I created lollipop invitations from cutting out circles from glossy paper and attaching them to lollipop sticks. I wrote “Come celebrate a very sweet day with Ashley at her Candyland birthday party.” Then I covered the circles with colored cellophane and tied it with ribbon.
My whole family helped me create all the decorations and we had a blast! We created a life-sized game and all the guests were the game pieces. The person who got to Candy Castle first won a gift certificate.
I had a large sign on our garage door that had graphics of candy on it and said ‘Welcome to Candyland where all your sweet dreams will come true.”
We held the game in our backyard and made a candy land game path with construction paper and laminated the sheets. We made large candy decorations by rolling up construction paper and wrapping colorful cellophane around it and securing it with ribbon. We made lollipops by gluing plates together and wrapped cellophane around them, securing them with ribbon. We placed these along my walkway and all around the party area. I hung tablecloths in different colors and layered them as backdrops behind the tables. Rainbow tablecloths and a variety of colors for the plates, utensils, cups and napkins. We made candy garlands that were hung on the dessert tables which had jars and bowls filled with candy.
My daughter went as Princess Lolly. I made a yellow skirt for my daughter and sewed lollipops to the bottom of it. I used a foam crown for her and made fake lollipops by cutting circles out of card stock and glueing them to sticks, and adding cellophane and ribbon to them. I made a necklace for her by cutting large circles out of card stock and threading plastic thread through them.
For Chocolate Swamp, I sewed three large brown sheets together and hung them over my deck all the way down to the yard on top of a table where I had a table with a chocolate fountain with plates of fruit and marshmallows that could be dipped in the chocolate. This decoration got a standing ovation from my guests. We made gingerbread men who directed everyone to each game. We also made a few gingerbread men without faces for photo opportunities. Snowflake lake was a light blue tablecloth cut into a shape of a lake under a trees that we cut out of cardboard and spray painted white and hung snowflake decorations on. Plumpy’s Plum Tree: We stuck candy in small purple organza bags and tied them to loose tree branches. For Peppermint Forest, I made candy cane decorations. To get the shape of a candy cane, I used gift wrapping rolls, and to get the curved shape at the top, I cut the rolls in small pieces and taped them together to the large roll, and then added a larger piece for the rest of the top. Then I painted them white and added red stripes. We made a miniature golf course for Peppermint Forest. We used candy cane decorations that I already had and golf balls for a game of miniature golf. Gumdrop Mountain Bowling—We painted poster board different colors, rolled them into gumdrop shapes and cut a little off the top. We set up a bowling lane in our driveway using the gumdrops as pins and knocked them down with balls. Lollipop Woods Badminton. I took a few rackets and wrapped them in cellophane and tied it with ribbon and we set up a small net in a corner and had my other daughter and son to play badminton with everyone. Peanut Acres Treasure Hunt—We hid candy and other small prizes under styrofoam packing peanuts that we spray painted a light brown to look like peanut shells. Licorice Limbo—We took a rope and spray painted it black for a game of Lord Licorice Limbo.
For lunch, we had pizza, hot dogs and chili dogs and cold salads. We had a Queen Frostine Ice Cream Bar set up with ice cream and several toppings. The cake was a white frosted cake with a candy land path made with fruit rollups around the cake, lollipops for Lollipop Woods, candy canes for Peppermint Forest, gumdrops for Gumdrop Mountains, some grape flavored suckers for Plumpy’s Plum Tree, chocolate twizzlers for Lord Licorice and gingerbread cookie men. I added colored sprinkles on any empty spots, which there were very few! Goody bags: mini gum ball machines, candy necklaces that we made, large swirl lollipops and toothbrushes. I made lollipop thank you cards.