For our wedding favors, we wanted to do something unique, but also reasonably cost since we were having a 300+ guests wedding.
Getting married in December and having somewhat of a winter wedding theme, we decided that hot cocoa mix would be a fun gift that people could take with them and actually use.
Since it was a Southern winter wedding, of course the hot cocoa mix would be in mason jars..well...smaller versions of mason jars. We ordered 300 in bulk with silver lids from an online website.
We ended up with a fun layered look of cocoa mix, mini-marshmallows and chocolate chips.
Tori's Custom Creations on Etsy (she also did our Hotel welcome bag tags) -- on the front was an image of a coffee cup with a snowflake on it and "Warm Wishes" and on the back she put the basic recipe for using the favor to make hot cocoa.
I originally had planned to do more of a layered look for the mix by doing the basic ingredients of cocoa mix -- powered milk, sugar, etc. -- but after realizing this would cost more, be more complicated for guests to make the cocoa, and be more of a pain to make, we opted for just the three basic layers.
First we had to hand wash every jar...yup..hand wash. Then we set out the jars on top of towels on the kitchen table to dry over night.
Knowing how much to buy was tricky...Bradley and I made a few test jars at our house the week prior. Once we got a jar to the levels of ingredients of our liking, we measured what was in the jar for each ingredient, then literally did the math and calculated how many jars we could make from one cocoa tin, one bag of marshmallows and one bag of chocolate chips... then calculated how many of each we would need to make 300 jars.
It was incredible, but we actually ran out of the cocoa mix we bought with only two jars remaining. Luckily my mother-in-law had a few packets of cocoa mix we were able to use to finish off the last two. We also ended up with about two bags of marshmallows left and only one bag of chocolate chips. So I guess our math wasn't too bad off.
We had somewhat of an assembly line around the table when making these -- one person was in charge of filling cocoa, the next person would follow the cocoa person and add in marshmallows on top, then another followed with the chocolate chips, and then finally someone came behind and put on the lids. We created makeshift funnels out of printer paper and tape to make pouring the cocoa mix in the jars much easier.
Finally we all joined together to stick on the labels and box the jars.
We had one at each place setting for every guest. Everyone loved them and we got lots of compliments on them. We even heard that some of our guests were opening the jars during the reception and sneaking a few bites of chocolate chips and marshmallows.
Read the rest of my blog posts about my Winter Wedding in Birmingham, AL on 12.10.11.
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