The Kitchen decorated with pom poms and “candy” on top of the cabinets.
Candy Buffet-not quite ready. I priced candy for three weeks to find the best deals! Buying candy from your local candy store is not the way to go. An example would be the Gumballs, which ranged in price from $7 to $8 a pound at two local candy stores. The prices still ranged considerably online as well. In the end I scored gumballs for $3.99 a pound online. A pound sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t. I used two pounds in Stormea’s candy buffet.
We also had Hershey (Caramel) Kisses, Pink Dinner Mints (my fave), Hot Pink Rock Candy, Pink Marshmallows, Pink Taffy, Pink Circus Peanuts, Pink Lolli pops (bought locally. I found the best deal at Kroger a few days before her party. Big Lollipops for $1.50!!! But I had already bought other ones online for nearly $2 a POP ;) ) and Pink Cotton Candy (also bought locally for $1 per container. I bought six and used two. It’s funny how many people LOVE cotton candy. Not me and I gave the unused containers away to family.) We provided cellophane bags and a cute scoop for our guests to take home some candy. We still have a ridiculous amount of candy left!!!! Although it was cheaper for us to order in bulk we are struggling with what the heck to do with it all. If I had more time I would have made personalized bags of candy for each guest to take home.
The only picture I took outside. Giant Lollipops and wrapped candy graced our front yard, trees and sidewalk. I was putting the finishing touches on things outside and a stranger stopped their car and gushed about my decorations. So sweet and it made me feel really good. Lollipops made from paper plates spray painted pink and hot glued together. Dawl rods spray painted white and hot glued in between the plates. Each Lollipop was covered in clear or pink colored cellophane and tied with ribbon. Special thanks to my mom who helped me brain storm the best way to make our giant candy pieces.
Finished Candy Buffet and the food is being put out. We had tons of food. I love to make appetizers. I do not make casseroles or lasagna. Too boring. I need quick, easy and immediate satisfaction.
I made sausage cheese balls that I cannot get enough of, but I ended up forgetting about them until way too late. Oops! I also made PinWheels, a Fruit and Veggie tray, Onion dip, Cheese dip, Tomato/Mozzarella/Basil/Olive Oil Bruchetta and pigs in a blanket. We had plenty of food, most is not pictures. I cooked for the first half of the party which is always a bummer and something I am going to try to avoid next year.
And then there were these CAKE POPS! People go crazy over these things! I have made them three times over the past few months. I have eaten one. I think they are good but sweets just don’t do it for me. I will say that because of the way they are made, they taste super moist. And the dark chocolate candy coating on the outside is the perfect *icing* for this cake. For Stormea’s party I also made white cake pops covered in Pink Candy coating and I got a little creative drizzling chocolate over top. I made the chocolate ones last and thought about drizzling them with pink but honestly I just wanted to be done. I made a lot of cake pops for this party, like four hours of strictly working on cake pops.I made enough to send home 4 in each goody bag andI still had all the ones pictured below for the party. We had three left at the end of the party. :) GO HERE to make your own! I am retiring from cake pop making for awhile.
Here are some great step by step instructions for making the tissue paper pom poms! They are super easy to make but incredibly time consuming to unfold ever. so. carefully. Everyone loved them and told me “DON’T THROW THEM AWAY!!!!” So we didn’t and right now they are hanging in Stormea’s classroom upstairs. I am going to put a couple pink and white one in her bedroom and the rest I will leave hanging where they are, but I am going to shorten the strings. I will say it looks pretty awesome having all those tissue paper pom poms hanging all together in one room. Very cloud like and calming….
Last year Stormea’s party was themed cupcakes and butterflies. I had a hard time finding decorations to help with this. This year while scouring every local party store and then some….I found everything you could ever need in the cupcake theme! And nothing to do with candy. So this is why I had to make my own decorations, it was a lot of work but I saved a ton of money. And I was happy with how everything turned out.
Some other sites I found to help me to pull off Stomea’s Sweet Shoppe Party…
I love this blog!!! I have since before Stormea existed. Brenda is so talented!!!! Lots of great ideas but I found them way to late in the party planning game. Stormea’s party was planned and set by the time I came across this.
(Not for sure what they made their Lolli pops with…I can’t tell if they are paper plates or not, but I liked mine much better with the extra cellophane tied with a ribbon at the botton of the ‘candy top’ and the candy part on mine looked ‘fuller’. They used paper lanterns to wrap for the other candy. Which is fine if you have money to burn…we do not, so I used small blown up balloons. Much cheaper and you don’t get the lines of the paper lantern. Overall though, a really cute party! )
and MORE CANDY:
Some things I wanted but just couldn’t justify: