Candy party theme ideas

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Be creative with your candy like this flower-inspired centerpiece.
Put cotton candy on glow sticks for a cool LED effect.
Stick Pop Rocks to marshmallows using simple syrup for a truly unique treat.
Use gigantic candy for decor.
If you’re renting a photo booth, allow guests to print their photos on a box of candy as a favor.
Use lollipops as place cards.
Use balloons to make your theme pop(
A candy-inspired invitation (
These cupcakes are as cute as a candy button.
Use tulle balls as a sweet, soft, and colorful decorative accent.
Plush candy dolls can be used for decor or favors.
Use colorful rock candy to give a white-tiered cake a little sparkle.
Candy sushi is easier to make than you think. All you need is Rice Krispie Treats, Swedish fish, and a few gummy worms.
Using candy canes as place card holders is one cool idea.
Be punny with your candy.
Make paper lollipops.
Make a garland out of Starburst wrappers.
Another sweet invitation idea.
Make a literal candy cake purely out of candy. This cake will definitely melt in your mouth.
Offer cotton candy to go.
Candy will seem like it’s bursting from your party with a 3D Starburst centerpiece.
An out-of-this-world candy cake.
Adults will get hyped if you offer vintage candy like Good & Plenty and Razzles.
Offer candy in Jewish shapes for your bar mitzvah.
Create a make-your-own-candy-apple station.
Kids will love non-alcoholic shots in candy cane shooters.
No candy-themed party is complete with a chocolate fountain.
Now this is what we call eye candy.

Do you want to throw a totally sweet bat mitzvah party? Here is an idea no one will Snicker at — a candy theme! It’s a concept for true event-planning Smarties because it incorporates something beloved by kids and adults alike: sugar! So if you want to throw a simcha that lasts longer than an Everlasting Gobstopper, Razzle dazzle your guests with these creative ideas:


Create a candy buffet that would satisfy Willy Wonka’s sweet tooth. Offer a variety of candy bars like Hershey’s, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Twix, and Reese’s peanut butter cups, as well as everyone’s favorite loose candies like M&Ms, Hershey Kisses, Runts, Gumballs, and Jelly Belly jellybeans. Add chocolate-dipped Rice Krispie Treats and marshmallows, or even a chocolate fountain with pretzels, chopped fruit, and graham crackers to dip in it. Serve cupcakes covered in candy like colorful rainbow sprinkles. For a fancy candy treat with a fabulous look, create a sushi bar filled with sushi made of candy. You can even create a customized candy buffet using On it, you can choose any candy you want and whatever color scheme you would like. There is even a kosher candy option for a kosher bar mitzvah. End your sugar rush with a beautiful candy cake. With a candy theme, you have lots of cute choices for your cake, like placing lollipops, gumdrops, and other sweets and candies on a white, tiered cake. You can also make a Candy Land inspired cake. You may choose to make one candy the center of your cake, like Rock Candy (see slide show) or a peanut butter cup. Or, you may decide to make your “candy cake” a literal cake made entirely out of candy!


A party is never complete without some eye candy. Place colorful candy like custom M&Ms, Skittles, gumballs, and jellybeans in apothecary jars. Put up images of Wonka’s candy room around your party hall, like his river of chocolate, his giant gummy bears, and his eatable mushrooms. Place giant-sized models of pieces of candy like lollipops and candy bars around the room. Set up your candy buffet like an old-fashioned candy bar. Hang up a banner or a sign with your child’s name as the owner, like “Rachel’s Candy Shoppe” or “David’s Sugar Rush.” Call your beer and wine bar “Mr. GoodBar.” Hang picture frames with melted-down lollipops inside for a chic stained glass look. Create fun cupcake decorations by taking cones (candy or plastic) and filling them with colorful candy pieces. Place the cupcakes on top of the cone for a cute ice cream look.


Have a candy apple station with melted caramel and chocolate and a variety of toppings like sprinkles, M&Ms, and other fun treats to dip apples in. You can also create a station for Rice Krispie Treats, marshmallows, and s’mores, or a candy sushi rolling station. Play an egg and spoon race with Jawbreakers or Bingo with jellybeans. Have the DJ or band play candy-themed songs like “I Want Candy,” “Sugar Sugar,” “Laffy Taffy,” “Tootsie Roll,” and “Candy Shop.”


Give your friends a gift they can enjoy – at least until they get into the car. Yummy candy necklaces or Ring pops double as a photo booth props and a favor. Or you can simply add baggies with your party’s logo at the end of your candy buffet and let guests take goodies-to-go.

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Updated 11:30 am, May 5, 2014
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