If you haven’t seen Part 1 yet, an overview of the childrens’ activity table I created for my wedding reception, feel free to read it here! In Part 2, I explain how I made the Lollipop Centerpiece for the Kids Table.
- Decorative Metal Bucket or Basket
- Foam Ball
- Two 80 ct Pack of Dum-Dums Lollipops
The decorative metal bucket and foam ball can be found at your local craft store. I picked mine up at Michaels. I chose a foam ball that was 4.7 inches in diameter, but depending on the size you desire for your center piece, feel free to use a larger one. I would not go much smaller, as you want to make sure that there is enough room for the lollipop sticks to be pushed securely into the ball.
I purchased the lollipops at Party City. I selected white Dum-Dums (birthday cake flavor) and pink (watermelon flavor) to complement the pink and white color palette that the rest of my decor reflected. The two packs of lollipops were exactly enough to cover the exposed area of the foam ball.
Unwrap the foam ball and place on top of the bucket. I chose not to glue the foam ball to the bucket, as the weight of the ball with the lollipops kept the bucket from tipping over. However, especially if you think the centerpiece might get pushed around a bit on the Kids Table, feel free to use an adhesive to secure the ball to the bucket.
Getting as close to the bucket as possible, press lollipop sticks one at a time into the foam ball. Continue doing so until you have a circle of lollipops where the foam ball meets the opening of the bucket. Alternate the color of the lollipops so that you have a pink, white, pink, white pattern. Be sure to minimize the gap between the lollipops as much as possible. You want the lollipops to be touching or as close to touching as possible.
Once your first row of lollipop is complete, create a second row. Again, alternate colors and place the lollipops as close together as possible. Continue on to the third, fourth, fifth rows, etc. until the entire foam ball is covered.
Look over your centerpiece for any gaps in the rows of lollipops. Use any extra lollipops to fill in these gaps. Once all of your lollipops are pressed into the foam, you are all set to display the centerpiece and let the kids enjoy!