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Rock Candy Centerpieces

Posted by Ken Shenkman on Jun 09, 2014

My daughter’s Bat Mitzvah was last week. If you’ve been to one of these, you have probably seen that the décor is usually based on a theme.  When given a choice, a lot of kids will pick crazy themes for their parties. I got lucky; my daughter simply wanted “lights everywhere”. Of course, I wanted to make sure we packed in a good dose of candy in there.

We worked with my friend Cheryl (owner of Photo Confections, an excellent party planner!) and came up with a way to accommodate both – lit up rock candy.

For just over half of the adult tables, we created tall centerpieces that consisted of a clear glass vase on a powerful led  light. We added a personalized Lucite “base” around the bottom of the vase with a feather boa on top. We hung crystals down the sides and added a blinged out foam circle for more height. We topped it off with a rock candy topiary. To make the topiary we painted a foam half ball and stuck in about 100 rock candy sticks in turquoise, purple and white.  They looked really nice on the tables when we first put them out.

When we added color changing lights to the rock candy and dimmed it a bit, they looked great!

For a bit of contrast, on the remaining adult tables we put bulk rock candy (big chunks on strings) in two vases and an oversized martini glass. These vases were a little shorter than that ones for the other centerpieces. We put one of these on a glass block that we spiced up a bit with bling ribbon. We added lights to these as well for a great effect.

We didn't have regular tables for the kid’s area. We had couches and cocktail tables for them. To carry the theme through on to those tables, we simply used oversized martini glasses with white rock candy strings. We placed a color changing led light in bottom of each glass and watched the magic happen.

I know I’m biased, but I think these all came out pretty darn great. The guests loved the décor and more importantly, so did the guest of honor; proving once again that rock candy may be one of the most versatile (and tastiest)  candies around.