I recently attended a blogger event for celebrations.com and 1-800 Baskets.com and all I got was, well, a lot of yummy samples from their sister companies, as well as practical party planning ideas. In fact, look for tips on a quick and easy housewarming party from Celebrations.com spokesperson and party planner extraordinaire Shawn Rabideau in the 12/27/10 episode of Property Sluts.
I shared part of my bounty in the form of a decorate your own popcorn ball kit from the Popcorn Factory with Thing Two's class. The kit, which retails for $19.99, contains a dozen "secret-recipe" Popcorn Balls and includes a variety of decorating candies (Tootsie rolls, licorice, mini-marshmallows and more) along with a tube of icing "glue" tube. It's worth noting that the icing tube must be warmed in water to soften for use.
Not only did the students have fun fashioning their creations, but their teacher graciously allowed me to leave class just as their sugar buzz was ramping up. I snapped a few photos before I escaped.
I had never thought about decorating popcorn balls prior to seeing this kit. It was a fun experience and might be good for the person who's looking for something new to try at a birthday party or picnic.
The balls themselves are super sweet, at least to my sophisticated adult palate, and a bit messy to eat at any age (as I recently learned as I tried to discretely nibble on a leftover one at a recent meeting). No complaints from the kids, though, and the teacher isn't holding a grudge.
Here's how the pros do it, via the Popcorn Factory website:
I received this kit for free. All opinions shared are my own. I was not compensated for this post nor was I required to write it.