CakeWhen I throw a birthday party, the cake is always one of the most important things to me. Not only does it have to be delicious, but it has to be beautiful! The Candyland theme was very fun to work with. The Princess helped me pick the design, which was inspired by the 2012 Wilton Yearbook cover. I modified it because we didn't need a cake that big, but all of The Princess' favorite parts of the cake were used.
The Princess wanted the inside of the cake be colorful. I made white cake batter and used gel coloring to color it because it is much more vibrant than liquid food coloring.
DecorationsAt the front entrance, I put out a photo collage of The Princess in a gumdrop frame between two Dum Dum plants. There was a path of colored square card stock through the house and around the back yard.
I painted signs for each of the Candyland areas and placed them by the activities that they were related to.
I bough colored paper lanterns and covered them in cellophane to look like wrapped hard candies. We hung these from our wood patio cover.
I made gumdrops out of plastic planters that I purchased at home depot. I sprayed them with glue then covered them in colored sand. Then to top it off I sprinkled them with glitter to so that they would look nice and sugary.
I cut gingerbread men and candy canes out of cardboard and painted them, and placed them along the back fence.
I made giant lollipops using wrapping paper rolls covered in white poster paper, balloons, & cellophane.. These were placed throughout the yard. At the end of the party, the kids had a lollipop war with these. This was not planned, but the kids had a blast!
ActivitiesWith a large guest list, I thought it would be a good idea to split the children into groups. I had 6 Candyland inspired stations set up. I split the children up into groups and told them which station to start at. After 15 minutes all of the children would go on the colored path and move to the next station.
At the gumdrop mountain station there was a gumdrop tower contest. I had a bin full of gumdrops and a bowl of toothpicks. The children used the toothpicks and gumdrops to build towers. Whoever had the tallest tower without holding it at the end of the 15 minutes won a prize. The kids got very creative with this.
Gingerbread foam notebooks
For the gingerbread station I ordered these craft kits at Oriental Trading. They were only $7 per dozen and were very easy for the children to do on their own.
For Snowflake Lake I set up a snowflake craft.
For each snowflake I cut 6 pipe cleaners in half. I took two of them and wrapped them around the other 10 pipe cleaner halfs. I set out bowls full of white beads and clear ones that looked like crystals.
Instructions for children:
Spread pipe cleaners out and thread 5 or more beads on each pipe cleaner half.
Peppermint picture frames
For the peppermint station I ordered a picture frame magnet set at Oriental Trading. These were $9.50 per dozen. They were also very easy for the children to do on their own. Some of the stickers didn't stick very well, but this could easily be fixed with craft glue.
For the chocolate station I set up a chocolate banana activity.
I cut a bunch of bananas in half and put 4" lollipop sticks in them, then froze them overnight.
I set out the frozen bananas, Hershey's shell topping (chocolate that hardens when poured on ice cream), and colorful sprinkles. The children drizzled the chocolate over the frozen bananas then added sprinkles. This was the yummiest activity of all!
I borrowed a small bouncy house from a friend to be the Candy Castle. The kids had a blast bouncing!
My go to party drink is almost always raspberry sherbet punch. It's delicious and so easy to make! To make: Scoop a half gallon of raspberry sherbet ice cream into a large punch bowl and add 2 two liters of 7up.
I tried to put out a few healthy options as well as sweets. I put out cut fruit, yogurt covered pretzels, chocolate covered strawberries, rainbow goldfish, chocolate muffins, & frosted cookies.
Party FavorsRather than doing a party bag like I normally do, I put out empty colorful bags for children to decorate at the beginning of the party. They were able to put all of their crafts in this as they made them. Then at the end of the party there was a treat table with bowls of candy! There was a huge variety of lollipops (giant round ones, twisty, heart shaped), marshmallows, licorice, peppermint hard candies, & toothbrushes because after all of those sweets they were going to need to brush! The children stocked up their bags as a party favor.
*The party was a lot of work, but it was totally worth it because The Princess and her friends had a great time! This may sound crazy, but I am already brainstorming for next year! Hope you enjoyed reading. I hope some of you have gotten a couple ideas for your little one's big bash! If you would like some more inspiration you can see my post Ultimate Princess Birthday Party, which is all about The Princess' 6th birthday party!