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!
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.
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…
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!