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2 Ideas for a Going Away Party

The hard part of living in the city so long is that you see your friends start to move away. It seems like we go to a lot of going away parties these days. Here are a couple of my favorite ideas for a going away party. The first are these little favor baskets filled with the guest-of-honor’s favorite locally made treats put in little wood baskets. A perfect way to celebrate where they’ve been or where they are going. The second idea is putting the face of your friend that is leaving on little buttons. It is a little silly and a great way to give a nod to your friend without getting too sentimental. Find more details below.

For the baskets we chose local products from San Francisco. (you could even base them off where the person was moving to.) For the baskets we ordered them from here and we made the ribbon by making quick drawings on cotton ribbon with a pen.

For the buttons you’ll need a button maker or else order them from somewhere like Etsy. My friend has one that I borrow but if you don’t have any nice friends with buttonmakers then they are really affordable to order (like here.) To make the image I just take a picture with my phone and then trace their head in photoshop and then layout each button with a smiley face.

Credits + Contributors:

All photography by Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Production by Stacy Wichelhaus
Styling by Milan Shimono Lee
Crafting by Irene Yu
Assisted by Harper Casimiro

  1. Nicole

    February 7, 2013

    I live in San Francisco and would love to know where those cookies are from. They are great and would be great additions to the gift baskets I am making for a friend’s Birthday. Thanks!

    – Nicole

      • jordan
      • February 7, 2013

      These are from a baker named Kristin Honma but Susie Cakes also does custom GG Bridge Cookie orders.

  2. Ceci Bean

    February 7, 2013

    So sweet. Food really ties in well to memories of a place, doesn’t it?
    The cookies are cutest! Who makes them? The only thing I’d switch out is the chocolate because Scharffenberger isn’t local anymore. Maybe Tcho? Ooh, and some coffee.

  3. Melissa

    February 7, 2013

    Love this! Im hoping my next big move is to live out in San Fran & this would be a sweet farewell.


  4. little kitchie

    February 7, 2013

    I love these ideas! We have definitely seen some friends start to move away. These are great ideas for celebrating them!

  5. Why Not Marie

    February 7, 2013

    I β™₯ this! Very cute!

  6. Ilaria

    February 7, 2013

    love this idea… we live in Paris and soon be leaving for the south of France. I will try to make them for our going away party (and of course there will be Eiffel Tower cookies πŸ™‚

  7. Lindsey

    February 7, 2013

    We have lived abroad long enough to see people leave, too. It’s really hard because in Zurich there is a vibrant English-speaking community, but people often leave after a year or two. It’s hard to get attached to friends and then have to say goodbye. I love these two ideas. I’m going to a going-away on the 22nd and the buttons would be too fun! Thanks for the idea. xo

  8. Rosie

    February 7, 2013

    So cute! I love those golden gate bridge cookies. Where did you get those? I love the button idea. For a something similar, you can make stickers of the person’s face (order through zazzle or vistaprint). For my husband’s 30th birthday, I choose a funny picture of him as a kid, had it made into a round sticker and passed them out to the party attendees. They were a hit!

  9. Sally from Little Hiccups

    February 7, 2013

    I’d love to know where those Golden Gate Bridge cookies come from too. I’ve seen them before (or something similar) on other blogs but I’ve never been able to find out who makes them.
    The ribbon is pretty cute too. I make similar ribbons using stamps and fabric ink. The Yellow Owl Workshop San Francisco stamp set would be perfect for this if your drawing skills aren’t up to scratch πŸ™‚

    I like making similar buttons for my kids but I print/screen print/draw them onto fabric instead. Fabric buttons are super easy to make with a simple (and really cheap) tool that you can get at craft stores. No button maker needed – although a button maker would be a pretty cool devise to have!

  10. Alice

    February 7, 2013

    Oh this is such a lovely idea! A work colleague is moving at the weekend, I wish I’d seen this earlier so I could have done something similar… Not to worry, hopefully my homemade shortbread will still do the trick!!! x

  11. Theresa

    February 7, 2013

    Love these ideas! Thanks for sharing.


  12. joody

    February 7, 2013

    Love this idea! Having worked in events for a luxury hotel company, I’ve naturally settled into the role of throwing little soirees for friends. This would be a fun party favor for any sf themed parties. Thanks for sharing!

  13. The slow pace

    February 7, 2013

    What a lovely idea!

  14. amanda

    February 7, 2013

    these baskets are adorable!

  15. lenya

    February 7, 2013

    Such a cool idea, I reckon you could add a vintage tea towel to that basket so everyone has a little keep sake momento too right?

  16. Shauna Younge Dessert Tables

    February 7, 2013

    Custom cookies are right up my alley! They’re a winner every time.

  17. xfallenmoon

    February 7, 2013

    love the idea of putting the-friend-who’s-going-away’s-face on a button. it’s so personal and makes a wonderful souvenir! πŸ™‚

    love, x
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  18. Marie

    February 7, 2013

    This is adorable! I love those sugar cookies and buttons! πŸ™‚

  19. nat

    February 7, 2013

    does your friend have a source for her button maker?

    this going away basket is so great.

  20. meg

    February 7, 2013

    Umm….these are just the cutest things!

  21. ami@naivecookcooks

    February 7, 2013

    love the button idea <3

  22. Kristen Honma

    February 7, 2013

    We loved making these for you Jordan!!! I’m glad the sugar cookies were such a great addition to your adorable basket!!! Follow us on Instagram and see our other cookie creations @kawaiikookies

  23. This girl loves to talk

    February 8, 2013

    i threw a going away party last night!! (minus awesome gift boxes and pins of course πŸ˜‰
    But is totally the nature of the inner city ward we live in. So many expats here for 2-4 years it seems someone is always moving away. Makes life fun (always a new friend moving in!) but also sad when I think about all the best friends both my kids and I have lost over the years.

  24. Bruna

    February 8, 2013

    Sou do Brasil.
    Achei perfeito seu oh happy day.
    Serviu de inspiração para mim.
    Vou sempre te acompanhar.

  25. Sarah [Sarah The Architect]

    February 8, 2013

    I love the going away baskets!! So cute and thoughtful.

  26. Laura

    February 8, 2013

    I love those cute little face buttons!

  27. wmbg

    February 8, 2013

    love the cute buttons.

  28. Yvonne Cornell

    February 8, 2013

    At first, all that appeared on my morning screen was the top part of the photo and these words “Going Away Party.” I thought to myself…. oh nooooooooo, leaving again so soon!? Just as I’ve discovered your web site. But phew…. I scrolled down to discover the most clever Golden Gate themed idea. I was born and raised in SF, so I love this idea just for a “Celebrate my Hometown Party.” Thank you! Yvonne πŸ™‚

  29. Kicki

    February 8, 2013

    What a good idea!


  30. Kelly

    February 10, 2013

    Ha! Pretty sure Harper and I grew up in the same town. Small world!

  31. Heidi

    February 15, 2013

    This idea is bloody fantastic and would make for a nice welcome gift for out-of-town visitors, as well. Thanks again.

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