This life-sized Candyland party was for my son's 3rd birthday. We planned for 100 people and had about 80 in attendance. Instead of gifts, we asked for donations for Give Kids the World, which is a free theme park for terminally ill children and their families. We chose that charity because they have the largest life-size candyland game in the world, which was fitting for our theme. I probably spent about 200+ hours on this party and it was amazing. We had lots of different activity booths and I had the person manning each booth dressed in character.
I did a photo shoot with my son and used this picture for his invitations:
Each child received a gift bag (their choice)as they entered the party so they would have a place to put their crafts. The bags are upcycled cereal boxes covered with Christmas wrapping paper and ribbon for handles. I didn't get any pictures taken before the party, but here is the table a little while into the party. Each child also received a cup in his/her bag because it was a very hot day and we had water locations in several places in the yard.
I made candies using paper plates covered with clear wrap and put them in bushes and hanging from a tree in the front yard.
Here is a group shot of my characters. I had a friend do some face paint, which added to the characters. left to right, top to bottom characters: Tricky Lady [Lord] Licorice, Mr. Mint, Gramma Nut, Princess Frostine, Lolly, Gingerbread Tree, me (not a character), and Gloppy.
Entrance view--I used foam squares taped together for the trail, but didn't have nearly enough. I had bought 10 packs of 12 squares from the Dollar store, but it was only about 1/3 of the amount that I needed. I just did a short path and left the last half without a path. Also seen is the Gingerbread house made from a paper box, ribbon, scrapbooking supplies, and huge candy cardboard cutouts from Oriental Trading Company and in the back corner is the Peppermint Forest using lawn candy canes and fake snow spray.
To separate some of the booths, we used two large folding gazebos with a blanket hung in the middle for 2 booths per gazebo. The first station was the gingerbread station. Kids decorated foam gingerbread men using paint, buttons, and foamies. The top gingerbread man garland was made using the foam gingerbread men and twine.
I made the Gingerbread Tree costume using felt. I cut the felt and glued it together. I didn't have a pattern, but it was pretty easy to figure out. I used the stretchy clear jewelry string and a large needle to sew together the leaf headband, bracelets, and anklets. In the background is the rainbow path made from pool noodles staked to the ground and the fabric was different colored chair sashes from tableclothfactory.com that I sewed together and sewed loops to stake it to the ground.
The next station was Rainbow Path. I taped streamers to twine to make a streamer garland for the backdrop. The activity was to use multi colored rice to make "sand art" in baby food jars. The kids loved this activity. I made the rice using white rice, rubbing alcohol, and paint. I got the recipe off Pinterest and could try to find it if anyone wants it. The kids also crawled through the pool noodle path.
Another picture of the rice art. The colors were very vibrant! Gramma Nut had the dress and hat in her closet and sewed an apron to make the costume a little more grandmotherly.
Peppermint Forest booth. Activity was a peppermint handprint craft. I got this idea from Oriental Trading Company but I made my own poem since I didn't like theirs. I found the plates super cheap after christmas and just glued the saying inside the plate and the handprints were attached with a ribbon after they had dried. For decorations, we used plastic candy canes and garland with candy canes.
The corner of Peppermint Forest
Mr. Mint's costume: I used a plain white tshirt and painted red stripes with sparkly fabric paint. I got the red hat from the Dollar Store and painted the white stripe. I used costume fabric for the trim on the shorts and then just safety pinned it to his jean shorts and the cuffs on the ankles were like anklets that I made using the stretchy jewelry string and sewing costume fabric to it. The axe was a lawn candy cane handle, foam axe head that I covered with sticky felt... which didn't stick very well. I'd recommend using something else.
Peanut Acres was an inflatable pool with packing peanuts. Inside the packing peanuts I had packaged individual candy peanuts for the kids to find. They also enjoyed playing in the Peanut Acres house that I made using cardboard, paint, and a dryer hose.