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In the spirit of Independence Day, we decided to give you a little patriotic inspiration to go along with the contest. Needless to say, to put this together we looked at a lot of red, white, and blue sweets! As a whole, we decided to stick with items that hold up well in the heat, and we also found ourselves gravitating to fruit and berry flavored items that are sweet and refreshing at the same time. Take a look!
Lets start with the centerpiece. We wanted a real eye catcher, so we picked these blue and white Twister Pops. At one foot long, these lollipops can’t help but attract attention. To present them, we found a great oblong metal bucket (meant for utensils) from HomeGoods, and filled its sections with Styrofoam. We planted the sticks in it, and they stood right up. You can’t see, but we then covered the styrofoam with white sixlets to give it a cleaner look.
We filled the front of the bucket with Watermelon Cube Pops. These tasty pops are a pretty juicy visual compared to a standard small round pop.
Next we put a perennial favorite, rock candy sticks (Strawberry, White Sugar, and Raspberry), in a bed of white sixlets. In hot weather, if a candy item has a stick option; go with it. Sticky fingers do not a happy quest make.
For single color candies, we wanted three simple candy staples that would present simple, large blocks of color. The red is the gummy, a delicious red raspberry gummy from Albanese…
while the white is Celebration Shimmer White Gumballs
Lastly, these blueberry jelly jeans from Jelly Belly are about as blue as you can get and burst with flavor.
For one last element, we found this great three piece tower at HomeGoods (FYI you can find all the glass containers we use there!) We did a combo of blue raspberry pufflettes at the top and bottom and filled the middle with more red gummies.
For styling, we wanted to keep it traditional with a slight vintage American feel. We labeled the candy containers with simple blue and red hangtags on twine. We used the same tags for the signs, and added a band with red and white striped craft paper.
For the twist pops we put the sign on a large bamboo skewer and stuck in with them.
Friends and family can take some candy home in red paper bags, and we put these and the candy scoop in small metal buckets decorated with the same striped craft paper and blue stars.
For the streamers, we cut simple triangles using the the same red and white striped paper and blue paper that we used for the buckets, but we also cut white stars to add to the blue. We hung it on the same twine as the hangtags, and called it a styling day!
Thanks for reading! Please let us know what you think, or if you would like any more info about how we did it. Happy Fourth, and don’t forget to enter the contest!