Sunday, December 26, 2010

Candy Land Party - And a Giveaway! Giveaway now closed

 I was so blessed to be asked to host a Candy Land party recently.  Hasbro generously provided me with 15 CandyLand games, a Flip camcorder and a very generous gift card through MyBlogSpark.

I started off brainstorming ideas for the invitations.  I knew I would hand-delivering them so I used a card stock door hanger, adding cute scrapbook paper along with foam stickers from the Dollar Spot at Target (hint: if you are thinking of using a Candy Land theme for a birthday party or other occasion, Christmas time is a great time of the year to buy candy-themed items, I was so pleased with the selection I found).  I added a spiral lollipop and printed invitations provided by Hasbro, adding handwritten details.

 I then set about decorating the house with - what else - CANDY!  This was so much fun, trying to find all kinds of different candies...some my boys had never heard of or seen before (I guess they are like their momma and tend to stick to the first thing that they like.

 I set out five games to play in the living room and guests were invited to play while they were waiting for other guests to arrive.
Even non-readers can play this fun, iconic game with very little help!
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 When the party began I read the story from the inside of the box that takes children through the fun land of Candy and King Candy's kingdom.  We traveled down the rainbow path on a journey of discovery through enchanted lands filled with sweet surprises around every corner. Our first stop was to create delicious treats at the Cupcake Commons to deliver along the way.
 I found the directions online to make candy shaped name tags.  I thought they added a very nice touch, along with the peppermint plates.
 Icing and sprinkles and candy galore was available to add to their cupcakes.  I was very impressed with the creative choices all the children made.

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 Next we went with through the Ice Cream Slopes with the Duke of Swirl where the ice cream popsicle molds from BlogSpark and Yoplait made a reappearance.
 We slipped through Gummy Hills and found ourselves at the Gingerbread House where the children all made greeting cards, kits I picked up again at Target. 

 We slid through Licorice Lagoon without getting caught by Lord Licorice and settled down for a reading of the Legend of the Candy Cane.
 After this we trudged past the Ice Palace where everyone was invited to take home a cake pop which were nestled in glasses with sprinkles and sugars.

 Finally we climbed up Chocolate Mountain and ended up at the Candy Castle.  Goodie bags were awaiting there with pencils, a gingerbread cookie, and some candy.  All the children were invited to stuff their bag (and their pockets!) with whatever candy they wanted (sorry Moms!).
 Each family was then invited to take home two Candy Land games, one to keep for themselves and one to give away to a child in need.
I want to again thank Hasbro and MyBlogSpark for the fun and generous party pack - I know how much fun we had planning it and it seemed as if everybody had fun participating.  After all, who doesn't love Candy Land?

And now, it's your turn to own a newly redesigned Candy Land.  To enter, simply leave a comment sharing your favorite memories of playing Candy Land.  Contest will be open until December 27 at midnight. Emily is the winner!

12 comments:

  1. AWESOME!!!! Don't need a game, but just had to tell you how FUN that party looked and how AMAZING the decorations were! My fav - the candy shaped name tags. Super cool!!!

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  2. I remember my uncle buying this game for my sister and I for Christmas when I was around 6. I think it must have been my first board game. And I remember him teaching us how to play that night.

    Please enter me. I would love to win this for my four year old.

    By the way, you did a great job on the party!

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  3. What a great idea! My boys would love that! Thank You, Jess jdjmcc@aol.com

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  4. I would love to give this to my neice. She will be turning 4 in January.

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  5. I always used to play this at my grandma's house
    k k g r a y 8 8 at yahoo

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  6. Oh my goodness you did such a good job on the party -I would love to win the game
    thanks

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  7. I'd love to win- this would make a great present.
    greenlee42 *at* yahoo

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  8. Love it and so would my daughter!

    savingwithaplan@gmail.com

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  9. i would love to win this! candyland was one of my favorites and would love to share with my daughter!
    emmy1981 at aol dot com

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  10. I love this game so much!
    smitty24(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Candyland was one of my favorite games as a kid, we loved all the dreamy artwork of a sugar filled land (what kid wouldn't?!)

    spork_of_truth(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. My husband and I once made a life size candy land game to take to his family reunion. We painted the board on the backs of six sheets of paneling, and the kids were the pieces. We had alot of fun that day!

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