Saturday, July 26, 2014

Why We Make (Mostly) Clean Bachelorette Favors

Well, it finally happened. 

After nine years of making bachelorette party favors, someone asked me to make a favor design featuring male anatomy.

I'm a little surprised it didn't happen before now. If you've thrown a bachelorette party (or attended one), you know that much of the popular decor, accessories, and favors include phallic designs. From lollipops to cakes, chocolates, drinking straws, and even pasta, naughty is the norm for bachelorette parties. 

In fact, it's so common that you're probably wondering why I don't do more of them. Sure, I have done favors like these, with risqué wording:

Kiss Bachelorette Favors | Label Design #308

I've created other favors with raunchy sayings. But why do I advertise and create mostly "clean" bachelorette favors?

A few years ago I went to a bridal shower that felt more like a bachelorette party. Mixed in with the traditional games were a few that were...well, lewd. While I often have a vulgar sense of humor, I could tell that some of the grandmothers present were very uncomfortable, and that made me feel awkward, too. While most bachelorette parties don't include grandmothers, I figured there had to be other groups who might not appreciate having genitalia designs on everything. I discovered that many of you agree.

"I have to say it was nice finding a place to get favors that did not include the male genitalia anywhere for my friend's bachelorette party," customer V. Raval shared. "The Bride is really happy I found your site as well. When you are in your 30's you want something a little more classy."

Leslie H., a customer from Tennessee, also appreciated having the option: "Thanks for offering something that's not crass and embarrassing for a bachelorette party!!" Leslie said.

When your guests (or the bride) are a little older, or come from different cultures or religious traditions, it might not be appropriate to share naughty novelties. Since most bachelorette shops are offering adult-themed items, it can be harder to find bachelorette favors and gifts personalized for the tame themes, which is why I love offering those options. 

Sheila L. from New York shared what she liked best about the "clean" favors she ordered: "I just received my shipment of bachelorette favor lip balms and I have to say they are more beautiful than I ever could have imagined...I really and truly appreciate the time you took to personalize your patterns to the bride's colors."

Sometimes it's about personalizing to the bride's theme colors, and sometimes it's about the naughty designs. To us, it's always about options, so meet our newest design (I've been calling them Phun Phallus Phavors): 

"To Have and To Hold" | Phun Phallus Bachelorette Favors
Label design #366, matching tag #1382 (tag pictured is #1035 on hot pink)

Well, what did you expect? This is a family site! (If you're interested, I promise we'll send you the uncensored version for your approval.) 

What do you think? Do you prefer the tame, classy bachelorette favor, or the naughty novelty? Or a combination of naughty and nice? What's your favorite bachelorette party theme?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bridal Shower Lotion Favor Giveaway

I'm so excited to be participating in a giveaway at Emmaline Bride this week!

Would you like a chance to win 30 lotion favors, all wrapped up like the examples below? Please visit Emmaline Bride for details and enter before July 31.


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Lavender Fields Forever

Last Saturday, we visited Glendarragh Lavender Farm in Appleton, Maine. They were almost ready to harvest the lavender and opened their farm to visitors. What a beautiful place!


I've always wanted to see fields of lavender but didn't know about Glendarragh until recently. They grow a dozen varieties of English and French (lavandin) lavender at their farm, in a range of colors from deep purple to pale pink, white, and of course, lavender. You can read more about them and see some harvest photos on their Facebook page


I had fun taking some pictures (it's much prettier in person). As we strolled among the blossoming hedges, the scent of lavender followed us on the breeze. It was a warmer floral than the sometimes piney scent of the essential oil, somehow sweeter. My kids enjoyed the lemon lavender ice cream, made with the farm's lavender buds.



Of course I had to come home and make some Lavender Lemonade lip balms. It's a specialty flavor, a purple-hued lemon-flavored balm with a hint of lavender. 

Lavender Lemonade lip balm
Have you ever visited a lavender farm? 

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Flavor of the Month July 2014

Summers are for cold treats - and for lip balm versions of cold treats! This July, our Flavor of the Month is Root Beer Float. We add a generous scoop of vanilla to a mug (tube?) of fizzy root beer, for a sweet balm your lips will love.


Root Beer Float is available at 15% off through July 31 like all of our Flavor of the Month balms. (We still have a few Balm on the Fourth of July balms, too! Make sure to order soon!)

We'll also be including a Root Beer Float lip balm in orders placed by our favorite customers (Flavorites). Remember, we don't pick favorites, so you get to decide at checkout whether you'd like to join! Look for the check box at checkout this month.

Do you like root beer floats? What's your favorite summer treat?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Nautical Themed Wedding Favors

Anchors aweigh, it's a nautical theme day! 

Not to take the wind out of your sails, but you don't need to go overboard planning a maritime bridal shower or bachelorette. Even a simple celebration can share oceans of love with the bride-to-be. 

Anchors Aweigh Bridal Shower Favors | Tag Design # 1376 (matching label #360)

Want smooth sailing for the new couple? Share wisdom and marriage tips at the bridal shower, so the bride can learn the ropes from friends and family. Your advice can help them keep their relationship on an even keel.

Down the Hatch Bachelorette Favors | Label Design #361 (matching tag #1377)

You don't have to drink like a fish at your bachelorette party. Instead, choose your favorite cocktails in lip balm form. Mimosa and Pink Champagne are two of our most popular bachelorette party flavors. Down the hatch!

Oceans of Love Bridal Shower Favors | Label design #362 (matching tag #1378)

As she prepares to take the plunge, all that planning may leave the bride feeling like she can't keep her head above water. These little celebrations will get her back in the swim of things and feeling happy as a clam!

Dropping Anchor Bridal Shower Favors | Label Design #363 (matching tag #1379)

With your help, she'll have a whale of a time tying the knot. Talk with us about nautical theme favors for bridal showers and bachelorette parties!



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Yum Recipes

There are so many things to like about summer, I couldn't pick just one...so I picked ten of my favorites to share with you today. Here are our favorite summer recipes from the past few years, all together and linked to their original posts.

Have a yummy summer!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: June Bug


Years ago I couldn't resist making a June Bug lip balm (I think it was a Flavor of the Month). It had a very bright, neon green color, and tasted like coconut, melon, pineapple, and banana.

If you're a fan of these tropical, summer flavors, you might like to try the real thing. Here's how you make one:

June Bug
3/4 ounce banana liqueur
3/4 ounce coconut rum
3/4 ounce melon liqueur
3 ounces pineapple juice

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well, then strain into a collins glass filled with ice.

What do you think of this fun summer drink?

Find more cocktail recipes online at about.com and Drinksmixer.com, and follow our Mixology board at Pinterest.

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