A Candy-Themed Bridal Shower for Dylan Lauren
With This Ring
Cheeky Ring Pop favors were presented to guests as if they were crown jewels.
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Host and Guest of Honor
Darcy poses with the glowing guest of honor, whom she decked out with a gumball-and-jawbreaker necklace and a candy ring like her own. "This theme is so much fun and perfect for Dylan," she says. "But, really, who doesn't like candy?"
Strawberry chocolate bars from Chocolate Editions by Mary & Matt (chocolate-editions.com) were sent to guests as invites. Darcy's illustration (darcymillerdesigns.com) provides the details on the outside. Inside are the initials of Dylan and her fiance, Paul Arrouet. Custom stamps from Zazzle (zazzle.com) top it all off.
Mother of the Bride
Dylan poses with her mom, Ricky.
Lemon Drop cocktails -- punched up with swizzle sticks -- are served on a tray lined with jelly beans.
A candy display is the first thing guests see; the framed heart mosaic is made with gum -- an inexpensive way to liven up a blank space -- and the vessels are filled with sweets (specialty candies from Dylan's Candy Bar, 866-939-5267; letter pops from Vintage Confections, vintageconfections.etsy.com; yellow and pink jawbreakers from Kidz Confections, 888-452-9547).
Dylan cozies up to her friends: "I feel lucky to be celebrated so sweetly," she says.
The Littlest Guests
Darcy and her daughters greet everyone from a staircase draped with a gumball garland.
Guests scooped their goodies into little cellophane bags from ForYourParty.com.
Fashion editor Andre Leon Talley smiles for the camera, wearing cake whiz Sylvia Weinstock's iconic glasses.
New York City caterer Peter Callahan (callahancatering.com) served up comfort foods, including these miniature turkey burgers, to satisfy guests' cravings for something savory.
Dylan and pals don't waste any time digging in to the evening's focal point, a spectacular spread of pink and red candy.
French fries -- in glassine bags with custom stickers bearing Darcy's drawing -- are another irresistible option.
Cones filled with savory flavors were served as well.
Mini Mac and Cheese
Mini mac and cheese hors d'oeuvres rounded out the menu.
Dylan mingles with her well-wishers.
The cocktails adhere to the sweet theme; this bubble-gum martini gets its flavor from a mix of vanilla vodka and banana and melon liqueurs.
Guests gather to enjoy the sweet drinks.
Witty (and delicious) caviar "gems" top cracker rings.
Mini milkshakes are served in double shot glasses -- the perfect size for party sipping -- and garnished with chocolate chip cookies. One word: Yum.
The Candy Bar
Need a better view of our larger-than-life smorgasbord? Behold! To re-create it, keep the colors monochromatic. Design it with or without the perimeter, depending on how many sweets you want to offer (order 1/4 pound of candy per person). The acrylic initials and heart were custom made by I Love Lucite (310-966-0740), but "you could also arrange little glass bowls in the shape of your letters," suggests Darcy.
Here, the breakdown of every morsel.
Candy inside the initials:
SweetWorks gourmet gumballs (candy.com)
Candy in the heart, clockwise from top left:
Sixlets chocolates (candy.com)
Hammond's Candies cinnamon straws (hammondscandies.com)
Albanese Candy gummi bears (albaneseconfectionery.com)
Madelaine Chocolate chocolate hearts (candy.com)
"Really Cherry" gumballs (candy.com)
Jelly Belly red-apple jelly beans and licorice wheels (Dylan's Candy Bar, 866-939-5267)
Candy around the outside (in Container Store trays, 888-266-8246):
Mehlenbacher's Taffy sticks (805-460-9871)
Jelly Belly cotton-candy jelly beans (Dylan's Candy Bar, 866-939-5267)
Sixlets chocolates (candy.com)
Haribo gummi pink-grapefruit slices (candywarehouse.com)
Madelaine Chocolate malt balls (candy.com)
Madelaine Chocolate milk-chocolate hearts (candy.com)
Dryden & Palmer cherry rock-candy crystals (rockcandy.com)
Kimmie Candy Company choco almonds (shopkimmiecandy.com)
A crown-shaped form, covered with glittering hard candies, is displayed in a bell jar.
Mark Joseph's cake, bedecked with fondant hearts, carries on the "D loves P" theme (markjosephcakes.com).
Tubes of Jelly Belly jelly beans in gradient colors are set out for guests to take home.
Candy necklaces, tucked into jewelry boxes, are another playful favor.
Guest Book Cards
Friends were asked to write "sweet wishes" to Dylan with personalized pencils (pencils-rus.com) on candy-shaped notecards.
Guests dropped their personalized cards into an oversize footed hurricane vase.
Edible Work of Art
An elaborate bib necklace made from dragees is a candy masterpiece.
The Happy Couple
Dylan gives her fiance, Paul, a squeeze.
A bouquet of sugar flowers stands in for the real thing. "I love it -- I might have to carry one of these at my wedding," says Dylan. (Fancy Flours royal icing flowers, fancyflours.com.)