We are positively giddy when we receive an over the top, super creative party for a little one’s first birthday. Oh, if I had a girl first I’d had been in big trouble. We received a magical Candy Land inspired first birthday party from Grace Budhram, owner of Moments by Grace Events and her partner, Natasha Maraj. This incredible fantasy-like party was for Grace’s sweet daughter Maya. The ladies re-created the whismy touches from the popular game with Anders Ruff printables and lots of pink and purple for princess Maya.
Setting the tone for your Candy Land party is easy with our printable invitation (and add your own lolli for even more sweetness!)
Some of the details as told by Grace…the party was held on a beautiful Saturday in July. First, the setting was their home right in their backyard a tent was put up and decorated in Bright Pink and Purple cloth draped all along the ceiling with Chinese Silk lanterns to capture a land full of color.
Each table had a lollipop topiary with 2 round balls filled with dum dum lollipops and a stick wrapped in purple cloth to hold the large balls and positioned in a vase wrapped in purple cloth as well. These large centerpieces were accompanied by two small square vases filled with more dum dum lollipops.
As the children arrived, each child picked out his or her tutu or super cape in their favorite color. Then, the fun began with different stations of activities. We had sand art, face painting, candy jewelry and canvas creation stations. The kids even got to groove out with a Zumba instructor leading them on the dance floor.
After working up a sweat to the Zumba music, guests treated themselves to the tempting candy bar.
As if the candy bar wasn’t enough, guests were treated to a dessert station to end the fabulous party. We had a cake, cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, chocolate dipped Oreos and more! The kids were thrilled and got to take home their goodies in case their tummies were too full.
All of the guests had so many goodies to take home that each one left with a personalized canvas bag to carry their treats in! Of course they were embellished with printables from our Candy Land Collection!
Although the birthday princess was small, she enjoyed watching everyone having fun. She also had a blast riding around in her custom made wagon with her name and age for everyone to see!
The party continued in the evening with a night of food, sweets, music and drinks. Guests stayed til 2 am celebrating Maya’s special milestone birthday.
Wonderful job, Grace! Thank you for sharing your daughter’s magical party with us.
Find the printable invitation and Candy Land printable collection in our shop here.
EVENT CREDITS AND SOURCES:
Party Planning – Grace Budhram – Moments of Grace
Party Invitation and Coordinating Printables – Anders Ruff
Tutus – My Little Booteak
Minnie Sign, Station Signs and Canvas – Kreations by Krystal
Sweets and Cake Pops: J Lolly Cakes n Bakes
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If you haven’t already heard, I just had my first post as an official Guest Contributor to Hostess Blog! (The site that ignited my passion for parties!) I wrote up the details and shared photos of our SWEET SHOPPE Valentine’s Day Party that we styled with our new printable collection. This party was all about confection perfection!
The eye candy follows… and the cute kids! We had the most precious models. Morgan’s son, Ari (of Made by Morgan) and his little friend, Bella, were the best!
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With our fresh new printable collection being “sweet” themed, we immediately knew that we had to set up a mock parlor for the styled photo shoot. I had been wanting to use a parlor awning for a long time. Morgan (Made by Morgan) is our seamstress for many of of our shoots, and sewed up the perfect combo of pink stripes for the awning over the dessert table.
To give the table a parlor / boutique feel, we displayed all of our desserts on upside down hat boxes on top of red cake stands (remember these from our Christmas Cookie Exchange shoot?). To make it even more appealing to the eyes, we lined the trim of each of the hat boxes with light pink rik rak to give the illusion of cupcake wrappers.
The focal point was the fabulous and whimsical over-sized cupcake cake (courtesy of Got What It Cakes), which is an exact replica of our graphics The cupcake cake was placed on a tiered stack of the red hat boxes with the rik rak trim (which gave the illusion of a massive cake). Parlor glassware (various sizes), and ice cream/waffle cones were used to hold sweets and kept with the sweet shoppe parlor feel. We used floral Styrofoam inside the hat boxes as an anchor to stick the treats into. The vessels were then filled with floral foam balls that are decorative and gave the feel of a pool of sprinkles. Chocolate bars were wrapped in pink tissue (instead of being kept in their dark brown wrapper) and then adorned with our printable chocolate bar wrapper. Our flat party labels adorned the fronts of the hat boxes with custom text to denote the sweet. The front of the table rocked a “Sweet Love” banner in a scallop shape from the printable collection.
