I know what you might be thinking. It’s not “Christmas” unless you have a Christmas cracker/bon bon to pop open with your loved ones & friends. I myself really do love the tradition of it, but truly, there’s not much going on inside Christmas crackers / bon bons these days, and let’s face it they’re expensive for what you get. Most of them are pretty much the same thing in different wrapping.
So, if you’re looking for a Christmas cracker / bon bon alternative, that’s still traditional yet quick, inexpensive and a nicer gift for guests, try these quick and easy napkin bon bons that I did for a little pre-Christmas dinner at home.
Quite simply, it’s just a $3.50 jar of lollies I bought from the supermarket, wrapped up in the linen napkins I was using for the table (that I already had at home), and tied off at each end with ribbon!
They took all of 5 minutes to put together and I particularly love that they look like traditional Bon Bons but your guests get to take home something a little nicer that the typical plastic Bon Bon stuffer. Less waste, which I think everyone can appreciate, and you can customise them in several ways. Any sort of cylindrical shaped jar or gift (jam jars, sweets, yule log); coloured ribbons; any coloured/pattern napkins (even large paper napkins would work if you don’t have fabric napkins, just be very gentle when tying the ribbons).
You can add in your own printed joke (hopefully better than the ones that usually come with store bought bon bons!) if you feel the need and have the time!
If you already have fabric napkins and ribbon at home, then they shouldn’t need to cost more than a few dollars each.
Obviously, they don’t have to be cylindrical, any shape and small gift wrapped with a napkin and ribbon is lovely, but for me, the minute I see a cylindrical bon bon, it’s instantly recognisable as Christmas and I do love a bit of tradition.
Merry Christmas and stay tuned for the next post later this week, with all the details and images from my pre-Christmas dinner.