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Does anyone remember the birthday corsages that were made in the 50's and 60's? For example, 16 years old, would be made as a candy corsage for 'sweet sixteen'. Each year would have a different theme. If you remember and have the ideas, I would appreciate them.
PJ from Forked River, NJ
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Another tradition enjoyed by girls that was popularized in the 1950s and 60s, is that of receiving a special corsage (or several) that was decorated with candy or another inexpensive item that corresponded to your age. The items were priced within reach of one's peer group and all light enough so they could fasten easily to curly ribbon and be worn throughout the school day without problem.
I remember using pipe cleaners to secure the candy. I would like to make one for a 7 year old but don't know which candy to use. I was thinking of gummy worms.
I was remembering these and trying to describe them to my daughter. They were so much fun and a wonderful memory for me.
I lived in West Islip, Long Island in the late 50's and the list posted here is exactly the one that we used. Some girls would get to school on the day of her birthday and 5 or 6 or even more of her friends would have made her coursages. They were often heavy too because of the candy.
I was just trying to explain these to my granddaughter and my search brought me here. Thanks for posting. Wonderful memories.
I remember during the late 60's my father would always buy me a corsage for my birthday and I would wear it to school so proud. It was a way of telling everyone, "Today is my birthday!" Oh what good memories this brings back to me! I remember that my corsages had little bees and others had butterflies with a lot of ribbon, and of cause the candy tied up with pipe cleaners. I was born in New York but I no longer live there. I wish this fashion would come back. Lets make it come back and make corsages for our granddaughters.
I loved these corsages. I was just telling my cousins about them the other night. Some of my cousins were raised upstate and not in Queens like I was. They thought I was joking. Was this a tradition for all of New York or just some areas? At least now I can tell them what each of the corsages stood for. I remember that the more you received from your friends, and wore, the more popular you were. It was so much fun. Bring back those days.. The kids today would think it was crazy and would rather have ipods. I feel sorry for them. I had so many wonderful memories growing up. Those were the innocent days.
Has anybody found out where to buy these corsages? What was the candy for a 7 year old? I used to buy them for my daughter and sister. Let's bring this back, I think the kids would love it.
I am looking for a sugar cube corsage. Does anyone have instructions or know if a florist could make one? I would like to get my niece one for her birthday in June. Thanks. Dawn
Type in "making a sugar cube corsage" and ask google about it. There are several answers or firefox has answers. Hope you find what you are looking for.
I'm trying to remember what the other items were, one was 16 sugar cubes. I know we made others; one year was dog biscuit. I cannot remember any more. Thanks.
By Judy L.
The 16 cubes of sugar was for a "sweet 16" birthday, we added fresh lemon slices. You can make carnations from tissue paper and pipe cleaners. Roses out of napkins, peony out of coffee filters. Google some craft sites and you'll probably find a lot more.