I love to fly and travel and go. I get all anxious about arriving at the airport fully prepared and generally have butterflies in my stomach..the good kind, though. I love knowing that I am about to encounter a completely new experience. I suppose this is the benefit of always traveling for pleasure.
Part of my personal flight preparation involves acquiring the largest bottle of water known to Man, tucking my iPhone in the designated side pocket of my purse, scribbling my flight information on a piece of scrap paper for good measure, and last, but not least, purchasing a MAGAZINE. I absolutely love an excuse to buy a magazine and as far as I am concerned, traveling provides the perfect excuse. For me, acquiring a new (indulgent) magazine is exhilarating.
During the trip to my friend Caroline's wedding seemed like the perfect opportunity to pick up the latest edition of Martha Stewart Weddings. This edition focuses on Do-It yourself style, which is exactly what I love! After flipping through all of the incredible imagery, I was inspired. I thought, "When will I have the opportunity to create favor bags?" Then I had an epiphany - I didn't need an occassion to create favor bags; why not make them just because and give them away to friends just to brighten their day?!
Now, I have always loved macarons. They are beautiful, well balanced and perfectly scrumptious. In my eyes, Macarons are to the cookie world like Anemones are to the flower world; they're the best. SO I decided to create favor bags and fill them with macarons. I purchased these minature macarons from Madleine Macaron (and by the way, they had the coolest "LOVE MACARONS" ice pack). For those of you who think I may have mis-typed "macaron" instead of "macaroon", read about the difference here; I had to!
A few of my favorite things are the color orange, glassine bags, and playful fonts, all of which I decided to use for this project. Within the week, I began designing the paper pendant for the favor bags. I asked myself, "What do I want to say on the pendant message?" I reflected on my recent experience at Making Things Happen and then it clicked, "I want to MAKE LOVE HAPPEN!" I want to spread the love to my friends at an unexpected time and so, I did. I designed a variety of pendants with this very message in hopes that they, too, would pass it on!
A note of caution: Macarons must be refrigerated and so delivery of the favors was limited to the local crew. Fret not though, you just might come home to your own treat one day soon. This post is intended to inspire you to MAKE LOVE HAPPEN and pay it forward for someone else. You never know what an impact you'll have on others. You won't regret it!