The One With the Favors

A long, long time ago, in a blissful state of engagement, when my wedding was not right around the corner, I mentioned I was going to do S’mores as part of our favors. So cute, right?

Cut to about 4 weeks ago, and it was time to shop for ingredients. I went to Target, Walmart, Harris Teeter, Food Lion and even checked out Amazon.com to compare prices, but Walmart was the cheapest option. For 125 people, 2 S’mores each, I needed 250 Graham Crackers, 250 Marshmallows and 125 chocolate bars, as well as 125 cellophane bags.

So what was the price breakdown on such a task?

10 boxes of Graham crackers at $2.34/each 23.40
7 bags of marshmallows at $1.28/each 8.96
11 packages of chocolate bars at $3.24/each.  35.64
2 packs of 100-count cellophane bags* at $7.84/each
1 package of Kraft paper cardstock at $3.99
1 roll of twine at 2.99

Grand total: $90.66 which translates to 73 cents per favor. 

*I literally spent an entire afternoon trying to find the best bags for this project. They needed to be large enough to fit a graham cracker, which is a 2 1/2″ square when you break them apart, but not too big that the pieces weren’t secured. I came across PaperMart which was selling cellophane bags in bulk quantities. I ordered the 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 9″ crystal clear cellophane bags and would highly recommend them if you’re thinking of doing S’mores bags too. 

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After assembling all the bags, 4 graham cracker halves topped with 2 bars of chocolate and 2 marshmallows, I tied the bags as tight as I could with the twine, and topped it with a tag I designed on PicMonkey, my favorite design website. 

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The yellow boxes are covering up our names, for privacy’s sake, but it says Cam heart Miss Camera. 

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One caveat about these bags – when I bought the supplies a month ago, I decided to be proactive and start getting them done. It wasn’t until I had finished 40 bags and Mama Camera said “what if they get stale?” that I realized it. That was a complete waste of time. 40 bag’s worth of chewy graham crackers and rock hard marshmallows. So while you may not want to do it last minute, please be mindful that these are food ingredients!

You can’t have S’mores without skewers, right? It’s a firepit, in semi-fancy clothes, so I wanted to get extra long skewers to minimize the possibility of burns etc. I went back to my shopping extravaganza and ultimately found the best price for extra long 18″ skewers (standard length is between 10-12″) on Amazon from a seller called ThinkBamboo for $12.88 per 100 skewers. 

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Image via Amazon.com

I think our guests will enjoy these, I mean, who doesn’t love a good S’more on a summer night?

Anyone else using S’mores as wedding favors?

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