The children’s table was a vintage bistro table with heart backed parlor chairs that we refurbished (spray painted). The parlor table was embellished with many printable graphics which included: printable coloring page placemats, cootie-catchers, soda pops with label and paper straw, cupcake sundaes with label and wooden spoon, and bowls of various chocolate (M&M’S, Hershey’s KISSES and mini candy bars). The parlor table had a centerpiece of cupcakes and favors. Mini cupcakes (Cupcrazed Cakery) were displayed along with the printable heart favor box in the center.
The children wrote out their valentines using the printables from the collection and colored their placemats. They had a blast playing with the cootie catcher (a hit from last year’s “I Heart Valentine’s Day” collection). An ice cream container favor box (Polka Dot Market) was dressed up with a tissue pom (Nashville Wraps), printable label and rik rak scallopy trim. Again, we kept the major elements consistent throughout the entire party.
Fashion was a must and Made by Morgan rocked our vision by creating an over sized tie and seersucker pans for her son, Ari, and an adorable dress with over sized bow for Bella. Bella wore a bracelet from Maggie Kate.
We wanted the desserts to still look like parlor treats while being seasonally appropriate. What better way than to mock them up using other confections?!
Got What it Cakes made ice cream cake balls displayed in both ice cream cones and waffle bowls. Cupcrazed Cakery created layered giant cupcake milkshakes in parlor glasses with fondant hearts and sprinkles. Chocolate heart shaped custom lollipops (Firefly Confections) with printable labels were stuck into red hat boxes along with cupcake pops in the shape of cupcakes from (Pop-a-razzi). All of our treats were embellished with printable logos, labels and tags to dress them up and keep with the theme.
The cupcake cookies were custom designed to match our printable graphics perfectly (Firefly Confections). They were too pretty to just set on a plate so we displayed then sticking out of ice cream parlor glassware with a cotton candy or M&M base to keep them upright for the perfect viewing.
We created the illusion of double scoop mock ice cream cones by using cotton candy in waffle cones. Fondant hearts finished off the top of the “ice cream” and ribbon with printable party logo on front of cone.
Regular candy bars were wrapped in pink tissue paper (Nashville Wraps), and then with our printable wrapper. Rewrapping the chocolate bars in pink tissue helped keep the colors consistent instead of using the dark brown chocolate bar wrapper that comes standard. The chocolate bars were lined up on table on either side of the cake (tip: we used meringue cookies behind each chocolate bar to prop them up for better angles)
On the bistro table, we layered M&M’S in a glass sundae bowl and topped it off with Hershey’s KISSES (labeled with circular labels at the bottom) and Hershey’s mini chocolate bars (with printable candy bar wrappers). Drink wraps were used to embellish vintage soda bottles (My Little Love) filled with red soda pop. Red/white striped paper straws (My Little Love) were stuck into the red soda bottles and cupcake milkshakes with a printable flag embellishment and rik rak decor to hold the spoon beside the glass.
The children had a blast and were interested in every little detail of the party. Our printable collection shown is available in our shop here. The collection includes Valentine’s specific graphics as well as more general designs so that they could be used year round. Stay tuned for the birthday “sweet shop” version of this sweet collection.
Credits and Sources:
– Production & Event Styling: Anders Ruff
– Printable Graphic Decor Collection: Anders Ruff
– Photography: Becca Bond Photography
– Handmade Dress, Pants & Tie: Made by Morgan
– Bracelet: Maggie Kate
– Ice Cream Containers: Polka Dot Market
– Glass Beverage Bottles: Shop Sweet Lulu
– Red & White Paper Straws: My Little Love
– Label Material for Printables: OnlineLabels.com
– Tissue Paper and Trims: Nashville Wraps
– Cake, Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops, Cruffles: Got What It Cakes
– Cupcake Sundaes & Mini Cupcakes: Cupcrazed Cakery
– Cupcake Cake Pops: Pop-a-razzi
– Sugar Cookies & Chocolate Heart Lollis: Firefly Confections
– Lollipops: Candy Warehouse