Party in Candyland

ignore those pots of bare earth on the right.  The chickens found out that I grow herbs in there and had a snack but forgot to leave some for us.

Another birthday party has come and gone.  All the planning and creating and one hour after the final party guest is gone you can hardly find one reminder that we had a party today.  Poppa got us all going and in 2 hours the entire house was clean as a whistle (I wonder who started that saying?  do whistles get clean that often?).  It feels good to have everything clean but it was hard to keep myself going when all I wanted to do was collapse on the couch.
Looking at these picture of Olivia, I can hardly believe she is really 3.  In one way it feels like I hard her a life time ago but on the other, I can’t believe how fast time is going by.  She woke up this morning and asked me if she was the birthday princess today?  As we put up decorations and got all the goodies in place, she kept asking me the same question.
We usually have everything picture perfect for parties but this time, one of our friends showed up on time (but we were running late) and it was so awesome to hand some party decorating responsibilities to someone else while I flitted about getting everything else done in time for the rest of the guests arrived (thanks Helen Ann).
The kids spent the morning creating the candy land walk way from duct tape and then sliding on it in their socks.  I think it may be my favorite party decoration.  I was pretty sure the kids would inhale all the candy before I could get a picture but even after everyone left, we put away 5 bags of candy.  I have no idea what we will do with all this candy expect that it may resurrect in some Easter baskets. I do not offer our kids candy very often but once in a while I let them have it and boy did I let them have it.  Not surprising, they were just as interested in the fruit as the candy (except for Olivia).
The cake is admittedly not my best work but it was still too warm to ice,which I had to do anyway because guest were arriving.  I wanted the icing to look rustic as a backdrop to the rock candy but it came out a little too rustic (code word for sloppy) and by the time I got a picture, a few fingers had been dipped into the cake.  
The thing I liked most about the cake was watching Olivia’s unsuccessful attempts at blowing out the candles.  It took about 5 puffs to take the first candle out and the next puff took out the rest.  She looked so big to me in her candy stripers dress (more on how I made it on Thursday’s Stash Bash) and somehow even after playing down by the pond, the dress still looks kind of clean.
When the last guest had said their goodbyes, I sat in the dining room staring at the confetti on the floor and thought about how fast Livie is growing up and then she came to me and said “Well Momma, I guess I’m not the birthday princess anymore”.  As I stood their looking at her dirty face and dress, I could not imagine a more perfect birthday princess.  
Thanks for stopping by to see her party and also for all the encouraging comments and emails this week.

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5 Responses to Party in Candyland

  1. Happy birthday text November 27, 2019 at 6:19 pm #

    The balloons up there i though they are lollipop!

  2. karen January 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

    Hi – how did you do the walkway? Trying to create this look for a school dance.
    Thank you!

  3. Liah Rodgers September 16, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

    I need the colorful walk way how much would it be?

  4. Brit March 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    Hi I really need to know how you made the candyland game boards on the pathway to the house. I think it looks great and want to do it for my daughters upcoming party. please help! Also, where did you find those sticks to hold up the balloons?

  5. uniquepasticheevents October 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Hi there!

    I just wanted to pop over and let you know that I’ve shared this post in an inspiration board for a Cute Candy Themed Birthday Party my blog.

    Here is the direct link to the post if you want to check it out:

    Thanks for sharing this post! I may have never found what I was looking for 🙂

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