Lovely Little DIY: Rosemary Infused Sea Salt Favors

Hi everyone! How was your weekend? I hope you had a great one!

My weekend was total madness, but the happiest and most fun kind of madness I could ever want - I had my first two weddings as “Lovely Little Details, LLC”! As many of you know, I have been planning events (including everything from large-scale festivals with 30,000 people per day, to corporate events, to weddings} for the past 8 years, but finally last year decided to start my own business on the side. This year I have about 15 weddings booked so far, and I really couldn’t be more excited. This is something I am truly passionate about, and my passion was reignited this weekend when one of my brides, Jen, came in to the ballroom for a sneak peek before the guests came in, and started to tear up and said “I didn’t even cry at the ceremony, but this is making me cry, it is exactly what I wanted and more”! That right there just made my weekend, friends. And I can’t wait to share more on both weddings with you {along with the other brides!} very soon!

Today, though, I wanted to share with you a little DIY I mentioned last week on Facebook; a wedding favor I put together for Kelly’s Napa wedding which was also this past weekend. Kelly’s wedding was a little bit wine country rustic mixed with a touch of black-tie elegance. Hosted at a private estate in Calistoga, just outside of Napa {at the same venue where Michael Chiarello hosted an event the very next day!}, Kelly and Daniel’s wedding was very much an intimate and special time, a weekend long affair with family and friends, filled with tons of lovely little details. One of those details was her favor boxes, which were made of wooden wine crates with their wedding logo on the front, filled with excelsior and included these homemade rosemary sea salt masons, along with chocolate truffles and other treats for her guests to enjoy.

Rosemary is the herb of remembrance, something that was oh so special to everyone in attendance, for this was an event not to be forgotten! Here’s how I made this simple yet savory treat.

Materials Needed:

  • Sea salt, enough to fill the number of jars you are going to make {Mortons Kosher salt works perfect, too, because it is a nice, flaky salt and saves $!}
  • 4 oz mason jars, or in my case, I used 2.7 oz Weck jars, because they are just so pretty
  • Fresh rosemary (assume ~5 sprigs per 36 jars worth of salt)


1. Using a large (preferably non-stick) saucepan, heat salt over medium heat and add 4-5 sprigs of fresh rosemary, stirring occasionally until heated through for about 10 minutes.

2. Transport salt and rosemary sprigs in to a sealable container and let cool for another 20 minutes or so before closing the lid.

3. Seal container and let stand on the counter for 24-hours, or at least overnight. Do not refrigerate!

4. The next day, remove large rosemary stems, leaving the remnants in the salt mixture. When you remove the lid, you should smell a strong scent of rosemary.

5. Utilizing any remaining fresh rosemary, insert a small sprig on the side of each jar, tilting to the side and covering with salt so you can see the sprig through the side of the glass.

If you are using mason jars, just screw on the lids and you are all done! If using Weck jars, keep reading :)

6. Take rubber seal and center on top of filled jar.

7. Place lid on top of rubber seal, and use jar clamps to secure the lid firmly in place.

And that’s it, friends! Pretty simple, right? Sorry for the iPhone pics, one of these days I’ll bust out the Nikon for some nice ones, but for the sake of requests I had for the DIY, I wanted to get this out today :)

Here they are in Kelly’s favor boxes with my custom labels that we tied around the jars {professional photos coming soon from Jessica Burke!}

Also, thank you to Chelsea Santos for all of your help this weekend!

Have a great week, everyone!

  • COLORES says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    Oh this is great! the perfect idea fo a selfmade gift! Thanks for sharing ! I get always so uch inspiration here!

  • Therese says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    SOOOO Lovely Jacin!! Where did you have those boxes made!?

  • kristi says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    Jacin ~ I LOVE this idea! It is simple, sweet, and usable!!!! The perfect lovely little detail ;-)))) I cannot wait to see more of the weddings you’ve planned. I am so over the moon happy for you that you are doing what you love ~ cause that is what is all about!!!! Hope you enjoyed some of your weekend relaxing ;-)))


  • You always have such great ideas! I want to make this one for myself too :)

  • Courtney says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    These are so cute and useful! I already have favors made for my wedding but I may have to add these to my gift bag for the wedding party.

    Congratulations on your “new” business. I hope you have many years of wonderful events to plan.

  • Jill@TeenageBride says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    what a great favor idea, I am so happy your business is doing so well!

  • Laura *You Stir Me* says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    yay! So proud of you for a successful weekend! Can’t wait to see more pics of all the details you made! These favors are really cute and could be such a fun favor for a bridal shower or even a nice hostess gift paired with some other culinary treats! You rock, lady.

  • postcards and pretties says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    Can’t wait until you share that wedding with us.

    love those favors!! love rosemary!!!

  • erin * sparkle & hay says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    this is the most wonderful favor idea EVER!!! so going to keep it in my back pocket to suggest to all the brides i know! (& so happy your bride was so thrilled!) :) yaaaaay LLD! (yeah you know me)

  • Nicole says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    hmmmm sounds very interesting!

  • Kristin @ Bona Fide Bride says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    YAYYY for LLD LLC! So, so happy for you, Jacin. You were born to do great things, and I feel a warmth in my heart for where you are going. So proud! And thanks for sharing the DIY, it is lovely!

  • Diana says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    So happy that you had an amazing weekend with your first two weddings! YOU ROCK! :) These are such lovely DIY favors! <3

  • Aleah + Nick Valley says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    Hooray! So happy you had a successful weekend! Kudos! :)

  • Greer Loves says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    I had a coworker who did rosemary sea salt for her favors. They were lovely! Thanks for sharing this project!

  • Claire says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    you know I love this already :) and fun fact, the street we are moving on is called: Rosemary Lane. How perfecto!

  • Amanda says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    These are awesome - cant wait to try them! I think they would be perfect favors for a bridal shower or wedding! So glad to hear that you are doing well - can’t wait to see pictures of the weddings from this past weekend!

  • Kirby {Colors of Honey} says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    lovely! I was planning on making bath salts for my bridal party, but I think I like this better. congrats on your first 2 weddings! I can only imagine how exciting this is for you!


  • Lena says on May 16, 2011 Reply


    P.s. What is that perfect nail color?

  • birdie to be says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    What a great idea! I love it.


  • Tiffany says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    Those are so cute. I really love the little jars.
    I just posted our engagement photos on my blog..would love to know what you think!
    Hope you had a great weekend!

  • paloma says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    YUM YUM YUM! This looks so delicious, Jacin, and the presentation is gorgeous too!

  • Gloria @ I Do Venues says on May 16, 2011 Reply

    If you are a foodie- this is a perfect wedding favor- consider wrapping the favors in burlap or a fabric that corresponds to your decor- it is a wonderful and savory memory for your guests

  • Nan says on May 17, 2011 Reply

    These are so cute! We recently went to a wedding where they had Lavendar salt as a gift. Great idea!!

  • Victoria says on May 17, 2011 Reply

    love these, what a fun favor to give away!

  • Steph says on May 17, 2011 Reply

    First off, congrats!! And second.. these favors are lovely. Genius!

  • Erika {Borrowed&Bleu} says on May 18, 2011 Reply

    This is such a lovely idea! You could do infused sugars, too!

  • I would even love this for my own kitchen…but what a great wedding favor idea!

  • Kate/MagnoliaRouge says on May 19, 2011 Reply

    Fantastic… love this idea!!

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