Plan a Pops Party!

January 25th, 2011 by Eric Erwin

If you have youngsters, it seems like there’s always a birthday party on the schedule. When it’s your turn to host, you want to do something special. After all, kids can be tough critics—so make sure your kid’s party includes fun treats and exciting activities. With a Pops Party, you will have the best of both worlds!

You know how much kids love to eat pops. At their age, it doesn’t get better than holding a sweet treat on a stick. But a treat tastes even better when it’s a personalized pop kids decorate themselves. You’re sure to have a captive audience ready to get in on the fun of pop-making and munching.

Pops Party

Best of all, a pops party is easy to put together. My neighbor, Manjusha, recently hosted a pops party for her daughters and shared some of the fun details in the letter below. Manjusha had never made or decorated pops before—and now she and all her guests are big pops fans. After you read about her experience, I think you’ll want to become a pops pro too!

Dear Eric,

We had so much fun on Friday night with the Pops Party. The girls really enjoyed the event—it was extremely easy to do. I made the cake pops earlier in the day. The recipe was very easy to follow and it was accurate. Then I created “stations” for each of the different pop designs.

Pops Party
Pops Party

The girls walked into a room that was fully set up. The first step was to create the base coating. The girls had so much fun twirling the pops in the Candy Melts mixture. It was very easy to do. And, as long as they worked quickly, the pops stayed on the sticks with no problem. The only time we had an issue was if the Candy Melts mixture needed to be remelted or if the girls left the pops in the mixture for too long.

Pops Party

We waited about 30 minutes before decorating the pops—decorating was the best part! You would not believe the amount of laughter in the room. The girls had so much fun. There were 5 girls, ages K-4. That’s pretty young…yet, they could totally make some very cool pops! After making a couple pops apiece, the girls got more ambitious. We had several 3-eyed aliens.

Pops Party
Pops Party

It really was a great time. All of the Wilton products were great. They were all very easy to work with. The instructions were right on. Thanks for everything.

Manjusha

Pops PartyManjusha is the mother of two young daughters. She enjoys cooking, entertaining and spending time with her family. Photos and letter reprinted courtesy of Manjusha.

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Enter to win “Pops! Sweets on a Stick”

Plan your own Pops party! Enter a comment below for a chance to win one of 10 Pops! Sweets on a Stick books!

How to win:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post. Please do not publish your address or phone number in your comment.
  • Contest ends at 11:59 PM CST on Thursday, January 27, 2011.
  • One entry per day/per person. Winners selected in a random drawing.
  • Contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, Washington, D.C. and Canada, excluding Quebec.
  • Please read the Official Sweepstake Rules.

Good luck!

The contest is closed. Winners have been notified by email. Thank you for participating!

Eric Erwin Eric Erwin, Chief Marketing Officer, is a 22 year Wilton employee, married to Barbara, and has two twin boys in college.

149 Replies

  1. Angela says:

    I’ve been playing with pops, too! I can’t wait to try this with my niece.

  2. Jodie says:

    I don’t have any kids, but I can imagine this would be fun with adults, too. Sort of like cookie exchange party, but with pops? Should be fun!

  3. Regina says:

    i am making pops for my sons 1st birthday this weekend. it will be my first attempt! i cant wait!!

  4. Barbara says:

    Having a Pop Party would make memories the kids would have for a lifetime! What a cute idea!

  5. Barbara says:

    Great idea!

  6. Pops are all the rage these days. They looks like so much for for the kids.

  7. We love making pops and it looks like a great ‘make your own’ at kids parties!

  8. Amber says:

    I am dying to try making pops. It looks like so much fun, especially for people with no decorating experience. If elementary school children can do it, then what am I waiting for?!

  9. Jane Shouse says:

    Thx for the awesome ideas!! :)

  10. erica says:

    I think my neighbors kids would love to come over and have a POPS party with me. They are crafty kids I would love to see what they can make.

    xo

  11. Sarah G. says:

    This sounds like fun! I’ve made cake balls before, but not pops.

