the Event Essentials

Jordan Almond Traditions
July 19, 2007, 4:39 pm
Filed under: Favors, Reception, Tradition

Lately, I have had a lot of requests to design favor tags that go on little packages of candy almonds for parties.  It could be a tag that attaches on those adorable 2″ x 2″ theme matching boxes or for those beautiful silk organza draw-string bags.  Either way, a lot of people are asking me why these little candies are so popular and why they seem to be at every event.  So I wanted to share the meaning of those little tough coated candies that I found on


White for weddings, silver for twenty-fifth anniversaries, sky-blue or pink for christenings, red for graduations, green for engagements… smooth, textured, spherical, oval, teardrop, heart-shaped… with centers of almonds… in party favors, flower arrangements, fruits baskets and other constructions of the confectioner’s art and imagination. These are just a few of the myriad colors, tastes and shapes of Italian confetti, the little sugar-coated candies present at every important occasion in Italian life.

(A trend now is to order almonds in the color that matches the theme of your event)

Italian Weddings: Five almonds signify five wishes for the bride and groom: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity.

Greek Weddings: Sugarcoated almonds in traditional Greek weddings are called *koufeta*.  They are placed in little bags in odd numbers and are served on a silver tray.  Odd numbers are indivisible, symbolizing how the newlyweds will share everything and remain undivided.  Tradion holds that if an unmarried woman puts the almonds under her pillow, she’ll dream of her future husband.

Middle Eastern Weddings:  Candy covered-almonds, considered aphrodisiacs, are always on hand (have too many and you may leave the reception early!).


The First 10 Years – Anniversary Gifts
July 6, 2007, 2:23 am
Filed under: Tradition

I found this great little book yesterday and thought it would be fun to start sharing through a blog. So here we go with our first ever post.

“The Meaning of Wedding Anniversaries” ~ by Gretchen Scoble and Ann Field



1. Paper – For the first anniversary, the fragile, transitory symbol of paper represents the delicate nature of a new relationship. (consider a gift of a paper lantern over a romantic dinner)

2. Cotton – A couple’s second anniversary, like cotton thread tied around a finger, is a reminder to recall the wedding vows and to reflect upon the maturing marriage. (consider a gift of luxurious cotton sheets)

3. Leather – Symbolic of protection and covering. (consider a gift of leather goods like gloves, jackets, or even shoes)

4. Fruits and Flowers – From the offering of flowers on a first date to the wedding bouquet, flowers are the earth’s love letters, gestures of hope and renewal. The woman is represented by flowers, the many by fruit. (consider a gift of handpicked fruit and flower baskets or a small citrus tree)

5. Wood – Wood symbolizes the warmth and light of sexual energy and creativity. It symbolizes strength, solidity, life, and wisdom. (consider a gift of a trip to a Bed and Breakfast with a romantic fireplace)

6. Candy – A symbol for all that is sweet and good in life. (consider a gift of caramel apples at a local fair or a box of chocolates with a love note attached)

7. Wool – The pristine lamb, with its soft, shining wool, has always symbolized hope and renewal. The gift of wool symbolizes durability, comfort, and warmth. (consider a gift of a wool sweater or blanket)

8. Bronze – The symbol of the eighth wedding anniversary, is partly a medication on voice and sound. (consider bronze jewelry, chimes, or bells)

9. Pottery – In the Bible and the Koran, as in other stories of creation, much is said about humans being created from clay.
(consider a gift of an artisan ceramic vase, bowl, or set of mugs)

10. Tin – The milestone of the thenth wedding anniversary is represented by tin, a gleaming and malleable metal. (consider a gift of tableware, collectiable tin cup, or vintage classic toys