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Buying Espresso Cup Favors? Read This First!

Oct 21, 2011

Tiffany Blue Espresso Cup Favors

Shopping for espresso cups for wedding favors? Espresso sets are not new to the European wedding market, but are making huge gains as elegant wedding favors here in America.  These are impressive – and will impress your guests.  Because espresso sets can be a bit more pricey than typical wedding favors, here are 7 tips you should  consider before buying these mini coffee cups!

  1. Construction – You’ll want your espresso sets to be durable, sturdy and solid to the touch.  The glaze should be brilliant and the joint that holds the handle to the cup firm.
  2. Material – Look for porcelain cups as those are the finest made, however not all porcelain is the same quality.  The better the quality, the higher the price.
  3. Thickness – Thicker cups retain the heat of the espresso better, but thickr cups don’t always equal elegant favors.  Thinner espresso sets which are elegant and can match your best china are often thinner than traditional espresso cups.
  4. Hand Feel – This is completely personal and something you’ll need to test in hand.  Order samples of different manufacturers or styles (or come in to visit us in our showroom) to see how they feel in your hand.
  5. Heat Retention – Thicker espresso cups of high quality porcelain tend to hold heat longer.
  6. Aesthetics - Buy what visually appeals to you!  Your espresso sets should match the style and theme of your wedding and reflect your personality.
  7. Pricing – Purchase what fits to your budget.  The more sets you purchase, the better the pricing.  Also consider 2 cup sets are cheaper than 6 cup sets.  Remember, this type of item you’ll only have to give 1 per couple or 1 per single guest.  So if you are having all couples attend your wedding, you only need to purchase 1/2 of your guest list total.  Don’t rule out a more expensive option because wedding favors are the cheapest expense for your entire wedding.

Life Without Chocolate is No Life at All

Oct 13, 2011

If you’re like me – or any of the girls at Little Things – you love chocolate and candy.  Take a walk into our NJ showroom and you’ll find complimentary mint tins and a tray of Hershey kisses that we urge our customers to take.  But our back office is where we stash all the good stuff for ourselves:  imported Finnish chocolate, DumDum lolllipops, and currently, a fundraiser box of chocolate from Erica’s son that we’ve almost finished (it’s for a good cause!).  We also usually have some kind of cookie assortment, and rest assured most of our chocolate and edible wedding favors have been sampled by us, so if you’re looking for an honest opinion on a product, feel free to call!

Wedding chocolate and candy favors are a great choice to give away to your guests.  They may not be able to treasure it forever, but they’ll certainly enjoy it while it lasts.  Especially if you’re planning on purchasing something from us:  many of our chocolate favors, including our brownie pops (which are to die for), chocolate dipped rice krispy treats, and wedding cookies are all gourmet and made of the richest and finest chocolate.

Unless you have a knack for baking and creating, these aren’t the kinds of treats you typically make at home.  Our brownie pops are designed to look like a newly wedded couple, pumpkins and pears; our rice krispies look like bridesmaids’ dresses and even sushi!  And a lot of our other candy favors, like our lollipops, jellybean packs, gumball machines and mint tins can be personalized free of charge.  We also offer a large selection of Hershey’s chocolate products, including kisses, miniatures, chocolate bars, Reese’s miniature peanut butter cups and York peppermint patties.

Edible favors are a fantastic choice for your guests, and a unique one at that.  Feel free to contact us directly at 732-654-5262 to see if you can order samples!

Have fun indulging! – Kelsey


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Are Candle Wedding Favors Right For You?

Oct 11, 2011

Candle wedding favors have been on the market for a very long time, and are still popular among brides shopping for something suitable to coordinate with their wedding theme and to give away to their guests.  Personally, I am not a huge fan of candle favors.  Often, the candles are too small, not scented or only burn for a short amount of time.  Some wedding candles are even only for display – the packaging will tell you that they’re not meant for burning!  But candle favors have their benefits too.  There are so many different kinds, it’s incredibly easy to find one that is exactly what you’re looking for – especially if you’re searching for something that matches your color scheme or theme.  There are also many cheap candle favors available, which are great for low budgets.  I recommend using a checklist when contemplating purchasing candles as your wedding favors.

