Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Confetti...

According to Wiki, (my source of all information), Confetti is a multitude of pieces of paper, mylar or metallic material which is usually thrown at parades and celebrations, especially weddings (and game shows, following the end of a milestone or the occasion of a big win). Confetti is made in a variety of colors, and commercially available confetti is available in imaginative shapes. A distinction is made between confetti and glitter; glitter is smaller than confetti (pieces usually no larger than 1mm) and is universally shiny. Most table confetti is also shiny. While it is called metallic confetti it is actually metallized pvc. The most popular shape is the star. Seasonally, Snowflake Confetti is the most requested shape.

The simplest confetti is simply shredded paper (see ticker-tape parade), and can be made with scissors or a paper shredder.

A recent innovation at weddings is to use natural petal confetti. This is made from freeze-dried flower petals and is completely biodegradeable.
Confetti also has a listing in the book of Guinness World Records, the current holder of the largest collection, based on some 1,700 unique shapes being Casey Larrain of California.

The English word confetti (Jordan almonds) is related to the Italian confectionery of the same name, which was a smallsweet traditionally thrown during carnivals[1]. Also known as dragée, Italian confetti are almonds with a hard sugar coating; their name can be translated from Italian to mean confit, as in confiture. The Italian word for paper confetti is coriandoli.
By tradition, the Italian confetti (sugar coated almonds) are given out at weddings and baptisms (white coating), or graduations (red coating), often wrapped in a small tulle bag to give as a favor to the guests. For a wedding, they are said to represent the hope that the new couple will have a fertile marriage. The British adapted the missiles to weddings (displacing the traditional rice) at the end of the 19th century, using symbolic shreds of coloured paper rather than realsweets.[1]

Here are my top ten choice for confetti at a wedding:
    1. Petals http://www.rosepetalshop.co.uk/ (all different colours and types of flowers)
    6. Party Poppers http://www.bridalwave.tv/
    8. Feathers

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