Friday, January 16, 2009

Pink Candy Saturday

After the holidays, I start planning for my kid's upcoming birthdays. The first birthday doesn't come until June but, you know me, I'm a planner. I love to surf the web looking for fun and unique themes and ideas. The one idea I am just crazy about is a dessert table. These are becoming super popular at weddings, showers and birthday parties.

For Chasen's birthday in June, we are having an Adventure party.
We will be going to Camp Valley Trails where
Sheridan and I went to Leader/Daughter camp in November.
The kids will go on the zip line and climb the rock wall. We will even add the campfire and s'mores. I have already ordered military shoulder sacks for each child from
Oriental Trading and I will machine embroider their names on it.
I will fill each one with a water bottle, trail mix, compass, flashlight and granola bar.
I have also purchased camo outback hats and camo bandannas.
Needless to dessert table.

Sheridan picked an Ice Skating party for her theme in November. We will skate at the local ice rink and rent the party room there. Here is where I get to have my, I mean Sheridan's, candy bar with white, silver and blue candies. I bought the invitations from Anthropologie a few years ago in anticipation of this theme. (She picked it herself with no coaxing from me!)
The pictures that you see are from Amy Atlas. She is a party planner in New York and specializes in Dessert tables. Check out her other fabulous tables.

I pulled the following off of the Real Simple website:
Candy buffets are always a welcome treat at parties and weddings, and they seem to instantly bring about that wonderful "kid in a candy store" feeling, no matter what your age! As much a party decoration as they are an edible treat, you'll quickly discover that there's definitely a right and wrong way to do candy buffets. Here are some guidelines to help make sure you end up with a display that looks as sweet as it tastes!
You'll need:
• Several glass containers in a variety of shapes and sizes
(bowls, jars, vases, canisters, pedestal servers)
• Candy• Candy Scoops• Small cellophane bags or mini boxes for guests to fill with candy
• Ribbon, labels, and other embellishments to decorate the jars

How much candy do you need?The number one thing to keep in mind when creating a candy buffet? Don't skimp! Instead of thinking in terms of how much candy each guest will actually eat, it's best to think of your candy buffet as a decorative element and focus on creating a display that looks visually stunning, just as you would do with flower arrangements or other "regular" party decor.
For Large parties or weddings:8-10 types of candy / 15-20 pounds each
For smaller parties or occasion showers:7-10 types of candy / 6-10 pounds each
The quantities above are a general guideline, but the more abundant and full the candy buffet looks, the better!

Do you plan parties 6-11 months in advance or do you wait until 2 weeks before?
(that would just give me a heart attack!)

I hope that you are inspired by these fabulous ideas!
Check out the other fun pink stuff at Beverly's.


Susan said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Love your pinks. Have a great weekend!

Deborah said...

You throw quite a party, Donna!
You are on my Pink Saturday post today!


Brenda said...

I'm with you Donna - I always start planning my parties months in advance!

Your plans all sound so wonderful!

dana said...

Donna, you would just gasp and keel over on the floor if I shared some of the parties/showers I have hosted---typically all planned just days before the event. It drives my hubby crazy cuz I am a running around here for a couple of days like a woman posessed, HOWEVER, with the help of my wonderful friends---I pull it off. Of course, they look NOTHING like yours!
It's very evident you do party planning at the professional level--your attention to detail is just amazing.
And if you continue to be nice to me, I will find a great pair of Ugly Socks for you, too! :)
Happy Pink Sat--I loved this post filled with wonderful ideas and links!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I have those pink milkglass cake stands :)
I was just telling the boys how Dad and I once went to a Chocolate Convention in Nashville. A huge ballroom with chocolate delights to taste. They want me to recreate it LOL!
Our parties for the boys are always bonfires with the fixin's. I'm not a big spender!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Happy Pink Saturday! and I can imagine what a lovely party its gonna be! with lots of pink!

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Now I'm hungry for some sweets! Beautiful candy buffet ideas, Donna. Thanks for seeing my quatrefoil chairs. I'm feeling better and you must have missed my last email asking if we could maybe do something other than have tea. Would you like to visit my shop/space and see the display window I created for Very Vintage?

dina said...

Hi Donna, I love your blog ! you have fabulous ideas & I can't wait to see both party. And about planing early I don't have children yet, but I already brought things for party because you never know when they will go way. Six months is not to long at all. Love the candy buffet. Amy is amazing, I think yours' will look just as nice. Please show you daugher's invits. Dina

G. Bloom said...

Great Pictures Donna! I plan in advance but my party's never come out as organized as I planned! HPS!

White Iris Designs said...

Great ideas...yes the candy & desserts are becoming very popular!

Jorgelina said...

Happy Pink Saturday!
Love the candy buffet.

Mimi said...

My goodness, your blog nearly gave me a sugar adorable! I just MUST come back tomorrow when I have more time!

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Donna.

I love the idea of dessert tables. I have been doing them for years instead of an occasion cake. These look fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

These arrangements are great!

~ Gabriela ~

J and Z said...

ooo this reminds me of my one and only pink birthday party when i was six! happy pink saturday!

Rhondi said...

Hi Donna
WHat cute pink things for a birthday party! Happy pink Saturday

Joanne Kennedy said...

I'm with you on this one! I start planning way ahead of time. I like to hunt for little things that are different and small things to make the party special and memoriable. You know, not your every day things.

I love your party themes. You are the queen of parties! I really like the ice skating party idea.


Cottage Rose said...

Hey Donna; I so love to visit your blog and read, you have the most amazing ideas for parties. I try to at least start one month from the date of the party. I really should do it like you, sounds like a great way to stay head of the planning.

Happy Pink Saturday.


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

You are so on top of things! I can't believe you are already planning! I wait until the last minute but then my parties aren't as good yours either!

Dixie's Whimsey said...

Oh my! It's 11pm and I'm having a craving for pink candy!

happy pink saturday... dixie

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

You always come up with the best party stuff....I always look forward to visiting your is always a wonderful surprise...
Mo :-)

KarenHarveyCox said...

I love all of your candy, but those cupcakes look wonderful.
Happy Pink Saturday,

Marina Capano said...

Nice pink post! Happy belated PINK SATURDAY! XOXO

The Muse said...

Thanks for Pink Saturday fun!

I am not covered up with pink here, at our cottage, The Painted Nest, LOL so that SAT was a stretch for me!! :) LOL

I am running behind on my comments as I have been traveling for work :)

Well if we can't smile at these..there is no hope! Talk about eye candy!!

Belinda said...

What could be more cheeful and festive at a party than a dessert table? I love the idea...and you could make it look so pretty. :-)

abigail @ Piece of Cake said...

a mom after my own heart... :) thanks for all the great info!

Lana said...

A candy buffet! Wow! All your pink photos are great. Happy Pink Saturday!

All the best, Lana

Sondra Behne' said...

I am trying to stay away from sweet this year..but you photos are tempting me.....I think I better get out duct tape for my mouth for a while untill these phots fade from my memory

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Will you be my Mom? LOL

At my sister's daughter's wedding they had a small candy buffet for the children that attended the wedding. I wish you could have seen their eyes light up when they saw it. Happy Belated Pink Saturday. ~ Lynn

Sheri said...

Thank you for your visit to my blog and your kinds words. I love PINK CUPCAKES! Thanks for making my first Pink Saturday a delight.
~~Sheri~~Prim Rose Hill Studio

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Now that is going to be some party Donna!!!!! xox

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Happy Pink Saturday a wee bit late! Love the idea of candy stations at parties! And like you, I always ALWAYS have to plan waaay ahead!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

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