Thursday, June 17, 2010

Candy Buffet Birthday Party

Where have I been? I have been so busy!! We went to Atlanta for vacation. My sister-in-law lives there (ok, so does my husband's brother and his 2 kids, but who cares about them LOL) so we stayed with them. We went to the Georgia Aquarium, which is awesome! Of course, I always love getting to visit with my sis-in-law! So, I am back now, but the orders are piling in on me. I have a tutorial ready to publish, once I get the pdf file made, and I have some flowers of all kids to show you how to do. I hope to get some time to make some videos for you too!

Today's project is a Party Pack of ideas! You will see everything you need to create your own Candy Buffet Party! You can see the invitations here. You can also click the link on the right in the Categories called PARTY. You will see all things related to party planning and decor.

My cousin's daughter had her 4th birthday recently, and I was in charge of some of the decorations, invitations, etc. Below you will see photos of the party with all decorations in place. It was really cute and everyone LOVED the decor! There was so much candy there! She sent a bag of candy home with each child, then sent a bag home with the adults too!

If you plan to have your own Candy Buffet Party, gather the candies you like and put them in bowls, apothecary jars, jelly jars, or any other clear containers. r containers worked out so that they were symmetrically arranged, but having all sorts of different containers is cute too! Play off the colors of the candy by using a primary color theme or choose one color and let the candy be the accent!

This first photo shows the candy buffet table as it was set up moments before the party. Click on any photo to enlarge it!


This photo shows a gun drop topiary. These were the small size gum drops, which were stick on using toothpicks into a styrofoam ball. The ball was stuck onto a wooden dowel that was cut to size and stuck in a pot. The pot had a piece of styrofoam in it with the dowel hot glued into it. Rocks were added to the bottom of the pot below the styrofoam for weight balance, then colorful paper grass was added on top. The topiary is finished with a tulle bow and tissue paper!


The next three photos are of decorations we made to look like candy in wrappers. We took a cookie tin (we have lots of these—I collect them) wrapped it with crepe paper or tissue paper, then covered it with cellophane and tied off the ends of the cello with curly ribbon! We hung some from the ceiling, put one on each adult table, and two on each child's table.  Cute, simple, cheap, and lightweight! You could use paper plates or plastic containers, if you don't have the cookie tins.




The next photo shows the cupcakes. My cousin made them. She is super talented!! Devil's Food cupcakes were iced with a cream cheese buttercream icing then sprinkled with candy sprinkles. A sugar cookie lollipop was iced with Royal icing and added to each cupcake. The cookies were made with a sugar cookie recipe and had a lollipop stick  she got at Target stuck in the raw dough before baking. The colored icing was spread on and allowed to dry completely. Then she put the white icing in a small ziploc bag, snipped off just the corner tip, and squeezed on a spiral in the center of each cookie. Each cookie was dusted with chunky decorator sugar, while it was still wet. They were so darling!!

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This next photo is of the candy jars. I have seen candy buffet parties with dozens of candy jars. That is all well and good, but remember that all that candy costs a TON, plus you have to do something with the leftovers. There will be leftovers…guaranteed! We probably sent one pound of candy home with each child AND adult at the party! You will see each candy jar in a close up photo after this one. The labels were made with My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! They are super cute! You could also make these by gluing strips of white paper onto red paper and adding a label!

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These photos show the party favor. They can't just get candy! That would be irresponsible! So each child got a cute little travel toothbrush with a cap. A tag with a song I made up was tied onto each toothbrush. You will see a close up of the tag, so you can see the words to the song. It is sung to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy.


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Finally, this is the banner for the wall. I used the sizzix Scallop Circle die, cut the circles with my Circle Scissors, and made the polka dot paper using My digital Studio. A hole was put in the top of each piece using the Crop-a-dile. I gave my cousin the choice of using a ribbon punch (makes two vertical slits) or the crop-a-dile. You could also staple the ribbon onto the scallop circles. It will be cute no matter what you use. I have seen these with various coordinating ribbons tied along the long ribbon too. With the different colors and polka dots for this banner, we thought it was busy enough.


One suggestion: When you are planning out your project, do not use the same color for the letters as you will use for the base. You can see how boring it is on the "n" and the "l". The letters were cut using the Hello Kitty Font cartridge and my Cricut!

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Most importantly, here is Miss Priss at her party posing, as usual! What a cutie- pa-tootie!!


Thanks for stopping by today!

© Leslie Jones 2010

1 comment:

  1. Super cute Birthday idea! Only 1 + sugar = Chaos!!! I am sure they had a blast! I will definitely use some of these ideas! Awesome - love the crepe paper candies!


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