By Sharon Garofalow of Cupcakes and Cutlery
I love to come up with new ideas for serving food at baby showers. Plates, even small ones, can be cumbersome, especially if people are trying to mingle and be social while snacking. I love to serve things in individual portions to keep it easy. I created these DIY Kraft and Tape bags to hold snacks so the guests can just grab one and go. They are super simple, very inexpensive and give your party that homemade touch.
I grabbed this roll of Kraft paper from my local hardware store (it’s found near the paint supplies and costs about $7/roll). I like to keep a roll of this paper on hand because it is so versatile! You can use it to create super fast table runners, party signs and other types of decorations. Of course you can also use decorative wrapping paper or even a piece of printer paper if you prefer. You will also need a pair of scissors and some Washi tape or decorative masking tape.
Step 1: Pull a length of Kraft paper. Fold the paper in half and determine the size of bags you want to make. I like to keep it attached to the roll at this point because you can easily make them bigger or smaller depending on the look you want or the size of the item going inside.
Step 2: Once you know about how big you want them to be, cut the paper from the roll.
Step 3: Refold the paper. Lay out your tape, sticky side up, and place the edge about halfway as seen in the photo. Trim the tape to be flush with the bottom of the bag. The tape can extend past the top at this point because we will be trimming the top at the very end.
Step 4: Next cut the one long sheet in to approximately 4 bags.
Tape the other side of the bag.
Trim the top of each bag, as straight as you can, to create a finished edge. I didn’t use a ruler or cutting board but you can.
I decided to fill the bags with popcorn, which is one of my favorite party snacks. Please note, this Kraft paper is fairly thin and grease marks will show. You wouldn’t have that problem if you served pretzels, or plain popcorn. Mine had a bit of butter (because, yum). Just keep it in mind if that is a concern for you. Everybody’s level of party fussiness is different.
These snack bags are the perfect way to provide snacks that are easy for people to graze on while keeping the flow of the shower moving. I like to keep the guests in mind during party game time and present opening. Some people really don’t like playing games so this gives them an activity to do. And although we ALL love to coo over little baby clothes, the process can be really long. Snacks help keep everyone entertained! You can quickly turn them in to a party favor bag by cutting one side of the top about an inch longer than the other side, to fold over and close with a small piece of tape or sticker! What would you serve in these bags?