A stay-at-home mom shares her recipe for a sweet birthday celebration.
By Glory Albin, Glorious Treats
Over the past year I've become a bit obsessed with candy buffets; I decided I would love to do a candy themed party for my oldest daughter Grace’s next birthday. So with over six months until her birthday, I began my planning. I love planning parties around a color theme, so that was the first step. I created an inspiration board in spring colors to give me something to dream on and something to come back to as the party planning continued. I ordered adorable invitations from Littlebeane Boutique.
I also ordered coordinating stickers from the same seller, that I backed with a circle of white card stock and attached to favor bags. The tags read ‘Thank you for making my 6th birthday so sweet! Grace.’ I really love the tags and think they added such a personalized touch – and helped to pull in the party’s theme. The candy buffet was one of my favorite things to plan and set up (inspired, of course, by the amazing work of Amy Atlas). Since first deciding on the candy theme, I began collecting a variety of jars for the candy buffet. I knew this would be one of the larger financial investments for the party, so it was the first thing I started searching for.
Once I thought I'd collected enough jars, I played around with arranging them until I found a display I was happy with. Then I thought through which kind of candy and which colors of candy would go in each jar.
I labeled the jars with the kind of candy they would hold, so then I could figure out how many pounds of each kind of candy I would need. I bought a lot of the candy from OhNuts.com, and the banner and flower arrangements were made by me. The food and dessert table included a small fondant icing cake surrounded by cupcakes with cookie toppers. I also made cookies in the shape of candy, as well as some pinwheel sandwiches and fresh fruit. All of the food and treats were homemade.
At my request, my (very talented) mom made some adorable pillows, using pink cupcake fabric, and coordinating bean bags, for a few bean bag games. Other games included a version of musical chairs using the songs Lollipop, Sugar and The Candy Man, and a bingo game I created using images of sweets in place of numbers. For the bingo game, I gathered a bunch of sweets-themed clip art images and then arranged them in Photoshop to create bingo cards; the first to have three sweets in a row is the winner! I laminated the cards so they can be used again and again – we've already played with them several times as a family.
I really enjoyed every step of the planning and preparation (except the cleaning my house part!), but I am also a bit glad to say it's over! In the end, all of the children headed home with smiles; I hope that was because they had fun and not just from all the sugar – but either way, they were smiling!