  12. Brooke Anna says:

    I would love the chance to win. I fist made cake “balls” in December and would love a ste-by-step book to read. I thought they could have been better but everyone ate them quickly. My sister in law is drooling over the cupcake pan :)

  13. Krystal says:

    I would love to host a pops party for my friends! great idea for all ages :)

  14. I’m ALWAYS looking for great ideas on how to make a birthday party or sleepover more fun. Having a structured activity like this is perfect because it is a craft and snack all rolled into one!

  15. Melissa says:

    I think this is a great way in getting kids involved and getting creative with what they come up with. I am going to do a Pop Bar next time I have my neices and nephews come over. I think they will just get a kick out of this. Thanks for the chance!

  16. Felicia says:

    I made pops for my daughter’s birthday last year. They came out great and they were so much fun to make. I would love to make them again with the kids this looks like a great book filled with lots of ideas.

  17. Marie says:

    My son is a budding baker/decorator and loves helping me with these! My daughter has decided that this year for her birthday she wants to have a pops party!! Great way to get the kids imaginations flowing! And good family too!

  18. Nancy S. says:

    Yet another GREAT Idea from Wilton!!! These pops are the best for any occasion!!!
    I will be making pops this weekend with my boys Can’t WAIT!! :) )

  19. Sara says:

    A pops party sounds right up my alley!

  20. Faither says:

    I am a HUGE Wilton fan. I tried cake pops once, but it was before the Wilton Pop book came out. Got to have it. I would love to win it, if not I’ll have to buy it.

  21. Faith Mew says:

    Can’t wait to try these.

  22. Vicki Gerloff says:

    I think these are a great idea for a baby and or a bridal shower. Not to mention the fun any child would have decorationg these. Great job Wilton can”t wait to make some pops.

  23. DM Bellamy says:

    This is such an awesome idea!! My soon to be 9 year old daughter would LOVE to do this!!! Thx so much :)

  24. Ann says:

    What a great idea for a kids party! They look like they had a lot of fun.

  25. Katrina says:

    Great party idea! Gonna keep this in mind when my daughter gets a little bit older. I have a folder of idea and this will be a great addition!

  26. deLIZiosa says:

    This pops party idea for the kids is such a cool idea! Would love to try to make a pop party!

  27. Stacy says:

    What a great idea for a fun and different party!! Can’t wait to plan one!

  28. Sarah Grogan says:

    I’m in college and I think my friends would still have that much fun at a pops party!

  29. Raquel Reyes says:

    I love the idea of doing of a pops party for a playdate!! The kids would love it!

  30. My niece is 5 years old and just moved to my state. After she starts school and makes some friends, this would be great fun to try for her 6th birthday!

  31. Tamarea Bauer says:

    These look so fun and delicious. I can’t wait to try them out!

  32. Judy Palmer says:

    I love all the cake pops ideas because you can make them for any kind of occasion. Can’t wait to get the book and get to baking and make up more ideas as I go.

  33. Michelle Darby says:

    I would love to able to make these with my 4th grade students. We always have time set aside on the last Friday of the month as treat for good behavior and I think this would be something different and fun to do!

  34. Amber Joy says:

    I am not going to let my soon-to-be 5 yr old see this post! She’d want to have a cake pop birthday party for sure!! Neat idea to have but not with a bunch of 5 yr olds I think! lol I have made cake pops twice and would love to make more so the book would be awesome to win and make pops for my kids (and the big kids too).

  35. Suzanne Veldpaus says:

    I’d love to try these out for my sons birthday party! So cute!

  36. Lora Fischer says:

    I tried to make these but put to much icing (buttercream) and I was making balls of icing. I am a little afraid to try to make them again but I want to make some for my daughters valentines day class party. So pick me, pick me

  37. Maegan Tosh says:

    I just learned to make these 3 weeks ago and have only been doing the plain ones, these are cute I hope to be able to do them soon

  38. Debby G says:

    I love this idea! I just wish Wilton would come out with a non-hydrogenated “candy melt” so that I could use them.

