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Party Favors

( Originally Published 1932 )

Every one knows a party table is not complete without favors, but few of us recognize their importance. They are usually left until the last minute and given the least consideration. As a matter of fact, unique and original favors are the most essential part of table decoration. They are the only things one's guests may take from the table when they leave, so let us make them wish to do so. When a hostess has to say, "Don't forget your favors!" she is admitting they are not worth remembering !

Let us make our own success by making our own favors. In this way we will run no chances of having them forgotten, as home-made ones are unique, at-tractive, and add that touch of personality to our table so pleasing to guests.

They cost practically nothing but time, and you will find that the approval of your guests will well repay you for that. A number of types are given in this chapter, with full instructions for making each, but they lend themselves so well to experimentation that every girl should attempt changing them to suit her particular taste.

Small celluloid dolls, dressed in the national costumes of various countries, find a ready welcome among any guests. Such dolls can be purchased at any five-and-ten-cent store, and dressed with cloth or crępe paper. The latter is best, however, as it holds its shape easier, can be bought in all necessary patterns and shades, and will keep its fresh appearance longer. Ten different countries are represented, as will be seen in the photograph. (Front row, left to right—Ireland, Spain, Canada. Back row, left to right—Sweden, Belgium, France, America, England, Italy, Scotland.) Study these, as well as the instructions for making their costumes, and no trouble will be had.

AMERICA—Make a long dress with a full skirt, and pouched at the waist, from white paper. Narrow bands of silver paper run around the neck and under the arms, crossing at both front and back. A small American flag is draped over the right arm and pasted to the skirt. The hat is cut in two pieces of crushed silver paper and pasted together.

FRANCE—Over a petticoat of white crepe paper fasten a skirt of red, white, and blue petals. To do this, cut the red and blue paper into the form of long pointed petals. Paste these on white crępe, arranging them alternately. The blouse is national blue with white paper collar and cuffs, while the lapels are made with a base of white paper, over which are pasted triangles of red. Blue paper strips are pasted over these. The hat is made of the same blue as the blouse, cut in the shape of a helmet, with a rosette of red, white, and blue paper pasted on the side.

SPAIN—Over a petticoat of white paper fasten a full skirt of red paper. A band of black crępe paper is pasted around the bottom of the skirt. The bodice is of white paper with a coatee of black paper, and a shawl of dark amber paper edged with black crępe paper fringe. Circles of black over larger circles of red are pasted in the corners. A large circle of black mat stock is cut for the hat. The center is cut out to fit the head of the doll. A narrow strip of black crepe paper is cut into petals, and pasted around the outer edge of the hat.

ITALY—A full skirt of cherry-colored crępe paper is fastened over a petticoat of white. The blouse is of white paper with a tight-fitting bodice of black paper. This is laced in front with black crępe twist, or string. The apron is white, with bands and small triangles of jade-green paper pasted along the bottom of it for decoration. The hat is a tight-fitting skull cap of black, with a square of white paper arranged over the top and hanging down the back, over the shoulders.

BELGIUM—The skirt is of cherry-red crępe paper, and is fastened over a white paper petticoat. A black bodice is provided with a tiny vest of cherry-red in the front. Fichu and cuffs are white paper, with bands of dark amber paper over the cuffs. The apron is white, and a broad band of cherry-red crępe paper is fastened around the waist. The hat is white, having. a band of black paper around the brim. It is made by cutting a circle of white paper large enough so that when it is gathered to fit the head. it will form a tam crown and full brim.

CANADA—Over a petticoat of white crępe paper, fasten a coat of French blue paper with bands of white jeweler's cotton around the skirt, waist, collar and cuffs. These represent fur. The muff is also of cotton. The hat is a tam of the same color as the coat, with a band of the same cotton around it to form a brim. A cotton pompon is attached on its top. High shoes should be made of black crępe paper.

ENGLAND—The dress is of white crępe paper, pouched at the waist. Bands of silver paper fit around the neck and under the arms, being crossed at the front and back. The Union Jack is made of white paper, with red and blue pieces pasted on it to form the flag. It is sewn at the waist, and draped as a skirt at the right side. The hat is of the skull type. It is made of crushed silver paper with a brim of plain paper of the same color. The hat fan is of silver paper, shaped, and inserted at the crown in the back.

SCOTLAND—Over a skirt of white crępe paper, fasten a pleated skirt of black paper with narrow strips of red, yellow and Nile green paper pasted to form a plaid. The blouse is white crępe paper, while the coat is black. Strips of the plaid, similar to those made for the skirt and fringed at the ends, are pasted to the left shoulder and al-lowed to fall down at front and back. Pieces of this same plaid are pasted to the legs for socks.

The shoes are of black paper, as well as the hat.

