Aug 13

How To Have A Candyland Sweet 16 For (Way) Less}

How to Have a Candyland Sweet 16 For (Way) Less


Blake E. Kritzberg

Can we blame it all on MTV’s My Super Sweet 16, like writers like to do? Not really, but the truth is that this formerly modest party has morphed into something bigger. Maybe you’re like me and can hardly remember your 16th — mine sure wasn’t a big deal — but look around today and it’s not out of the question to spend thousands on this event, not even counting the Mary-Kate & Ashley ideal of the car in a big, bright bow.

You may think the pricey event I’m describing is over-the-top, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Many parents are amping up their daughter’s sweet 16 with an event rental, a DJ, and a couture-style cake. Once you splash out for all these, you need a photographer to capture them. And you can’t have a ballroom party without linens … or florals. And on and on.

If this $10,000 specter doesn’t match up with your current economic reality, but your daughter wants a memorable Candyland Sweet 16, not to worry — you can still have a cute one at home, for much, much less. Here’s how to get in scads of sugary sweetness for very little cash.

The Personalized Invitations.

Pricey: A high-style Candyland invite starts with something sweet — and personalized — in a box. Have these made, and you’re looking at $5 or $6 minimum each, mailed.

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Cheap: If you do it yourself, you can order personalized wrappers off eBay, wrap chocolate bars yourself, and package in cute little boxes or bags from Papermart. (Have the wrappers pre-printed with all the party info.) Or, hand out Whirlypops personalized with handsome card stock rounds. Make these yourself on a printer, and cut into perfect discs with a $12 craft-store circle cutter. Save even more by handing these out to friends, skipping the post office. Savings: $4 an invite.

The Super-Sweet Decor.

Pricey: Hire a venue and a four-hour DJ. Rent linens with candy-colored sashes and overlays. The tables need a focal point, so hire a florist to dye roses in bright candy colors and arrange in high-flying trumpet vases (no, I am not making this up).

Cheap: Turn your home and entryway into a virtual Candyland with clever decorations that play with scale. Your secret weapons: foam board, cellophane, balloons and paper lanterns. Even the craft-impaired, like me, can make great garlands out of giant “candies”: two paper plates glued together and covered with a cellophane wrapper. Check the web for more inflatable candy, and eBay for candy-themed balloons (they’re legion). With foam board and dowels, you can easily pull together a great lollipop forest to spiff up the lawn. Amazing “cotton candy” centerpieces are simple to craft. Savings: $6000 and up.

The Main Meal.

Pricey: Catered. It’s not like you can serve your guests veggie trays in a ballroom — you’ve got to at least give them passed hors d’oeuvres.

Cheap: Pizza. Believe it or not, your guests will eventually get a little sugared-out. Recharge their taste buds with lots of salty, fatty, tomato-y pizza. Savings: $20 per person and up, plus, get it delivered and save yourself the hassle.

The Dazzling Dessert.

Pricey: A three-tier Candyland dream cake with brightly fondant icing.

Cheap: Cupcakes are hot! And they don’t call for a degree in structural engineering, unlike the cakes. Make them yourself with super-bright frosting in different colors (use gel coloring). For that high-end look, just pipe on the frosting with a large star tip. Then prop a pretty piece of stick candy (lollipop, swizzle stick, rock candy) into each completed creation. Done? Now place all your lovely cuppies on a tiered pastry stand. If you don’t have a stand, make one with thrifted plates you’ve glued together with sturdy wine glasses or candleholders in between (use Plumber’s Goop to cement). Savings: $300 and up.

The Proof of the Great Time Had by All.

Pricey: A professional photographer to capture the Queen of the Day, and a photo booth to amuse her minions.

Cheap: Maybe you really do want a photographer to memorialize your lovely daughter. Scan Craig’s List for talented snappers who want to pad their portfolio, and who’ll shoot some pics ahead of time for cheap. As for your guests, create a simple backdrop (sheets), provide some props (boas, pink wigs and giant lollis), get out your digital camera and go to town. A photo printer and some gift frames to display the goods will thrill your girls. Savings: $1000 and up.

Want more? Check out our super-useful guide for pulling off a

Candyland Theme Sweet 16

that’ll leave you financially whole. And for a hot selection of

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, please visit us at FavorIdeas.

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Sep 11

Sweet Favors For Your Baby Shower Party

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Submitted by: J. Highland

You are about to have a baby and you have invited your gang and relatives to celebrate the good news with you. Sweet moments like this deserve the sweetest of treats. Candy has been a favorite treat since most people were kids. Since the dawn of its invention, candies have never lost its charm. Even now, more and more candies are manufactured with various designs and new flavors to enjoy.

Aside from candies, people also do enjoy munching on chocolates, cupcakes, brownies and cookies. They are all tasty and can fill you up. People love to eat, so going for these sweet favors is a sure thing and will make every stomach happy.

For occasions like birthday parties or baby showers, sweet favors are the best choice to give for your guests. Here are some reasons why people like sugary treats:

1. Flavors Candies, along with cupcakes, chocolates, cookies and brownies have a long line of flavors to choose from. So whatever flavor or variation you choose, your guests will surely enjoy them down to the last bite.

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2. Easy to buy you can buy these sweet treats almost everywhere. You can buy them at your local grocery stores, convenience stores and even over the internet. So if you are preoccupied with other schedules and preparations, you can easily buy your sweet favors with a few simple clicks on your laptop.

3. Easy to store and pack candies and cookies can be easily stored even in places that are unrefrigerated but temperature should not be higher than the room temperature. Brownies and cupcakes on the other hand may require refrigeration. They can last long so you can buy them a lot earlier than the actual date of your upcoming baby shower. Candies already come with their own wrappers so there s really no need for you to apply extra effort in packing them. Cookies and cupcakes can be packed in personalized cellophane bags or boxes to add creativity.

4. Few people will say no to sweets man or woman, young or old, they all love these sweet tasty treats. It s almost a sure thing. For this, you will be free from worrying about favors that some of your guests might not like.

5. Cheap candies, cookies, and cupcakes don t cost a fortune. Since they are cheap, you can buy lots of them and have plenty left over.

A lot of these treats can even be baked or made in your own kitchen. You can melt chocolate and then form them into chocolate lollipops. You can also make cupcakes and decorate them with themed icing. Cakes and brownies are also a party favorite just use some icing and your artistic skills to customize these treats for your baby shower theme.

These sweet favors are a great addition to spending quality time with your closest friends and relatives at a baby shower party. They make you feel happy every time you eat some. They can also be easily customized for a cute personalized touch. Nowadays, more and more would-be parents are choosing sweet tasty treats as their baby shower favors.

About the Author: Jamie Highland is a writer who writes about baby showers and other occasions. To see some

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, visit My Baby Shower Favors. Note: You can reprint this article in your ezine, blog, or website as long as the credits remain intact and hyperlinks remain active.


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