This party has been a long, long time in coming. It was supposed to actually take place before Christmas last year, but a sudden snowstorm left me having to cancel and reschedule for early January 2011. Kind of missed the Christmas boat as a Candy Christmas party, but the spirit was still there, and I’m pretty sure the kids had a blast!
The inspiration for the party began the year before, Christmas 2009, when I saw this Candyland party by cupcake Julie on Bakerella’s site. Talk about dreamy! Even for someone without a blog named Sweetopia, I’m sure you can see why I fell in love. And so the quest for my own version of a sweet Christmas began. The ornaments on cupcake Julie’s tree were my favourite, so I started by checking eBay and leftover Christmas sales in local department stores etc., to find decorations. Let me tell you, planning a Christmas theme a year ahead is definitely better for the pocketbook! Post-Christmas sales are pretty good, and buying ornaments in February tends not to be the most popular time to buy them -who would have thunk! – so they go for a good price. I would normally never be that organized, but I was so inspired to do it right away, it worked out pretty well. I even bought the white tree on sale in January and have now begun the new tradition in our household of having one real tree (I just love the smell of fresh evergreens!), decorated in all white and silver, and one white tree decorated in a sweet, ‘candy’ theme. It ended up being quite magical, although no where near as beautiful as Cupcake Julie’s. If you’d like to plan a candy party b.t.w. also check out this fun post by Glory of Glorious Treats, who threw a fantastic candy-themed party for her daughter Grace.
Lionel our Lionhead bunny really took a liking to the tree as well. I’m not even going to tell you how long I kept it up so that he could happily hang out under there.
On to the party…
I was so fortunate to be able to work with Kim of The TomKat Studio, who designed these adorable Candy Christmas printables.
I love what she did with the theme! You can find a link to her Etsy shop here if you’d like to order your own.
The backs of each cookie bag had a sweet image or message too.
I’m thinking they went over well.
For the party table, I used green and red polka dot and red material for the backdrop, red striped wrapping paper for the table top, shiny Christmas tree cones from Pier One and various cake stands and jars for the sweet displays.
Besides cupcake toppers and cookie tags, The TomKat’s Studio Candy Christmas collection includes customizable place card settings and banner.
The perfect complement to a Candy Christmas party, decorating gingerbread houses, was definitely the favourite activity for all the kids.
They really got so into the designs of their houses and of course the ‘sampling’ of candy.
And Lionel – I think he was wondering when his next treat was coming.
Can you spot him?
All in all, it was a sweet, sweet day – and the effort it took to make it happen was worth it.
I hope you have fun this upcoming holiday season and may you enjoy love, peace and happiness.
p.s. Here are few more pics of the candy craziness in our home: ;-)