Yesterday, the Birthday Balloon Wreath welcomed you to the 75th birthday bash for STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Today’s two-in-one Edible Centerpieces are both an impressive, festive decoration, and a key part of the party menu. I have collected favorite tips and techniques for dressing up your buffet table with Veggie Topiaries, a Strawberry Topiary, and of course, topiary cones packed with sweet treats. (And don’t forget the daily giveaways this week!)
I poked around online and found several excellent videos that walk you through making an Edible Centerpiece Cone. Over on Ask the Decorator, you’ll learn basic techniques for making a cone covered in grapes, and one that’s topped with savory olives. Once you watch the video, you can adapt the technique to different fruits and veggies, and different sizes of cones, too.
The second video tutorial I recommend is one I found on EHow that shows you how to make a beautiful Strawberry Cone. Strawberries are in season right now, so the timing for this one is perfect!
Here are a few Edible Centerpiece Cones we’ve made, from crudités to dessert! Click through the links below for the tutorials.
There are endless variations for making Candy Cones, and it all depends on which types of candy you use. You really can’t go wrong! This is an especially fun idea for kids’ parties, and it’s a natural for a Halloween party.
Of course, you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day without candy, like this Sweet Candy Heart Topiary.
Here are a few more tips I’ve gathered through the years:
- People often ask me if it’s safe to eat food displayed on a foam cone. My answer is to always wrap your cone in plastic wrap or foil so that the food doesn’t touch the cone. Then you don’t have to worry about it.
- Use toothpicks, pins, or even frosting to hold the food onto the cone. That way, your foods will remain edible.
- You can glue candy to the cones, of course, but if your candy is unwrapped, you won’t want to eat it!
- If you are using frosting, test first to be sure you have the right consistency and that the frosting will hold. Trust me on this one! I had a disaster one hot, humid summer day when my candy slid right off the cone!
- Food cones are fun and easy, so enlist the kids. Plus, if they help add the fruits and veggies to the cone, they’re more likely to eat them!
Now, on to the presents! The winner of yesterday’s giveaway is Donna O’Neil! Please contact me, Donna, to arrange for your prize.
If you didn’t win, don’t worry, it’s Party Week on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and everyday you’ll have a chance to win:
- A one-year subscription to Craft Ideas magazine
- A 12-pack of Starbuck’s Via packets
- A craft apron
- A few birthday goodies for your next bash.
For your chance to win today’s giveaway, tell me why you like to craft with STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I’d love to know why you choose to craft with it. I’ll announce today’s winner tomorrow. Thank you!
**Please Note: This Giveaway is Now Closed.**