Candy Land Birthday

By on May 22nd, 2012 / / 8 Comments

 

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File this one under “Fantasy” parties. Though it was a huge amount of work, it was the most fun party I have ever put together! It was a magical day for both children and their parents. I don’t think a single parent at the party didn’t grow up playing Candy Land so it was a real treat for everyone.

Guests entered the party under the 10-foot tall  Candy land entrance sign we had constructed.

Guests were also greeted with every candy-themed song, which played throughout the day (there were two actresses dressed in candy-striped costumes who helped the kids dance to the songs).

We had life-sized play pieces made, signs all over to appear as though you had actually stepped into the game.

6-foot tall lollipops (we made with foam rounds and paint) lined the driveway, and were also in the “Lollipop Woods,” where we had a petting zoo. The lollipops in the “forest” were purchased at Shindigz.

 

 

The candy and sweets table was so fun to put together! We included childhood favorites such as lemondrops and salt-water taffy, as well as white chocolate covered peppermint cookies, gingerbread men and cake pops.  I purchased the acrylic candy jars online (so there would be no glass to break).

I found candy-striped fabric at Ikea and we put it in a gold frame for the backdrop. We printed the custom labels from Etsy, found red ribbon with white edging detail and labeled everything on the table.  It was so fun to watch the kids dig in!

We made the cakeboard with a wooden board from Home Depot, covered with colored paper and hot-glued gathered purple tulle along the edging.

Once that was done, we did our own take on Candy Land. We added the candy-colored playing squares, we made lollipops out of fondant for “Lollipop Woods” and cut peppermint candycanes different heights and stuck them into styrofoam hidden with batting which looked like snow foor the “Peppermint Forest.” We also used batting for the cotton candy trees- both on the tres and the ground. We used cotton candy cones wrapped in batting for the trees and sprayed them with colored mist cake spray (uses food coloring).

We had the cake serve as the ‘Candy Castle,” and put together a real gingerbread house for the corner of the cake board. The party was in January so it was easy to find the gingerbread house and candy canes.

All over the party we had signs pointing to fun areas of our Candy Land…like the Peppermint Forest slide…

And the chocolate swamp which was a pink chocolate fountain.

Our centerpieces were simple cotton-candy themed, wrapped with ribbon.

And there was even a “Gumdrop Ferris Wheel”…

We made the invitations by rolling white and colored fondant out, twisting the two colors in one long twist. We took the long twist and rolled into a lollipos and let dry overnight. We wrapped in cellophane, tied with a ribbon and labeled with printer label stickers we printed with a candy cane font.

Even though this party is more of a fantasy party, I hope you are able to take away some creative ideas for a party of your own if you are thinking of having a Candy Land theme. This party was a lot of work but it was so much fun to do!! We made memories that will last forever.

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  • Jody says:

    WOWWWWWWW!!! This is so beautiful, I don’t even know where to start!!!!

  • Heather says:

    This cake and cakeboard are simply devine. how long did it take to make the invitations and what are they made out of?

    • Erika Erika says:

      Hi Heather, for some reason these comments never showed up in my inbox so I am just now seeing them! The invitations were white and colored fondant that we swirled in a rope, then twisted around into the lollipop shape. We wrapped them in cellophane and ribbon and put the party info on the outside They were time consuming but worth it! We also had to out “do not eat” on the outside label…

  • Hillary says:

    Spectacular! How long did this take to put together?? The cake is probably the most beautiful birthday cake I have ever seen

    • Erika Erika says:

      Hi Hillary! For some reason these comments never showed up in my inbox so I am just now seeing them! The party took about a month to put together, it was time consuming but worth it when it was all finished!

  • click says:

    Brilliant, thank you, I will subscribe to you RSS later!

  • Carrie says:

    This is so incredible, what a party!!! I love it.

  • Beth says:

    Wow, I love this party. This is so beautiful, I might just try that cake board for my daughther’s next birthday.

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