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Heartfelt Favors

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2009

Introduction

Make your guests happy by offering them something sweet (pate de fruits that have undergone whimsical heart transplants) as well as something thoughtful (wine-filled carafes, to be toted home at the end of their evening, at every place setting).

Eat Your Heart Out
These intensely flavored French fruit jellies wear their you-know-whats on their sleeves. Using heart-shaped aspic cutters -- one big, one small -- stamp out hearts from pate de fruits in varying colors. Then mix and match the hearts with the cut-out squares. The treats can be packaged as favors or served as dessert. 

Resources Pates de Fruits, Recchiuti Confections; aspic cutters, by Ateco, from UltimateBaker.com

Pour Your Heart Out
At dinner, wineglasses are often left empty or get topped too fast. The solution: Set a carafe at each place setting. People can pour exactly the amount they want, when they want, and waiters can refill the flasks at a more leisurely pace. 

Ask your caterer to provide the vessels, or buy them yourself and turn them into favors; just attach tags with the guests' names on them so they know to take them home. 

Resources "Ypsilon" carafe, by Fortessa, from Parker's Pantry.

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