Items you will need
- Favors of your choice
- Boxes or bags
- Word-processing or graphic design software
- Good-quality paper or card stock for printing
- Hole punch
If you are planning a wedding, baby shower, engagement party or other event, you’re probably thinking about what you’d like to give to your guests as favors. Customarily, bomboniere are given by the hosts of weddings, christenings, birthdays and other significant life events as thanks to their guests for sharing the occasion. Wealthy Europeans used to give expensive favors, but today’s bomboniere don’t have to cost you a fortune and you can even make them yourself. Traditional bomboniere consist of sweet items like sugared almonds, but you can give your guests anything you like.
Decide whether you want to give your guests edibles such as candy or a keepsake such as a candle, picture frame, coaster or gadget. Order these favors in bulk and ensure that you have enough for each guest to receive one. You should also order a few extras in case of a last-minute change in guest numbers.
Choose a wrapping for the favors. Your packaging should match your party's theme and colors. You can find miniature gift boxes or a wrap such as tulle or organza in your local craft shop or greeting card store or you can order them online.
Select ribbon to tie around the packaging. You should choose the best quality ribbon that you can afford and the ribbon color should complement that of the wrapping you purchased.
Fill the favor boxes or wrapping with your favors. If you purchased a roll of tulle or organza, you will need to cut the material into 6 inch square pieces or larger, depending on how large the favors are or how much candy you want to give to each guest. Do not make them too big, as bomboniere are usually placed in front of each guest’s place setting at the table.
Create a simple shape, such as a circle or rectangle, on your word processing or graphic design software’s workspace. The shape should be large enough to contain your message in a legible-sized font, but not too large that it will overwhelm your bomboniere once printed.
Choose a font and color that works with your party’s theme and complements the favors and packaging you have selected. Type a message to your guests within the shape, leaving room for a hole to be punched through the paper once it is printed. Popular messages are “Thank you for joining us” and/or your names and the date of the event.
Copy the entire shape and message and paste it elsewhere in your document to fill up the page, leaving white space in between each favor tag. You will need one tag for each favor. Print these sheets of favor tags onto good quality paper or card stock and cut them out.
Punch a hole through each favor tag. Cut the ribbon so that it is long enough to wrap around each favor and tie with a bow. Thread one tag through each length of ribbon.
Tie one piece of ribbon neatly around the wrapping of each favor. Make a bow and ensure that the tag’s message faces up. If you used squares of tulle or organza for your wrapping, arrange the candy or edible item in the center of the square and gather all the sides up, tying the bow around the material just above where the candy sits.
A popular use of bomboniere is for place cards. To do this, write your guest’s name on the tag instead of the message in Step 6.