Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sweet Shoppe Candy Birthday Party

I planned to give my now six-year-old daughter a Sweet Shoppe Candy birthday party this year, but I didn't want to break the bank doing it.  Most of the ideas that I found on Pinterest were so cute, but also very elaborate and expensive-looking.  So I came up with a way to throw the party that I wanted and keep my wallet happy at the same time.  Winning!

Here's all the details.


I used the same table coverings from my "HOORAY Baby Gender Reveal Party" that I threw a few weeks ago.  I created different heights for visual appeal by displaying items on drawers that I pulled out of my kids' small dresser, an overturned basket, a wooden toy container, and a mini and regular-sized cake stand.


I shared how I personalized this cute invitation in a recent post.

For the backdrop, I bought a roll of wrapping paper from the Dollar Tree and taped it to the wall.  I made a simple pink paper pennant banner on my Silhouette.  For the Sweet Shoppe sign, I grabbed a frame from my craft closet that I use to display holiday subway art year-round, inserted a cardboard backing with patterned paper mod podged on, and cut out a paper frame and vinyl lettering/candies with my Silhouette.  I used the "mr. and mrs. popsicle" font.

You may recognize these Decorative Paper Medallions from a recent post.  They are unbelievably easy to make! 

I stuck the paper medallions in floral foam in clear glass vases (that I spray painted white) and used them for fun pops of color on outer edges of the candy buffet table.


I was lazy and just ended up buying the chocolate cake from Costco.  But it is soooo...good!  We have to splurge once a year.  I made a miniature pennant banner, attached it to thin wooden dowels, and poked it into the cake to spruce it up.  

I bought the wooden cake stand, unfinished, from Pick Your Plum a bit ago and painted it the fun blue color.


 I borrowed some small-mouthed pint Mason jars from friends, filled them with pink lemonade, and screwed on the lids with yellow cupcake papers underneath for a fun decorative touch.  I inserted some blue striped paper straws from Hobby Lobby.

 I brought my daughter's tea table out from her room, because the colors are so perfect, and I wanted the kids to have a place to sit at the "shoppe" while sampling candy and lemonade.  I strung another simple pennant banner, that I made with my Silhouette, around the table.


 I already had most of the containers, so I ended up only having to buy a few treat jars at the Dollar Tree.  I strung decorative floss around them.  Then I filled them with white chocolate pretzels, gumballs, lollipops, mike 'n ikes, gummy orange slices, sweetarts...

...sour gummy worms, starbursts, lemon drops, and jelly beans.  I purchased most of the candy from the Dollar Tree and in the dollar candy section at Walmart and Target.  I made candy labels in a Word document and backed them with layers of scallop-edged yellow and then white paper.  I pulled out some plastic spoons (for more hygienic candy-grabbing), tied them with pink rick-rack, and set them next to the treat jars.

 I also made some cake pops by baking a yellow cake according to package directions, crumbling it up in a bowl and stirring in a cup of homemade buttercream frosting.  Then I formed it into balls and froze them for about half an hour.  Next, I dipped the ends of sucker sticks in candy melts and inserted them into the partially-hardened cake balls.  Lastly, I dipped them in pink and white candy melts and let them set.  So easy!


We decided that the kids would need a great way to exert some of the energy they were getting from the sugar-overload, so we rented a big bounce house.  The kids had a blast filling up on sweets and then jumping them off.  :)

I also blew up a bunch of yellow balloons and, when the kids needed a break from candy and jumping, had the kids see who could keep them in the air the longest.

I grabbed these adorable treat boxes from Pick Your Plum a little while back.  I couldn't resist the happy yellow color and my favorite pattern...polka dots! 
I tied some decorative floss around them and stuck on some tags that I made in a Word document that said, "Thanks for Making my Party So Sweet!"  The kids got to fill them to the brim with whatever candy was leftover on the buffet table before leaving the party.

I'm sure you can guess that this party was a huge hit with the kids!  When one little girl saw the candy table, she said, "This is the best party ever!"  And my daughter agrees that it was. :)


Are you throwing a birthday party any time soon?  If so, I'd love to hear what theme you're going with.


  1. You out-did yourself girl! What a cute party! I absolutely loved everything. Cute cute:)

  2. This is so cute! I really love what you did! Thank you for sharing!
    Get Your Crap Together

  3. This is darling! You did a amazing job. If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party:

  4. LOVE your party!!!!! great job!! cute details :)

  5. Nice work, your party looks absolutely amazing. I just hosting a zebra party for my 12 year old this past weekend. Birthday parties are so much Fun. ;o)

  6. What a perfect party for little girl, Christine! I have boys all around me & I think I just might throw myself pretty party,lol :)

    Stopping by from Sweet Sharing Monday! Hope you will have wonderful week :)

  7. Love this party! Love the cupcake liners on the mason jars!! You did an amazing job! I would LOVE for you to link this up at my link party; Party In Polka Dots!

    I hope to see it there! My blog is a party and cake one and I know my readers would so love this party!


  8. This is a wonderful Party Christine!!! I love it, lovely color combinations, it's so cute!!! Thank you so much for stopping by and linking this up at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you there next Sunday with a new awesome creation!

    Hope you are having a lovely day

    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

  9. You are so clever! Glad I found you and your great ideas!

  10. Cute! It didn't turned out great.

  11. I am so glad you linked up! You are going to be featured today at the party! Can't wait to see what you link up next!


  12. I love all the bright colors, and my boys would sure love all the different kinds of candy! This is such a fun idea for a birthday party :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  13. I am very late (I'm so sorry!!) but I just wanted to pop by and say thank you for sharing this post at my Say G'Day Saturday linky party! I have pinned this and shared it on Twitter too.

    Hope you can join in again this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  14. This is adorable--I was trying to figure out how I missed this post before, and realized it was the day we went into the hospital with Cache. I guess I was a little preoccupied. :) Great party ideas!!!

  15. wow what a great shop and would like to get something from this shop and 19th birthday party ideas and manage parties


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