wedding favor ideas? special to washington or seattle.
hello, SF chowhound here -
i am looking for help with ideas for favors/parting - travel gift or welcome bags to guest who will be coming from out of town for a wedding in Seattle (actually, Whidbey).
some ideas from the board so far are:
Chukar cherries -- any product in particular?
Cafe Vita coffee -- or anything else?
smoked salmon- any brand/ source ideas?
some considerations are people will be traveling back home.
i'd appreciate any help! thank you!!!
Fun idea! I've had that, and various fruit ports from Hood River OR, and stuff from elsewhere, and so far my all time favorite is the Delilah brand raspberry wine from Samson Estates in Lynden. It is the concentrated essence of those berries, not too sweet, and really incredibly fragrant. It is so good lightly chilled with chocolate (or alone!). I think they do liquers, too. Maybe local chocolate and the right fruit wine?
Here are a few more...
Walla Walla onion mustard (try the Made in Washington stores)
fireweed honey (there's a vendor at Pike Place Market that sells it in small jars)
marionberry preserves (I've found those at the Market, too)
Penguins caffeinated mints (made locally, but you can find them at Cost Plus World Market)
apple chips (again, there's a vendor at the Market, near the fish-throwing guys)
pickled asparagus (a lot of grocery store sell them, or try Made in Washington)
Slug Butter! http://www.lopezislandfarm.com/
The bags are probably a bit bigger than you're going to want, so you'll need to re-bag them. These chips are great--nothing like the stale mass-produced ones you occasionally see. They have several different varieties of apples, even. The stall is facing the fish-throwing guys, and a bit to the south.
Forget the foil-packed salmon - it's gross.
I'm also not wild about chukar cherries though some people seem to like them.
Whole-bean coffee from a local roaster is a good idea. I like Zeitgeist's 'Diplomat' drip roast for this purpose - everyone likes it and it comes in a nice looking foil bag that travels well. (My father in law still has me schlepping it to NYC every time I visit after we gave them a bag their first time out here.)
Gift boxes from Theo or Fran's are definitely a good idea too.
Smoked salmon: Wilson Fish at the farmer's market. It's good for, iirc, 6 months before opening the vacuum seal.
Theo Chocolates (they'll do two piece gift boxes)
Deck of cards from archie mcphee, Soap from Ballard Organics (ok, it's not food, but...)
Cheese from Estrella or beecher's, crackers from Essential, pepper jelly from ... crap, can't remember... black labels, sell at pike place and ballard farmer's mkt on occasion.
Our favors were little mesh bags of Dilletante chocolate covered espresso beans. Well received and people were bouncy after consuming them.
For out-of-towner welcome bags, i'd also include Market Spice Tea.
Also, the Tom Douglas rub-with-love blends. Assuming people don't think they're an erotic thing... ;)
Jones Soda (you can customize the label with your own photo--but no selection of flavor if you do)
Apples and Cherries (fresh--yum)
Aplets and Cotlets (I never understood these, yuck, but they are local)
Many Washington wines to choose from
Not food, but local
Tulip bulbs from Skagit Valley