good points! Plan B: going with a gift that tracks an interest (yoga) or theme (cooking, gardening) or a gift certificate (massage, bookstore, coffeeshop) could be a great alternative.
3. Men and women not only shop differently, but truly think differently about gifts. Gender factors into gift giving & receiving. While a generalization, men tend to skew more pragmatic/functional & women skew in a more sentimental gift direction. I am not saying this to let anyone “off the hook” for a poor gift choice. No way. I say this so that you and I can compensate for any chromosomal tendency we might have – not play to it. So while gift cards and envelopes full of cash have their place, don’t assume that because you would like to receive your gift that everyone else would appreciate receiving it as well.
4. ‘Experience gifts’ are often more appreciated. A gift of time – sharing a meal & a movie together, breakfast in bed, a day spent shopping, hiking, or museum hopping are all amazing gifts. These gifts allow you to feel closer by spending more time together and allow you to tailor your gift to the specific interests of the person receiving it – increasing the emotional value to you both.
5. It is okay to give the same gift to different people. Placing a premium on “uniqueness” over “appropriateness” is the trap not to fall into here. It’s okay to buy the same gift for different people if you believe each person would enjoy receiving it. It’s efficient too! Might need to consider if the recipients would be opening your gifts to them at the same event, but really — if I like a gift enough for more than one person, or if two people on my list have asked for the same gift, why not!
Choosing gifts based on the recipients perspective is the best way to approach your gift shopping. Gift giving, when done with intention and thoughtfulness, can make relationships stronger, regardlessof money spent.
The holiday season swings into full gear. Christmas and Hanukkah gift shopping looms. I drink more wine. Which leads me to today’s article on 5 great gift ideas for wine (& cheese) lovers.
The stem versus stemless dilemma need not confuse. [And for those of you who, like me, enjoy wading deeply into details few appreciate – know this: stemless wine glasses actually have neither a stem nor a base & are more accurately referred to as tumblers.] Stems are there so you do not hold the bowl, thereby warming the wine beyond its optimal drinking temperature. Stemless wine glasses have become synonymous with modern & casual, while stemmed glasses suggest, to some, a more formal and traditional affair. Taylor Street offers both. And rather than a colorful imprint that will not wear well over numerous cleanings, we suggest an etched personalization, with a minimal design that is beautifully etched. Two of our most popular wine glasses:
Too many wine glasses already? What about coasters. Coasters can be cool. These coasters are keepers, handmade hammered copper backed with black velvet.
For those on your list who love books and would enjoy learning as much as possible about wine from one of today’s most knowledgeable and entertaining experts, The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil is the book for you. Spoil your loved one with the hardcover edition at $22.
If you believe, as I do, that wine tastes better when shared with friends, then why not gift a cheeseboard to linger longer? Our bamboo board has a slate strip running through it, which makes it easy to add a fun & personal chalk note to guests with each use.
There you are. Five gifts for the wine (& cheese) lover on your guest list.
And remember — the best wines are the ones we drink with friends.