Everyone loves receiving a party favor! Really, who does not like getting a gift? A favor is just a a little trinket or small memento that adds another layer of fun to festivities. Because I don’t like to collect “things” I usually give favors that are consumable. Items that collect dust drive me crazy! I think gifts such as food, soaps, and lotions are useful, consumable, and appreciated by others. Well, at least they are for me ! The number one favor that I give to others when I entertain is food. Everyone loves good food! And as you can tell, I love to bake. Cookies in a cellophane bag tied with a pretty ribbon or homemade candies tucked into a tin box – It’s just an extra sweet treat as guest walk out the front door.
For our wedding I wanted to create something a bit more than a bag of cookies. Our wedding was small so I did not have to produce a lot – I only needed 48. Our ceremony followed by a dinner was held in a nearby seaside village. Most of our guest were traveling to our evening nuptials and then returning to their home late that night. After much thought, I decided a great favor would be Breakfast in a Box.
Breakfast in a Box – A Homemade Wedding Favor
The breakfast items that I placed in the box were homemade lemon poppy seed muffins, mini jars of jam, a small package of dried fruit from a local farm, a knife to spread the jam, and napkin to keep everything neat. I hunted all over online and in brick and mortar shops for the perfect packaging. I found the white window bakery boxes and cellophane bags for the dried fruit at Michael’s. I ordered the stickers for the box and the bag online as well at the wooden knifes stamped with enjoy. I purchased the ribbon from Costco, and I ordered the jams from Amazon.
It was all so easy and everyone loved them!
I was told by one guest that I should have had a label on the box that stated the muffins and packages were made by me. She thought it was something I paid the restaurant to make, and she had no idea that I baked the muffins and put the packages together until we sere talking about it one day months later. So, I suppose that is something I would do differently.
Lemon Poppyseed Muffins Recipe
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. poppy seeds
1¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup plain yogurt
- Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
- Combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Stir briefly to combine.
- In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Beat in the eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition.
- Mix in the lemon zest and the vanilla extract.
- With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients in two additions alternating with the yogurt, beating each addition just until incorporated.
- Divide the batter between the prepared liners, filling each about two-thirds full.
- Bake 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.