Favours are a weird thing, are they not? Tiny little presents that we are expected to give to guests, even though we know that the vast majority of them are not appreciated.
Everyone loves edible favours, right? But we’re already going to have canapes, a three-course dinner, an evening buffet of meats and cheese, and a dessert table. Do we really need to add a tiny box of macarons too?
Image via Pink&Honey
They do look pretty, though.
I had initially thought of doing macarons. There is a French cafe here in Brighton called Cocoa which does hands-down the best macarons I have ever tasted in my entire life. Pistachio is my favourite, followed closely by salted caramel…mmmmmm.
But my thoughts still stand—it’s a bit of a waste to give out even more food just for the sake of it.
Instead, the tradition of the Italian bomboniere comes into play. Jack’s parents both requested that we participated in this tradition, and it seemed like a perfect alternative.
Five sugared almonds, representing health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and long life, are placed in a tiny bag and presented with a tiny ornament.
I’m not 100% sure what to expect? I’ve been told the basics (almonds in a bag with an ornament), but I’ve also been told “not like the fancy ones that you see in the magazines”…except, I haven’t seen any in magazines. So I sort of don’t have anything to go on.
Maybe something like this? I heard the word “swan” used when talking about ornaments, but we’ll see. Jack and I get to choose the ornament out of a selection that Jack’s parents have found, but other than that is is completely up to them!
Although in my mind I’m sort of thinking something like this?
Image via Huetopia Design
I’m not going to think that these gifts will be to everyone’s taste (in fact, I doubt they’ll be to anyone’s taste other than the Italian family!), but that’s not the point of them. The point is that it’s a tradition. I like traditions.
The bombonieres won’t be on tables—they will be in a little basket that I will hand out to all the girls as we leave the reception. I think that’s pretty cute. It also means I don’t have to think about them matching the table decor, or where to place them. Makes matters a lot easier.
Did anyone else choose to forgo “modern” favours? Any Italians out there want to give me an idea on what to expect from mine??