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7 Unique Italian Wedding FavorsDiscover bomboniere, the little treasures Italians cherish whenever they attend a wedding or other formal event
When Italians attend a wedding, baptism, communion, or other formal family affair, they expect bomboniere, or Italian wedding favors. This is serious business. People need to show off their goodies in their China closet for years to come. Many Americans have adopted the tradition, but they have mostly gone the route of edible treats.
Often, Americans give five Jordan almonds in a sweet container, such as a fabric flower with each piece of candy serving as a petal. Or they put them in adorable little boxes or cellophane sleeves. The couple might make note of the fact that Italians offer five Jordan almonds because they represent the wishes of health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity.
Of course, Italians expect their sugarcoated almonds, too. Nowadays, they may have a candy bar with candied almonds in a variety of flavors alongside gourmet chocolates. But that can't be the only thing you offer guests. You'll be the laughing stock of your town if you do.
Usually, the almonds top a beautifully wrapped gift that will last a lifetime. I've received espresso pots, demitasse spoons, and more ceramic figurines and baskets than I care to count over the years. Among my collection, the most beautiful are a crystal vase with silver butterflies and a ceramic teacup set that fits together like a puzzle.
Nowadays, however, you can search Pinterest and the Internet for Italian wedding favor ideas that are way different than Nonna's bomboniere. The best part is you don't have to apply these ideas just to weddings. You could work them into a christening or graduation or backyard family reunion.
1. Nutella Jars and Spoons
2. Bottles of Olive Oil
3. Bottles of Wine or Limoncello
4. Fancy Chocolates
5. Key Ring
6. Italian Favor Cake
7. Plants, Flowers, or Seeds
With a little imagination and some good search skills, you can complete DIY projects and find deals. Infusing this tradition into your event should not break the bank. And you'll make all the native Italians happy. Just make sure the food you serve is good to boot, and your event will be a hit.
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