This isn’t your grandma’s candy land; we’re talking supersized sugarlicious fun, the world’s best candy table and a to-die-for chocolate fountain wrapped in a pink tutu. Did we mention the larger-than-life lollipop and gumball machine balloon sculptures, a kiddie drum circle and personalized gumball place mats for take-home gifts? Yep, we told you … OMG!
Party planning by Chrissy Allen • Photography by Jessica Friend
Amaya Papaya Play Lounge was the perfect location for this tiny tot’s special day. Catering to the under 6 crowd, Amaya Papaya has age-appropriate toys, such as train tables, a coed dress-up station and even an indoor sandbox! With a built-in sound system and an iPod loaded with the latest kiddie bop, this venue is sure to make your baby boogie! Party packages start at $100. www.amayapapaya.com
All hail the kingdom of candy: Sassafras Sweet Shoppe in Winter Park. Nobody does a candy table like the ladies at Sassafras. From cotton candy and candy necklaces to chewy Sweet Tarts, the self-serve candy table was a sweet success. As an added bonus, Sassafras enhanced this table with oversized faux lollipops and retro soda pop décor. Candy tables start at $5 per person. www.sassafrassweetshoppe.com
Two words: chocolate fountain! Seriously, folks, no matter your theme, add a chocolate fountain to your next party, and the kids will freak out! We partnered with RW Chocolate Fountain Rentals to create the mac daddy of all chocolate fountains, embellished with candy necklaces, rock candy, mega candy dots and a hot pink tutu. Kids and adults had a blast dipping gummy bear skewers, fresh strawberries, bananas and marshmallows into a flowing river of yummy chocolate. And if that wasn’t enough, check out the edible pink glitter hearts — adorbs! Chocolate fountain rentals start at $295. www.rwchocolatefountains.com
This next detail won’t blow your diet, but it will blow your mind: oversized candy land balloon décor! American Balloon Decor transformed Amaya Papaya into a whimsical playground with ice cream cones, cupcakes, a 7-foot gumball machine, an apple tree, a lifesaver arch, lollipops and candy cane sticks … all made from balloons. The attention to detail was impressive — the apple tree had “apples” that the kids could pick off the tree. If you’re looking for a way to make your next party pop, think balloon décor! Balloon structures start at $75.
As our tiny tribe of toddlers made its way around the party, we created a drum circle pit stop so each kid could rock out. Our lead drummer, Mark DeMaio, owner of 3rd Wheel (drumming) led the jam session with the crew and ended the night with a drum line straight to the cake for the “Happy Birthday” song. Drum with Me Baby (drum circle) is $75 at Amaya Papaya. www.3rdwheel.org
- Candy land-themed cupcakes ($5 each) and cake shooters ($3 each) by Sprinkles Custom Cakes
- Personalized gumball place mats ($14 each) for take-home gifts by Lux Rox Boutique www.luxroxboutique.etsy.com
- Pink glitter brownie cake hearts ($3 each) and chocolate lips on a stick ($2 each) by RW Chocolate Fountain Rentals
- Multicolor table linens ($16 each) and curtain backdrop ($200 for 40 feet) by Kirby Rentals