November 12, 2012
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Bat mitzvah themes

The sweetest thing

for The Brooklyn Paper

Does your little bonbon get mashugana for rugelach? Psycho for Snickers? Cuckoo for cream-puffs? Then you should throw her a confection reception for her bat mitzvah. Candy-themed parties are popular, pretty, and don’t pull at the purse strings. We’re not candy-coating it either — here’s a few ways you can save money and throw a simcha as sweet as honey:

• Load up on baked goods. People love the way rock candy, swizzle sticks, and giant gumballs look, but it’s not the stuff people actually eat. Guests at a party want something heartier such as macaroons, cupcakes, black-and-white cookies, root beer floats, tiny churros with dipping sauce, or miniature apple pies. Salty-sweet snacks and anything chocolate-covered like Oreos, Twinkies, and pretzels typically disappear in under 30 seconds.

• Don’t just buy popular sweets like Reese’s Pieces and Starbursts — quirky candies like Pop Rocks, Fireballs, Bubble Tape, Ring Pops, and candy necklaces are always a big hit. And adults will love nostalgic and vintage choices such as Charleston Chews, Bottle Caps, Everlasting Gobstoppers, Candy Buttons, Nik-L-Nip Wax Bottles, and Razzles.

• Use candy as, well, eye-candy. Most people love M&Ms and a two-foot vase filled with them may look pretty, but no one can eat that many M&Ms. Instead, save some money but get the same visual-effect by placing a clear tube down the middle of a vase. It will push the candy out to the sides, appearing full (although it isn’t!). This can also be done with flowers and plants!

• You can also stuff the bottom of a lovely jar with tissue paper (or anything else you find visually-appealing) and layer candy on top.

• Another way to double dessert as decor is to create an edible garden or bouquet. Place floral foam into a vase and poke lollipops into the foam.

• If you decide to create a candy bar or buffet for the party, a lot of the candy won’t be eaten. Save some green by placing customized plastic bags and twist ties at the buffet towards the end of the party and then set the bar by the exit. This way, your guests can take bags full of the leftover gummy bears and Jelly Bellies as a parting gift.

• Mostly importantly, keep in mind that quantity-wise, you do not need as much as you think you do, so stay calm and never shy away from getting professional advice.

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