Parties on the brain

i really need to decide in the next day or two what i’m going to do for the kids’ b-days.  as a side, i’m well aware that in the big picture, and especially in light of Haiti and everything going on in the world, birthday parties are really not worth a darn thing.  but i love making memories for my kids, and celebrating them and the precious gifts they are is one thing that is super important to me.  i know there are many many ways do to that, but i love any chance i get to celebrate, and planning a fun party for them really just floats my boat!  so, as i’m trying to keep that in perspective, i’ll continue by showing you the boy’s 4th b-day party…one of my favs!

we decided to host a “Canaan’s Candy Shoppe” party:
take note that there is not one bit of chocolate in Canaan’s Candy Shoppe…he won’t touch anything having to do with chocolate!  crazy, huh?
The Invitation:
(these were obviously very homemade, in an attempt to save some money!)
wording, using all of the boy’s favorite candy:

the birthday boy’s first glimpse of his Candy Shoppe:

The Favors:
adults got to take home a bag of homemade cookies with a tag that said, “Thanks for making my day ‘sweet’!”

the kids got to fill bags with candy from “Canaan’s Candy Shoppe” and also each got a candy scented bath paint.
we played the Candy Land DVD game
The Cake:
crafted after a Candyland game board
i’m pretty sure the kids took full advantage of being allowed to eat candy non-stop for 2 hours! 
(and i’m pretty sure the adults did too!)