Beach Candles With Seashells

If you’re looking for something practical to give to your guests, candle favors may be out of the question for you.  I’ve attended too many weddings and showers where a candle was given as a favor and so many thrown away after the event or left on the tables – some people don’t even burn candles; others may not have a place for it in their home.  when I am a guest at a wedding or shower, I appreciate something practical that I can use, like a purse hook, a wine bottle stopper, coasters, even a letter opener.

Perhaps you have your heart absolutely set on giving candles as your favors.  Unless you’ve found something perfect for your event, narrow down your options a little.  What kind of candle is your favorite?  There are many types of candles to choose from – including many types of candle wedding favors:

- Wax Candles
- Soy Candles (great eco-friendly favors!)
- Gel Candles
- Votive Candles
- Tea light Candles in Holders
- Oil Candles
- Beeswax Candles (also eco-friendly)

I personally love soy candles because they smell so good, and gel candles because they’re often filled with something in the gel, such as seashells or flowers.

Be sure to do a little research when you find a candle you like.  I.E., make sure you can burn it!  Guests are likely to appreciate something they can actually burn rather than something that will just sit there – it’s much more practical.  Scented candles are especially yummy too – we have honey scented beehive candles that I absolutely love – they smell delicious!  Be sure to check out all of our candle wedding favors to find the right wedding candle for you – and our inexpensive candle wedding favors, where we have all of our candles under $1.00.  All of the candles featured above are on our website – they’re all my favorites!

Happy birthday to Kristi, our office manager here @ Little Things! <3 Kelsey

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“Spike” Up Your Wedding with Lemonade-Inspired Drinks!

Oct 4, 2011

Your wedding doesn’t have to be in the summer for you and your guests to enjoy a nice cool glass of lemonade.  If you’re a lover of the warm-weather refresher, serve it up!  Lemonade is a classic American favorite.  You’ve heard of the coffee bar, so why not have a lemonade bar at your wedding if you love the stuff?  And you can “spike” things up by literally spiking the lemonade with alcohol!

Here are some great ways to serve up lemonade at your wedding – with a twist, of course!


Vodka with Lemonade – You don’t have to just add vodka to the lemonade.  For a stronger drink, prepare the lemonade with vodka instead of water.

Gin Bowl – One can of frozen lemonade, 12 ounces of gin and one 2 liter bottle of club soda mixed together in a bowl with ice is a tangy treat.  This drink should be made right before served!  Slice up a few lemons and limes to float on the top.

Beer & Lemonade – Known as a radler in Germany and a shandy in England, this drink is half beer, half lemonade.  Easy to make and great for the usual non-beer drinkers.

Electric Lemonade – Though there are many recipes for this one, but this is how I personally make the drink.  You can use a blender if you’d like:  combine 1 1/4 oz. vodka (Absolut Citron is the best!) with 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao, 2 oz. Sweet & Sour and a splash of Seven Up.  Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon slice, cherry and mint.

These alcoholic lemonade drinks will definitely be great conversation starters!  After all, when life hands you lemons…add alcohol!  Don’t forget to give your guests these lemonade mix favors to take home – they can make their very own instant lemonade, and add alcohol too (optional).

Happy drinking! <3 Kelsey

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A Honey Themed Wedding

Sep 30, 2011

Many of our honey themed wedding favors boast that your love is “as sweet as can bee” – just like honey!  A honey themed wedding is a great idea, even for those who don’t love honey.  I personally love honey, so for me, a honey themed wedding would not only be cute but a reflection of my personality as well.  Here are some great ideas:

A honey themed wedding would be best to host in the spring or early fall when the weather is not too warm yet not too chilly either.  Since honey is often used in the morning in tea, on toast, etc., this is a great idea for those who are not having a wedding in the evening and even better if the wedding is outside.  After all, honey is derived from bees, and bees live outside…you get the picture, right?

