Last month a family member of mine reluctantly turned 70. In fact, I’ve been banned from saying who it is, and he didn’t want a party for fear people would realize he had grown old. So, we went to a restaurant for a special lunch. I made this bouquet for him, and everyone at the restaurant asked about it. I want to show you how to make it because it works for any of the big milestone birthdays – 50, 60, 70, etc. You could also just make the sign read, “Growing Old Sucks.”
Here’s what you need:
Bags and bags (or two giant bags) of lollipops
Cardstock or paper
1 Large flat lollipop
Vase or bucket
Styrofoam ball that is wide enough to sit on top of the vase or bucket
Tissue paper (optional)
Here’s how to do it:
- Place the ball atop the vase.
- Make a round sign with the message, “TK Age Sucks” to tape or glue to the large flat lollipop. I made two signs and taped them to each side of the lollipop, so that you saw it regardless of which side of the table you were sitting.
- Begin sticking the smaller lollipops into the styrofoam ball. Now, you can be quite methodical and make a pattern with the lollipops, and you might use all one kind of sucker. I opted to use many different lollipops of different sizes, and my 4-year-old son helped, which threw any pattern I was making right out the window. The good news is that this is easy enough for a pre-schooler to do. Fill the ball with lollipops until you see no gaps. You don’t want the white styrofoam to be visible. Some people insist on counting the suckers, and only using the number of the birthday in question. I didn’t bother with that. I just filled up that ball to make it look pretty.
- Use the tissue paper to fill out the bottom of the vase. Now, my vase was transparent, and we felt like it needed something. The tissue paper was on hand, affordable, and easy. You could use all sorts of things from more lollipops or pebbles or marbles. Just use your imagination to achieve the look you want. You could also add a bow or broach to the body of the vase, depending on its shape and the theme of the party.
- Give away the lollipops. At the end of the meal, I passed the bouquet around, so guests could pull off those suckers as a favor. There were only a few of us because this wasn’t an actual party, so I’m still loaded with lollipops now. If you come to my house, I’ll probably give you a bouquet of suckers of your own. Seriously.