Measure salt or sugar into a clear jar with a tight fitting lid. Add food coloring one drop at a time and screw the cap on tightly. Repeat until desired color is reached. Sprinkle, dip or shake onto whatever you like.
I love the idea of incorporating the older dress into the garter. Wedding Garter by thegartergirl: This was made from a piece of the bride's mother's dress with a ribbon to match the bridesmaids' dresses.