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Setting Up Your Candyland Party

From the first time I saw Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, I’ve been obsessed with all things sticky and sweet, baked and frosted. 

Luckily my mom, the craftiest home economics teacher ever, indulged my long-running passion. Together we concocted downright oddball treats—Barbie dolls clad in homemade cake dresses and entire animal farms made of frosting and fondant.

So when I received a request to design a Candyland /Willy Wonka-inspired dessert buffet for a wedding, I jumped like a kid in a Bouncy House at the oh-so-sweet opportunity!   

You, too, can create your own whimsical sweets and treats buffet for a wedding, your best girlfriend’s birthday, a bridal shower or imaginative child’s birthday. Not only are these spectacular feasts fun and colorful, but it might also take you back to seeing Willy Wonka for the very first time.

How to Set Up a Candyland Theme Party

Gather up your pretty jars and flower vases. Fill these with your favorite candies from childhood: Red Hots, Mike ‘n Ikes, Tootsie Rolls, Bottle Caps, Bit o’ Honeys, to name a few. 

You might also include jars full of caramels, a tower of your favorite milk or dark chocolates, caramel corn, a platter of beautifully frosted cupcakes, urns of your favorite brightly colored hard candy. A pretty piece of marble looks even more tasteful with pieces of decadent fudge piled high on top of it.

Candy Bag

Frost your delectable feast with a basket of small cellophane gift bags for each of your guests. You can stuff them with candies as well with cute photos or sayings to make each a moving personal takeaway. Also remember to lay out scoops and serving utensils for your guests.

Chopsticks were a really fun addition at our party where we served candy sushi . You can create your Candyland vignette either on a buffet table or a couple of side tables.

For the Candyland extravaganza I created, I used side tables, coffee tables and created the main buffet on a giant-wheeled garden cart that was transformed with bright paint and whimsy into a full-blown candy trolley.

If you let your imagination be your guide, I can guarantee that every single one of your guests will have an unforgettably sweet day.

And that’s a (candy) wrap!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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