Josiah's Candy Themed Birthday PDF Print E-mail
Delightful Surprises

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Although I am not really fond of candy any longer, growing up I had access to a wide variety of candies in my fatherís, grand-fatherís and uncleís stores.

Then there was the confectionary up the street that carried different varieties than either of these. And of course when we were visiting friends in Illinois, my father would give each of us pocket change to spend at their local candy store. So naturally, even though I do not really desire candy at my age now, I still love visiting stores, especially Five and Dime stores, that carry a wide range of candy, and of course I cannot help but allow my children to make their selections which we dole out over the next few months.

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Of all my children, Josiah is the one who adores candy. He would be the child, who on the night before Christmas would have visions of sugar plums dancing in his head, along with gum drops, and lollipops. So for Josiahís birthday this year, Sonia, Jedidiah, and I created a candy shop in our dining room. To accomplish this, I selected bright colors- orange, rose, lavender, purple, yellow, green, red, and blue for the trim, construction paper, and post-its which we used on the bulletin board; tablecloth and napkins; tissue paper, confetti, ribbon, wrapping paper, and the candy, of course.

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I had bulletin board trim left over after creating the bulletin board display at the beginning of summer, so I crossed the pieces down the middle of the tablecloth. In the center diamond, I placed a round† crystal bowl. I then took orange, yellow, apricot and rose colored tissue paper and pushed it into the bowl, allowing the edges to hang over 4 to 9 inches. Next I placed a bouquet of orange, rose, purple,† and pink flowers in a taller vase which I slipped into the bowl of tissue paper so that the tissue covered up the vase. It draped over the bowl like layers of lovely fabric.

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Then I took orange, yellow, and rose colored tissue paper and pushed it into my tall candle holders, allowing them to drape down over the edge as well. Sonia used this same tissue to create a lollipop of the insect net she purchased for Josiahís birthday.

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I took the same colored tissue and used it to wrap Styrofoam circles (7,9, and 11 inches), twisting and tying the ends with coordinating ribbon to look like wrapped candies. Jedidiah hung these on our light fixture over our dining room table by threading fishing line through the foam with a hooked rug needle.

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Afterwards, Jedidiah, Sonia, and I filled crystal bowls with gumdrops, Jelly beans, Skittles, M and Mís, licorice, and candied orange wedges.† I, then,† pushed tea lights in the center of each of the bowls of candy. To top off the table, we sprinkled confetti and curls of rose,yellow, and orange ribbon. Sonia† curled this same ribbon around each of our wine glasses which we later filled with sparkling grape juice.†

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Over our sideboard we placed pink tulle and orange, blue, yellow, red, and green, paper
lantern twinkle lights.

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Josiah had requested the same cake I made for him nine years ago-a sheet cake created to look like a swimming pool. I made a yellow cake with butter cream icing which I colored blue. Chicklet gum bordered the pool to resemble tiles.† Striped gum was used for the diving board and water rafts. I also made rafts out of licorice which I cut in two and laid side by side. Red Life Savers were used for inner tubes.† On the floats and inner tubes I placed little graham teddy bears.

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†Josiah enjoyed the theme so much, he asked if I could duplicate it in another nine years.
Actually, Sonia, Jedidiah, and I had so much fun creating this delightful treat for Josiah,
that we are looking forward to doing it again.††††