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Sweet Shoppe | Candy Themed Party

This candy themed party was created with a classic sweet shoppe feel. Designed exclusively with Kate Landers Events, LLC this party was extra special because it was thrown to celebrate my own two little girls’ birthdays. Born just one day apart- Taylor celebrated her 9th birthday while our youngest London, celebrated turning 3. The party theme was selected because they agreed- they both loved candy. Taylor chose blue as her favorite color and London selected purple —  there you have it, a party theme was born!

Candy Themed Party

Who doesn’t love lollipops?

Candy Themed Party

And what is better than a gumball, really?

Candy Themed Party Decoration that you can make

Handmade giant lollipops lined the walk where guests where greeted with a chalkboard “OPEN” sign.

Decor for Candy Themed Party

A gumdrop wreath adorned the front door {inspired from this candy wreath via Let’s Entertain}.

Candy Themed Party Hats

These classic {and darling} party hats were designed for us by Kate. Each child was given a classic party hat all created within the blue and lavender color scheme. Each paper hat was adorned in a classic pattern that just had such a charm. What I loved most about these hats was the ability to create a mix-n-match assortment. They were all in the party’s colors but we had several unique patterns which lent a playful feel to the party.

In addition to the playful paper hats, each birthday girl had their own personalized Festoon Trimmed Party Hat. I have never seen anything like these hats, darling doesn’t even begin to describe them. Double satin ribbon ties under their chin- oh so fabulous! After the party, these were still in perfect shape–I know they will be worn and cherished for years. Here are all the party hats together:

Candy Themed Party

Fun, right?

Candy Themed Party Decor

Party decor consisted {in part} of:

-A  homemade candy shop awning:  poster board and paint

-Lavender and white flowers

-Wooden lollipop centerpieces

-Hanging pieces of candy. We had three giant candy pieces hanging from a tree outside, blue, white, and purple {shown}. To make them, I used paper lanterns (I get mine here) and simply wrapped them with colored cellophane. Tie the ends with ribbon to make it look like wrapped candy.

tissue pom pom decorations for Candy Themed Party

Tissue pom poms hung above the candy buffet {more pics of that below} and added the perfect touch. Here’s how to make tissue paper pom poms (I just did them the week before the party).

This designer fabric table runner was also create by Kate Landers Events and really pulled the candy table together. The lavender stripes atop the soft cream background felt so elegant and classic- Sweet Shoppe feel for sure!

The main event: The candy buffet table. All candy was chosen for its color; blue, purple, or white. From Rock Candy to Sixlets- Old Fashioned Taffy Wands to lollipops… this candy buffet was so sweet.

Candy Themed Party

Each candy jar was labeled using printable labels that I discovered over at Eat Drink Chic. See them used in this Ice Cream Parlour Sundae Buffet and download them for yourselves.

Candy Themed Party Party Games

Candy themed games kept little ones entertained. “Pin the gumball in the machine” was made exclusively for this party {via Kate Landers Events}. Each child’s gumball was hand stitched with a number so they knew who’s-was-who’s. I loved this take on the classic pin the tail on the donkey. Lollipop Toss was played outdoors. We also played musical squares to the song “Lollipop, Lollipop.” In fact, we had “candy themed” music playing the entire time- over an hour of music!

Candy Themed Party

Polka dotted party napkins added a nice color element, a paper-pennant flag banner (my go-to decor item), treat bags filled with scoops of candy, and so much more!

Each guest left with a mini gumball machine in addition to a bag full of candy.

Believe it or not, there were so many more photos of this wonderful candy themed party. Thank you for taking the time to browse these ideas and I hope they inspire you to host a candy party of your own!

A special thanks to Kate for helping to pull off one sweet candy themed party! I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot more about this fabulous company here on Thoughtfully Simple and elsewhere in the near future.

