Birthdays and other holidays are the perfect occasion for making and giving a unique handmade candy corsage. This is a page about making a candy corsage.
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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.
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 lived in Long Beach Long Island. And that is what we did. I'm going to make my granddaughter one and it will be dog bones. Can you hear her now????. Lol.
I would like to make a birthday corsage for my daughter she will be 7, but I don't know what kind of candy is for a 7 year old. How can I find a guide for this?
By Cammy R.
In the 1950's we made corsages for friends to wear all day at school. Any kind of candy that you can hang on a ribbon from a bow will work. Candy with holes like life savers are easy to use. As for candy for a 7 year old, no candy is good because of the sugar content. But for a treat it's OK.
The corsage was simple... no glue guns. The items were held to a large bow with ribbon curls and tied. It was pinned to sweater or top. They were from 10 - 18. Age 10 Lollipops. Age 11 Gumdrops. Age 12 Tootsie Rolls. Age 13 Bubble Gum. Age 14 Dog Biscuits. Age 15 Lifesavers. Age 16 Sugar Cubes. Age 17 lemondrops.
Parents usually went to a local florist but friends made them. Items were removed during the day by friends along with a spanking...one for each year and a pinch to grow an inch.
This is a page about making a birthday candy corsage. A unique personalized corsage can be a lovely birthday gift idea.