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Behind the Scenes: Dylan's Candy Shower

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Working on Dylan Lauren's sweet soiree for the Summer 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings was such a treat -- literally! Using candy delicacies from all over the country (and the world, for that matter), we created crowns, rings, bouquets, and necklaces. Our gumball garlands and giant chicle-gum mosaic were huge successes, too!

After many hours spent gluing tiny gems in place, drilling giant jawbreakers, and eating far too many of this story's tempting medium (malted milk balls and gummy grapefruits were some favorites), our story was fit for the Queen of Candy herself, Dylan Lauren.

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The team: Jasmine, Jody, Katie, Naomi, Britney, and me.

1 The team: Jasmine, Jody, Katie, Naomi, Britney, and me.

My disaster-zone desk during candy experimentation.

2 My disaster-zone desk during candy experimentation.

What you're seeing: Fancy Flours pink candy pearls, delicious Madelaine pale-pink malt balls, hot-pink Sweetworks gumballs and pearlized Sixlets candy-coated chocolate-flavored candies, and Midori ribbon in

3 What you're seeing: Fancy Flours pink candy pearls, delicious Madelaine pale-pink malt balls, hot-pink Sweetworks gumballs and pearlized Sixlets candy-coated chocolate-flavored candies, and Midori ribbon in "Kiss."

Here, Naomi making a marshmallow bunny ribbon.

4 Here, Naomi making a marshmallow bunny ribbon.

Candy on ribbons and strings.

5 Candy on ribbons and strings.

Our boxed treatment of the Ring Pop.

6 Our boxed treatment of the Ring Pop.

This is the gumball garland design in its initial stages.

7 This is the gumball garland design in its initial stages.

Naomi proudly shows our first strand of hot-pink gumballs.

8 Naomi proudly shows our first strand of hot-pink gumballs.

The finished product looked beautiful strung from the stair railing.

9 The finished product looked beautiful strung from the stair railing.

When Jody discovered the Escriba candy rings, we called Barcelona immediately! They come in hundreds of styles.

10 When Jody discovered the Escriba candy rings, we called Barcelona immediately! They come in hundreds of styles.

Check out our home-made rings. The rock candy ring with pink sugar pearls beat out the pop rock ring concept.

11 Check out our home-made rings. The rock candy ring with pink sugar pearls beat out the pop rock ring concept.

The final ring selection: A mixture of Escriba candy rings and some of our own creations.

12 The final ring selection: A mixture of Escriba candy rings and some of our own creations.

Here, the first stages of the candy necklace. When we found the Fancy Flours giant candy gems, the necklace really began to take shape.

13 Here, the first stages of the candy necklace. When we found the Fancy Flours giant candy gems, the necklace really began to take shape.

One by one, we glued the Fancy Flours pearls, dragees, and various gems onto muslin to create the finished piece.

14 One by one, we glued the Fancy Flours pearls, dragees, and various gems onto muslin to create the finished piece.

A ribbon tie finishes off the necklace. What do you think?

15 A ribbon tie finishes off the necklace. What do you think?

Our beautiful bouquets were made from candy flowers from Fancy Flours.

16 Our beautiful bouquets were made from candy flowers from Fancy Flours.

Naomi created this bouquet of Fancy Flours sugar hibiscus, pansies, and daffodils.

17 Naomi created this bouquet of Fancy Flours sugar hibiscus, pansies, and daffodils.

Here, the first stages of our gum mosaic.

18 Here, the first stages of our gum mosaic.

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It took more than 5,000 pieces of gum to finish the mosaic.

20 It took more than 5,000 pieces of gum to finish the mosaic.

The crown of Glinda -- the good witch from Wizard of Oz -- was our inspiration for the candy crown.

21 The crown of Glinda -- the good witch from Wizard of Oz -- was our inspiration for the candy crown.

This painting of Katy Perry by Will Cotton got us thinking, too.

22 This painting of Katy Perry by Will Cotton got us thinking, too.

We tested out candy gems for the crown.

23 We tested out candy gems for the crown.

More testing. . . .

24 More testing. . . .

And more testing. . . .

25 And more testing. . . .

We decided to keep the crown clear with yellow touches at the end.

26 We decided to keep the crown clear with yellow touches at the end.

And check out the rest of the story here!

Comments (32)

  • Please tell me where I can find the favor boxes that held the ring pops! I love that favor idea!

  • love that framed heart of candy!

  • Please tell me where I can find the boxes for the ring pops. Thanks!