  39. Stephanie R. says:

    I’m teaching a baking class for kids this summer- this would be great.

  40. Debbie says:

    What a great idea, will have to tell my friend who has a daughter in Brownies about this (my girls are all grown up now). The idea of cake pops is great – now when I level and carve cakes, will have to freeze the pieces to make these treats. I hand paint gift items, imagine a coffee mug with Valentine hearts and the hearts cake pop in it? Really need to bake this weekend!

  41. Cheryl Dwyer says:

    As a mom of 8 year old triplets I am almost always guaranteed to be asked to be in charge of one of the class room parties, what a great craft idea for the kids to do. i am sure we will have as much fun decorating these, as we have had with everything else

  42. Katie Wright says:

    I am trully looking forward to purchasing the pops book so that I can begin making my own pops for the many upcoming birthday parties as well as class parties. Thanks so much for the wonderful ideas!!

  43. Deidre Gowland says:

    Can’t wait to make this for our catering jobs and parties. Great dessert to pass around.

  44. Jeanette Iuzzolino says:

    I just saw the pops book at Micheals and can’t wait to try it!

  45. Donna Ashcroft says:

    The book looks wonderful… Pops taste great and will keep people talking long after your celebration… Can’t wait to show them off at my next party ;)

  46. Kira says:

    I would love to win this book! My sister and I LOVE to make creative things for all our family get togethers!

  47. Laura says:

    I enjoy making cute little cake pops and seeing the joy they bring to others! What a great idea! I can just imagine how much fun the kids would have with this!

  48. Crystal says:

    My daughter and I would love to make some pops together!

  49. beth boyle says:

    I love the mini teddy bear pan. I am going to make red velvet cake and dip the bears in chocolate..pipe facial features…then add candy heart in their hsnd

  50. Rebeca says:

    That looks like soooooooooooooooooooo much fun!!!!!!! I’m hoping to try out Pops! for my sister’s birthday!!!!

  51. Tamara Bemiss says:

    Can’t wait to make these for my daughters birthday party. I have two so it will be twice the fun!

  52. Barbara says:

    With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I want to try the heart mold and then dip my cake balls in pastel colored candy melts to look like conversation hearts. My food markers will come in handy for the personalized messages! I know these will be a BIG hit!

  53. Marie says:

    I am so excited to start making cake balls. I have so many ideas already. Can’t wait to get my “Pops” book.

  54. Tom Zimmerman says:

    What a great idea. These are the cutest kids in the world.

  55. Raquel Reyes says:

    The chicks made by the kids are adorable! I hope to make these for my son’s spring festival in April!

  56. lynn says:

    I love the cake pops i have been making cake balls for a while i whil be making cake pops next.

  57. lynn says:

    I love the cake pops and i want to make them.

  58. Jayme C says:

    this looks like so much fun! I would love to do this with the youth group at my church. :)

  59. Jennifer Hill says:

    My daughter loves to make pops! What a great party idea!

  60. Malisa says:

    Cool idea–can’t wait to try them!!

  61. Sharon says:

    This sounds like it would be so fun to do with the kids. Can’t wait till we have a “Fun Day” at home so we can try this!

  62. Emily says:

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to make cake pops for the first time!

  63. Christine says:

    Cannot wait to try this for my daughter’s bday party!! She loves to cook and is only 10. This book would be a great addition to her cooking library!

  64. Angel S says:

    Bothy sons birthdays are within the next couple months, and I’m definatley going to be throwing a pops decorating party!

  65. Brittany Brown says:

    Sounds like so much fun!

  66. Sara says:

    This would be really fun!

  67. Kimberly Erskine says:

    I love the cake pops. I have made them myself but I’m also signed up for a class at my local Michael’s with my Wilton instructor. Can’t wait to get tips and ideas from others.

