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What’s better than an impeccable mustache? One that’s made of candy!  And what’s even better than that?  When its paired with a bow tie, of course.Pic2Sandy

With this fun Father’s Day favor idea, everybody gets a chance to pretend that they’re a Dad for a day with a great stache and a bow tie to boot. Just pair these gourmet Candy Mustaches from the Melville Candy Company, and these easy-to-do paper bow ties. They’re sure to create some great snaps at your Fathers’ Day celebration

For this project you’ll need:

Scissors

Pencil

Ruler

Double Sided Tape

Small hole punch or x acto knife

Cardstock

Craftpaper of your choice

Lollipops!

Directions:

  1. First you need to make the template that you will use for all your ties.  Cut a piece of cardstock that is 8 in long and 2 and 1/4 in wide.
  2. Fold the paper once in half, and then fold the outer corners back to the original fold, like an accordion.Mblog1
  3. Mark the width of the tie into thirds (¾ in) with your pencil and extend your marks 3/8 into the paper.  This will become the middle of the tie that wraps around the stick.
  4. With the scissors, follow the 3/8 inch marks on the paper and then angle toward the opposite corners.  You can make a straight diagonal cut for a more angular, sharp tie, or give it a curve for a softer effect.Mblog2
  5. Unfold the paper, and now you have your bow tie template.  Trace this shape on the back of your craft paper to create the final ties, and cut them out.Mblog3Mblog4Mblog5
  6. Once you have your craft paper ties cut, take your lollipop and mark where you want the tie to go. We found that roughly 2.5 in from the bottom of the mustache worked well, but you may want less if you are making these for Munchkins or more if you’re inviting the Harlem Globe Trotters over.Mblog6
  7. Wrap around your mark with three or four layers of double sided tape. Do not wrap just around the stick, but extend the tape out about a half inch long on each side, like wings.  This will give your tie more to stick to.Mblog7
  8. Place the lollipop stick across the center of your tie.  Then, fold in the ends so that they meet.  Press the middle and ends into the tape to secure.  You should now see the basic shape of your tie on the stick.Mblog8Mblog9
  9. The last step is to create the middle part of the tie that wraps around the center. Cut a length craft paper that is ¾ inch wide and 2 ½ inch long.
  10. Fold the strip into thirds, with both ends going into the center.Mblog10
  11. Unfold and hold the paper vertically, looking at the pattern as you want it to be seen.  Directly underneath the bottom fold, use the hole punch or x acto knife to punch a hole.  It should be in center, width-wise.
  12. On the top fold, mark across the center a line as wide as the lollipop stick.  Then cut down from the top on either side of the line, and then along that line.  The result should be two tabs, like rabbit ears on the top of the paper.Mblog11
  13. Next, place the lollipop stick through the punched hole, putting the middle portion of the strip facing the front of the tie.  Bring it up, until the bottom crease of the strip is against the bottom of the tie.Mblog12
  14. Fold the two tabs at the top down across the back, with the lollipop stick going between them.Mblog13
  15. Place a piece of double sided tape across the two tabs and fold the bottom third with the hole punch up toward them.Mblog14
  16. Press firmly together and you should now have your Mustache and Bow Tie combo!
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When Spring comes around, how can you not start daydreaming of everything baby?  First, there’s all the flowers and new life popping up everywhere, then all the little bunnies and chicks that ambush us at Easter. So we decided to do something productive with all that baby fever and create a springtime baby shower candy buffet.  What do you think?

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Since the point of a baby shower is to please that special mom-to-be, of course we had to start with the chocolate.  We decided to bring in items that had rich nut flavors, smooth, like from the peanut butter in these chocolate buckeyes, and crunchy from these cocoa covered almonds. And of course little packs of Junior Mints, (We love it when things that are delicious also are puns!)

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For the colored candy, we decided to stick to bright colors and pastels.  First, we selected Party Mints.  We love that these peppermints melt in your mouth, and they came in the perfect colors too.  We also picked out two different kinds of rock candy sticks, white and light green. Rock Candy sticks are always one of the most popular parts of our buffets, but also a great visual, so we wanted to put extra out there so the focal point of the rock candy in the glass jar would last a little longer.  The green was the perfect color to match our tissue pom-poms.  For some “summer is almost here” tang, we filled a jar with Gilliam Pink Lemonade Stick Candy.  Seriously, so good! And of course, no candy buffet is complete without gumballs.  We decided to mix and match some of our lighter pastel shades.

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By the time the baby shower comes along, a mom can be pretty pink or blue-ed out, so we decided to go with the perfect color combo for a spring celebration, bright poppy yellow and lime green.  We kept the accents to a minimum so they would pop against the clean white setting. (Why not white? With a baby around, it’s a color the mom-to-be won’t be enjoying for a while!)  We did some simple and easy tissue paper pom-poms to hang over the buffet, and found some alphabet blocks in matching colors to decorate.

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For the jars, instead of labels, we created these cute craft paper tags to hang on the jars.   We then created a sweet little welcome sign to match.

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Finally, a vintage mom and baby elephant and a little stuffed giraffe make sure that everybody takes a little (or a lot!).

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Hope you like! Anything we missed, or questions about how we did it?  We’re happy to answer.  Bye!

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Planning a candy buffet for an event sounds really, really fun (what’s not to love?), but when you get down to business, there are a lot of decisions to be made.

