Easy To Make Party Favors

If you’ve got the time, making your own party favors is the perfect way to deliver a bit of uniqueness at any party you are hosting.

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When I needed to come up with a party favor idea for an 80th birthday party for my mother in-law, I searched the internet for ideas but nothing really stood out at me.  I ended up digging out my faithful Cricut and some card stock paper which saved the day. 

A favor shouldn’t just be pretty in my opinion, it should include a tasty treat as well.  So for this, I opened boxes of  delicious, 100% natural, Ovation chocolate covered candy sticks courtesy  of Sweet Works Candy

I covered each candy stick in a pretty green wrapping paper and used them for the stem of each flower I created.

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Now, everyone will find a surprise in their favor.  The flavors of the Ovation candies that guests will get to sample include; Irish Cream, Orange, Cappuccino, Mint, and Dulce de Leche.

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Do you like being creative and making your own party favors, or do you let someone else do the work for you?

Chocolate Covered Caramel Cheesecake Bars

“Good things happen unexpectedly.”  My quote for the week.

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Does it matter that I failed miserably at making homemade microwave caramels this weekend? Only if you’re interested in what I did with the failed batch of caramels caramel sauce I ended up with. 

I should have listened to the little voice that kept telling me to go to the store and buy butter and not substitute margarine.  But I didn’t listen and when my  caramels didn’t harden I wasn’t surprised.  I’m not complaining though because instead getting a pan full of caramels I got one of the most delicious caramel sauces to ever touch my lips.

So, what do you do with unexpected caramel sauce?  You serve it on ice cream, you dip fresh sliced apples in it, and you make something so rich and sinful that you forget all about the little voice that told you that you should have went to the store.

I scoured the internet for recipes that called for caramel and when I landed on this recipe for Deluce de Leche Cheescake Squares at the browneyedbaker  it was love at first site.

Michelle’s recipe looked perfect.  I did cut the filling recipe in half (since I wanted a smaller batch), I added a pinch of salt to the chocolate glaze, and of course, I used my caramel sauce in place of the Deluce de Leche that her recipe called for.

These bars are absolutely delicious.  I guess sometimes when you fail at one thing you succeed another.  

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How do you handle failure?  Do you throw in the towel, or does it make you more persistent?