You can incorporate the color of amber in many ways:  the bridesmaid dresses, your eye makeup, even the flowers (mums, tiger lilies, carnations).  Amber is a warm color, and if you have your wedding in the early fall, will coordinate beautifully with the natural colors of the changing leaves.

Your food, of course, should also have honey!  There are so many ways to incorporate honey into your food:  honey glazed ham, toast with honey, honey in tea, honey buns – whatever you can think of, or whatever you enjoy eating honey with.

And of course, your wedding favors can also reflect honey.  You could fill your own mason jars with honey, top them with a vintage-inspired cloth and seal the jar with a ribbon, rubber band and/or personalized tag.  Check out our honey wedding favors for personalized honey jars, honey scented candles, and much more!

<3 Kelsey

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Cappuccino Recipes & Ideas for Your Wedding

Sep 23, 2011

Cappuccino is a delicious drink, and with fall rolling in, the perfect way to warm up in the chilly weather!  Of course, you can always take a trip to your local Starbucks to get a little pick-me-up, but if you’re a true coffee lover with an espresso machine, why not make your very own cappuccino right at home?  Here are some great cappuccino recipes for you to enjoy this season – at home or at your wedding!

Making a cappuccino is really very simple, but some say it takes practice to get it just right.  Simply brew an espresso, add an equivalent amount of hot milk, then milk foam to the top and voila – a delicious cappuccino!  Of course, not all of us have an espresso machine right in our kitchen, so instant cappuccino is always a great alternative – you can purchase a mix at a grocery store and simply add hot water.

You can always make an iced cappuccino, a wet cappuccino (with more milk) or a dry cappuccino (with less milk) to change it up.  Or, you can add a tablespoon of hot cocoa mix for a more delectable drink.  And you can always add some flavored syrups to the drink, such as caramel, mocha or even pumpkin for something really original!

Create a cappuccino bar at your wedding with different syrup flavors, chocolate shavings, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and much more for your guests to create their own special cappuccino.  You can even hire an experienced barista (that’s Italian for “bartender”) to create beautiful latte art into the foam at the top – such as a heart, leaves for your autumn affair, or even your monogram initials!

Check out our cappuccino favors for personalized packets of the drink mix to give your guests.  You may even want to pair them up with our personalized Biscotti cookies, which can be found with our cookie wedding favors – after all, cappuccino originated in Italy too!

Happy autumn! – Kelsey

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How To Make DIY Hot Cocoa Favors

Sep 22, 2011

With fall starting tomorrow, the perfect drink to celebrate this glorious season, is of course hot cocoa.  For fall and winter weddings, hot cocoa favors or a hot chocolate bar (“spiked” with alcohol, of course!) is the perfect solution to warm your guests on those chilly evenings.   For those do-it-yourself brides who want to give their guests a custom and homemade favor, here is a great idea: personalized DIY hot chocolate favors!

Simply follow our favorite hot chocolate recipe by mixing the dry ingredients together and diving them into batches.  Our hot chocolate recipe on our site (link above) is designed for 4 servings, so just mix the ingredients together and divide by 4 to get a serving size.  And include a card or tag instructing your guests to add the remaining wet ingredients at home (milk, a touch of half and half and vanilla extract).  You could also include in your pre-made hot chocolate recipe, marshmallows, small chocolate chips or chocolate shavings for toppings.

To package your hot cocoa favors, you could use clear plastic cones with ribbons and tags found in craft stores, or you can present them in one of the following adorable jars which would be perfect to hold a serving of the pre-made mix.  These jars come with free personalized stickers, which you could use for your names and date or an adorable message.These jars are quite substantial in size and aren’t your average “candy” jars which are sold – they are approximately 3″ tall x 2″ wide and make a lovely solution to holding your mix.  The glass jars are $1.25 each and the ceramic jars with spoons are $2.75 each.  Of course your guests can reuse them over and over again in their kitchens to hold spices, salt or sugar or other loose items.  If making these isn’t on your to-do list, we also offer fall and winter pre-made packets for personalized hot cocoa favors – check one more item off your wedding list today!

