CANDY LAND PARTY
candy land THEME BIRTHDAY PARTY INTRO
It's a game that is so fun, it has withstood the test of
time. In fact, it was my favorite game when I was young and I like to
play it to this day.
Join the fun and throw the sweetest party
ever! We have made the trip through the Candy Cane Forest and traveled
over Gum Drop Mountain to bring you the winning hand complete with
decoration, snack, cake, party favors, costume and game ideas and
As sure as candy is sweet, you will no doubt have as much fun preparing for this party as the kids will have enjoying it!
candy land DECORATIONS
Make your party location a fantasy land of candy. Whether you
are having the party at home or at the park or amusement facility, you
can make the party a sweet adventure.
The colors for candy land are
pastels like purple, pink, turquoise and yellow but you can throw some
brights in too like bright pink, yellow, red and orange.
spot with this fun banner. It will help the guest find your house or
party area plus welcomes them to the fun and festivities.
fun idea is to line the walkway with a candy cane path just like on the
board game. Cover cardboard squares with colored foil and lead the
guests to your door. Along the way you can place giant candies. To
make them just paint styrofoam in fun colors to look like lollypops.
Use cellophane to wrap them in and tie the ends with colored curly
ribbons. Attach them to wooden dowel rods and stick in the ground. You
can make peppermint sticks by painting large dowel rods in red and
white stripes. Cover the door with colored foil or wrapping paper.
are a must! You can't have too many so put them everywhere like on the
back of chairs, in balloon bouquets, hang them from the ceiling or
wherever else you can. I like mixing mylars like the one seen here with
solids and tying coordinating curly ribbon on the ends. Frosted
balloons add a nice sugary effect too.
You can even
purchase a helium machine and air your own up right before or during the
party. Buy Costumes has this disposable one that fills about 50 nine
you have filled the room with balloons, you can bring all the candy land
characters to your party by adding wall decorations.
decking the walls with this Sugar Plum Kit for the ultimate effect that
will bring candy land straight out of the box and into your home? The
kit includes a gingerbread house, 1 set of lollipop standees, 1 set of
gingerbread men standees and 1 peppermint drop walkway that includes 6
Or, take the simpler route and apply removable wall decorations like these from Birthday Express.
course you can make your own props. Make pieces of candy from poster
board and jazz them up with glitter paints. Make gum drops from cone
shaped Styrofoam and paint them in green, yellow, orange and red paint.
Gingerbread men are easy to make from brown posterboard.
are so fun and tasty to decorate for candy land, you will probably want
to do more than one. I always use one for the cake one for the snacks,
another for the gifts and one for the drinks. We have a whole section
devoted for tables, just click here for our great ideas.
toss pillows around if you have any. You can usually find them at
dollar stores or they are also sold online. You may even have some
stuffed peppermints or gingerbread men tucked away in your Christmas
boxes in the attic.
Check out this candy land rug. Talk about sweet!
cute idea is if you have a post in the house, on the porch or even at
the park, twist red and white crape paper around it for a peppermint
A candy land pinata doubles as a party decoration and is a sure hit at game time.
might be surprised what ideas your birthday girl or boy can come up
with when included in the fun. With these ideas and a few or your own,
you are certain to have lots of yummy decorations the children will
ADD ON TO CANDY LAND PARTY DECORATIONS
This is the time to pull
out your old holiday decorations. There is no telling what you might
find that will go along with the Candy Land theme. Looking through my
own, I found some ceramic pastel Valentine candy hearts, peppermint
Christmas lights and even some pink and purple Easter candy (for
decoration only as they are no doubt expired).
stores like Amazon for off-season bargains on items like these candy
cane Christmas lights, perfect for Candy Land theme decorating.
candy land TABLE DECORATIONS
Sugar and spice and everything nice...that's what candy land table decorations are made of!
tables adds so much to the atmosphere of your party, you will probably
want to use more than one. I like using separate ones for the cake,
snacks, drinks, and gifts.
Start with a table cover. You can use
the same color on all of the tables, like purple, or different colors
such as one purple, one turquoise, one yellow and one pink. Check out
the pink opal table cover below for a fun, frosty effect.
For an added flair, tie bows on the corners of the table cloth. You can use excess table cover vinyl or fabric bows.
