Momma Told Me: Holiday Entertaining With #StarburstCandyCorn + Sequin Mask Craft

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Holiday Entertaining With #StarburstCandyCorn + Sequin Mask Craft

*** I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Starburst. I received product samples to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating. All photo contained below are property of Momma Told Me Blog 2013.
Mardis Gras Mask
Momma Told Me: Just because you grow up, doesn't mean you've outgrown it.

I've discussed, in the past, Momma's distaste for excessive holiday decoration and hoop-lah. In general it was the unpacking and packing away of the decorations, and the cleaning up after the large parties and gatherings, she didn't care for. She loved the attention of the festivities, while they were taking place. As an adult, now with my own home and family, I can see through Momma's colored glasses a little better. Sure, there's that third week in January where you seriously wonder if you can somehow transition the Christmas tree into a 'year-round celebration' shrub, for the sake of not wanting to disassemble it. And there's always that dull ache as you toss your meticulously carved pumpkin, sunken and moldy, into the dumpster. The holidays are a lot of work; but that's what makes them so magical.
#StarburstCandyCorn
Of course, with Fall now officially upon us, the first holiday to hit the calendar is Halloween. This is one holiday, argued time and again, for it's 'validity' as a serious event. Some of my friends adamantly say it should o0nly be celebrated by children, or those with young children. I cite million dollar events, such as Six Flag's Fright Fest, and Knott's Scary Farm, as an indication that this holiday knows no age. Like most things, the younger at heart you are, the more magical they will seem. And few things bring back my childhood magic as quickly as a favorite candy. The rustling of a wrapper, the glistening foil of a molded chocolate, or the scent of warm apple cider in the air. And, when it comes to fall confections, none is debated more than the classic striped candy corn; re-imagined this year by Starburst in a new fruity variety.
#StarburstCandyCorn
If sugar inspires me to childlike whimsy, than the colors found inside the new bags of Starburst Fruit Flavored Candy Corn really get my senses excited. Featuring Pink, Red, Orange, and Yellow striped candy corn in Strawberry, Cherry, Orange, and Lemon flavors these soft candy corn chews are the perfect answer to your classic candy corn aversions. Only on shelves for a limited time, Starburst Candy Corn is perfect for adding a splash of color to your Fall and Halloween decor, just ask starlet Tori Spelling, who has teamed up with the brand to offer us some great entertaining tips and inspired crafts. Pipe some Rice Krispie squares with a row of fruity candy corn, or use these colorful sweets as a cupcake topper. Layer the colors in mini mason jars with festive ribbons and tags as favors for your guests, or hot glue a ring of Starburst Candy Corn to some cheap napkin rings for an instant festive hit. You'll find these, and many more of Tori's craft and entertaining tips on the official Starbust Candy Corn Facebook page.
Having just turned 11, Sabrina has decided she will no longer be partaking in the Trick Or Treating portion of the upcoming holiday. Not having to chaperone this Halloween festivity means we've suddenly had out night open up. We're considering a casual get together, okay, a party, among friends; but I've been struggling with transitioning our decorations from childish to adult sophistication. In addition to the Creative Candy Corn Cobweb featured by Tori, I've been working on some decorative masquerade style masks that can easily transition from Halloween to Mardis Gras next year. Before I began my project I was sure to separate the  candy by color and consistency. Crafting with candy can be tricky to navigate, and quality control is essential; though 'tasting' the go-backs is equally enjoyable.
Halloween Mask Craft
#StarburstCandyCorn
I'll admit, I didn't really have a game plan when I set out to make my first mask, and I'd never done it before. I had no visual cues, though I'm sure there are countless templates and ideas online- I simply let Tori's creativity inspire me. Well, that, and it's much easier to be inspired when hopped up on the fruity goodness of Starburst Candy Corn. I'm a perfectionist, so I'll admit, when I laid those first sequins down on that paper mache mask base (purchased for less than $2 at the local craft store), I had some anxiety. Thankfully, it turns out sequins are very friendly to flyaway glue gun strings. Simply use a damp paper towel to gently wipe them away when you're done. As fun as making masks is for any age, this particular project requires time, patience, and basic glue gun safety, so it's best to tackle this project during mom time.
Mardis Gras Mask Craft
The Strawberry Starburst Candy Corn happened to match my hair quite nicely, so I ended up using them as 'lashes' for my mask. I'd originally intended to add more candy corn, but I'd forgotten how heavy the dense sugar is, and ran into a few issues with quality control (my mouth). When I'm done with my masques I hope to mount them above the mantle for the season, and pull them back out again in March (Mardis Gras). Starburst Candy Corn are already on shelves near me, most recently spotted at Target and Walgreens. Whether you're planning a big 'Ball' this year, or having a quiet Halloween at home, let the styling ideas of Starburst and Tori Spelling inspire you to magical heights! Have you ever crafted with candy before?

What Daughter Says: Add some extra color to your holiday this year with new Starburst Candy Corn and inspired crafts.


8 comments:

  1. Very cute and they do taste good too. I think that the orange is my favorite.

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  2. Um, I love Tori Spelling. Not the original 90210 Tori, but the cool mom version from the past few years, lol!

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  3. i dont think i have every tried these candy corn before but they sound yummy and what a cute mask!

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  4. LOVE this! I didn't even know that Starburst made flavored candy corn. I need to find that asap! Growing up, every year my mom came us with some kind of craft and usually it was edible. Ghost graveyards, creative candy necklaces, etc.. - Katy

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  5. I love your mask and think you look great. Love how creative you were in making this. I'll have to try those Starbursts.

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  6. Your mask looks so pretty and I am completely in love with your Zebra hot glue gun.

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  7. That is pretty cool and super creative. And yes - the corns natch your hair perfectly!

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  8. Wow, you did a great job with the mask!

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