If you are planning to have friends over for a dinner party, you may be searching for a fun gift you can send home with them. This gift can be an expression of your thankfulness to them for coming over. If you aren’t sure what you should give them, don’t worry! Here is a list of 27 dinner party favors your guests would love!
Edible Dinner Party Favors
Since your guests are coming over to eat, why not stick with that theme? Some of the best dinner party supplies and favor ideas are edible.
1. Petit Fours
Miniature cakes are an excellent dessert, and they are small enough to be travel-friendly! They are also tasty enough to be adored by all of your guests.
2. Bag of Ingredients
Give your guests the gift of one of the courses you served at your party. To do this, you can put together a bag of all of the ingredients required and attach the recipe.
3. Infused Sugar
Flavored sugar is a delicious gourmet party favor idea, and you can find the supplies to make it at your local grocery store. Fill a large jar with sugar and your desired flavoring. Some common flavoring choices are lemon slices, lavender, vanilla beans, or coffee beans. Give the sugar a few days to absorb the flavors, and then divide it into cute jars for your guests.
4. Cupcake in a Jar
This cute edible dinner party favor is a delicious treat that is already packaged for on-the-go consumption. It doesn’t take many supplies, just a few jars, and a cake! Cut the cake into jar-appropriate pieces and fill the jar as much as you can. Don’t forget to add frosting between the layers.
Not sure what to do with all of your leftovers? You can turn them into favors! Simply wrap them up in attractive to-go containers, or aluminum foil sculptures (if you’re feeling creative), and hand them out to your departing guests.
6. Ice Cream
Attach an ice cream scoop to a pint of ice cream for a delicious and practical dinner party favor. Be sure to hand these outright as they leave; melted ice cream is not a gift anyone would love.
7. Homemade Bread
There are many different types of delicious bread you could treat your guests to, from pumpkin to banana to white to whole wheat. Choose your favorite, bake several small loaves, bake multiple, and allow your guests to choose their favorite.
8. Sugar Cookies
Use cookie cutters in appropriate shapes to match your dinner party theme, or the season, to create adorable sugar cookie favors.
9. Jam-Packed Jars
If it goes along with your dinner party theme, you can make some fresh jam for your guests to take home. A great idea is to prepare several different types so everyone can choose their favorite! Some common jam flavors include raspberry, strawberry, or blueberry. Scoop the jam into small glass jars and cover the top with a circular piece of fabric and a ribbon. Place the metal lid on top of the fabric, and voila! Sweet and simple.
10. Sweet Favors
Another tasty option is to bake some delicious sweets, such as tarts, pies, cookies, nuts, or cakes. Be sure to place them in cute little containers that your guests can take home. You can decorate the containers with tissue paper, ribbons, or even some paint. Your guests will absolutely love that you put these together yourself!
11. Box of Breakfast
Send your guests home with not only a full stomach from dinner but a breakfast to look forward to as well! You could purchase or bake breakfast items such as scones, muffins, croissants, or bagels. Don’t forget the condiments like small containers of cream cheese or packaged pats of butter. Place all of these items in a take-out container, and they are ready to go. Don’t forget to add tea bags or packets of instant coffee! It’s not a full breakfast without something to drink.
12. Cup of Coffee
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of preparing more food for your guests, another great option is to put bags of coffee beans in coffee mugs to hand out to your guests. There are so many fun, unique, and gourmet flavored beans to pick from. You can also be as creative as you want with the mugs. You could send everyone home with matching mugs, or give everyone a different mug.
13. Homemade Drink Mixers
Prepare small bottles with the main ingredients that you used to make drinks with for the party. Send these bottles home with your guests, so they can enjoy them at home too. Be sure to attach a personal note to each bottle with the exact recipe you used. Don’t be afraid to personalize the bottles with some stickers or ribbon!