  • I am going to try to duplicate the heart gum picture. How big was the frame that you used? and what was the backing made out of? I am so excited about this project. My reception theme is "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You," and this fits perfectly with all of my other candy ideas including cotton candy!

  • Please tell me where I can get the initial candy holders, I have looked everywhere! The one that said D "heart" P, with all of the yummy candies fill it!

  • Author Comment:

    our initials were custom-made for us by a plastics place. We used I Love Lucite (310-966-0740). And because they were so big, they were $175 each, plus a set-up fee. Smaller ones might be less expensive, and lots of cities has custom plastics fabricators.

    Here are white ones:

    http://www.sweetbe.com/candystore/catalog/product_17878_Initial_Candy_Dish.html

  • I love Dylan Lauren's bridal shower story! It was such a fitting idea to incorporate candy in so many ways! I loved the tray filled with jelly beans and I would like to duplicate this idea. I would appreciate if you could let me know where I could order it.
    Thanks.

  • Author Comment:

    The acrylic initials and heart were custom made by I Love Lucite (from $175 each plus set-up fee, 310-966-0740).

  • Hey wow! Stellar job on the candy buffets and candy arrangements.

  • were can I get the boxes for the ring pops. i love them!!

  • Where can I get the boxes for the ring pops. I've been looking everywhere and can't find them.

  • Author Comment:

    Here's a good source: http://staging.papermart.com/Product%20Pages/Product.aspx?GroupID=16647.

  • Where do you find the boxes used at this shower? The boxes on the website listed didnt have an insert for the ring pop to actually stand up inside....

  • Hi there! I absolutely love the ring pops and the box you recommended can't hold the ring pop to stand upright. Can you tell me how you were able to do so? Thanks so much!!!!

  • LOVE the ring pop = was wondering also where to get the box or could you show a step by step how to cut it - if you have to

    thanks so much!!

  • Author Comment:

    The boxes we used: http://staging.papermart.com/Product%20Pages/Product.aspx?GroupID=16647, come with a gold cardboard insert. To make the ring stand up, simply use an Exacto knife to slice a small slit in the cardboard and insert the ring!

  • There are 3 sizes which size was used??

  • Any ideas on where to get clear (diamond looking) ring pops? He proposed with one, and we would like to give one to each guest....

  • What size of hexagonal box did you use? Would any of the sizes work?

  • Hi. Can you please tell me the approximate dimensions of the lucite letters/heart as well as the acrylic boxes that were used as the border on the candy table?

  • How awesome is the first image!

  • Hello,
    I would really like to know how the candy crown was constructed???

  • I love the gum heart mosaic and am going to try to make it for a bridal shower I am hosting. Would you mind giving me the dimensions of the posterboard you used, and telling me which glue works best for the chiclets? Is there a template I can tape on to the posterboard to make the project easier for a beginner like me? Thanks!

  • Author Comment:

    Hi Toral. Here's what we did (no template, sorry!): Start with a big piece of paper, fold it in half, trace half a heart along the crease, and cut it out. You know, like you used to do as a kid so that both sides of the heart would be even. Trace the heart on your canvas (ours was just normal poster-size), then cut the heart smaller and trace it again, then cut it smaller and trace again to get concentric hearts in the middle. To stick on the chiclets, we used Magna Tac glue. Hope this helps!

  • Thanks for the information about the mosaic! I tried using Gorilla Glue to start it before I read your response- FYI, it is not a good choice for Chiclets since it expands so much and makes a huge mess, as I just learned!
    One more question: can you tell me which rectangular boxes from The Container Store were used for the candy table border? I went to my local Container Store and didn't see anything that looked similar.

  • Where did you find all pink ring pops? I can't find them anywhere. I am trying to do this for my friends bridal show. Please help!!!!

  • I LOVE the custom candy bars and wrappers. Could you please tell me where you ordered them from? Thanks so much!

  • Please tell me where you ordered those candy cut outs that people wrote warm wishes on and then placed them in the BIG GLASS JAR? Need to order this soon!!!!!

  • Author Comment:

    Hi Annie, On that page in the photo slideshow, just click "Get the how to" and it'll take you to a page where you can download the candy cut-outs. They're free on our site.

  • I absolutely love love the right pop idea, I tried going to the website to buy the boxes but the link is not working. Do you have any other address or any other way I can buy the boxes to display the ring pop? I would appreciate it so very much...

  • Author Comment:

    Try this one! http://www.papermart.com/Product%20Pages/Product.aspx?GroupID=16647 They're called hexagonal boxes with gold bottoms.

  • Will you please tell me where I can find all pink ring pops. I am trying to recreate the favor for a friends bridal shower. Thank you so much!!!

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