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Sophie’s Candyland 5th Birthday Party September 28, 2012

I know it’s been FOREVER since my last post.  Once you read this post, you will see what I’ve been up to.  I’ve been working really hard on finalizing the details of Sophie’s Candyland birthday party.  To plan this party, I used Pinterest to “pin” a bunch of ideas.  I sorted through my pins and decided which ideas to use.  I did come up with a few original ideas, too!  I took the game board and made stations for each stop along the rainbow trail.  The party was a lot of fun!  I hope you enjoy reading about the party as much as I enjoyed putting it together!  The party has come and gone now, so here’s a peak at the details.

Singing Happy Birthday to Sophie!

DECORATIONS

I made a pennant banner that read “Candyland”.  I cut out triangles from scrapbook paper and used my brand new Silhouette Cameo to cut out the letters.  I hot glued the banner to ribbon and taped it on the fireplace.

I made some fun paper plate lollipops.  To make these, I glued wooden dowels (from Hobby Lobby) to paper plates.  Then, I wrapped the plates in cellophane and tied it with ribbon.  We placed some of these plates in “Lolly’s Lollipop Woods” (the front yard) and taped some to the walls in the house.

I had some wooden letters that spelled out “SOPHIE” and “FIVE”.  I placed these on the mantle of the fireplace along with a canvas photo of Sophie.  The lollipop plate decorations and banner completed the design.

We decorated the front walkway and inside of the house with balloon lollipops.

 

I wrapped the plasticware in napkins and used candy necklaces as a napkin ring.

FOOD

I served pirate booty and caramel/cheese popcorn in these “snack” cups.  I dressed up these plain paper cups from Walmart with my alphabet stamps.  The cups read “snacks”.  I used leftover gumdrops and sprinkled them all over the snack station.

 

DESSERT

We labeled the dessert area “Cupcake Commons”.  I made four varieties of cupcakes for the party.

1 – Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese icing ~ topped with “popciles” made of Mike ‘n Ike’s and toothpicks.

2 – Lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd and topped with lemon cream cheese icing ~topped with styrofoam wrapped “candies”.

3 – Funfetti cupcakes topped with canned blue icing ~ topped with rainbow airheads.

4 – Yellow cupcakes with raspberry flavored buttercream icing ~ topped with sprinkles.

   

I purchased three types of ice cream.  Sophie’s favorite is Superman.  I also served cookie’s and cream and raspberry sherbert with sprinkles.

LABELS

I created labels for the snacks, cupcakes, ice cream, drinks, and candy table.  I printed the labels on regular printer paper and made a tent out of black cardstock.  See picture above!

DRINKS

I found cute cupcake Duct tape at Target to decorate the water bottles.  No picture, sorry!

I wrapped the juice boxes in scrapbook paper and affixed a #5 that I cut out on my Cricut.    I pulled off the straws before wrapping the juice boxes, and used a glue dot to re-affix the straw to the back of the juice box.

I filled my beverage dispenser with a Sangria Punch.  I filled the cooler with water, pop, and extra juice boxes.

GLOPPY’s CHOCOLATE SWAMP

I tossed some fun-sized M&M’s into my girls’ teepee and labeled it “Gloppy’s Chocolate Swamp”.

PRINCESS FROSTINE’S SNOWFLAKE LAKE

I setup a table where the kids completed a snowflake craft.  I purchased paper snowflakes (from Hobby Lobby).  The kids decorated the snowflakes with sequins, bells, glitter glue, markers, puffy paint, pom pom balls, etc.  I covered most of the tables with white table clothes and lined the middle of the table with a construction paper rainbow trail.

 

LORD LICORICE’S FOREST

Lord Licorice’s Forest was setup at the dining room table.  I prepared cups of candy and fruit loops so the kids could make their own candy necklace.

 

GRAMMA NUT’S PEANUT ACRES

Sophie is allergic to peanuts, so I made Gramma Nut’s Peanut Acres into a BINGO station.  I found a shop on Ebay that was selling a Candyland Bingo game.  The kids really enjoyed this station.

   

MR. MINT’S PEPPERMINT FOREST

I made some peppermint ornaments to hang over the kitchen table.  Originally, the party was going to be outside and these were to be hung from the patio table umbrella.  We covered the table with a tablecloth and sprinkled peppermints and lifesavers over top of it.

