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here’s my long awaited sugar, sweet, & spice party!

i’m part of a bunko group…and this month was my month to host. i chose the theme, ‘sugar, sweet, and spice’ because i’ve been dying to do a candy buffet!
and that’s just what i did..a candy buffet, along with a dessert and ice cream bar {i also had chips and salsa..to go along with the spicy theme}.
the party took place under a tent on my backyard patio…
the first thing i did when planning this party was pick a color scheme…the colors i chose were turquoise and hot pink!
i designed a sign and matching labels in photo shop to adorn the candy buffet {and attached the labels to the jars etc. with turquoise ribbon}… i finally had an excuse to make some martha pom pom flowers! i hung them from the tent ceiling…here’s a looksy at the candy buffet and dessert table from afar. you can see the mini eclairs {yum} and marshmallow pops i made in the bottom right corner…of course i had to make cupcakes for the event! this time i made cotton candy cuppy’s! i added yogurt and cotton candy flavoring to the cake recipe, and made cotton candy cream cheese frosting. they tasted delish!…
candy, candy, candy galore!
as far as the glass containers go…i had some of them already, found some apothecary jars on ebay, bought a few at ross, and found others here and there over the past month or so.
i found the plastic candy scooper’s online. i tied both a turquoise and pink ribbon to each one…

here’s the candy rimmed glasses. i dipped them in karosyrup and then rolled them in candy sprinkles! so fun!…

here’s the ice cream, dessert, & drink table.
i made the window awning replica out of cardboard {i painted it with matching blue paint}, and hung it with fishing line…
the drink was lime aid mixed with sprite…here’s a closer look at the ice cream and different toppings i had out {the glass containers are mini trifle bowls that i found at wal-mart for $1.50!}…
dum dum topiaries{i had two of them..one on each end of the candy buffet}.

i made the topiaries out of large styrofoam balls, dum dum suckers, cheap plastic planters {i spray painted them turquoise!}, quick set cement, hot pink feather boa’s, and wooden dowels {also spray painted}…

and last but not least, the party favors

i put cinnamon & sugar in salt and pepper shakers for ‘sugar & spice’ {i got the idea from modern eve, she used bear shaped glass containers for a baby shower}, and made matching tags that i attached to each one with a hot pink or turquoise ribbon…what a night! we all had enough sugar to last a lifetime!!
this party was so fun to plan and carry out. thanks for looking!
leave a comment, i’d love to hear from you!

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  1. lisalyn says:

    Ok, I seriously want to be your friend!!! :)

    First of all I love most all candy and candy buffets, but this really tops them all! Absolutely amazing! I hope you don't mind if I brag about your party on my blog someday. :)

  2. Get Real Girl says:

    Wow! You really know how to throw a party! I am jealous.

  3. B.E.A says:

    I love this party!! Great decorations and theme. How did you make the candy signs? Did you have a template or just wing it?

  4. michelle says:

    So fabulous! Thanks for sharing, I just love it all.

  5. Visions Events Designs says:

    Super fab party, the details you put in it are so amazing, good job!!

  6. Susan Crabtree says:

    You are AMAZING! Love the dum dum topiaries!

  7. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:

    This is gorgeous. I love the color combo!

  8. Susan Crabtree says:

    PS I loved it so much I mentioned you on my blog this morning!

  9. I BLEED PINK says:

    This party is AWESOME!! Did you make the labels yourself that you put on everything, that were uber cute!

  10. Parties by Hardie says:

    Holy crap! Can I be in your bunko group?! That looks amazing! I love the dum dum topiary, what a great idea.

  11. Donna @ Party Wishes says:

    Unbelieveable! We NEVER have a spread like that at my bunco group! You rock!

  12. kara's parties says:

    thanks so much!!! your comments mean a lot!!
    to answer some of your questions..
    yes, i did make the labels myself. i had the outer template/frame {via a digital scrapbook site} and did the rest in photo shop :).

  13. modern eve says:

    that is such a wonderful party! i LOVE it! i am in a bunko group too; and we also theme our parties, but wow – you put ours to shame…

    i am so glad i found your blog – i am becoming a follower right now!

  14. Simply Creative Insanity says:

    Awesome! What a beautiful and fun party! I love the awning that you made…so creative! I will have to add that one to memory! Topiary…fabulous! Love th sugar and spice favors too! Thanks so much for all of the inspirations!

  15. Rachel Dartt says:

    You are soooo creative!!!!! I want to throw a party now! :)

  16. Enchanted Expectations says:

    Love this party. You did a great job on the candy buffet!

  17. Natasha @ Fête Fanatic says:

    Love this color combo! You went all out! I love to see different ideas for sugar n spice theme. I just did a baby shower last month with the same theme…

  18. Jan says:

    Love! You are absolutely amazing! Can we get the recipe for your yummy cupcakes? plz– :)

  19. Jodee Leader says:

    What a fabulous party!

  20. Jess says:

    Wow! This is amazing– I love the awning from cardboard idea– fabulous!!

  21. thatgirlblogs says:

    I love the favors!

  22. I love the colors and all of the great details. Great job!

  23. pinkstilettos says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous! My wish is to someday be a professional party planner, so this great inspiration. Daisy~

  24. Ginette says:

    Too cute, too fab!

