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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

THE HISTORY OF PARTY FAVORS

WHY DO WE GIVE (and get!) FAVORS AT SPECIAL EVENTS?
A little history behind this gesture of love and gratitude


      The act of giving favors began hundreds of years ago, in Victorian England.  Wealthy brides gave small fabric bags of sugar cubes or sugared confections to their guests.  Sugar was an expensive commodity and signified their status of the wealthy class. Edible wedding favors appear to be the first favors and their popularity continues to this day, as one of the most appreciated of all!
5 Jordan Almonds Italian Bouquet Favor
    As sugar became more affordable to the general public, brides adopted this practice of presenting "Bonbonnieres" to their guests, as well.  Sugar covered almonds, called "confetti", became the popular choice.  The almonds, now known as Jordan almonds, represented the bitter sweet aspects of marriage. Each guest received 5 almonds wrapped in fancy damask fabric bags. The five (5) almonds stood for fertility, health, wealth, happiness and longevity for the marriage.  

    The wealthy, of course stepped up the presentation by attaching the bags of "confetti" to porcelain boxes, writing instruments and other small but practical gifts.  The DIY wedding favor was born!   Jordan almonds are still a very popular and traditional favor, today.  White sugared almonds are used for weddings, while pastel colored almonds are used for baby showers and Christenings.
     Favors are becoming so popular that you will find them at many milestone events and holiday parties.  There are so many ways to express your appreciation to your guests as well as just upping the fun factor of your party! 
      Why not start with your Thanksgiving family gathering? A small picture frame could be used as a place card holder at your holiday table.  Such a smart way to organize the seating arrangement to avoid those "heated" discussions that sometimes crop up at big, long  family get-togethers.  Your guests will think you are so thoughtful and elegant.  Little do they know just how clever you are!  

    Together, we will discover the vast array of favors and thank you gifts, from the handmade to the most opulent and elegant, for your special party, wedding or family gathering. 

                   Next up:  FAVORS AREN'T JUST FOR WEDDINGS ANYMORE!

                                  What was the best party favor you ever received?
    


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