Candy Christmas garland is fun to add around the tables.
great idea I love is draping lighted candy cane roping around one or
all of the tables. Amazon carries the rope lights seen below.
a centerpiece to the table next. Here is one that is fabulous for the
cake or snack table, available through Birthday Express.
fun centerpiece idea is to make a gingerbread house. You can make one
from scratch or from a kit. After Christmas you can pick one up for
next to nothing and since it doesn't have to be actually eaten, it can
even be out of expiration. Why not let your birthday girl or boy help
make a gingerbread house? It's a fun tradition for our family. The
picture on the left below is Kim with her sister and cousins after
making one. Kim is trying to keep the younger ones from eating it. On
the right is the one my Grandson and I made this past Christmas.
course a pastel or red basket or bucket filled with assorted candies is
a tasty idea for a centerpiece. Or just stick some large suckers in a
vase. Fill the inside of the vase with small pastel candies such as
can also use a helium balloon bouquet for a centerpiece. Just combine
pastel colors like pink, white, purple, turquoise and yellow solid
balloons and throw in frosted ones too for a little confection
affection. A candy land theme mylar is perfect too. Anchor them down
with a balloon weight.
A candy kiss anchor is easy to make and
so cute. Simply form the shape of a candy kiss out of aluminum foil and
then cover with a smooth piece. Add a strip of white paper at the top
and write “Hershey's Kiss” on it. You can put a heavy object, like a
rock, inside for extra weight and you can also use colored foil like
pink, purple or blue.
you have placed centerpieces on the tables, add the final touches. You
can scatter pieces of candy about the table or homemade candy shaped
confetti. Snowflake confetti is cool too. Add pastel colored curly
ribbon pieces to the mix if you want.
For the snack table, place
the goodies on trays, plates, platters and bowl in the coordinating
colors. This is another good time to use holiday accessories. I found a
candy cane bowl in a box of my Christmas things, perfect for serving up
chips or crackers.
Don't forget that candy land themed paper
plates, cups and napkins can be layed on the food, drink and cake tables
not only to use but to to spice the tables up as well.
candy land party hats and blowers are great on the tables too!
When it comes to candy land table decorating, the possibilities are endless. Just have fun and let your sweet imagination flow
CANDY LAND ICE BREAKERS
Ice breakers are fun activities that help the children
get to know one another and feel more comfortable in the group. Here
are our picks of the funnest candy land theme ice breakers. Check out
our general ice breaker section for even more great ideas.
GOING TO candy land
Have the children sit in a circle and start the game by
saying, “Hi! My name is (your name) and I am going to candy land and I
am going to take a (something that starts with the first letter of your
name) with me.”
Then go around the circle and let each child
substitute his or her name for yours and choose something to take. The
object of the game is to have the item start with the first letter of
their name but don't tell, that is what they will need to figure out as
the game unfolds. If the item starts with the correct letter, tell that
child that they can go, otherwise, tell them they cannot go. As the
game goes around, those who cannot go do not participate. Eventually
the children will begin to figure out the game plan.
CANDY JAR CANDY COUNT
Place a candy jar full of candies in the entry way to the
party and have the guests guess how many pieces of candy is in the jar.
Once everyone has arrived, announce the correct number and whoever
guessed the closest wins.
Divide the group into two teams and have them form two lines. Give
each player a toothpick and have them hold the tooth pick with their
teeth. Give the first player of each group a lifesavor to place on his
or her tooth pick. The object of the game is to pass the lifesavor to
the next player, as quickly as possible, but only touching the tooth
pick. No touching is allowed. The team that gets the lifesavor to the
end of the line first wins.
MY FAVORITE CANDY
Have the children form a circle and take turns saying their name and favorite candy.
Before the party, write the name of 20 or so candies on index cards.
For this game, the children will take turns drawing a card and acting
out the name of the candy that is written on the card. Whoever guesses
correctly gets to draw the next card. If no one guess, the next person
in line gets to draw. You can create rules such as “no talking” if you
Suggestions to put on the card are: Snickers, Jaw Breakers, Dum Dums, Laffy Taffy, etc.
candy land SCATTERGORIES
Have the children sit in a circle and pass out small tablets
and pens or pencils. Pick a letter and say it aloud such as “T”. The
children must write down as many candies they can think of that starts
with the letter “T”. Set a time limit and have each child read his or
her answers. The child with the most wins. You can then repeat the
game as many times as you would like using a different letters.