  68. veronika says:

    am looking forward to making some with my kids, it’s a cute idea, and everyone can get involved :)

  69. Kelly J says:

    What a great idea! My daughter wanted me to make mini cakes for all of the girls to decorate for her birthday but this might be even better! Can’t wait to do it!!

  70. Tina Reeves says:

    What a GREAT idea!!! My 3yo son is always “helping me” bake! I would love to invite a few other SAHMs and their kids over to have a Pop Party!!! And I know my 10yo and 14 yo would like to do it as well!!!

  71. Wanessa says:

    I absolutely love cake pops! Perfect way to get a nice sweet dessert without having to eat a huge slice. I have only made them twice so far, just to experiment, but loved them and plan on making many more!!

  72. Jen says:

    I can’t wait to start making the Cake Pops!! I love to bake & try new things. . This is something that I can’t wait to do!!

  73. Jennifer says:

    Looks like fun! Those girls are super cute but I have to say I think anyone would have fun with this no matter what their age. Doesn’t everyone love cake??

  74. Latoshia says:

    Great giveaway!

  75. Barbara Moss says:

    Getting ready to gear up and have our FIRST POPs party at church Mt. Zion FBH with our youth. We are going to make the POPs and then we are going to do a community OUTREACH and pass them out to people to let them know that Jesus Loves them. We will make Heart shaped POPs and put John 3:16 as our scripture on a tag. Would love the POPs book for more ideas.

  76. rebecca says:

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to host a “Pops Party” now!!

  77. Dana says:

    A good friend of mine took some Pops that I made to school. Her students LOVED them and she didn’t have the mess of cupcake frosting!

  78. Jessica says:

    I’m always looking for new baby shower, bridal shower, and birthday party ideas…These are perfect! I can’t wait to try them!

  79. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for sharing. My son wants to make them for his birthday :)

  80. Candace says:

    We have never made Pops, but looks like something my daughters ( 10,7, and 4) would really enjoy! They love to help me decorate cakes, and this would be a creation all their own. With their birthdays 2 and three months apart we will be sure to have a TON of fun!!

  81. Colleen Nauha says:

    I haven’t had a chance to try any pops yet; hoping to win the book!
    = )

  82. Lynn Cook says:

    There are so many cute ideas I am having a hard time deciding which one to try next, thank you for all the ideas !!!

  83. Marci says:

    So cute, my mind is spinning with ideas! My son wants a superhero party, how fun would it be to create pops for that?

  84. Missy Daniels says:

    I think I am going to do this with my son’s 2nd grade class for Valentines day. Do them heart shaped and let them decorate their own “conversation heart” I think they will LOVE it.

    I can’t wait to get my “POPS” book now.

  85. tabitha m says:

    That looks so fun! I can’t wait to try out cake pops for the first time.. Hopefully for Valentine’s day!!

  86. Missk Kohler says:

    Just started getting into making cake pops. Hoping to make them for my daughter’s upcoming Birthday. Can’t wait to check out the new Pops book for ideas!

  87. Libby Bennett says:

    Great idea! Always looking for something new to do with the kids!

  88. Korin Maldonado says:

    Those are so cute! A great party idea, I can’t wait to try it :-)

  89. Jennifer says:

    Great party idea. Can’t wait to see the book.

  90. bonnie says:

    my grandaughter loves to make cake pops as much as she loves eating them we are doing a cake pop party for her 9th birthday

  91. Janna from Australia says:

    Wilton – PLEASE listen to your fans – open your competitions up to customers outside the US. We buy your products too – surely there is enough profit in that to pay for postage if a foreigner were to win. It’s EXTREMELY frustrating to see all these great competitions but not be allowed to enter them.

  92. Yeny Woods says:

    I’m loving the idea of cake pops! i have never tried one or tried making one. its incredible how popular they are becoming. so many ways of decorating. I’ll be making them for the first time valentines day…my husband will love them and so will i!

  93. jacqueline B says:

    This looks like so much fun!

