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Candy Party: Part 1 — The Cupcake Tower, Candy Bar and Invitations

It was Hannah’s 12th birthday last week and she really wanted to have a “Candy Party” with a couple of her good friends.
Her favorite color is yellow, so we decided to go with a yellow and turquoise color scheme.
So bright and happy!!
And what better way to anchor a “Sweet Candy Bar”than a pretty cupcake tower??
There are so many different ways to make a cupcake tower. But Canvas Corp makes a really fun Cupcake Tree cardboard kit that comes all ready to assemble. All you need to do is decorate the tower with whatever embellishments you want!
We used different scrapbook papers and fabrics to decorate ours. And I thought it would be fun to make a little mini-pennant that went around the bottom layer and matched a pennant that I would make to go over the top of the candy bar.

I cut out the pennant shapes with a banner die cut from LifeStyle Crafts.
It was the perfect size! And then I made the banner that went over the top of the candy bar with the same die cut set, only using the largest size die.
Basically, I took the round cardboard tops and traced their shapes on some pretty paper.
 The bottom later is bigger than a 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbook paper, so I traced the shape on fabric and cut that out for the bottom layer.
I also used fabric to wrap around the cardboard supports in between each layer. I found that fabric was much easy to maneuver into those spaces. I attached the paper and fabric to the cardboard with my handy dandy glue gun.
To cover up the edges of the exposed cardboard I used ribbon to attach the pennants with my glue gun. Then the first and second tier I used different Washi Tapes and they worked great covering up those exposed edges. I also lined the bottom of the supports with Washi Tape to cover up the seams.{my favorite place to buy Washi Tape is etsy, I have bought a bunch through this seller. }

We made party invitations with the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress, using the Splendor Printing Plates. And then we poked a lollipop through the middle of the invitation. {we printed off a sheet with information about the party on the back of the invitation and taped it to the back, covering up the lollipop stick}.
And then we made Candy Bar labels using the Letterpress and the Bubbly Printing Plates.
The Candy Bar was a success with this bunch of candy-crazed 12 year olds!
Coming up next — Candy Party: Part 2 —  Embellished Lanterns, Dimensional Magic Necklaces and Party Favors.

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  1. Jen, this looks GREAT! You gave me so many wonderful ideas for my baby girl's 1st birthday party!! Where did you find the yellow chevron fabric behind the candy bar?

  2. idesign says:

    very cute party!! love it :)


  3. PeaceLoveApplesauce says:

    OH MY… Fantastic!!!

  4. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue says:

    Oh my gosh! This makes me so happy and hungry… and happy and hungry again…!!! I love yellow!

  5. What a fun idea for a party and I love all the vibrant colors! Next time I'm totally crashing it. 😉

  6. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    That cupcake stand is adorable! I love the cute little penant too! I picked up some of the chevron fabric just like your background today at the fabric store on sale:)

  7. very merry vintage style says:

    How cute! love the little flags on the cupcake tower!

  8. Michelle says:

    Looks yummy and fun!!

  9. bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Love this, Jen! The colors, the candy, the cupcakes….everything!

  10. Love the cupcake stand! Candy parties are so fun, but can get expensive filling those jars! Whew! So cute!

  11. Vivienne @ the V Spot says:

    pfft. MiMi's comment cracks me up! She's so funny.
    What a great experience for Hannah to be able to be so hands on and help with the planning. In addition to getting to plan and execute a fun party with her mom, you're giving her the gift of creativity. She'll be a super creative adult because you're leading by example. That's so stinkin' cool!

  12. That's more fun and yummy than anything – wish I was 12! Love the banner and the way you covered the cupcake tower. Thanks for sharing with us, I'm getting ideas about my daughter's Sweet 16 next year!

    Mary @ Redo 101

  13. well, how super – duper fun is that!!? i love the fantastic COLOR and the 'design your own' cupcake tree idea a TON!!

  14. Cameron says:

    What fun!! I love how bright and festive this looks….I bet the kids eyes just popped right out of their sockets…haha!

    It's so nice that she was able to help with the decor…and really make it hers…so sweet, indeed :)

  15. just featured you on my little Redberrybarn blog. Love it! i wish I was invited. :)
    Have a wonderful day, jen!

  16. kami @ nobiggie.net says:

    I love it Jen! I love all the yellow! What a lucky girl!

  17. WHERE was my invite???

  18. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top says:

    I just love a good candy party! I love the look of brightly colored candy in jars. I did an ice cream shoppe party last year for my kids and the kids all loved the candy in jars.

  19. SO super cute!! And I am wondering if you will ever grow tire of chevron.. i wont! haha …. random question, but the yellow flower print on the very top, and the one you used around the bottom.. are they paper or fabric? i am looking for fabric to cover a couple chairs and that is exactly what i had in mind!! im gonna be sad if you say its paper.. hahah… thanks for being my FAV blog!! i check in here right after yahoo and craigslist every day! :) you have inspired me to turn my den into a craft room! among other things- live in WA but while I was in utah last month I was searching the tai pain store top to bottom looking for one of those ten dollar frames (sold out :( ) and had to make a trip to ikea just to buy a jute rug to paint (and ended up bringing an 8 foot rug home by accident) haha! Fun fun fun!

  20. This looks like such a great party. What fun colors and who doesn't love candy?

  21. Liz @ Sugarplum Creations says:

    I love all the bright cheeriness of it! I've wanted to do a candy theme for awhile, but the girls always choose something else {shockingly!} 😉

  22. Love the fun colors and what a fun idea-perfect for tween girls. I can't wait to see the rest of the details.

  23. Ladybird Ln says:

    So cute! I just love the colors you chose! Do you know where you got the yellow and white chevron fabric?


  24. Huggs and Kisses xo says:

    What an awesome mom you are!! This party looks way cool!!

  25. great job, jen! love this idea…i'm sure ANY kid would love this!

  26. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    What a fun mama you are! Love that you all did this together. :) How special! The cupcake tower looks amazing, and I really like the invitations!

  27. Football Wife says:

    Gorgeous and so perfect for Hannah's age. I love that it was still kiddish, but fun, fun fun!

  28. Frivolitea says:

    Wow, that looks like a fabulous party. Love your creative decor.

  29. ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com says:

    How pretty! It all looks so bright and festive! Perfect for a 12 yr old (or any age, really). all the little touches, really make it special!


  30. thats one lucky little girl,,, what a good mum you are,,

  31. Simply LKJ says:

    How fun! Reminds me of Ralph Lauren's daughter's candy mega store in NY!! Love all the bright colors.

  32. PaisleyJade says:

    Just love everything – so much detail and so awesome!! We have just been celebrating a birthday at our house too!

  33. Looks like a very fun party! I love the colors you used and the cupcake tower is fab!

  34. melismama says:

    Love how the yellow pops out so great! Nice job.

  35. Janelle says:

    Your candy bar made me hungry. Everything looks great!