 

RAINBOW TRAIL

I had my sister (thanks Cindy) color a rainbow trail with chalk along the front walkway leading up to the front door.  There was also a rainbow trail made of construction paper all over the foyer and kitchen.

   

GINGERBREAD TREE

I made a bunch of gingerbread men out of foam and decorated them with pom poms.  I decorated both sides so these guys could hang from the front tree.  I used tacks to hang a sign from the tree.

LOLLY’S GUESSING GAME

I created “Lolly’s Guessing Game”.  Each kid guessed how many lollipops were on the ball.  The closest guess won a miniature version of the decoration as their prize.  The kids wrote their guesses on cards from the Candyland game.  The guesses were placed in a shoe box decorated as a rainbow (from last valentine’s day).  The total number of dum dums was 165, and one lucky girl guessed 168.

   

GUMDROP PASS

I hung balloons upside down in a doorway and labled it “gumdrop pass”.

 

DRAWING FOR THE CANDYLAND GAME

I had everyone enter their names to win the Candyland game.  There was one lucky winner who went home with the game!

PHOTOBOOTH

My sister is a photographer and she contributed a Candyland themed photobooth.  We set this up in the upstairs hallway.  The kids LOVED getting their pictures taken with all the fun props.  This may have been the best part of the party!!

   

GOODY BAGS

As the party favor, each kid received one empty goody bag labeled with their name.  At the end of the party, the kids filled up their bags with the items displayed on the candy table.

To make the goody bags, I purchased plain white lunch bag sized bags.  I cut a strip of scrapbook paper and glued it to the bag.  Then, I used my Cricut to cut out chalkboard contact paper name tags.  (This was the very last project I will ever do on my Cricut because I’m replacing it with the Silhouette Cameo.  RIP Cricut, you have been good to me.)  I affixed the contact paper to the bag and wrote each guests name with a white chalk marker.

KING KANDY’s CANDY TABLE

Each item on King Kandy’s Candy table was labeled.  I really tried to find goodies that I could make look like candy so the table wasn’t entirely candy.  I purchased large pieces of polka dot decorated chalk (from Michaels).  I wrapped cellophane around the chalk and tied each end to look like a piece of taffy.  I purchased bouncy balls from Target and made these the “gum” balls.  I purchased some fun erasers that looked like candy sticks (also from Michaels).  I did have some candy on the table too, including lemon heads, gummy bears, mini gumball machines, laffy taffy, and pixie sticks.  I also had a jar of toothbrushes.  The sign read “Make sure to brush those teeth after a fun day at Sophie’s Candyland!”

     

There was a gumdrop wreath on the candy table.  In the center of the wreath, I included a message that read “Having you here was such a TREAT, please don’t leave without some SWEETS!”

I hung a snow cone garland from the candy table.  I created a backdrop made of square paper plates from Target.  I had some foam boards and I glued on the paper plates to create the backdrop.  I think it turned out pretty awesome!

GUMDROP MOUNTAINS WITH JOLLY

Well, due to rain and wind, we had to move the party inside.  We were going to have a bounce house in the backyard which would have been Gumdrop Mountains with Jolly.  I hung the sign over the cooler instead.  Not as much fun, but Jolly was still represented!

A HUGE THANKS TO MY SISTER CINDY WHO HELPED SETUP THE PARTY.  SHE ALSO TOOK ALL THE PICTURES AND SETUP THE PHOTOBOOTH!!!!  THANKS TO MY MOM WHO HELPED ME PUT TOGETHER SOME LAST MINUTE DECORATIONS.  LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!

 

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Rainbow Cupcakes August 26, 2012

I’ve been wanting to try these cupcakes for a long time.  Aren’t they adorable?  I want to make these rainbow cupcakes for my daughter’s Candyland birthday party, but I wasn’t sure if the rainbow airhead would actually stay in an arch once placed on the cupcake.  The candy is very flimsy, so I wasn’t sure how they would turn out.  To my surprise, these worked out great.  I made a box of yellow cake and divided it into four bowls.  I added food coloring to each bowl and scooped one spoonful of each color to make each cupcake.  The colored batter was a fun surprise for the kids, very rainbowesque (yes, I’m making up words).  I’m definitely going to make these for the party.  Oh, and I was lucky enough to find some Funfetti canned icing that was already blue.  It saved me some time!

