Lollipops, gumdrops, and chocolates wrapped in foil offer a kaleidoscope of color when displayed at the table. And the best part? They all look good enough to eat.
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This sweet centerpiece is made by filling cellophane bags with handfuls of colorful candy, tying them securely to sticks, then arranging them in a bright, edible "bouquet."
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Flowers and candy are a winning combo. The centerpiece here was made with appetizer bowls, which are big enough to hold one bunch of muscari flowers, but any small vessels will work.
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Let your sweets inspire the color scheme of your centerpiece. The intense red of these tulips -- 'Red Nova' and 'Pallada' -- pairs perfectly with the spicy cinnamon candies lining the vase.
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Even at a white party, these candies stand out. The centerpiece is actually a candy bar where guests can nibble on sweets and later bundle a bag of their favorites in swatches of white tulle or muslin to take home as favors. Ours is piled with white-chocolate candy, white rock candy, truffles, marshmallows, and candied coconut.
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Fancy Candy Favor Centerpiece
A formal affair calls for sophisticated sweets, like these Champagne-bubble candies. We used them as party favors -- decorated with monogrammed stickers. They make a delightful sight when piled into a glass compote around a smaller compote of pastel crepe paper flowers.
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Here's an idea that caters to every kind of sweet tooth. Encourage your guests to help themselves to their favorite candies as displayed in wide-mouthed jars grouped together. We filled ours with whirly sticks, giant gumballs, fruit jellies, yogurt-covered pretzels, and more.
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Rock crystal makes a shimmering centerpiece on any table. Craft a few trees at various heights for a whimsical wonderland, or make one giant one that towers over the table and leaves your guests staring up in awe.
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Imagine if candy grew on trees! This topiary, made up of layers of fun-size candy bars, is the closest you'll ever get to it. So grab your hot-glue gun and get to work, chocolate lovers.