Posts Tagged ‘Party Ideas’

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 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 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 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 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!

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 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 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.

Supplies:

Tissue Pom Poms | Sweet Shop LuLu

Mini Gumball Machines | Beau Coup

Paper Lanters (for hanging candy) | Luna Bazzar

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You Gotta Love this Photo Booth!

Having a photo booth for parties is one of my new favorite ideas! Not hat it’s a new idea per-say, but it is not one that I had done before. Recently having set one up for a child’s circus party, I got to see first hand the pure FUN this brought to the event. Setting up a cool photo booth is really simple and the experience {not to mention the great photos} is well worth it! I recently spotted this photo booth over at Style Me Pretty that was set up during this whimsical wedding. A bright fabric backdrop + a chalkboard = my NEW favorite version of the photo booth idea!

Yes, that last shot is the father of the bride, too fun! Next time you are planning a birthday party, anniversary party, reunion, wedding, or really any party at all- set up a photo booth. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

photography by Jeremy Lawson {simply gorgeous work!}

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Miniature Golf Party Theme

Check out this miniature golf theme, perfect for little tykes to grown golf fanatics. You will feel like you are on the mini golf green- and you don’t even have to leave your home!

Get them excited for you mini golf party with these adorable windmill golf course invitations (only .59 each!).

Transform you party space into a mini golf course with a few basic ideas. Ditch the traditional table cloths and opt for this grass tablecloth which will bring the green indoors. You can also get creative with golf balls which can double as decor. Stack them (like above), fill vases with them or even place floating golf balls in your backyard pool.

Make sure your birthday dessert is golf themed as well!

You don’t have to rent out the mini golf course to have golf activities at your party. You can set up a make shift mini golf course in your own backyard. Get as creative as you’d like or buy one of these Step 2 Mini Golf Courses ($44.99), which are perfect for little ones. Depending on the age of the party goers, this Golf Monopoly game would also be a fun addition to the party activities.

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Clever Table Top Decor

Want to create a unique and trendy table top- but want to skip all the fuss? Check out these three fresh ideas for decorating your table top place settings.

Use individual beverage containers as a centerpiece. Gather colorful drinks like lemonade bottles, juice boxes, or soda cans. Place a few drinks and place them in the center of the table on a serving platter where guests can reach and grab them for themselves.

This is a great table setting idea, especially for a children’s table. Chalkboard place mats, chalk and an eraser will keep them entertained throughout the entire meal.

I love the idea of using items that you already have on hand to decorate your table top. Above are limes transformed into place card holders- though you could use any type of fruit like lemons or even apples.

See more trendy ways to dress up your table over at Real Simple.

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