Wednesday, March 19, 2014

a candy themed party for our girls' birthday!

We celebrated our daughters' birthdays this year at Powell's Sweet Shoppe . . . and sweet it was!

Have you ever been to Powell's? There's really nothing like it. Imagine a store filled from floor to ceiling with every and any kind of candy you could possibly imagine. Even candies dating back in time. There's also gelato, old-fashioned sodas, and beautiful chocolates.

Honestly, I could spend an entire post writing about how incredible this Shoppe is, but I'd much rather share details about our girls' special day.

We celebrated their birthdays together this year. Charley (our oldest daughter) wanted to have a party at Powell's. Who wouldn't? It's sweet-lover's dream come true. 

We thought we would celebrate Lauren's (our youngest daughter) birthday there as well, since she loves Powell's too! Happily, it worked out well . . . and both girls felt equally special even though they had to share the day. 


The girls chose pink, gold/yellow, and peach for the birthday colors. Charley wanted a candy theme cake . . . and Lauren, of course, wanted a Dora cake (as in, Dora the Explorer). She's been Dora's biggest fan since she was 2! 

I made pink, gold, and cream tissue paper pom poms and polka dot paper confetti for decorations . . . . and kept the backdrop neutral with beige linens; and served our lunch from white stoneware.  It was the perfect neutral backdrop, since both girls had completely different birthday cakes. That, and our party setting was an outrageous candy shoppe, so I didn't need to do much decorating for this party.

One of my favorite things to do is use ribbons and tulle to decorate bottles of soda (or water), cake stands, and napkin & silverware totes.  Because this was a candy-themed party, I glued candies to the ribbons too. 

Our menu was simple. 

I thought it would be fun to serve pink & orange foods . . . and chose to go healthy and lite since we were celebrating in a candy shoppe. I was happily surprised that amidst the sweets-fest, our young guests ate a healthy lunch. 

fresh strawberries
gold fish crackers
strawberry & cherry yogurt
turkey sandwiches
vegetable sandwiches
orange soda

Here's a peak into the party room where we celebrated the girls' birthday.  

They were entertained for 2 hours with . . .

a life-size Candy Land game
diy candy lei 
scavenger hunt in the shoppe
old-fashioned soda & gelato
 . . . and cupcake decorating

Our girls and their friends had so much fun!

I can't wait to share a few birthday photos and the cakes that I made for the girls in my next post.

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  1. Dear Suzannes,
    sooo bretty and with so much heart made!!! You kids are lovely - thank your little princess was happy with all you have arranged!
    Have a wonderful time and all the best from Austria

  2. What a fun idea for a birthday party. My granddaughter would love Powell's. Your girls are adorable. I love the goldfish packaging.

    1. Hi Karen,
      Thanks so much for coming by!
      If you ever have a chance to visit a Powell's Shoppe you must. So much fun!
      Have a beautiful weekend,

  3. A beautiful party! I loved your menu items. So sweet!

  4. Oh my goodness, how cute!

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

    1. Thanks, Alma!
      Always happy when you come by :0)

  5. I just love all the pink - what a perfect birthday party theme for a little girl!

  6. Your girls are so adorable!! Great pictures of them. I love that idea with the tulle and the straws! Looks like they had a very special day. Visiting here from Met Monday.

  7. Love the pink party d├ęcor, your daughters are adorable, and Powell's looks fabulous!! What a special day! ~Lorraine (visiting from MIM)

  8. Candy theme?! So "sweet" :D love all the pink--what a perfect theme for a girl's birthday party!

  9. Visiting from BNOTP :) The party is so adorable! Love the details. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Anonymous5:16 PM

    What a beautiful party! I love all the decorations, and it was so smart to keep the menu simple. The life-size candy land must have been a blast, and your girls are so adorable!
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. What a fun party! x

  12. Wow. How creative! I would have never been able to find that perfect balance between too little and too much. Thank yo so much for sharing :)
    x Dani

    1. Hi Dani, Your comment is so kind . . . and what a compliment. Thank you so much!
      Hope you come by again soon.
      Have a great weekend,

  13. What a fun party with lots of beautiful decorations! I love the tulle and how you added it to the bottles! Your pics are gorgeous!

  14. Beautiful decorations! Gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing and for linking up with the Be.You.Tiful party! :-) Dawn @730 Moments

  15. What little girl wouldn't love all of these pink frills for their birthday? Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. This is absolutely perfect! I have to pin this! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  17. What a sweet party! I love this! I have a boy so I am always drooling over the decor for adorable little girl parties :)

    1. Thanks so much for coming by, Laura!
      I've had super neat birthday parties for my boys too. I hope get a chance to check them out.
      I'll be sharing our youngest son's Candy Crush themed party in the next few weeks.
      Keep in touch.
      Have a great weekend,

  18. Super cute party, Suzanne. Thanks for sharing at Best of the Weekend!!

  19. Oh Suzanne! What a fabulous party for your sweet girls ! I love your ideas so much I'm featuring your post tomorrow morning on Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party!

    Hope to see your newest projects tomorrow morning at the party! :)

  20. I'm glad to hear the girls had fun.....
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique


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