Edit: 10/22 – I just found the most delicious sounding Pumpkin Spice Recipe and I had to share.  Go to to read more!

Edit 10/22 – I also found a yummy Caramel Corn Hot Chocolate Recipe here: click the link to read it!


Wedding Coffee Bar & Coffee Favors

Sep 15, 2011

Here at Little Things, we love coffee probably more than weddings.  Well, no, we love weddings, coffee though, probably runs a close second.  If you are anything like us, our Keurig machine is ever brewing an assortment of regular and flavored coffee, and even brewing tea.  Occasionally, in the winter, we’ll toss in some hot cocoa for good measure.  Out of all of the employees here, I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t drink coffee.

Even if you aren’t a coffee addict like we are here, I’m sure there are occasions you do drink coffee – which makes coffee and tea a perfect entertainment item for your fall or winter wedding.  We’ve heard of the candy bar, the cigar bar, the ice cream bar – I have even heard of an old fashioned soda bar for a wedding reception idea! How about a coffee / tea / hot beverage bar for your upcoming nuptials?

A hot beverage bar is perfect for warming up your guests on chilly fall evenings or freezing winter afternoons.  Nothing will warm up your guests like a delicious, hot drink!  A coffee / hot beverage bar is easier than you think to incorporate into your wedding. Start by having your reception location provide a large enough table with urns filled with coffee and hot water.  You can even hire someone to man an espresso / cappuccino machine.

At the table be sure to provide

  • Different Types of Coffee (Full, Decaf, Espresso, Cappuccino)
  • Different Hot Beverages (Tea, Hot Cocoa, Apple Cider)
  • Different Types of Syrups
  • Different Types of Toppings (Powdered Chocolate, Cinnamon, Nutmeg)
  • Different Types of Sweeteners (Don’t forget heart shaped sugar cubes!)
  • Different Types of Milk (Fat Free, Whole, Half n Half)

When Can You Use A Hot Beverage Bar?

  • At the cocktail hour for those who choose not to drink
  • At a brunch reception
  • During the reception, some people prefer coffee right after dinner and don’t like waiting until the dessert course. (Or if you are like me, I like coffee before AND after my dinner).  This is also good for those who want to warm up if they are cold (or just came in from outside) or if they don’t drink alcoholic drinks.
  • While the bridal party is getting ready, or at an post-wedding all night party, or the day after brunch

Of course, there are plenty of ideas to keep your wedding pumped full of caffeine – from coffee brown bridesmaids dresses, to personalized coffee favors, coffee cups, coffee scoops, espresso cups or even coffee scented candles – you’re wedding will be good to the last drop!

– Love, Erica & The Coffee Lover’s at Team Little Things

Will E-Readers Replace Books and Libraries?

Sep 12, 2011

Call me an old lady (I’m the ripe old age of 33) but my e-reader will never replace my personal book collection, unless of course they stop printing books.  Even then, I think I would browse antique stores looking for a good book to add to my collection.  I love flipping pages of a book, I love getting lost in the story, anxiously scanning the pages.  I love the smell of books, especially old books.  I love letting my friends borrow books (even though I occasionally, never get them back).  I love picking up the copy of my copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales from 1973 which was written to me from my now deceased grandmother whom I adored.  It brings tears to my eyes and good memories every time I pick it up.   I hunted online once for my favorite childhood book, Lamont the Lonely Monster, published by Hallmark in 1970, which is now a rare collectable, and purchased it just for sentimental value.  I handed down my Strawberry Shortcake Cooking Cookbook to my son, and I loved looking though the pages and seeing my handwriting in it from when I was 6 (his age now). Books hold valuable memories, something that an e-reader will never be able to replace.