  94. Abbe Richardson says:

    I’ve made Pops with my niece before, I think this is a great idea for a kids or adults party! :)

  95. Roxanne. Tinkham says:

    What a great idea. I’m throwing a baby shower soon and think this would be a fun group activity.

  96. Lori says:

    this is awesome! I’ve done cake decorating before, but this way is the best, especially when a lot of people don’t want a full size cake. Cake Pops are it!

  97. donna says:

    what a great idea!! totally do this for the next big event… DD 1st birthday!!

  98. Jzapata says:

    Love pops!!

  99. Miranda says:

    I love this idea! Can’t wait for my book!

  100. joanna says:

    I have three young nieces who would absolutely love to do this! In fact, I think I would enjoy it just as much or better than them:)

  101. Karen says:

    I made reindeer pops for our Christmas Party!!! Everyone loved how cute they were and they were soooo yummy too :)

  102. Suzanne says:

    I made cake pops last year for a bake sale, and they were gobbled up in less than 30 minutes! They were a HUGE hit! But, I never thought about doing it for a kids birthday party. Hmmm… I bet my daughter would love it! She turns 7 next year, so it’d be perfect!

  103. stephanie says:

    Those are so cool!!!! I would like to learn how to make them ;)

  104. Kathy A says:

    Great idea for birthday parties…even girl scouts for my brownie troop at camp! Thanks!!

  105. Patty says:

    I made Cake Pops on one occasion but would love to learn how to make them better!

  106. Veronica C. says:

    What a fun party! I have not tried to make them yet. I would like to give it a try for my daughter’s upcoming birthday next month.

  107. Ann H says:

    I think this is a great idea! Last year for my daughters 7th birthday we did a similiar thing and I made cake in the shape of popsicles, frosted them with white buttercream frosting and then let the kids (12) decorate the individual cakes with writing icing. They had a blast and I will definitely use the idea in the future!

  108. Barb says:

    My 5 year old Autistic son is having a birthday in March. We are always looking for ways to incorporate fun with therapy. He needs to work one his fine motor control i.e. holding pencils, crayons and other long thin objects. Making pops would be an amazingly fun birthday party aka therapy session! Putting on the decorations would also encompass using fine motor control practice. I am very interested in looking in to this and I can’t wait to start!

  109. Terri says:

    This looks like so much fun! I think boys would even enjoy it! I’m thinking this could be a great Cub Scout activity! :) Thanks!

  110. The article was very interesting having 8 grandchildren and often fund raising for School I would find it very interesting to try?

  111. Rhoda says:

    Same here, Barb! My son with ASD is turning 8 in March. He loves cakes and anything with chocolates! I just started making cake pops and would love to learn more tricks.

  112. marjorie says:

    I would love to teach this to my girl scout troop!

  113. Adriana says:

    I am excited to try these out for our 3 Day Walk bake sale!

  114. Jennifer says:

    I love doing things with the kids. I can’t wait to try this. After reading the comments, I am absolutely going to make these for our bake sale in the spring. What a great idea! Thanks

  115. Debbie says:

    It is souch fun. I didn’t think the teen girls coming to a party at our house would like making pops but when I didn’t
    Get them finished before the party, they jumped in an had a ball making their own pops. For a short time I was the cool mom.

  116. I never thought of having a Pop’s party! What a good idea! I want to try making animal pops! I have only made plain pops with sprinkles.

  117. Sharisa says:

    I honestly have been a little ‘scared’ of making pops thinking they would be hard, but I would love to have some instruction and learn! I have seen them recently at a baby shower and they were adorable and also a great hit with the kids.

  118. Amber says:

    I have made plenty of pops they are my most asked for product (my mom and aunt have ordered over 1500 in the last 6 months, one of the orders was for 500) I have always wanted to do the special characters and such but have only done swirls and sugar sprinkels The dry soo fast and no matter what I do they never look as round and perfect as in the pics.

