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!

Who doesn’t love lollipops?

And what is better than a gumball, really?

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

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

These classic {and darling} party hats were desinged for us by Kate of Kate Landers Events. Each child was given a classic party hat all created within the blue and lavendar 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 is all the party hats together:

Fun, right?

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 lanters (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 poms hung above the candy buffet {more pics of that below} and added the perfect touch.

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.

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 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 {idea via Create My Event’s Lollipop Grove}. 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!

Personalized dotted party napkins, Pennant flag (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 birthday 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 Landers Events, LLC for helping to pull off one sweet 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.

Where I shopped:

Tissue Pom Poms | Luna Bazzar

Mini Gumball Machines | Beau Coup

Paper Lanters (for hanging candy) | Luna Bazzar







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101 Comments on Sweet Shoppe | Candy Themed Party

  1. tori
    January 13, 2011 at 4:41 pm (4 years ago)

    i love the nine year olds hair, how did u do it.

  2. Tori
    January 14, 2011 at 9:47 am (4 years ago)

    @Wendy – if you want to get a little messy indoors this game is ALWAYS a hit with the girls 7-10 age group. Lay some newspapers on the ground (or table) first, then make each girl sit on her knees if on the floor (or at a table, around a counter, etc). Place a paper plate in front of each girl that has been prepared with the “game.”

    On the plate place a piece of big bubble gum (you know, Bublicious, Bubble Yum – those huge sugary ones) then cover the plate (and gum) with whipped cream. It is a race to see which girl can successfully find the gum (using only her mouth, no hands!), chew it up, and blow the first bubble!

    Promise, it is FUN!

  3. Milena Bozovic
    January 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm (4 years ago)

    This looks great! Did the whole thing cost alot of money

  4. Jessica
    January 25, 2011 at 9:48 am (4 years ago)

    Where did you get the clear canisters w/ the aluminum top (the one with the gumballs inside…next to the word that says “games”). I just LOVE that idea. My niece is doing a “sweet” themed birthday party in May and just love this idea.
    Thanks! You did a great job with this party!

  5. Your Hostess
    January 25, 2011 at 10:47 am (4 years ago)

    Melina, no you can pull this party off on a budget for sure! A lot was handmade and decor (like the tissue pom poms) cost very little to make.

    Jessica, the “paint can” jar is from Micheal’s Craft Store. Do you have on locally? They have all sizes and are just a few dollars.

  6. Jun-Jun
    January 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow! This was honestly the cutest candy-themed party for kids I’ve ever seen! I loved each and every idea you’ve posted; they were all so interesting and fun! I am going to have to throw a party like this for my niece sometime. Thank you for sharing this.

  7. Gail
    January 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Absolutely the most cutest theme I have ever seen!!! How did you make the purple candy decorations that hung from the tree?

  8. Tori
    January 30, 2011 at 9:42 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks Gail! To make the purple hanging candy I used large hanging paper lanterns that I already had. I covered them with purple cellophane wrap get at your local craft store) and simply gathered the excess at each end and tied with a ribbon to make it look like a candy wrapper. Super easy!

  9. Mike
    March 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm (4 years ago)

    If you have it readily available, would you send me your music set-list from the Candy Party? My wife has put me in charge of downloading the music, and while I have a few that I know I want “Big Rock Candy Mountain”, Lollipop Lollipop, etc, I am really struggling to get a whole list together. There are plenty of children’s songs these days that are very friendly to adult ears — Jack Johnson, Lisa Loeb, etc, but I am not having much luck finding candy-related songs from these familiar artists. I am really struggling with finding a way to search effectively by theme within iTunes, although that is where I plan to get most of the music from. Anyway, if you have it easily available I’d love to see it. Thanks so much, Mike.

  10. Your Hostess
    March 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Mike! Well, I can’t seem to track down my original playlist but here are several songs we used:

    -Candy by the Pound — Elton John
    -The Candy Man — Sammy Davis Jr.
    -Candy Girl — New Edition
    -I Want Candy –Bow Wow Wow
    -Lollipop –Chordettes
    -Candy Girl –Frankie Valli
    -The Goodship Lollipop –Shirley Temple
    -Candy Rain — Soul For Real

    Hope these help!!

  11. Junita
    April 7, 2011 at 8:11 am (4 years ago)

    Hi, I am writing from Indonesia and wish to feature your party on my blog. Please send me email if you approve it:)

  12. Melissa
    April 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Tori,

    I’m planning a sweet shoppe themed party for my daughter and we just adore your decorations and ideas! I was wondering, did you make the pennant flags or were they purchased? If you did make them, how’d you do it?



