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Snow Cone Garland – Perfect for Candyland or Sweet Shop Party August 28, 2012

Another decoration I made for the Candyland party is this precious snow cone garland.  I’m going to hang it from the mantle of my fireplace and place the gifts below it.  I plan to take apart the garland after the party and use the individual snow cones to decorate wrapped gifts!

 

 

Supplies:

1)       1.5 or 2″ styrofoam balls.

2)      Acrylic paint

3)      Scrapbook paper

4)     Paper Cone Template

5)     Scissors

6)     Glue gun

7)     Paint brush

8)     Toothpicks

9)     Styrofoam block – to hold balls while they dry.

10)  Clear glitter

11)   Yarn

 

Steps:

(1) Collect all of your supplies.

(2) Place toothpicks into each styrofoam ball.

(3) Use brush to paint each ball with acrylic paint.

(4) Insert balls into styrofoam block to dry.

 

(5) Cut out as many paper cones as you need using the template.

 

(6) Warm up your glue gun on the LOW setting.  If you use high, your fingers will burn.

(7) Create a cone shape and glue it together.  Repeat until you have enough cones.

(Note:  Once Sophie placed all the cones on the balls like so, I thought these would work good for a Circus themed party as clowns).

 

(8)  Place a ring of glue on the inside of the upper portion of the cone.

 

(9) Quickly insert painted styrofoam ball in place.  Repeat for all cones.

 

(10)  Measure out the amount of string or yarn you need.

(11)   Start gluing the the top of each ball directly to the yarn or string.

(12)  Allow the glue to dry for a few minutes and you are all done!

 

Inspirationhttp://www.creaturecomfortsblog.com/home/2012/6/5/diy-faux-snow-cone-party-garland-gift-embellishment.html

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727879062491/

Time:  20 minutes to paint 12 2″ balls, plus 25 minutes for the rest of the project.

 

 

Gumdrop Wreath for Candyland Party

I made this cute gumdrop wreath for Sophie’s Candyland party.  It was a very simple project.  All you need is a foam wreath, a few bags of gumdrops, and hot glue.  Make sure to use the “low” setting on your glue gun or you might end up with some burns!  I didn’t glue the gumdrops all the way around the wreath because I’m going to display it on King Kandy’s Candy Castle table with all the sweets.  Check out the fun sign that I placed inside the wreath.  I used a few sewing pins to attach the sign to the wreath.

 

 

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727879062281/

Inspirationhttp://www.thoughtfullysimple.com/sweet-shoppe-candy-themed-party/

Time:  45 minutes max!

 

 

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.

 

 

Sidewalk Chalk Favor – Wrapped Like Candy June 30, 2012

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