DIY · How to's

Assembling a Mini-cube Favor Box

You’ve got this!  A few simple steps and your mini-cube favor boxes will be ready for you to fill.  If you ordered lots of these, stop reading and go find a friend or two to do this with you before continuing.  You do not need glue, tape or scissors.  You do need to take your time and follow these instructions carefully for the first few boxes.  Once you’ve got a few done you will be able to adjust these instructions to your abilities – including any perfectionistic tendencies you may have…like me.  Send us a picture when you’re done!  And thank you Event Blossom for these images.  David and I work with many wedding favor wholesalers and Event Blossom’s attitude is reliably helpful and reasonable.  We believe strongly that attitude is important.  It’s a feeling — an approach — and we know our attitude influences everything from your satisfaction with Taylor Street to your box building success.  So are clear instructions…

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Begin with the end in mind – so now that you know you have a two piece box to create…let’s build the top first.  And no – do not skip over the pre-folding step.  It helps make the finished box much more square if you take the time to pre-fold creases.  That said — you also don’t want to go over the creases too heavily as it will damage the glossy finish on the paper. 1025HowTo1

Last steps for the top…

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Now for the box itself…

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Do these next steps in order – the big tab must be last to be folded down…

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Don’t forget to send us that image – info@tsfavors.com.

Appetizers · DIY · The Street · Weddings & Receptions

10 perfect appetizers for your fall wedding reception

1. Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Because – meatballs and brown sugar. Perfect little mouthfuls of Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs! If you decide not to have these at your reception, save the recipe and serve them up at the next game event because Football season is coming – I think.

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2. Mini Quiche Florentine

Everyone [almost] will fall for these Mini Quiche Florentines. Filled with spinach and cheese   – Instant hit!  Who says real men don’t eat quiche!

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3. Grilled Corn Salsa

This dish would be a perfect side dish to the mini tacos below. Serve with tortilla chips and you’ve got a southwest theme in the making. Screen ‘Blazing Saddles’ in the background of the dance floor and you’ll have the most talked about wedding in town – along with the Grilled Corn Salsa.

“Hello, handsome. Is that a 10-gallon hat, or are you just enjoying the show?” – Madeline Kahn

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4. Maple Chili Popcorn

Feeling a little chili? – Warm things up with this perfect fall appetizer, or favor, at your reception. Food Network’s Jeff Mauro’s Maple Chili Popcorn is perfect for filling cellophane favor bags that guests can enjoy later or have on the tables for guests to grab and munch between spicy dance moves.

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5. Ropa Vieja Mini Tacos

First of all, these Ropa Vieja Mini Tacos are the cutest little appetizer out there – I mean, COME ON! With two types of chiles, these junior spicy mouthfuls are sure to keep the guests warmed up for the dance floor.

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6. Bruschetta With Caramelized Dates, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Whipping yourself up a Bruschetta With Caramelized Dates, Walnuts and Goat Cheese appetizers is a snap. Just toast a fresh baguette, then top the slices with a soft cheese — like chèvre — plus any combination of savory ingredients — like caramelized dates — and finely chopped pistachios or delicious crumbled bacon. See, it’s a snap. SNAP!

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7. Taleggio Crostini With Apple, Thyme and Honey

These Taleggio Crostini With Apple, Thyme and Honey can be prepared with only a few simple ingredients and thyme – see what I did there? Spread cheese on toasted baguette slices, top with 1 or 2 apple slices, drizzle with a little honey and done!

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8. Sausage and Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce

I found this one on I should be mopping the floor. These Sausage and Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce are an awesome autumn appetizer –  say that 10 times fast – and a perfect departure form the norm!  Perfect for Thanksgiving too!

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9. Autumn Leaf Wreath Cheese Platter

I love this one! How easy right? Cookie cutters and cheese and viola you look like a wedding catering DIY genius – I mean really, cookie cutters and cheese, WHO KNEW!

This Autumn Leaf Wreath Cheese Platter would be a fun one for the kids to be involved too.  Layer in some pretzel crackers and your favorite sweet-tart relish and fall has arrived.

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10. Creamy Tomato Soup Shooters with Grilled Cheese Sticks

I love tomato soup! And, I love grilled cheese. Well, you might as well mix the two, right?

Our caterer, The Hitching Post, served Tomato Soup Shooters and they were a huge hit. Especially with the kids.

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DIY · The Street · Weddings & Receptions

Tin is in.

What once was old is new again. Tin. Using chalk, add a personal message. Add jute rope for a more rustic feel. Works with a modern decor, wine country wedding or a garden event. It’s tin! Let your imagination run wild.

