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Candy-Filled 5th birthday party


Bright and colorful, young and fun... this party was packed-full of treats for everyone with a sweet tooth!

Design Inspiration

My daughter, Raya, has such a sweet tooth, that it was easy to decide on a candy-themed birthday party!

Decorating Style

Eclectic... I like mixing old and new, modern and rustic. My decorating motto has always been, if you love it, use it! There are no rules. Every room deserves a touch of whimsy... even a formal dining room or office.

Project Details

Favors: gumball machines from the dollar store

Favor tags: TomKat Studio from

I made a "thank you" station for the favors on our butler's pantry, and flanked them with 2 gumball lamps from Home Goods that were already in my kids' rooms!

Decor: Multi-colored circle rugs from Ikea were used to look like gumballs and led the way to the candy buffet. I suspended yellow circle lanterns from the ceiling and wrapped them with clear cellophane and tied at each end to replicate the look of butterscotch candies. Got that idea from Raya's cute personalized shirt is from seller HappyTownEmbroidery on  Hung lollipops off a mini tree I got from a boutique in downtown Plymouth, Michigan and topped with "Birthday" Barbie... her dress had lollipops on it so it was just too hard to resist! Painted a large letter "R" to set on table. This coordinated with the party, but also matched her bedroom perfectly to hang post-party. Front door has the initial of our last name that I made by covering a cardboard letter from JoAnn Fabrics with moss, and for the party I atttached some lollipops to welcome guests to candyland!

Dessert: Aside from the candy buffet, I also ordered a super cute gumball machine cake, but couldn't resist making cupcakes. Found fun polka dot wrappers and topped them with Dum Dum suckers with the wrappers removed. The kids loved these!

Favorite Items

The whole candy buffet. Love the fun touches like the small dress figure with a candy necklace hanging on it. People got such a kick out of that. Super femme and fun.


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