Bomboniere (Italian bomboniera, from the french bonbonnière, a box containing "bonbons" (candies)) also known as "favors", are gifts given by hosts to their guests on special occasions such as weddings, baptism, First Communion or Confirmation. They usually include Jordan almonds, known in Italian as Confetti. Five sugared almonds symbolize health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life. Confetti can be made in many forms using several different ingredients. Sugared almonds are put inside a bag made of tulle or satin and tied with ribbons in assorted colors. The colour of sugared almonds is white for a wedding, First Communion or Confirmation; pink or light-blue for birthday or Baptism of a baby girl or baby boy, respectively, red for a graduation, and silver or gold for 25 or 50 year anniversaries. Often they are adorned with dried natural flowers or artificial flowers made of silk or paper. The bag is often given stored inside a small vessel made of silver, crystal or porcelain. In Australia the word "bomboniere" is applied to any small gift or keepsake given by the hosts to guests at any function held to celebrate weddings, first holy communions and the like. Such gifts may take the form of a wine bottle stopper, glass vase or picture frame as well as the more traditional sugared almonds in decorative bags.
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