Friday, November 6, 2009

A Candy Bar For Kids

My daughter was looking over my shoulder when I was on the computer checking out some visual blogs. She saw a wonderful photo of a candy bar at a wedding and declared that this was what she wanted for her upcoming fifth birthday party. Well, it was just so cute, that I had to give it a try. I started by searching for images with google to get some ideas. There were so many great displays it was hard to focus and come up with scaled down version. (Kids + Sugar?)

Photo by Stephanie Albanese

Photo by Stephanie Albanese

Photo by Stephanie Albanese

Photo by Stephanie Albanese

I had some great apothocary jars I purchased a few years ago from a store that was going out of business. I added to them with one from Michael's and another from Marshall's. The rest of the glass items I found around the house.

Photo by Stehanie Albanese

We hung quite a few balloons from the trees with fishing line. The effect of the light coming through them was fantastic and the wind was gently blowing all day. (We're lucky to have an air compressor, which helped to get all of these balloons up in no time.)

Photo by Stephanie Albanese

I found these cute little favor boxes in the clearance isle at Michaels. My friend tells me to always check the clearance isle, so I did and it certainly paid off. We filled the boxes with cupcake shaped lipglosses from WishingFish and these cute little necklaces I made. (Magnetic clasps for safety.)

I found the perfect invitation on Etsy at Littlebean Boutique. I purchased matching thank you notes and stickers for the favor boxes.

I made these cones to fill with candy with scrapbook paper. (they remind me of the take out cones you get fish and chips in!) I just twisted them into a cone shape and glued them. I think this is a great way to continue with your theme as there are so many papers to choose from. I was a little torn on which way to go, as I had found some popcorn box templates online and many other types of boxes that can easily be assembled at home.

I found cupcake and ice cream shaped cookie cutter at Crate and Barrel. It was so much fun decorating them! (Use Royal Icing, it gets hard, unlike regular icing. You can purchase meringue powder or Just Whites if you are concerned about raw egg whites.)

Photo by Stephanie Albanese

Don't forget some snacks for the adults!  We had some cheese and crackers and this lovely selection of fruit for all.

Ever since my friend had petit fours at her bridal shower, I have been enamoured with them. They are so delicate, colorful and pretty. Yummy too. So I picked some up at our local Fresh Market to add to our sweets table.

I was inspired by this picture of marshmallow pops. In the end, I came up with pink strawberry flavored marshmallows dipped in white chocolate and various sprinkles. Of course the morning of the party I was trying to figure out how I would make them stand up. Since I didn't have styrofoam to cover with candy, I used sugar.

I picked up various types of sprinkles so the kids could decorate their own cupcakes.  Thanks Wegmans!) We also played pin the candle on the cupcakes and twister. The kids had fun keeping balloons in the air and simple free play. We had a fabulous day and enjoyed the crisp fall weather.

A special thanks to my very good friend Stephanie for taking the beautiful pictures!  You can check out her website here and her blog here.


Molly said...

This is so funny - this is exactly what I am trying to do for my daughter's 7th. Thanks for the inspiration and ideas.

Deborah said...

It was a lot of fun to plan. Good luck with it and post pictures! I want to see. :)