Blathers type candy topiary into Pinterest and you'll see what Bobbi is doing.
Bobbi when I've seen them lollies are usually done on cones rather than balls. Like a Christmas tree. Or you use lots of towels together to make one fat trunk. As you've discovered, they are too heavy otherwise. So just shove a few more dowels in and it should be saved.
Pinterest shows you lots if you type in lolly tree/topiary.
Marking my place so I know where to find you when I start planning DS's party. But while you're talking about Easter food - any suggestions for a make ahead meal for Easter w/e for 4 adults and 4 kids? We'll be out all day so trying to think of something nice enough for dinner guests without slaving in the kitchen after a day out.
If its for a gathering we always recommend shirleyknots pulled pork recipe. However, if you dont fancy the bbq flavour we did think it would work really well to slow cook the pork shoulder, shred it and serve in rolls with stuffing/applesauce. A cheap small scale hog roast.
Make ahead meal - what are the limitations? I would be tempted to do curry/chilli/something similar when all that needs doing is to reheat it and warm bread - serve with salads and bits.
You could then go to town on pudding - my DC made a huge OTT chocolate trifle in a big glass bowl last Easter - topped with mini eggs - that could be made in advance and just topped with whipped cream at the last moment?
It sounds lovely ruthless. I'd be tempted to make some plain jelly to go with that trifle though as in my experience, small children don't tend to like trifle.
If you're doing mexican food, why not carry the theme through and have a pinata too? Again, for the little ones, I'd make sure there is something very, very mild to eat. Mine adore Quesadillas as they're pretty much tortilla calzones.
Football sounds like fun. Maybe a sack/egg and spoon race or obstacle course to keep them amused too if you've got loads of space? Or a treasure hunt?
As for more things to do - yes, maybe. I am assuming you have guaranteed weather on your side, so football would be good, or a treasure hunt of some sort if you can be bothered? You could print out pictures on cards and give them a card showing what they have to collect. If you wanted to really go to town you could make the ones for 8yos different (and harder to find) than the ones for the little ones?
5-8yos might also expect/welcome pass the parcel and a couple of jumping-around-to-music sort of games, but that might interrupt the flow of your lunch somewhat.
Table cloths - I impulse purchased one of these and my DC and their cousins loved it - but actually you could achieve almost the same result (minus the grid lines, which they did like) by buying a roll of cheap white fabric to use as a table cloth, and some washable felt tips (the crayola ones wash out perfectly, we tried it) - it would help keep everyone amused whilst actually at the table?