I'm having a 4th birthday party for my daughter. When I ask her what type of party she wants, she says a candy party. What is that? So I told her we can have candy at the party and she says she wants the party to be all candy. Any ideas how I can incorporate candy throughout a party?
This might seem too obvious, but the kids can play Candyland. A pinata filled with candy would be fun. And you could serve plain (already frosted) cupcakes, and provide an assortment of small candies, so each child can decorate their own.
I'm thinking you could do some sort of other activity, too. I've seen necklaces made with wrapped candies. I feel like I saw it in a Martha Stewart magazine several years back (or, it could have been Family Fun magazine, but I'm pretty sure it was Martha). It was cute, and fun looking.
I'd suggest that, prior to the party, you find out if any of the guests have diabetes. Their parents are probably used to sugar at parties, but this sounds like it could be a lot more than normal. You could give them a heads-up, and also make plans for some sugar-free or reduced sugar options. I think that when they RSVP would be a good time to discuss this.
Sounds like it could be a fun, cute party. I hope you get some good ideas, best of luck!
You can make giant "candy" pieces by placing two styrofoam bowls rim to rim. Cover with the colored cling wrap leaving extra on either end to be tied with ribbons or a thin thread. It looks like giant pieces of hard candy with the twisted wrappers. These can be placed around as individual decorations or strung together as bowers or wreaths. After the party they can be taken apart and the wrap and bowls recycled.
If you are outside on a patio and have support poles, these could be wrapped with white and red for peppermint sticks.
Round tables, white disposable tablecloth with side draping taped under the table. Crisscross with red crepe paper to look like a starlight mint. If you have lots of round tables do each one in a different color. Starlights come in many flavors.:)
Giant rectangle table, cover with a bright colored table cloth then line the middle with the giant candies mentioned above.
I would suggest making it "look" more like candy than actually "having" lots of candy strewn around for small kids to pick up. Don't forget, at that small age even a Lifesaver can present a choking hazard. I loved the cupcake decorating idea but make sure it is crushed candies they are using.
At the end of the day you could send each kid home with a bag of candy. You can make these up ahead of time and have them marked by name so you make sure the SF ones go home with the right kids. Or you could even put the candy in the giant candy mentioned above - just tape the edges of the bowls shut. Have a certain color designated for the SF ones and every child gets one on the way home.
Sounds like you are going to have some creative fun.
Here is a web site that tells how to throw a Willy Wonka candy party. You might find a tip or 2 here that you can use.
If you google "birthday candy cake" or "candy cake" you should get many sites with photos to give you an idea what one looks like. Here are simple directions to make one. It makes a really nice centerpiece. And, of course, when the party is over, it can be dismantled and the candy can be eaten.
6 styrofoam circles - 2 in each ascending size: 8" 6" and 4"
1 candle topper or bobble head
1 bag of large individually wrapped jaw breakers
1 bag of individual gum
Approx 5 bags of candy (depends on size of candy)
Glue together each set of foam circles to make one thick circle in each size. Glue or pick pin each circle on top of each other. Make sure you get as close to middle as possible. Use low temp glue gun and start glueing the miniature candy bars all around. Use gum to hide any foam showing between each layer. Top it with an ice cream cone candle or any cake toppers they have at party store, bobble heads, etc. Finish with adding jaw breakers around the topper to make sure no foam shows. Make sure you use wrapped candies so kids can eat it and you can use any candy you want, this is just a point of reference.
Good luck and have fun.
Margaret from Denton, Texas
I know it seems Christmasy but you do the little graham cracker houses and let the guests decorate them with candy as a craft. You could use more seasonal candies so it doesn't end up looking like a gingerbread house. That would rock my 3 year-old's candy obsessed world. I've also seen (jello website?) a Jello fishbowl "cake" with jelly belly gravel, fruit leather plants, gummy worms/fish, and blue jello "water" in a fish bowl that could be awefully cute.
This is a very simple dessert, that my own children loved when they were small. It's called Frogs in a Pond, and that's what it is. Make a large glass bowl of green jelly, Jello, then insert chocolate frogs into the pond. Some on the surface, some half buried in the jelly.
You can add other things if you like, some colored choc beans shaped into flowers on the surface for waterlilies, or whatever takes your fancy as a frog pond theme.
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