IRELAND—Over a petticoat of white crępe paper, fasten a full skirt of emerald-green paper. Panniers of Nile green are sewn over the emerald green, and a blouse of white crępe paper with a fichu of the same color is attached in place. The apron is white paper, while the cape is emerald green. The hat is of white paper with a band of emerald green around its crown, which is made in the same way as the hat for the "Belgium" doll.

SWEDEN—A full skirt of national blue crępe paper is sewn over a white crępe paper petticoat. The bodice is white, with a coatee of black crępe pa-per, which is laced with crępe twist of the same color. The apron is of white crępe paper, and the fichu is a dark amber. Over the apron, dark amber and national blue crępe paper strips are pasted alternately. Strips of primrose crępe paper form the hair, being arranged in long plaits over each shoulder. Pieces of the blue crępe paper are pasted to their ends to form rib-bons. The hat is a cornucopia of blue crępe paper, with a ruffle of the white crępe for a brim.

This completes the dolls. The legs of each are bound together with crępe strips, and a piece of stiff cardboard is glued to the soles of their shoes. This allows , the dolls to stand. On each card is neatly printed the country it represents, as well as the name of the guest before whose place it stands. All colors of crępe paper can be purchased at any stationery store.


The photograph showing our "nutty" favors practically explains their construction. While they are simple to make, these little favors never fail to win praise whenever seen. All that is required is a bag of assorted nuts, a few kitchen matches, and a little glue. A nut pick or sharp-pointed knife will aid in making holes.

1 The single favors serve as place cards as well. Select a long peanut for the body and a shorter one for the head. One almond nut will be needed for the feet. Break off the heads of four matches, which will make the arms and legs of our figure. Two armholes are made in the sides of the Iong peanut for the arms.

The name of a guest is printed with ink on a small card cut from ordinary white paper. This is glued to one of the arm sticks, as shown. When it is perfectly, dry, the end of the stick is dipped in glue, and thrust through the armhole in the nut. It should extend straight out from the nut, and must be held in that position until the glue dries.

The opposite arm is attached in the same manner, although it is allowed to hang down. The two feet are now made by splitting an almond nut in two. The rough edges of the split should be smoothed with sandpaper. Holes are made in the end of the body peanut and through the tops of the almond nut halves. These accommodate the match sticks, which are used for legs, and are attached as the arms were.

A smaller peanut or hazelnut is used for a head, with a short length of match stick as a neck. This is thrust into the top of the body peanut, and into the bottom end of the head nut. It is also held with glue. Ink is used to obtain the black markings on the head and body, while the eyes and buttons are filled in with white paint. Both may be applied with a match splinter.

The "lady" figure is made in the same way. A short skirt and cap are added, which are made of crępe paper. Place the "lady" at a boy's chair, while the "man" stands at a girl's. These make splendid favors, and if a little extra time can be spared, the double figures, holding the nuts, add interest. As will be seen, these serve as favors, nut holders, and place cards combined.

They are made in the same manner as the single figures, except that they have only one arm. The small nut box can be purchased at any stationery store. It is glued to the sides of the two figures, and matchstick arms are attached only on the sides away from t the box. Note how these have been broken and bent down. The name of the guest is printed in ink on a small paper, which is glued to the front side of the box. When making such favors as these, a wide variety of nuts should be used to add individuality to each. In the illustration, this is shown by the body of one figure being made from a walnut, while the other is a Brazil nut.

Nut shells made into candle holders and salt dishes are quite serviceable, and when used with nut favors, they tone in with the general effect splendidly. A walnut is split in two, and both sides of the shell thoroughly cleaned. One of these serves as the candle holder, while the other holds the salt. The former is made by gluing the shell to a small square of white cardboard. A little wax is dropped into the shell, the candle set in it before it becomes cool, and our candle holder is finished.

The salt holder is held up by three short legs made from match sticks. These are tipped with glue, and thrust into holes made for them in the shell. Hold in position until the glue on each stick has dried.


While these favors owe their charm rather to quaintness than beauty, they can be counted on to provoke a laugh from the most serious of guests.

All of the animals are constructed along the same general lines, and present a good opportunity to test your ingenuity in making other comical forms. A bit of wire and a few scraps of crępe paper are all that one needs.

To give the reader a general idea of construction, let us make the stork, and by so doing, we will learn to form any of the other animals. Two light-weight wires are wrapped in narrow strips of white , crępe paper. At one end, they are twisted around a ball of the paper to form the small head. The twisting is continued until enough length has been twisted to 1 form the neck, at which point the wires are spread apart to form the body. Their ends are brought toghether, twisted to hold, and cut off short. At this point, you should have a twisted wire with a small loop at one end filled with a paper ball. At the other end, the loop should be the shape of an egg.

1 The small ball of paper at one end should now be wrapped with a strip of white crępe paper about an inch long. This is bandaged around the neck, so as to give the head a natural appearance. The beak is made by pasting a small fold of pink crępe paper around the head, and leaving its end open. Touch this opened end with a drop of paste, and pinch it together. This completes one end of our twisted wires.

