Nothing says from the heart more than an edible homemade treat. Great winter treat ideas are items like hot cocoa mixes, gift wrapped cookie trays, chocolate covered peppermint sticks, or Russian tea cakes (a.k.a snowballs). When making edible treats for guests, be sure to do your research on the ingredients included in your recipe. Find out how long your ingredients will hold and if they will freeze well. This way you will know how far in advance to start your baking. It is also best to leave out any extra ingredients associated with common food allergies like peanuts. Be sure to clearly write out your ingredients on a label for your loved ones. Russian tea cake image courtesy of ohhowposh.com. Get the recipe here.
2) Tree Saplings
Holiday themed winter weddings are becoming increasingly more popular and have opened up a whole new can of adorable favor ideas. Think ornaments, extravagantly wrapped gifts, Christmas trees, and stockings. Be creative and play off of common holiday songs and poems like the The Twelve Days of Christmas or Favorite Things from The Sound of Music. One great DIY holiday favor idea uses the poem The Twelve Days of Christmas. Assign each guest table with one of the days from the poem. At your guest place settings for that table leave them the gift for that day (ornaments are a great way to pull this off and are reusable). For the first day/table, you would give your guests a partridge in a pear tree. For the second day/table, leave your guests a turtle dove, etc., etc. (If you do not have assigned seating you could always opt to use all the days of Christmas at each table instead of splitting up the days but that choice is yours). 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments courtesy of Crate and Barrel.