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Carmel Apples

Get your girls together and tell each of them to bring their favorite flurrie topping.  Do your shopping as close to the favor making day as possible so apples are fresh.  Buy firm apples (Granny Smiths work well) 1 apple per wedding guest (obviously), 3 ounces caramel candies per apple, and one wooden candy stick per apple (popsicle sticks work fine).  After apples set you will need one cellophane bag and about 25″ ribbon per apple.  Before the gals arrive, set up stations, each with a large freezer bag, wooden spoon, 2 greased aluminum pie pans, cardstock tags (divide number of wedding guests by number of girls coming), and a marker.  Wash and dry apples.

As the gals arrive, have them choose a station and write their topping-of-choice on the tags provided at her station.  They should write neatly as this will be presented to wedding guests.  Each guest will then fill her baggie with her topping-of-choice, zip it shut pressing out all of the air, double-check to make sure it’s closed, and beat it like crazy with the wooden spoon until crushed, and finally layer crumbs in one pan.  This creates an array of caramel apple selections for your favors.

As guests are crushing, you melt candy caramel in the microwave.  (About 2.5 minutes per 12 ounce bag).  Take each group of stations melted caramel.  While the caramel is hot, they dunk the apple and then twirl in topping.  They then will set the apples on the empty aluminum pan to set.  For a video demonstration, check out http://www.ehow.com/video_4006_make-caramel-apples.html.

After apples set, put in cellophane bag with stick coming out of opening.  Then put tag on ribbon and tie a two loop bow around the stick.  You can order personalized ribbon to make your favors extra special.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

The best part of this DIY favor is that you can make it ahead of time and store.  Plus it’s budget friendly.

2 cups ground cinnamon
1 cup ground ginger
5 tbsp ground cloves
2 tbsp ground nutmeg

Funnel above into cute jars and tie personalized ribbon with a tag that says “Love is the Spice of Life” on one side and Pumpkin Pie Spice on the other.

I’ve Fallen For Candy

Add orange, red and yellow food coloring seperately to white chocolate and pour in leaf molds.  Place candies in cellophane bags and write “Fallen For You” on the tag.

Or create a candy bar of orange, red, yellow, and brown candy.  Go to Goodwill and buy different size glass bowls and containers to display candy.  Clear plastic tongs and scoops can be found at party supply stores.  Clear plastic keeps the focus on the beautiful fall colors and is easier to handle than glass utensils.

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