With so many candy types, colors, shapes, textures, sizes—and just as many containers, scoops, labels, and table props to consider—two g’s come to mind: “gulp” and “gasp.”

Enter Amy Atlas …

If you aren’t already familiar with the name, Amy Atlas is the goddess of dessert tables and candy buffets. Her work is like looking at a fashion runway with so much attention paid to color, texture, style, and accessories. (If you need to see to believe, click here.)

With such talent and experience, we turned to Amy to answer frequently asked questions about candy buffets … and dish on her highly anticipated new book.

Candy.com: The customer service team at Candy.com is constantly asked, “How much candy should I buy?” and “Is there a rule of thumb for estimating container capacity?” (i.e., How many pounds of salt water taffy or M&M’s will I need to fill a half-gallon apothecary jar?) How do you calculate quantities for your own events?

Amy Atlas:  As a basic rule, I suggest 6 to 8 ounces of candy per guest.  However, if you are looking to make a more bountiful display, you may have to order more depending on your design.

Unfortunately, there is no rule of thumb for estimating candy per container. I use the following guidelines, though …

  • - Salt water taffy: 1 1/2 lbs per half-gallon container
    – Malt balls: 2 1/2 lbs per half-gallon container
    – M&M’s: 3 lbs per half-gallon container

Candy.com: When ordering candy for an event, how far in advance do you suggest placing the order?

Amy Atlas: I recommend ordering at least 10 days to two weeks prior to the event to ensure the candy will get there on time and to avoid additional shipping fees. The candy will stay fresh so long as you the candy is kept in the packaging and stored at room temperature.

 

Candy.com: Should you buy less candy per person if you’re also including cake/cookies/cupcakes on your dessert table?

Amy Atlas: Adding cake/cookies/cupcakes to your dessert spread will round out your dessert table and you’ll probably need less candy.  Another factor in determining how much candy you will need is what type of vessels you are using for the candy. If you are using small bowls, then you won’t necessarily have to purchase a lot to make it look pretty.

 

Candy.com: What are the most practical containers/vessels to use?

Amy Atlas: Containers with wide openings are the most practical so guests can easily access the candy with scoops. I love these containers.

 

Candy.com: Should you provide a scoop for every container?

Amy Atlas: Yes, you absolutely should have a scoop for each container. You will not want flavors of certain candies mixed with others, especially if food allergies are a concern. Having multiple scoops also helps ensure that guests won’t be waiting for others to finish scooping.

 

Candy.com: What are the best types of candies to use in a candy buffet?

Amy Atlas: My favorites to use are jelly beans, M&M’s, and malt balls.

 

Candy.com: What is your favorite candy color palette?

Amy Atlas: I love mixing and matching unexpected color palettes. Currently, I’m loving neon pink and yellow paired with a grayish lavender accent color.

Candy.com: What type of favor bags or boxes do you like to use for guests to take home candy?

Amy Atlas: I often personalize bags like these for the clients to send their guests off with. However, popcorn boxes and muslin pouches are also great containers.

 

Candy.com: What are some ways to create different heights on a candy buffet, so it’s more eye-appealing?

Amy Atlas: You can use vessels in various heights. Also, think outside the “vessel” and use fun containers that tie into your theme. For a rustic dessert bar, tree trunks can add the perfect amount of height while a travel themed party would look fantastic with small luggage containers.

 

Candy.com: Do you have any tips for staying organized while planning a candy buffet or dessert table?

Amy Atlas: Create a mockup of the design before the event to get a sense of whether you need to add additional candy/desserts (or if you have planned for too much and you need to scale back). Keep an organized list for when all of your candy and desserts are being delivered and remember to pack candy scoops for the event!

 

Candy.com: We’re dying for your new book, Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It to be released on April 24! What can you tell us about it?

Amy Atlas: The book is the first book created for making sweets/candy tables. While the pictures are beautiful, it is not intended to be a coffee table book. I created it so people can use it as a reference not only for inspiration, but also as a guide for all of my sweet styling tips. Think of it as a candy table bible.  The book has over 100 of my recipes, 75 of my crafting instructions, and is filled with my styling tips.  There are more than 250 never-seen-before photos as well!


Amy Atlas photo courtesy of Robert Caplin.
Candy buffet and book cover photos courtesy of Amy Atlas.

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This morning I got word that Mars, Incorporated, the makers of M&M’s candies, inked a deal with the fashion jewelry manufacturer Monet International, Inc. to design and produce M&M’s character rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and other keepsakes. For M&M’s fans, here’s a sneak peek at what will be in Macy’s department stores starting late this September and on Monet.com starting on October 15, 2010. So cute!

The price points on the jewelry range from $15 to $45. A higher-end sterling silver line will also be available and that will start at $35 per piece. According to the Mars Retail Group, other retailers will be able to purchase the M&M’s jewelry wholesale beginning New Year’s Day 2011.

My first thought when I saw these necklaces was what great gifts or party favors to build an M&M’s theme around. For clever ideas on how to incorporate M&M’s in cakes, cupcakes, cookies, snack mixes, etc., check out BrightIdeas.com. Here are a few cakes/cupcakes I earmarked from the site. (Click on each photo for instructions on how to make them.)


Have you ever created a theme party around a candy? If so, please share!

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