PLAY DATE: candyland valentine

20 02 2012

My daughter’s Candyland board game inspired the idea for this party.  All I needed was an opportunity to host one.  Sure, it would have been a great birthday party theme, but I already had my two daughter’s upcoming birthday parties planned out, so with Valentine’s day approaching, I figured nothing says Valentines day than chocolate, candy, gingerbread man and heart shaped food.

Hard Candy Welcome

Hard Candy Welcome

Very easy to do, this hard candy decoration replaced our usual wreath at the door.  I used two paper plates which I stapled together, then used cellophane that I purchased at the dollar store to cover it over (leaving extra at either side to make it look like a hard candy) and tied the ends together with curling ribbon.

Candyland Sweet Shop

Candyland Sweet Shop

My five year old daughter helped make this replica of the Candyland game board as a welcome sign, welcoming our friends into the sweet shop.

Penny Candy

Penny Candy

Remembering the days of penny candy, I filled up some jars with chocolate dollar coins, jelly beans, peppermint sticks, and other sweet treats.

Heart Shaped Cucumbers

Heart Shaped Cucumbers

When we host play dates, we ask everyone bring a food item to share.  This was probably my favourite: a heart shaped meat & cheese tray, complete with heart shaped cucumbers.  I had never seen cucumbers grown in heart shapes before ~ very cool!

Valentine Holders

Valentine Holders

The kids were asked to bring Valentines to share with their friends.  I provided brown paper bags, stickers and crayons for the kids to decorate.  They were taped onto the eating bar making it easy to drop the Valentines into.

Thank You Marshmallows

Thank You Marshmallows

My daughter and I made these the night before to give to our friends as a thank you for coming to our play date.  We took a regular sized marshmallow, stuck a Wilton lollipop stick in the bottom, dipped them in red candy melts and then added heart shaped sprinkles.  Wrapped in little cellophane bags with curling ribbon and voila … an easy take home.  We stuck them in tissue paper wrapped styrofoam block for a pretty presentation.

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