I know some of you are traditionalists and might say “it’s not ‘Christmas’ unless you have a Christmas cracker/bon bon to pop open”. 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.
So, if you’re looking for a Christmas cracker / bon bon alternative, that’s still traditional, inexpensive and lovely gift for guests, try these quick and easy Handmade Napkin Bon Bons that I did for our Annual Girls Christmas dinner.
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). You then just tie them off at each end with ribbon, and voila!
They took all of 5 minutes to put together. I particularly love that they look like traditional Bon Bons but your guests get to take home a nicer gift that the typical plastic Bon Bon stuffers. It’s much 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 our Annual Girls Christmas dinner.