 

 

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727879048318/

Sourcehttp://monicajoy.tumblr.com/post/1264292112/late-post-but-i-finally-made-rainbow-cupcakes

Substitutions:  I used marshmallows for the clouds instead of icing.

 

 

Rainbow Lollipop Cookies August 6, 2012

I was attracted to this recipe because I thought these cookies would be perfect for my daughter’s Candyland 5th birthday party.  I thought I could make these cookies and bake them on sticks, so they would look like lollipops.

 

 

I’ve made this recipe two times.  The first time, I followed the recipe exactly.  I used the Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix (in a bag).  I had some issues with my first attempt.  First, the sugar cookie dough turned out too sticky for rolling, shaping, etc.  If you do follow the recipe, you will probably have to add some flour to get a better consistency.  Second, the picture on the recipe shows a beautiful good sized cookie.  If you follow the recipe, you will not have enough dough to yield 3 dozen cookies the size they picture.  Third, the cookies turned out thin.

 
I made these a second time with my go-to sugar cookie recipe.  It’s a recipe I got at a Wilton Cookie Blossom class.  I love this recipe because the dough doesn’t change shape when you bake it, it tastes good, you don’t have to refrigerate, and it is perfect for baking cookie blossoms (cookies on sticks). The dough made a huge difference the second time around.  These cookies turned great!  They would taste better with icing, but then you wouldn’t be able to see the pretty pinwheel shape.  I’m relieved that they turned out because they will be perfect for Sophie’s Candyland party next month!

 

Dough Separated into 5 Equal Sections

Wilton Food Colors – Chosen by the Kiddos

The power of food coloring!

My daughter helped me roll the dough …

Rolled into a log shape.

Ready to bake!

Finished Product! Don’t forget to let them cool!

 

Rainbow Cookie Recipehttp://www.soudersstudios.com/recipes/rainbow-pinwheel-cookies.php

Wilton Sugar Cookie Blossom Recipe http://www.food.com/recipe/wilton-cookie-blossom-sugar-cookies-82681

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878911369/

Time:  1 hour+

Substitutions:  I substituted the Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix for homemade sugar cookie dough!

 

 

Candyland Party Centerpiece – Dum-Dums July 15, 2012

I’ve been working on decorations for Sophie’s Candyland Birthday party.  This dum-dum centerpiece turned out really cute!  Sophie and I made this together.  She was able to stick the dum-dums in the ball.  I counted the number of dum-dums we put in the ball for a game.  We used 167 suckers.  The kids at the party are going to guess how many dum-dums are on the ball.  They will win a smaller version of the centerpiece as their prize!

 

 

Supplies

– A large round styrofoam ball.

– 4 pounds of dum dums (we used 167).

– Candlestick

– Ribbon

 

Steps

1.)  You will need to cut down the dum dum sticks a little bit.  I cut off probably 2″ of each stick.

2.)  Stick the dum dum’s into the styrofoam ball, covering the ball entirely.

3.)  Place the ball on top of a candle stick.  (Hint:  make sure to use a candlestick that will hold the ball.  Mine is a little close, the ball barely balances on the candlestick).

4.)  Wrap the candlestick in a pretty ribbon.

 

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878752384/

Project Link:  There was no link, just a picture.

Time:  I’m guessing an hour.

 

 

Huge Balloon Lollipops June 30, 2012

I love this idea!  You have just about everything you need at home to complete this project.  The only supply I had to purchase was cellophane which cost me $4.50.  I already had yarn, balloons, and paint!  Save cardboard wrapping paper rolls for this awesome decoration.

 

My daughter helped paint the wrapping paper tubes, so it was a fun project for us to do together.  I plan to line my front walkway with these lollipops for Sophie’s Candyland birthday party.  I want to make more, but I have to locate more wrapping paper tubes!

 

Supplies:

1.)  Cardboard wrapping paper tubes.

2.)  Large foam paintbrush.

