Make sure your reception is the sweetest of celebrations with these creative culinary confections
If you’ve just started to plan your wedding, you might have heard people talking about favours but not be quite sure what they are.
These are traditionally five sugared almonds (representing fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness), which are presented in a little tulle bag to each guest at their place setting as a thank you for attending your special day.
As times have moved on, so have trends, and today’s modern brides are thinking up increasingly more elaborate and novel gift ideas as a gesture of their appreciation.
Left: Dainty macaroons will make beautiful favours Perfect pearl macaroon, Squires Kitchen's Guide to macaroons by Mark Tilling, £12.99, www.squires-shop.com
Favours with flair
Chic Parisian-style macaroons that come in a delicate pastel colour palette are perfect for a sophisticated city celebration and will look beautiful presented in a box tied with ribbon.
Cookies are a popular choice for a less formal wedding, and guests can enjoy them with coffee after the wedding breakfast. Consider a handbag, flower or wedding dress-shaped biscuit for the ladies and a top hat for the gents.
Place each cookie in a plastic bag tied with ribbon with a name tag attached to double up as a placecard to guide guests to their seats. Smooth, melt-in-the-mouth chocolates are perfect if you’re on a budget, while Love Hearts sweets are also a popular and cost-effective option.
As more couples move away from traditional tiers in favour of fun fairy cakes or smaller individual offerings, why not create a cake table where guests can help themselves to a selection of dainty bite-sized treats containing a selection of different fillings?
The trendiest weddings are those that steal the idea from American brides of having a candy station – quite simply a table laden with fairy cakes and sweets, often with a traditional wedding cake as a centrepiece. Include lollipops, candy canes and a selection of old-fashioned bonbons and confectionery displayed in attractive bowls and jars for the ultimate sweet treat.
Left: Dainty flower-shaped cookies on sticks make a perfect addition to a candy station. Cookie pops with roses, picture by www.squires-shop.com