Portuguese "happy pill" wedding favors

Tribe member Helena Teixeira didn't want to spend too much on wedding favors. So she combined that idea with her love of sweets and vintage '50s Portuguese advertisements and created these!

I totally love Jesus Had a Sister Productions and I wanted to do something like their little packages. So, I first searched for '50s advertisement images of women. I preferred the Portuguese ads, but wasn't sure I was gonna find one. But find it I did!

No worries: this image is old and therefore in the public domain.
This is the advertisement image I chose, a '50s ad by Vaqueiro, who produce margarine and butter. I totally loved her smiling face, super white teeth and hairdo!

So I designed this on Microsoft Office's PowerPoint:

The text reads: Happiness pills. Take one for immediate satisfaction and relief of concerns. Repeat when necessary. You won't stop smiling, not even in the Department of Finance's line or stuck in traffic!

I copied and pasted eight of those images to a page. I then printed the pages out on different colored paper.

I then got these little 7x10cm plastic bags from an office supply store.

I cut all the tiny ads into rectangles, and put them into the bags.

Finally, I just added the happiness pills themselves: jelly beans! I hope people like them, because I know I do!

  1. The title made me think of a rave wedding and giving out "party favors" as party favors. I love this idea…and my idea, too, haha.

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  2. I love Portuguese! Are you or your husband of Portuguese/Brazillian descent? I love those old Vaqueiro ads..

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  3. Love this idea!

    The funny thing is that we still use this margarine on our everyday cooking.

    Greetings from Portugal :)

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  4. Eu adoro esta idea!!! I have a buttload of family coming from Portugal for my wedding, and I've been working hard on trying to think of ways to incorporate more Portuguese elements into the big day. Obrigado for this super cute idea!

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    • My solution to this has been food…Most of the Portuguese stuff in my wedding will be incorporated as food :) pastéis de nata yay!! :)

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      • Me too! My grandmother's Pasteis de Nata right next to the wedding cake and the caterer is learning how to make some Portuguese dishes.

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  5. What a great idea! On another note, glad to see some Portuguese stuff here :)

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    • aha! Funny that you'd share that link :) thanks! I had just been discussing that with my cousin after I saw some other Portuguese wedding blogs and inspirational sites. My own wedding will be full of Portuguese "creations" but only because I'm Portuguese and will be doing a lot of the things myself eheh :) a lot of cork oak I tell you ;)

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    • What I meant to say is that I was glad to see it here on offbeat bride ;)

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    • Andre- do you have any other resources/websites worth looking at?

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  6. lol! I realised that Rita :)

    It´s weird because I lived in the UK for a long time and when I came back to Portugal, there was hardly anything "different" being done here. Now that I know there is, I keep promoting it with pride :)

    One of the shoots from that ezine was featured on another US blog not long ago (I won´t say which for fear of being wipped by Ms Offbeat Bride :) )

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    • :) ah yes, I've seen it ;) actually, that's how I got to know there was some Portuguese stuff out there. I was so happy too! :) Agora estou só contente por ver outros Portugueses a promover ideias nossas por aqui :)

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  7. It´s good you´re keeping an eye out for our "produto nacional"! I´m doing my bit as well. Loved working of the magazine project!

    I honestly hope you have a wonderful wedding, full of pastéis de nata and other great stuff :)

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    • Amazing Shots, Great Song (love the fray), and wow what a church! I aetuloslbly love your work!!!Your post nails it Mike you guys really captured the couple's emotions their faces really show what they were feeling. I'm sure they were very pleased!

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  8. Am I free to use the "Portuguese Pill" party favor idea?

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  9. I had been planning to have each table named after a country or city that we'd visited together (including Lisbon). But then I just had this idea to incorporate a tiny favor from each place at the table. This might work really well—what a great idea!

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