3.)  White acrylic paint.

4.)  Yarn, string, or ribbon.

5.)  Scissors.

6.)  Balloons.

7.)  Clothespin.

8.)  Tape.

9.)  Cellophane.

 

Project Steps:

1.)  Paint the cardboard wrapping paper tubes with white acrylic paint.  Let dry and apply a second coat.

 

2.)  Cut ribbon or yarn to a length 6″ longer than the wrapping paper tube.

 

3.)  Tie one end of the yarn to the balloon where knotted.

4.)  Attach the other end of the yarn to the clothespin.

 

5.)  Drop the clothespin down the tube.

 

6.)  Pull the yarn tight and tape to the inside of the tube.

 

7.)  Cut off excess yarn.

8.)  Cut a piece of cellophane 3′ x 4′.

9.)  Wrap the cellophane around the balloon.

10.)  Tie a piece of yarn around the cellophane to attach to the tube/balloon.

 

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878644487/

Project Link: http://go.tipjunkie.com/pa/943/www.parents.com/fun/birthdays/themes/candy/

Time:  It took me 45 minutes to paint 5 tubes (including 20 minutes drying time).  The remaining steps probably took 5-10 minutes per lollipop on average.

 

– Lisa

 

Candy Cupcake Toppers

I saw these candy cupcake toppers and knew they would be perfect for Sophie’s Candyland party.  They turned out really cute and were really easy to make!

 

Supplies:

1.)  Small foam balls.  I got mine at Michaels.  A bag of 16 balls, size 15/16″ cost $3.99.  USE A COUPON to get 40% off!

 

2.)  Tissue Paper

3.)  Scissors

4.) Glue

 

Project Steps:

1.)  Cut small pieces of tissue paper.  I used pieces about 4″x3″.

 

2.)  Place a dab of glue on a foam ball.

 

3.)  Roll the tissue paper around the ball.

 

4.)  Secure the tissue paper with a second dab of glue.

 

5.)  Allow the glue to try for a few minutes.

 

6.)  Twist each end of the ball.

 

7.)  Trim the tissue paper down so it looks like a candy wrapper.

 

8.)  Fluff the ends.

 

9)  Insert a toothpick into the center of each ball.

 

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878644165/

Project Linkhttp://cakejournal.com/tutorials/how-to-make-a-candy-cupcake-topper/

Substitutions:  I did tie a few pieces with thread, but then I decided I was wasting time.  Also, I didn’t put glue on the toothpicks.  I just pushed them into the styrofoam ball.  I felt they were secure enough!

Time:  One minute per ball.

 

– Lisa

 

Sidewalk Chalk Favor – Wrapped Like Candy

I’ve spent months pinning ideas for Sophie’s 5th birthday party.  Her birthday isn’t until September, but I’m getting started because there is lots of work to do.  Also, I have two vacations between now and then and my daughter Molly’s 2nd birthday party.

 

Sophie is having a  Candyland inspired birthday celebration.   We are going to have a sweets table.  The table will have jars filled with candy for the kids to take home as their party favor.  Well, the Candyland idea is fun and cute and the kids will love it.  And, I’m having fun planning it.  It’s the parents that I’m not so sure will love the aftermath (sugar crazed hyper kids).  So, when I can toss something in the candy jars that isn’t candy (such as the sidewalk chalk), I’m going for it!   I’ve also seen rock candy soap and candy stick erasers.

 

I was at Michaels yesterday and saw these adorable polka dot sidewalk chalks.  Since they looked like taffy, I grabbed 3 packages for $1 each.  Each package had 5 pieces of chalk, so each piece was 20 cents.  When I got home, I wrapped the sidewalk chalk in cellophane and secured the cellophane with double sided tape.  Then, I tied off the ends with curling ribbon.  To do all fifteen pieces, it took less than 20 minutes.  And, it cost me only $3 since I already had the cellophane and curling ribbon.

 

   

 

Pinterest Pin: xxx

Project: http://mightygirl.com/2010/02/15/1000-lovely-things-sidewalk-chalk-party-favors/

Substitutions:  I used cellophane instead of waxed paper.  Also, I tied the ends closed with curling ribbon.

Time:  20 minutes

 

– Lisa