Tin Box With Aged Finish & Blackboard Panel Display
Tin Box With Aged Finish & Blackboard Panel Display
Laser Cut Self Standing Metal Table Number Set (Package of 6)
Laser Cut Self Standing Metal Table Number Set (Package of 6)
Oval Tin Tags With Jute Hangers (set of 8)
Oval Tin Tags With Jute Hangers (set of 8)

Tin Box With Aged Finish & Blackboard Panel Display
Laser Cut Self Standing Metal Table Number Set (Package of 6)
Oval Tin Tags With Jute Hangers (set of 8)

DIY · The Street

3 Reasons to Host a Holiday Party

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Holiday party pandemonium season is almost upon us. With it comes an endless supply of helpful information about hosting your event, breathless articles diligently listing essentials and proper party etiquette for the perfect party. This is not one of those articles.

But will pulling off the perfect party leave you satisfied, or will it just serve as a temporary fix? I’m not suggesting that finding a larger purpose to your party will provide you eternal happiness, but holiday parties are a wonderful opportunity to focus on a good greater than our own desires — and have some fun doing it. It may be a bit harder, but totally worth it.

I am asking you to consider why you’re hosting your holiday party and use that answer to create a truly meaningful event.

There are many benefits of a party, having fun being the most obvious. Fun, however, is not an answer to the “why” question as much as it is a byproduct of a well-planned and thoughtful event. Hosting a party that will be both remembered and anticipated in future years is a hallmark of clever planning — and it doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune either. The following are three great reasons to to host an event this year, creating a party that will satisfy your guests, focus out past our collective navels, and leave everyone feeling better for having attended.

Connection: Is the party primarily about building relationships and encouraging people who may not know each other to network and work together? How about inviting in a local sommelier, baker, or master cocktail maker and have that be the focal point of the evening? Give him or her an opportunity to become known to a wider audience. If you have the space — hold a cook off with teams. Better still, help a local storeowner and hold your event at the store. Include relevant information in your invitations such as a specific time the talk or special event will begin and a warning if guests may get dirty. If a competition is appropriate, consider a cook-off / bake-off / taste testing and team prizes.

Compassion: Celebrating a milestone achievement, the completion of a hard-fought community or company goal, or enthusiastically embracing a friend’s new endeavor are also great themes to build an event around. It can feel lonely risking leaving your job to pursue your passion or launching a new enterprise that could jeopardize all that you’ve accomplished. Your friend, co-worker or neighbor will be energized knowing they have the support and well-wishes of people important to them.

Charity: This is the “why” that initially attracted me to writing this holiday party article. Instead of another white elephant gift exchange, announce to your guests that a local or national children / youth / wildlife non-profit will be the beneficiary of your event. The list of potential charities is long, but goodnet.org/directory is a great place to start your search. Local charities would be better suited to guests bringing actual gifts while national organizations may be a better match to cash (check) donations. Many credit card companies also are making it easy for people to donate their miles. Invite everyone to place their donation on the gift table or under the tree. Every gift could equal one ticket for a drawing you hold during the night for a dinner out. Invite a member of the organization’s Executive Team and build your theme around their mission.

Inspired? Your guests will be too.

DIY · Gifts · The Street

Printable Holiday and Hanukkah Gift Labels

Free Holiday Printable Labels

Your holiday wrapping just got easier with our beautiful holiday edit-able gift labels. Designed by David at taylorstreetfavors.com, our labels are simple to print onto single sheets of label paper, trimmed, and then placed onto your package. The labels come in a full sheet of three designs. Labels are easy to personalize too. Using the links below simply download the PDF to your desktop and open in Adobe Acrobat or Reader. This will allow you to select the editable text and add your own names. Our gift to you. Cheers, from Taylor Street!

Christmas Printable 1.5″ x 3.25″ Labels

Holiday Printable 1.5″ x 3.25″ Labels

Hanukkah Printable 1.5″ x 3.25″ Labels

Show us how you used our labels. Take a picture; send it to us and we’ll post it on our Facebook page.

Birthdays · DIY

Minecraft DIY Clear Favor Box

Mine Craft Gifts & Favors

Show off your DIY Minecraft® building skills with these clear favor boxes with tuck in tops and lock-tab bottoms. Tuck top boxes have a tuck top plus two small side flaps on the top opening of the box along the top edges and a lock tab bottom for more bottom strength.

  • boxes arrive flat
  • size: small – 2″ x 2″ x 2″ (shown), medium – 3″ x 3″ x 3″,  large – 4″ x 4″ x 4″
  • TNT label included – some assembly required by trimming and attaching label to box
  • candy not included