  119. Vicki Ventrella says:

    These look like such a fun idea–and a great project for kids–can’t wait to try them out!

  120. I love the pops, im going to experiment with some valentines pops and can’t wait to get going. This is an amazing idea. I work in an after school learning centre and I know about 500 kids who would love for me to bring in some of these adorable treats to share!

  121. Belinda says:

    I would love to try these for the girls at my daughter’s gym class!

  122. ana aviles says:

    I tried to do those pops, but I couldn’t. I am going to try again, I’ve been reading and getting tips.
    I’ll try again, I won’t give up :) .

  123. Shannon says:

    I usually make cookies for my kids to take to school for their birthdays, but after reading all the success people have had with pops, I have decided to try them instead. I have everything I hope I am going to need, and can’t wait to get started. :)

  124. Laura Ping says:

    Simply put…….

    I would love to try
    this with my daughter.
    She is CRAZY about cake
    Pops. It would be fun to
    Try out all those goodies.

  125. Noreen says:

    this would be perfect for mt daughter’s bday party in 6 weeks

  126. Raquel Reyes says:

    As I read through so many ideas… I think my son’s PTA would love if I made some for a bake sale!!

  127. tabitha m says:

    I can’t wait to try making cake pops! Having a Cake Pop Party is a great idea! The kids will love it.. Thanks for all the ideas!

  128. Margaret Field says:

    Would love to win one of these books and get started making cute little pops!

  129. I can’t wait to try this out.

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  131. Jennifer Miller says:

    I have really been trying to perfect my pops. I would like to be able to use Wilton candy melts and thin them. I know Crisco shortening helps to thin them, but I don’t really like this because it adds more fat for no reason. I have heard paramount crystals is an excellent choice, but I will have to special order those or visit a cake supply place that is out of town. Is there any chance you will be offering a thinning product like this along side the pops products you sell in your retail stores like Michaels? Thanks!!!

  132. Gretta says:

    As an avid baker and a Mom to 4 kids, I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. It would also be fun to have a “Pops Party” for our girls at church and then take them to a nursing home to give out or something. Thanks for the chance to win!

  133. Felicia says:

    I’ve made cake pops before and they are so much fun. Would love some new ideas. The kids would have so much fun making them.

  134. Alexandra says:

    I think my 4-year-old daughter will love to have a pops party like this with her best friends!! :)

  135. Stephanie says:

    How interesting are these? The Pops certainly caught my eye and now I am thinking of the birthday parties and classroom parties that these would be perfect for!!!! I can not wait to see what ideas the kids bring to this party! Thanks for the idea.

  136. Alana says:

    Thank you for a quick overview on how to have a Pops Party! We have done cupcakes parties at our house, and Pops sound like another fun activity to do!

  137. Steven Reyes says:

    This would be a great way to teach my kids early on about baking and decorating. Great idea!

  138. treena says:

    Love this idea! Wish I would have seen it before my daughters sweet sixteen party. . .but no worries with 4 kids I am sure I can use this idea for another party! Have been making cakeballs for awhile now so excited to do something different.

  139. Kelli says:

    This would be such a fun thing to do for a Mom’s Night Out!

  140. Martha says:

    You have many differents ideas to do a amazing kids birthday party

  141. Nancy Hughes says:

    Love this idea. Hope to have a pop party soon.

  142. Dawn says:

    This is such a great idea. I made my first cake pops last week and I thought it would be a great activity for children. Will try with my four grandchildren. I like the station idea. Thank you.

  143. Sharon Shephard says:

    These look like such fun to make, the possibilities are endless!

  144. Monica says:

    I made cake pops fpr a stag n doe and they were a Huge success. They were gone so fast I could have made twice as many. Goes to show you they’re not just for kids

  145. Linda says:

    Just started making cake pops…for Easter…What a success…everyone was like yummmmm!!!! ;)

  146. Kat says:

    We started with cake balls and just graduated to cake pops. The kids (and kids at heart) love them!

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