I have been known to go to my nearest Barnes and Noble, grab a cup of Starbucks and spend hours browsing the shelves looking for a good book.  Recently, I was in BN and staring at the “Spiritual Romance” section.  What was a “Spiritual Romance” exactly? I had no idea, but as I browsed the shelves a woman approached me also looking in the same section.  “Did you ever read any of Karen Kingsbury?” she asked me.  “No I haven’t,” I responded.  But we had a 20 minute conversation about her books.   It was a very serendipitous moment, and I wound up purchasing her book, Redemption. This type of interaction is also something that an e-reader will never be able to replace.

I always wanted a home library like the one in Beauty in the Beast, or the ones from Victorian Times, but since I do lean toward the modern and the contemporary, a library like the one above, in color or alphabetical order, filled with a comfy couch, blanket, my dogs, a cup of tea (and hopefully a fireplace) would be heaven to me.  There is just something so cozy and inviting about curling up to a good book.  I am sure I am not the first one to say this, and probably not the last.  Imagine a library room with no books, just a lonely e-reader on the side table.  Where is the character?

However, I do have an e-reader.  They are great to carry a few books at a time with you on vacation – especially now days when airlines have such strict weight regulations.  And of course they do cut down on the clutter of having books all over your home.  But you can’t take an e-reader with you while you are enjoying a candle-lit bubble bath, or at the beach (if you are concerned about the heat and sand), a hot tub, or pool.  While e-readers have their advantages, they still don’t stack up to a real book!

If you are a book lover like me, I’m sure you devour several books at once.  The one thing I can never get enough of are bookmarks.  If I was to get married again, I would definitely consider giving out a favorite book with a bookmark attached to a favorite passage.  Or I would use one of our bookmark favors to attach a favorite recipe or use them to hold my seating assignments.  Bookmarks are just as collectible as books, especially for bibliophiles.  Even those on your list who aren’t voracious readers will be sure to get use out of this practical and memorable favor.  I will continue to read my books and one day I hope to have my own little library in my house complete with my favorite reads, multiple bookmarks and my e-reader.

Happy reading!

- Erica

Falling in Love with New Fall Wedding Favors

Aug 1, 2011

I absolutely love the idea of a fall wedding.  The warm weather has finally cooled, the air is crisp and fresh, and the colors of the season are absolutely beautiful.  We may still be stuck in summer, but now is the time for brides who are having a fall wedding to really buckle down and start tying up all the loose ends – September is right around the corner!  Here I’ve listed a few of our newest fall wedding favors that are sure to be a hit among anyone looking for the perfect fall favor.

“Falling for You” Scented Pine Cone Candle – I don’t particularly like candle favors very much, but this one is an exception because it’s beautifully packaged and is a nice change from the typical leaf themed stuff that is used too often for fall favors.

Autumn Leaf Design Place Card Holder - I have a feeling these place card holders will do exceptionally well this season.  Some of our once popular fall themed place card holders are no longer available, and I noticed the options on our website were slowly dwindling down.

Scenic View Tree-Branch Place Card Frame – I prefer place card frames over holders, and this one is absolutely adorable.  I love its rustic look, and apparently brides do too, because it’s currently out of stock until the beginning of September.  So if you love it, order it, so you can rest assured your order will be one of the first fulfilled once it comes back in stock.

Autumn Allure Fall Leaf Box – Trinket boxes have been a trending favor since the first one was made, and now they’re available for every style and wedding theme out there.  I love the rhinestone detailing on the stem of the leaf!

Choice Crystal Leaf Design Wine Bottle Stopper – We have a couple of really popular leaf design bottle stoppers, and I think brides will love this one too.  It’s a little more costly than some of our others because it’s choice crystal, but definitely worth the buck.  It says “fall” without being too over the top – the base is a lovely shade of copper and the crystal leaf adds just the right amount of elegance to the favor.

Keep your eye on our website for the next month or so – we’ll be offering a fall favor promotion very soon!

<3 Kelsey

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