I briefly mentioned part of our favors yesterday, when I shared the mustache cards included in the crackers at each place setting. So here's the rest!
We made crackers inspired by the British tradition of Christmas crackers and placed one at each plate to act as place card -- the guests names were written in gold calligraphy by Michele Papineau on bands that wrapped around each cracker. During one of our many "craft nights," my sister and friends wrapped toilet paper tubes in striped paper and added "cracker snaps" (little caps on a bit of paper that snap/pop when you pull on them). We then wrapped them in purple and fuchsia crepe paper, and tied them at either end with sea foam or pink seam tape.
The idea was for each guest to grab one end of a cracker in each hand (sharing the other end with the guest next to them, so their arms are crossed), then everyone pulls at the same time, popping open the crackers.
Each cracker was filled with treats and silly bits, including tissue paper crowns (these are a traditional element in crackers -- we actually made ours by hand so they'd be in the color palette), stick-on mustaches, mints, and a felt heart-shaped badge made by Daniel (he's famous for wearing homemade felt pins and badges on a regular basis). The idea was to have the guests interacting with each other and being silly right from the get go -- it was a great way to break the ice. Even the most staid guest ended up with a ridiculous mustache and crown ensemble.
I found pale pink and blue pillow mints (delish!) at Groovy Candies. We packaged them in glassine envelopes with vintage inspired labels. These were included in the crackers.
I also designed the playing cards to be part of a welcome gift for our guests who stayed with us at Wilbur Hot Springs. The deck was a collaboration between myself and textile artist, Joel Dewberry. Joel provided an original pattern, which was used on the back of the deck, and I illustrated the face cards and designed the deck. Each face card was a woodland creature inspired by Joel's design, with regal finery inspired by classic playing cards. They were left in each room along with a novel from Penguin's cloth-bound classics series and some fresh baked cookies from Anthony's Cookies in San Francisco. The card decks were printed and packaged by Your Playing Cards.
And that's it! I hope you've enjoyed reading about the making of my wedding as much as I've loved recounting it!