There may be something wrong with me, but I pretty much live for my children’s birthday parties. As weird as it might be, I enjoy the PLANNING and creating portion much more than the actual party. Besides planning every minute detail, it’s also so much fun to spoil your kiddos on their special day. I have shared a lot of our past parties on my family blog (which is now private) and thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite ideas here.
Since my Macie girl is turning 8 next month, I thought we’d start by throwing it back to one of her (and my!) most favorite birthday’s ever.
John created these darling invites for us. Of course, I couldn’t find the original file I planned to upload to my Etsy Store, but I found a whole bunch of other cute invites I’ll link below.
THE CAKE:I saw a Candy Land cake in Taste of Home and immediately fell in love. Macie was on the same page and we based her entire party off of that image. This is definitely my favorite cake I’ve ever made, probably because the only real skills it requires is laying out candy. It did take a while though, plan on at least two hours. And seriously, do not be overwhelmed. I have zero piping or cake decorating skills and I thoroughly enjoyed covering this giant mound of sugar with even more giant mounds of sugar.THE MENU:
Well, fine, we didn’t technically have food at this party. The kids consumed straight up sugar and nothing but. Oh and punch! Does that count as food? The yummy sour candy straws were definitely a crowd favorite, along with the giant lollipops served as party favors. For the rest of our treats, I gathered a variety of glass containers and filled them with as much colorful candy as possible.I hot-glued ribbon along the mason jar lids to spruce them up and used my crystal candle stick holders as a base for the candy topiaries.
To make the candy topiaries: I used round foam balls and simply stuck them with as many Dum-Dum’s I could possibly make fit. Just press the lollipop sticks all the way into the foam ball, covering the entire surface EXCEPT for the bottom (so it can rest atop the candle stick holder). I did not use any adhesive to attach the tops to my candle sticks, they will be plenty heavy to rest there on their own.
The amount of sugary goodness made for some pretty amazing, jaw-dropping gasp from our cute little guests.Oh! I used foam blocks (lined with more ribbon) to hold the giant Whirly Pops. Looking back, those could have been quite a bit cuter, maybe wrapped with paper? Let’s be honest, at that point, my energy levels may have been drastically decreasing!
With the “food” doubling as decor, the rest of the set-up was quite simple.
THE DECOR:We hung giant candy’s from the ceiling (honeycomb tissue-paper balls that I INTENDED to wrap in cellophane) and made giant lollipops for the kids.To make over-sized lollipops: We simply inflated a variety of balloons, tied them with string, and then threaded the string through a tube. We used old wrapping paper rolls for the “stick,” but I’m sure PVC pipe could work as well. We then cut a small slit in the bottom of the tube and pulled the string up through the slit. Keeping the string taut to hold the balloon firmly in place, we tied the string around the slit and then added a bit of clear tape to be safe. Next, I wrapped the balloons in cellophane and secured with curling ribbon. Easy peasy.
THE FUN & GAMES:
First off, we have a strange tradition of making our kids play a version of “Duck-Duck-Goose” at every single party. Ever. I believe this time it was “Sucker-Sucker-Lollipop”. And yes, I’m serious.We also made candy necklaces from giant gumballs.To make gumball necklaces: My trusty side kick drilled holes through the center of each gumball long before the party began. Yes, it took a very long time. (Love you babe!) The kids then used sturdy plastic lacing to thread through the
beads gumballs, no needle required!
And finally, you cannot have a Candy Land party without playing an actual game of Candy Land.To play life-size Candy Land: I purchased 12 x 12 card-stock paper to coordinate with the cards that come with the board game. We then laid the paper out in a colorful path around the house, with a bit of painter’s tape to secure them in place. The kids drew from the cards (that come with the board game), moving the appropriate spaces. At the end of the trail was our candy cake.
Ah, I almost forgot! THE OUTFIT:Of course, our little candy queen needed a crown.
To make a candy crown: I purchased a cheap plastic crown from the party store and then proceeded to hot-glue a variety of candies to it. Yep, you heard correctly. I hot-glued candy to a crown. I put taller lollipops in back, licorice around the front, and then glued more round “jems” on top. It worked like a charm and my girl loved it.
Happy Party Planning!
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