When you plan a party, you have a lot of things on your mind. The food, the decor, the entertainment and a whole lot of other things. You do have party favors in some obscure corner at the back of your mind too, but somehow, it always gets sidelined and you may end up buying something as an afterthought. Believe it or not, this will be very evident from what you give as a favor. Or, let's say you do give it enough thought, don't you usually stick to things like candy and candles and aromatherapy that appeal mainly to women? Where's the justice in that? Why not have some nice personalized party favors for the male guests as well? You game for some interesting ideas? Just go through this Buzzle article then. You won't regret it!
You see, personalizing a favor does not necessarily mean that you must go with the usual 'name and initials' bit. In order to give something truly personal, you must do your research and focus on different aspects of the person for whom the favor is intended. In this case, let's say it's the hobby of the person. You can, instead of giving everyone the same favor, customize each favor according to the hobby of the person. They could be anything from a gardening tool kit, to sports equipment, from books to CDs of the kind of music that he likes to listen to. Yes, it will take a lot of time (not to mention resources) to come up with a different favor for everyone, but if you want it personalized, then you might as well do it in style, right?
One of the best items that you can give men as a party favor is something that they will actually use, and that too for the intended purpose. Storage items are something that everyone can do with. Ask us women, we'd love a new bag anytime of the day, month or year! So, for our male counterparts, you can get things like laptop bags, wallets, tin containers, glass boxes, satchels etc. in which they can store stuff. Bags and wallets have very self-explanatory uses. The tin and glass boxes can be used as and how they would like to. You can have their initials printed, stitched, or engraved on them along with their date of birth to add a more personal touch.
Food! Glorious food! There's no one here who can deny the fact that food is one of the safest party favors that can ever be given. However, personalizing it gets a little tricky. But that doesn't mean you can't do it. Here's how you do it. It's not for the faint hearted as it involves a lot of interrogation of the guests! Just kidding! Find out what each man's favorite chocolate, or cake flavor is. Once you get this information, you can purchase the chocolates and put them in little boxes with a neutral wrapping, stick a name tag on it and place it on the table. If you're going for cakes, you can have cupcakes baked of every flavor mentioned and place them in small baskets, with a toothpick-name-tag stuck into the top. They'll love the effort that you put into making them. Who wouldn't?
Now, let's say this is a bachelor's party or a retirement party or any other party hosted for a particular person. In this case, it's you. This party favor idea is for those select few buddies who've seen you through thick and thin, and hold a special place in your heart. What you can do is, hunt for old pictures of you and each person you've invited to the party. Make a small card with the picture on one side and a little note. On the day of the party, you need to click a picture of the person and you together using a Polaroid camera. When this picture is ready, you need to stick it on the other side of the card for a then and now effect! For others at the party, the picture taken at the party stuck in a nice fancy thank you card will also make for a good personalized favor.
Stationery is always a great idea for party favors. Especially if your party has a corporate set up, is a retirement party, or the like. To give personalized stationery favors, you need to plan everything well in advance. First of all, you need to decide how many favors you need according to the number of male guests. Once that is decided, you have options like diaries, notepads, paper cutters, pens, folders, etc. to choose from. You can get the names or initials of the men in question embroidered, embossed or printed on the items. You can also have their designation and the date of the party included, if it is an important milestone.
Well then! You're sure to have liked at least some of the ideas mentioned above. Try them out and see the reactions that ensue. None will be negative, rest assured. So get started! Lots of planning and personalizing to do!