14. Winter Wonderland
If you are hosting your party during the wintertime, give your guests little packages of warm spices. Give out spices for mulling cider or even wine. If your guest isn’t a fan of spices, hot chocolate is also a wonderful choice.
15. Summer Refreshment
Fun and Creative — But Not Edible — Dinner Party Favors
Since you are already feeding your guests at the party, you may choose not to send them home with edible party favors. The rest of this list consists of unique party favors that are not edible, but still sure to win guest approval.
16. Personalized Mixes
This gift will work best if you know your guests well. If you do know them, you can put together some of your favorite songs and create a personalized Spotify or Napster playlist for each guest. Be sure to choose songs that pertain to the particular theme you have chosen for your party. If you’re hosting a romantic dinner party, pick love songs that will set just the right mood. Additionally, since you know your guests, be sure to include their favorite artists, and leave out any genres they don’t enjoy.
17. Kitchen Necessities
A dinner party is only possible because a kitchen is involved, so send your guests home with some kitchen staples. Mini gourmet bottles of olive oil and vinegar are slightly classier options. You can also hand out dry ingredients like bags of gourmet, flavored sugar.
18. Trinket Trays
These little trays are perfect to add some décor to your countertop or dresser and to keep everything organized. You can find trinket trays that go with the theme of your party, or decorate them yourself. You can even personalize one for each guest by picking out the tray that best fits their style.
19. Pint Sized Plants
You can use small potted plants as favors and as decorations for your party. If it fits your theme, you can place the plants as centerpieces, and then allow the guests to grab their favorite before they leave. Cacti and succulents are great options because they do not require much care or maintenance. Your guests may be more willing to take them because they won’t have to worry about keeping them alive. Another option is a bouquet of flowers. Their colors will liven up any room, but if you choose this option, be sure to avoid flowers that your guests may be allergic to.
If you and your guests love to read, hand-select a book for each of your guests! Try to find a book that goes with their taste or hobbies, if your dinner party is a small, intimate gathering. For larger parties, find books that everyone would enjoy such as a gourmet cookbook.
21. A Crystal Paper Weight
A beautiful paperweight is an affordable option and a useful dinner party favor idea. Try to choose a design and material that reflects the theme of your party, or simply choose one that you love.
22. Wine Glasses
A set of wine glasses makes a lovely party favor. You can even have the glasses personalized if you so choose. If giving each guest a set of wine glasses is outside of your price range, consider giving them a set of festive wine charms instead.
23. Bottle Accessories
If you know your guests will make use of these, bottle accessories can be a great party favor. These can include decorative bottle openers, useful bottle stoppers, and bottle cozies. They are sure to spice up the next time your guests pour a drink.
Candles make beautiful party favors, and there are many different scents to choose from. You can help your guests relax with lavender aromatherapy candles, or help cheer them up on a bad day with citrus candles. There are so many options, it may be hard to choose just one, so why not purchase a variety and give your guests the choice?
A teapot is a practical, as well as a decorative favor. Teapots come in many different designs. You can either choose different designs to match each of your guests’ tastes or simply purchase some that match the dinner party theme.
26. Coffee Mug
Your guests are sure to appreciate a coffee mug party favor. You can choose from many attractively designed mugs and wrap them up in tissue paper or a pretty gift bag. As in the previous list, you can also fill them with coffee beans or packets of instant coffee so that your guests are all set for their next cup. However, if you would rather, you could fill it with candies or nothing at all.
27. Picture Frames
Inexpensive picture frames can be dressed up with glitter, buttons, paint, fabric, feathers, flowers, or anything you have on hand. They’re also a practical gift that your guests will love. If you would like to send the guests home with photos, consider taking Polaroids at your dinner party. That way, you can slip the pictures into the frames before handing them out.
If you are looking to hand out party favors after your dinner party, this list is a great place to begin brainstorming. A great website to visit while party planning is easyeventplanning.com. On this website, you will be able to find many local event planning businesses that can assist with your party needs.