Supplies:

Tissue Pom Poms | Make them here

Mini Gumball Machines | Beau Coup

You Asked: Tiffany Blue Wedding Invitations

A wonderful reader left this comment the other day on our Tiffany Blue Wedding theme post:

“Hi, I’m just starting to plan a wedding with Tiffany Blue and chocolate brown as my colors. I need help finding invitations.” –Kia

I love it when readers ask for suggestions so Kia, here are a few of my favorite tiffany blue themed wedding invitations:

tiffany blue wedding invitation

Swirl Wedding Invitations

tiffany blue wedding invitation

Lush Leaves: Paradise

Dotti Invitation in Sky

Winter Flourish

Simple Dots

Above: Lush Leaves via Wedding Paper Divas. Swirl, Dotti, Winter Flourish, and simple Dots via Minted.

Hope that helps you Kia {and everyone else out there planning an event with this color scheme!

Photo Booth Props | Smitten Sticks

If you read this site often, you know I am currently obsessed with photo booths at parties and weddings. My last favorite version was using a chalkboard in your photo booth shot (remember that?), but alas I have a new favorite version! Check these out:

They are called Smitten Sticks and if you tell me they don’t make you smile I’ll call your bluff!

Add these adorable paper expression to your next photo booth and I guarantee they will be a huge hit!

Smitten Sticks would be a great addition to any party photo booth and even more adorable for a wedding photo booth! Can you even imagine? Adorably witty and fun (and you can quote me on that)!

Be sure to visit Smitten Sticks for yourself….enjoy!

Stylish Save the Date Cards

Recently engaged? Well- consider sending out one of these stylish save the date cards from Chickadee Prints. They offer several lovely save the date cards to compliment your style as a couple. Many of their designs also have matching bridal shower invitations which makes for a great cohesive feel to your special occasion! Here are a few designs I am fond of:

Cotton Beauty Announcement

Raining Flowers Invitation

Something Blue Announcement

Daisy Dreams Invitation

Head on over to Chickadee Prints and browse their wedding section to see more stylish choices. I’d love to know your favorite! I think I am loving the Garden of Love design the most!

Car Birthday Party Theme

Vroom! Vroom! Check out this fun car birthday party theme– your little one will love it!

Here are a few different car party invitations to set the party mood:

Your guests will want to race to your party after receiving these car themed invitations. HONK! toy car print, vroom vroom parked cars or the speed racer numbered car are all great choices.

You cannot go wrong with this car party decor from jack & izzy! I love their simple designs that carry your theme through from start to finish in a modern yet effortless sort of way. They have really taken this car theme and mastered it!

Remember last week when I raved about party theme sandwiches? How perfect are these car shaped ones? Sarah {owner of jack & izzy} served these to her party guests during her son’s car themed birthday party.

The car shaped straws are such a great touch. The key to pulling off a fabulous themed party is to carry the details all the way through and Sarah sure did it here! I hope you now have some ideas for your own car party!

Be sure to visit jack & izzy for more party theme inspiration, we just love them!

Leaf Themed Thanksgiving Decor

There are several ways to decorate for Thanksgiving, but today I’m inspired by fall leaves. Really, what says Fall time better than leaves?

Set the tone for your leaf-inspired Thanksgiving with these Fall Tree invitations. Incorporate fall leaves into your Thanksgiving table decor with these lovely place card holders. I couldn’t decide if I likes the classic maple leaf place card holder or the fall leaf tea light holder better, which would make a great favor as well. You can use place card holders {like these great leaf ones from Favors In The City} as place card holders, to identify food on a buffet or dessert table, and also to give away as favors.

I am also in love with this leaf bowl which would make such a statement on your Thanksgiving table. What a bread basket this would make!

Since Thanksgiving is all about, well…giving thanks, be sure to send your guests home with a little token of your appreciation. I recently received these leaf shaped scalloped ornaments from Prismera Design– and wow, what a great favor idea! What I love is the idea of writing a little personal note to your guests right on the ornament itself. They can use this as a tree decoration or even as a bookmark all year long.

You can also send guests home with small treat boxes {I like these woven green ones} filled with candy or mints. Oh- and don’t forget a simple hand written thank you note to show guests you appreciated their presence. Cardstore has a lovely green thank you note I think would be perfect to send. Plus, the green design will carry you through to Christmas time, versatile!

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