This story starts a few weeks ago, at 11pm, when my frantic friend Lanae called me for help. Her sister’s baby shower was the next day and because of a few surprises that day she was seriously behind schedule. Awesome friend that I am, I was there in minutes, two diet Dr.Peppers in hand and ready for a long night of building candy pacifiers for a shower game by trial and error. Here’s what we learned:

Materials
Life Savers candy
Skittles, jelly beans or gum balls (I’d go gumballs next time)
A block of foam or other stabilizer for drying

Royal icing:
Powdered sugar
Egg whites
Lemon juice or cream of tartar

Step 1:
Whip up a batch of royal icing. That’s the kind you use for gingerbread houses; it binds well and dries hard. Use your favorite recipe or one of these. Dump a manageable amount of icing into a Ziploc bag and cut the tip off of one corner to use for piping frosting.

Step 2:
Lay some Life Savers out, face down on the table, then take another Life Saver and pipe frosting along the top edge. Stand the Life Saver on end, down the center of another face-down Life Saver. Let dry. While you wait, cut width-wise slits in your foam block.

Step 3:
Once they are mostly dry, post them into the foam.

Step 4:
Put a healthy dollop of icing in each center, add Skittles.

Let them set overnight; longer if possible.

Step 5:
Add a ribbon long enough to go around your wrist.

Give a paci to each baby shower attendee to wear around her wrist. If they say the word “baby” during the shower, anyone can take their paci away. The person with the most candy paci’s at the end of the shower gets a prize!

The leftover (reject) paci’s were a huge hit with my kids!

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