I love to use tapers that are not white, but not quite ivory either. This is the perfect color - "parchment". They are usually hard to find, so when I come across them, I'll purchase a couple boxes. They are wonderful to keep on hand for hostess gifts or dinner party favors. I wrap mine with a lovely French graphic, add a filigree heart charm and tie them up with a bit of jute twine. A simple, but elegant, gift that everyone appreciates.