Since it’s my birthday week I thought I’d share a fun birthday party theme for kids or possibly even an adult who loves candy. I had the opportunity to take pictures at my friend Mary’s party before her home was bombarded with four and five year olds hyped up on sugar. She put together this adorable candy party for her daughter Maisy and her friend Sloan who turned five. What five year old wouldn’t love a candy party? Guests were greeted at the front door by a gumdrop wreath and stone statues decorated with colorful ribbon, party hats and pink mustaches. This post will be very heavy on the photos, but that is the whole point. The party was a feast for the eyes.
Upon entering Mary’s home a path led you to the festivities which included a bounce house, food, a candy table full of take home treats, and other delightful surprises. Mary used chalk board tags and colorful ribbon to decorate the candy jars.
Mary made these adorable candy pieces that she used to line the stairway down to her basement. She also made candy balls that hung from the basement ceiling.
Mary had a spot set up in her basement with this polka dot back drop and fun props for the girls while posing for pictures. With the allure of the bounce house calling their name they were hesitant to stop for a picture. I didn’t stay for the whole party, but I’m sure the Candy Land themed bounce house helped to work off some five year old energy.
Mary loves to include special touches to her parties. I’ve listed a few of the resources she used for her craft ideas and party favors. I hope this helps to inspire you with any kids summer parties you may be hosting. You’ve heard the saying it takes a village. Well this party was planned by Mary, Sloan’s mother and grandmother. Mary’s husband and children also helped with the party, It’s all about the love that goes into throwing a party and this party had a lot of LOVE. I planned a sweet 13 birthday party last spring for my daughter. I had a candy table as well, but the theme was more of a tween theme. You can read about it here. Unfortunately, it was written on my old blog platform so the pictures aren’t as large.
- gumdrop wreath – Mary found inspiration for this wreath from the blog a pretty cool life. She personalized it by adding the painted wood 5 and ribbon to it.
- candy for her table- purchased from Sam’s Club, nuts.com, candywarehouse.com, and Costco. The test tube gum was a seasonal item at Sam’s Club.
- candy balls that hang from the ceiling– They took paper lanterns and wrapped them in cellophane then tied them with ribbon.
- large cardboard candy props– Mary borrowed them from a friend who had purchased them from shindigz.com
- candies going down the hallway– They took colored paper plates, wrapped them in cellophane and tied them with ribbon.
- gumball initials-Mary purchased white wood letters, dowel rods and styrofoam cubes at Hobby Lobby. She hot glued gumballs onto the letters. Then hot glued a dowel rod to the back of the letter. She wrapped styrofoam cubes with wrapping paper and stuck the dowel rod into the cube.
- cookies– lollipop and personalized cookies were made by Kathryn Harter of not betty cookies on Etsy
- candy bars– purchased through shindigz.com