  25. Mandy says:

    Hey Kara! Thanks for the fabulous Bunko party, it was so fun….I am just sorry I couldn't stay longer!

  26. Cory and Jolynne says:

    KARA! Oh my gosh, I love this blog! This candy buffet looks amazing…. and Yummy! :)

  27. Kimberly Dain says:

    This is the best thing I've ever seen! :)
    You are SO good. Im glad I found your blog you have such amazing ideas, so fun and bright!

  28. cutiepiescustomcreations says:

    LOL I want to be your friend too. I can't throw a party like this, I just want to attend :) I also sent you an email (Only noting this b/c yahoo is quite fond of making my emails disappear unbeknownst to the recipient!) Enjoyed browsing your blog today!

  29. Kristin says:

    how did you create that drape with the tablecloth? i am attending a bridal show end of july and my company colors are turquoise and hot pink and that tablecloth display would be perfect!

  30. Sarah says:

    WOW, this is amazing!
    You are so talentet.
    LOVE it all!
    Thanks for sharing this.

  31. Celebrate with Style says:

    What a fabulous party for all ages! I especially loved the dumdum centerpieces and glasses with sugar on the rims.

  32. sarah m says:

    Just came across your blog…WOW…you are AMAZING!!! I love. love. LOVE all of your events and the attention to detail!! You've got a gift, girl! :) Thanks for sharing all the details!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Hey there, when you bottled the cinnamon and sugar, how did you secure it? Did you create a seal? If so, how?


  34. kara's parties says:

    hey there…about the cinnamon and sugar…
    i just mixed it and poured it into the individual bottles. i didn't create a seal. it was just close friends, so i just sent it home with them as is, hoping that they'd use it soon :).
    thanks for the comments everyone!!!!! they mean a lot.

  35. angelena pointer says:

    OMG I think you are so talented,I love all you work.Thank You for all your ideas!

  36. Lorrie says:

    What a great party! Love your ideas.

  37. PinkBalloons&Macaroons says:

    Love this! what a darling party!! great job :-) I hope you have a wonderful day!! huge hugs!! Britt :-)

  38. TonyaB says:

    love this party! a few of us want to know how you created the fabric backdrop to the candy bar….would you post the DIY for this and the awning? That would be fantastic!

  39. Tiffany says:

    Kara – Awesome Awesome! Where do you purchase all of your candy? I am planning a shower & would like some tips on the most cost effective way to buy large quantities of candy.

  40. Ashlee says:

    I LOVE your parties, and can't wait to try some of them~

  41. fara says:

    I love the color combination…gorgeous! Where did you buy your candy? Did you buy it bulk? Thanks so much!

  42. kara says:

    thank you, thank you everyone ;). i bought most of the candy in the bulk candy section at a local grocery store.

  43. Jamie says:

    Wow! Great party and its so well executed! You just gave me a fabulous idea for my daughter's next birthday party!! thanks!

  44. Anonymous says:

    i have been noticing a variety of candy buffets and would like to try one for a carnival party. I am interested in finding out where everyone is getting the neat templates to adorn the jars with…please [email protected]

  45. Anonymous says:

    Kara, thank you so much for putting up this site. It's like one I haven't seen/found. I absolutely love you ideas. My daughter's first b-day is this June and I am using some of your ideas- just need a little help. I want to make the labels, what program did you use and what printer did you use?? Keep the ideas coming. I would love to show you my pics from Norah's(my daughter) party.


  46. 2dayisgood says:

    that was a great theme!! i'm in great need of a sugar fix right now!! i just found your blog and i'm happily looking through all your wonderful ideas. thanks for all your ideas!!

  47. Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com says:

    Thanks for the great ideas! I'm linking to this post tomorrow (4/22) at Dollar Store Crafts!

  48. Anonymous says:

    I love the theme color.. where can I get the turquoise with pink stripes background? thank you =)

  49. kara's party ideas says:

    thank you :). i purchased the material on ebay. i might be willing to sell it to you though! email me at [email protected] :)

  50. Stephanie says:

    Hi, someone asked above and I'm not sure I saw the answer, but how did you create the draping effect with the pink cloth over the blue? I love it and want to use that effect at my daughter's first birthday party. :)

  51. kara's party ideas says:

    thank you :). the trick…fishing line and a large needle!!

  52. Stephanie says:

    Fishing line?! That's right up my husband's alley! He will be so thrilled that I have given him yet another chore for the party. Lol. Thanks! :)

  53. Anonymous says:

    LOVE THIS! I am doin my daughters 1st birthday like this but im curious how did you make that awning? Im not super crafty but would love to give it a try if its not too hard. I love how it just gives it that extra little touch! :)

  54. Marce says:

    LOVE IT! The colors are the best….all your ideas are so great and easy to do! Thank you for sharing!
    May I ask for your help? how did you hang the fabric of the buffette table?

  55. Anonymous says:

    This is so different. It tops any other candy buffet I've ever seen! I own a kids spa party biz and I would definitely love to do this for a party…you rock!!!

  56. Lisa Green says:

    Pics of candies are just amazing. I have never seen such candies. I am definitely going to buy these candies for the party i am going to organize for my kid. Spa parties definitely need such buffets. I am feeling so excited.