The glamour, the colour and the lore of New York combine to make an excellent party theme. With so many potential directions--films, Broadway, music, history, sports teams or ethnic neighbourhoods--it may be possible to overdo a New York theme. By narrowing the decorations to a single common denominator--candy--you can set some parameters to let your creativity fly.
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The Big Apple
Incorporate New York's most obvious food association by using plenty of big candy apples. Set up a display near the entrance so guests can see the visual pun as they walk in and take an apple with them on their way out. For variety, coat some apples in plain caramel, dip others in chocolate and use chopped nuts or coconut shavings as toppings.
New Year's Glitz
New York brings to mind plenty of sophisticated bubbly and glittery glamour with its annual New Year's Eve extravaganz. For a festive display, set up an empty champagne bottle so that it sits, securely, on its side. Arrange many small candies with silver wrappers at the lip of the champagne bottle and extending outward across the table. With the right lighting, you'll create the look of overflowing champagne. Choose candies with foil packaging, such as Chunky bars, mint patties or Hershey's kisses. To extend the glamorous look, scatter candy jewels or candy coins around serving tables.
For a show-stopping pièce de résistance, use different kinds of candy to recreate New York icons. Carefully stack candy bars against a blank wall to create a relief of the New York skyline. Buy an inexpensive model car and turn it into a New York taxi, covering it with candies in yellow wrappers, such as Mr. Goodbar or Charleston Chew. The iconic "I (Heart) NY" T-shirt lends itself to an easy candy display: Simply set up black and red candies to fill in the block-printed letters.
Let some of your candy decorations serve double-duty as party entertainment. Use a New York skyscraper, in the form of an advent calendar, to let guests pick trinkets, fortunes or prizes. Fashion a New York skyscraper out of a tall and narrow cardboard box. Cut flaps for each of the windows, approximately the size of a matchbox. Inside each window, affix half a matchbox, or a similar cardboard box, just large enough to hold a small trinket. Fill each of the matchboxes with candies, trinkets, gags, fortunes or even "truth or dare" mixer-style questions. Let guests take turns opening windows and claiming their prizes.
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