To add height to the dessert table setting, I used my son's hardcover books, wrapped them in white paper, and stacked two. For the letter "S", I bought a paper mache letter from the craft store and just used acrylic paint, let it dry and finished it off with glossy mod podge. I used plastic "paint" cans to hold the M&M's. It took quite a while to sort the candies by color, but I think the effect is stunning. I also found these cute pails at the craft store with "paint" drippings and used them to hold the rock candies and pretzel rods.
Speaking of pretzel rods, I dipped them in brown melted candy wafers, let dry and dipped them again in melted chocolate candy in different colors to create the brush effect. I also used mini rice krispie treats, attached a craft stick and dipped them in melted candy wafers to make them look like paintbrushes. They turned out cute, but too sweet even for me.
I have to say, I really love how this "party" turned out, and I'm pretty sure my niece would have loved it too if she were here. Happy birthday Sophy! I love and miss you to bits!
I wanna thank my daughter for helping with with the "paintbrushes" and to my son for lending me his books and sharing his opinions. They were super patient and resisted the urge to eat all the goodies until the shoot was over. Many, many thanks to my husband for the beautiful pictures. He really captured everything in great detail. And of course, Sophy, the whole inspiration for the party! I hope you love this!
If you love this party as much as I do, here's how to get the look:
Art Party Printable Collection - Daysigns by Day
Paper Fans - Walmart for $0.97 for two
Large Plastic Paint Cans - Target for $3
Small Plastic Paint Cans - AC Moore for $1 each
Paint Pails - Hobby Lobby for $1.59 each
"S" Paper Mache - Hobby Lobby for $2.99
Mini Easels - Hobby Lobby for $4.99 for a pack of four
Milk Bottles - Michael's for $9.99 for a pack of six (or recycle Starbucks Bottled Mocha Frappuccino Coffee Drink)
Paper Straws - Target for $3.99 for a pack of 12