The 50’s were a time for Saddle Shoes, Poodle Skirts, sock hops, Jukebox Diners, and even the first Miss America! What a fun decade it must have been! For someone celebrating their 50th Anniversary, the 50’s had to have been such a blast for them! After all, they were getting married during such a hoppin’ time! Times may have changed, but going back to the 50’s (if only for a night) can bring the fun back instantly!
Checked table clothes, vinyl records, pop corn, lollipops, gum balls, balloons, and decade candy. Sounds like a pretty fun setting for a 50’s themed party right? And not just ANY 50’s themed party… a 50th Anniversary!
The plan for the tables was to have gum balls and swirl lollipops, so that theme was also to be carried out in the cupcakes. It was such a simple, yet fun design! Each of the chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, had a swirl of white buttercream, and were topped with a colorful little gum ball.
Instead of the usual small cake for the top of the cupcake tower, I used a swirled glass (to represent the path the gum balls travel through a gum ball machine) filled with gum balls and a giant swirl lollipop!
I made the lollipop out of Starburst* and flavored Tootsie-Roll candies that I colored red, green, blue, and yellow. After kneading and coloring the candies, I rolled them into short, thick ropes. Putting a large white core in the center and the 4 colored ropes on the sides, I rolled it until it was one long, striped rope. From there, I twisted the rope and ‘swirled’ it from the center out. Tootsie Roll and Starburst are too soft to hold up on their own once color has been added. Therefore, as I let the candy harden, I began to create a base for the lollipop so that it would be sturdy and not droop like it was melting. I melted some white chocolate into a round metal lollipop mold and put a wooden dowel in so that the top few inches were covered in white chocolate. Once the chocolate was slightly cooled, I placed the swirled candy on top and popped the mold into the freezer for a minute or two. Voila! A giant, swirl lollipop centerpiece!
Happy 50th Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Hage! Here’s hoping for many more years full of fun and family!
*Believe it or not, Starburst and Tootsie Rolls were both 1950’s candies. The original chocolate flavored Tootsie Rolls were created by an Austrian born immigrant to the United States in 1896; but were still popular in the 1950’s due to their low cost. Originally known as Opal Fruits, Starburst were created in 1959. However, it wasn’t until 1967 that they were introduced to the United States.
Feel free to leave a comment and let me know: What is your favorite memory from the 50’s? Or, for those of you (like me) that weren’t born yet: What is your favorite thing about the 50’s that you have read about or been told?