Party Favors: Do Me a Favor

These clever parting gifts will make the fun last.

Smart Cookies

Steam open fortune cookies and add your own clever messages. First, write or type your messages and cut into small strips. Place the cookies in a vegetable steamer over simmering water (don't let water into the steamer basket!) for about 30 to 45 seconds, until they are soft enough to open. Working quickly, replace the fortune with your own, fold the cookie back into the original shape and let reharden.

smart cookies

Good Morning

Send everyone away with a wake-up kit: a bag filled with a muffin, fresh fruit and an eye mask or other home-spa goody.

good morning

Green Piece

Decorate shelves or windowsills with mini plants or cacti for a party, then hand them out to guests when they leave.

green piece

Cool Beans

In place of after-dinner coffee, bring out mugs filled with bags of coffee beans for everyone to take home.

cool beans