Place various candy bars in
different areas of the house such as a Hershey bar at the kitchen table,
Reeses Pieces on the couch. As each guest arrives, tell them the name
of one of the candy bars and have them find that area. There should be
groups of three or more at each candy bar area. Have the children of
like candies get to know each other. When time is up, they can take
turns introducing one another and saying something about each one in
candy land PARTY THEME GAMES
candy land is such a fun theme,
you will want your party games to be lots of fun as well. Round the
board with us as we explore the wonderful world of candy land games your
birthday girl or boy and little friends will love.
KING KANDY TAG
one of the children to be “it”, called “King Kandy” in this game. Give
that child a ball that will be the “candy”. On the count of three, the
other children will try to get the “candy” from “King Kandy”. Designate
a “free zone” where “King Kandy” is safe and can take a short break.
Whoever captures the “candy” is the new “King Kandy”.
PINATAWhat's a birthday party without a pinata? This fun game is always
a hit! Let the children take turns trying to bust out the yummy candy
inside this pinata. Stick and blind fold are available also and we
recommend giving the children candy land treat bags beforehand that they
can easily store the sweet treasures in.
This pinata is available through Birthday Express as well as treat bags, pinata stick and blindfold.
* This rainbow colored number pinata is a nice option too and is available through Amazon.
THE ICE CREAM SEA
In this fun and challenging game, the children will attempt to follow the Rainbow Path without falling into the Ice Cream Sea.
the game is played, construct the setting by spreading out a pastel or
white colored sheet to be the sea. Use construction paper squares to
make the Rainbow Path like the one on the candy land game board. Colors
for the path should be red, turquoise (or blue), yellow, purple, orange
Have the children line up and take turns walking on
each colored square, carefully stepping on each without falling into
the Ice Cream Sea. Anyone falling into the sea is out.
spice up the game by taking away a square. Or have the children hold a
heaping bowl full of candy while walking across and if any of the candy
falls out, or if they touch the sea, they are out.
Another twist is to have them skip a color such as the color yellow.
THE PEPPERMINT TWIST
This game is best played outside.
the children up into two teams, the red team and the white team. In
this game, the kids form two opposing lines and attempt to "break
through" the opposing team's line.
The two teams will face each
other and hold hands, like in the old game “Red Rover”. One team will
begin by picking someone from the other team and then, together they
will say, “King Kandy, King Kandy, let (the child's name) come over.”
child who's name was called then runs and tries to break through the
line by going through the hands of two members of the opposing team. If
he or she breaks through, he or she is then on that team.
then the other teams turn to call someone over and the senario
continues. The team with the least players at the end of the game wins
because they prevented more children from breaking through.
candy land...THE BOARD GAME
the children play the real game of candy land. Up to four players can
play one game so you may want to purchase several games. There are
several varieties of the game so you can purchase different versions or
the same ones and give the extras out as prizes.
Instructions are easy and are included in the game contents. Children do not even have to know how to read in order to play.
* Amazon has a great variety of candy land games and good prices as well.
GUM DROP PASS
In this fun game, two teams compete to get over Gum Drop Mountain first but without dropping the gum drop.
You will need a timer for this game as well as a gum drop, spoon and sheet or large towel.
the children into two teams. Make a start and finish line with masking
or electrical tape and a “Gum Drop Mountain” in between. The
“mountain” can be made by bunching up a sheet or large towel to make a
hump the children must go over.
Have one team go first. Line the
team up and give the first player a spoon with a gum drop in it and have
them go as quickly as possible from the start line to the finish line,
passing over “Gum Drop Mountain”. If the gum drop falls from the spoon,
the player must start over. Once to the finish line, the player can
hold the gum drop in his or her hand and run back to the next player.
The gum drop and spoon are passed to that player and the challenge is
repeated until all the children on the team have played. The time is
marked down and it is the next team's turn.
GINGERBREAD MAN TAG
one player to wear a brown t-shirt or bandana. That child is the
Gingerbread Man. Have the rest of the children stand in an out of the
way area while the Gingerbread Man yells out, “Run, run as fast as you
can...you can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man.”
The others try
to tag the Gingerbread Man. When tagged, the Gingerbread Man becomes
one of the group and the one who tagged him or her is the Gingerbread
This game is just like a
cake walk but uses candy instead. Make a circle of squares. The
squares can be sheets of construction paper in the candy land colors of
red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise (or blue) pink and purple. On one
of the squares, paint a picture of a piece of candy like a lolly pop.
Play music while the children walk around the circle on the squares.
Stop the music and whoever is on or nearest the candy picture square
gets a candy treat like a big swirly lollypop.