  13. Kathleen Servello
    June 13, 2011 at 9:19 am (4 years ago)

    Hi! I was wondering if you are able to tell me how to customize the candy jar labels from Eat Drink Chic. I am having a Candy Shop Theme for my two year old’s birthday coming up in August. I downloaded them but can not customize them for a Candy Shoppe Theme. I would be interested in purchasing them from you if that is an option as well! I would need then in August, and could give you my text in a separate e mail as I have not yet decided what my items will be.
    Thanks so much!

  14. Tori
    June 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Kathleen – Once I downloaded the label, I opened it in a paint/photo shop type program and added a white rectangle over the existing text, essentially making it blank again. Then I added my text for the labels.

    Hope this helps and good luck with the party!

  15. Leyla
    June 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Such a cute party! Looks like they had so much fun. I’m planning on doing this theme for my Sweet Sixteen this coming August. I chose my main color to be pink. I was wondering where you found the jars and vases to put the candy in for the candy buffet, I’ve had the hardest time. Thanks!

  16. Sara
    July 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi. I was wondering about the labels. . . I went to them, but I’m curious about how to change the little outline of it and
    change the part that says “Ice Cream Parlor” and “Ice Cream Parlor Toppings” and such. . . . . How do u do what you were talking about though? The part where you open up a paint/photo shop type program?
    Please help. Thank you :)

  17. Sara
    July 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi. I was wondering about the labels. . . I went to them, but I’m curious about how to change the little outline of it and
    change the part that says “Ice Cream Parlor” and “Ice Cream Parlor Toppings” and such. . . . . How do u do what you were talking about though? The part where you open up a paint/photo shop type program?
    Please help. Thank you :)

  18. Sara
    July 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Ohh! And also, what is the name of the fonts you chose because I like them :D

  19. Aide
    July 18, 2011 at 12:12 am (4 years ago)

    Adorable! what kind of box did you use to raise the first layer of jars?


  20. Your Hostess
    July 25, 2011 at 9:24 am (4 years ago)

    @Sara – the fonts are “Kayleigh” and “Algerian”

    @Aide – the white box is just a photo box from the craft store (they are like $2 and are used to hold photos).

    Hope that helps!

  21. Ann
    September 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love to know how you changed the ice cream parlor labels. My daughter is getting married and would like to have a candy bar and her color is purple. I would apprecitate any help

  22. Anna
    September 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Hello there!
    This is AMAZING!
    I am planning my baby-girl’s first birthday party and your ideas are phenomenal!
    I went to eatdrinkchic.com and downloaded the templates for the labels but I cannot figure out how to swap the ice cream parlor sayings for the candy shop saying theme… Can you help me?
    Thank you SO much!
    You are fantastic!

  23. Hostess Tori
    September 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm (4 years ago)

    Ann and Anna,
    Once I downloaded the label, I opened it in a paint/photo shop type program and added a white rectangle over the existing text, essentially making it blank again. Then I added my text for the labels.

  24. Anna
    September 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm (4 years ago)

    You are truly amazing!

  25. Ashlye
    October 20, 2011 at 10:06 am (4 years ago)

    I love this theme! You did a great job! Quick question: I see how you said you changed the labels, but I cannot get them to import into photoshop or any program. I downloaded and saved them, but nothing will work. Any tips or do you have a template you could pass on? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  26. Maryvel
    January 9, 2012 at 10:41 am (3 years ago)

    How did you make the awning? Luv your party ideas

  27. Your Hostess
    January 9, 2012 at 11:31 am (3 years ago)

    @Maryvel – I just used white poster board (for this size I used 2 and just taped them together). I cute the shape of the awning and to make the scallops perfect at the bottom, I traced half of a bowl for that rounded party. Then I painted the stripes. It was really easy. Good luck!

  28. Luz
    February 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi i would love to know how you changed the color of the outline of the label i already dowloaded it and changed the text but can not figure out how to change the outline color thankys so much

  29. angel
    May 13, 2013 at 6:22 am (2 years ago)

    how did you change the color on the labels from eat drink chic

    • Your Hostess
      May 13, 2013 at 10:30 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Angel, I opened up the file and created a white “box” over the current type to essentially erase it. Then I added my own text on top. Hope that helps!


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