The wires forming the body are now filled with a ball of the paper. Place this between the two wires, and pinch them slightly together to hold it temporarily in place. Another set of wires is now wrapped with paper, and twisted together, making a single wire of them. Bend this in the form of a hair pin, and place it over the body. Pinch the wires together under the body, so that they hold it in place. This wire may be wrapped entirely around the body if you prefer. The ends of the wire extend down forming the legs.

For the feathers of this strange bird, cut a strip of crępe paper and fringe its edge. Beginning at the tail, wrap this fringe around the entire body until it is covered. If the feathers appear too sleek, crush them slightly between the hands to obtain the necessary rumpled effect. The eye is drawn with ink, and if you wish to add a little triangle package in which the stork is supposed to carry his present, you can do so by folding paper into the desired shape.

The ends of the stork's legs should be turned up and spread. These are then glued to a round piece of thick cardboard, which enables it to stand. The tail feathers may be made with black paper, or can be colored after they are in place.

The animal bearing traces of the giraffe is made in the same way. White crępe is wrapped over the framework, and the spots added with ink. The dog and the flamingo are interesting studies, and as the work progresses, new ideas and other animals present themselves for experimentation.

When each animal has been completed, it should be shaped in any way desired, as the wire lends itself to such a treatment without any trouble.


These interesting little figures are made solely from pipe cleaners, and are so fascinating that the time spent on them is well worth while. While three differently formed clogs are shown, their construction is the same. Their various positions are gained by shaping them after they are made.

Our noble friend—the horse—having "Mr. Nut" for a jockey, never fails to ride to victory straight into the hearts of our guests. While only two types of figures are shown in the photograph, pipe cleaners can be made into almost any animal known, and after the basic construction of these is mastered, new figures should be attempted.

The dogs require about eight pipe cleaners, which can be bought for a few cents from any drug or cigar store. A little black ink and a pair of scissors make up the list of necessary materials and tools.

Take two stems, place them together, and bend them toghter. The measurements of these bends are as follows:

A. Front paws 1/4 inch
B. Front legs 1 inch
C. Body 1 inch
D. Hind legs 1 1/8 inches
E. Hind paws 1/4 inch

When these two stems have been bent to shape, cut off their remaining ends, and save them. Curve one of these ends for a tail, and place it in position over the body "C," so that the tail curves above the hind legs. Hold this in position, and using the remaining end piece, twist it around the tail and body. Note the position of this in Diagram No. 2. By now, the skeleton should hold together and stand. In Diagram No. 2, F is the tail, G. is the neck, and H is the foundation for the head.

The skeleton is now set aside, and another stem is bent as shown in Diagram No. 3. An entire stem is used for this piece. It is now bent as shown in Diagram No. 4, with "J" 1/2 inch long. This forms the ears, while "I" is the basis for the head.

Take the skeleton and slip "H" between "J." Hold it in this position, and starting another stem even with "I," go between "J" and through the front legs, and twist it around the body. Another stem is started at "I," twisted around once in front of the ears, passed through "J," and twisted around the neck. Continue to twist stems around neck and body until the figure has the desired size.

To finish the head, place a stem even with "I" and twist it closely around the head base in front of the bend at "J." Make these twists even and tight together. All excess stem ends are cut even with point

The face of our pup is marked with black ink, as shown in Diagram No. 5. The tail, body, and legs may be spotted as desired. Shape the figure in any way you wish, standing, sitting, or "begging," and the work is finished.

The horse is made by bending two stems as shown in Diagram No. 6. The measurements are as follows:

A. Front hoofs ˝ inch B. Front legs 2 inches C. Body 2 inches D. Hind legs 2 1/4 inches E. Hind hoofs 1/2 inch

When completed, another stem is folded in half for the tail, and a second stem twisted around it and the body, after the tail is placed in position, as shown in Diagram No. 7.

The balance of the horse is made exactly as was the dog, except that the ears are bent one inch for the horse. This is the part shown as "J" for the dog construction. When completed, the jockey is formed from a peanut, as shown in Diagram No. 8. Pipe cleaner stems form his legs and arms, and are thrust into holes made in the peanut. Black ink is used to mark the horse, as well as the jockey.

A length of black twist is sewed around the mouth of the horse to the ends of the jockey's arms to form a bridle. Cut a round piece of red paper, and paste in place for a saddle. The jockey's cap should also be red, and other colors may be added if you desire. Place the jockey in the saddle, pinching his legs to the side of the horse, so he cannot "ride for a fall." If the animals have trouble standing, spread their legs a little, and no trouble will be had.

Do you not agree that it is well worth the time spent, and that a clever hostess may add to the success of her party by making her own favors?

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