Chica and Jo
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Chica and Jo
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Chica and Jo

Candyland party ideas

by: Jo

When Little Jo turned one, I wanted a birthday theme that would be fun, colorful and classic. I went into her room seeking inspiration and found it in a board game she had recently been given, Candy Land®. What a fun way to decorate for a kid’s party and appropriate for many ages because of its classic appeal! I could see this being a great theme for a kid’s Christmas party as well. Perhaps I should do a Chutes and Ladders theme at some point in the future?  But for now, one theme at a time!  Once the theme was picked, it was time to start thinking about invitations, decorations, and most importantly, the cake!

The invitations

When I am having a smaller party, I like to be a little extravagant with making the invitations. And since this was her first birthday party, I wanted to make it even more special for her as well as the guests so I knew I couldn’t just make a standard card. It took a lot of searching but I finally found my starting point. The pieces you use to move around the board in Candy Land® are gingerbread men and there are a lot of things out there that look like gingerbread men, since they are so popular at Christmas time. I found these very cute gingerbread man paper mache boxes on eBay and decided to make them the invitations. At the time, I couldn’t find enough of the large style boxes to use so I had to come up with two designs for the two different sizes.

The large size invitation:

I painted the entire box the same color blue as the back of the Candy Land® board. I then painted the box with a varnish to give it a glossy finish and to seal the paint. When I made these, they sold scrapbook paper with the Candy Land® board on it but since then, the paper has been discontinued. You can sometimes find it on eBay or you can take a picture of the board yourself (or download one from the internet) and print out as many copies as you need. You don’t need the whole board, just a section of it large enough to cover the top of your box. Once you have your game board image printed out, invert the lid of the box on top and trace the outline of the gingerbread man. Cut out the shape and glue it to the box top. At this point, I varnished the top of the box as well just to seal it like the rest. You can then leave the box as is or decorate using Candy Land® stickers. The choice is yours!

Candyland Invitation

Candyland Invitation Inside

For the inside of the box, I measured the area inside the top to see how big I could make the party information. I typed out all of the details on my computer in brightly colored letters and printed it out on vellum paper. I affixed the vellum sheets to the inside of the box lid with candy stickers. I then used white puffy paint to make a gingerbread man on the bottom of the box. At this point, the large invitation is finished except for filling the actual box with assorted candies as a little preview of the sugary goodness to come for your guests!

The small size invitation:

I knew I didn’t have enough room to attach the party information to the inside of the lid so I went with a completely different design scheme for the smaller sized boxes. I painted the bodies and lids (inside and out) different colors to match the pieces in the Candy Land® game. I then coated the boxes with varnish to give them the same look as the larger boxes. Instead of attaching the game board paper to the top, I used white puffy paint to outline the image of a gingerbread man on top of the lid. On the inside, I put some candy and then rolled up the same printed invitation information and stuck it into the box. This invitation is still very cute, just a bit different than the larger one.

Candyland Invitation

If you can’t find the boxes or find yourself running out of time like I often do, use these Candy Land Invitations. Just fill them out and mail!  I like the coordinating Thank You notes as well.

Candy Land Invitations (8)Candy Land Thank-You Notes (8)

The Decorations

I found this great site for all sorts of Candy Land party decorations and tableware, called Celebrate Express. They have everything you can think of for parties, and a wonderful line of Candy Land items!  Check out the party set, I like the centerpiece in particular.

Candy Land Deluxe Party PackCandy Land Centerpiece

They also have a matching Candy Land themed banner with your child’s name on it underneath a big “Happy Birthday!” and no party would be complete without balloons!

You coud make your own adorable banner with our downloadable template that you can customize it to say whatever you want and be as long as you would like.


I always love using giant wall decals because they add a lot of party atmosphere and can be easily removed and reused. If those are too big for you, they have these smaller Candy Land ones available.

Candy Land Giant Wall DecalsCandy Land Removable Wall Decorations

You can also do a lot with Candy land fabrics that can be found online these days. I really wish they had had them when I planned this party. Think of all the things you could do!  Fabric pouches for Candy land treat bags would be great and I could have used some of them as Candy land table cloths!  Visit Chica’s simple tutorial for making favor pouches.

I also found these fun Candyland costumes:

Candyland Girl Deluxe Toddler/Child Costume - 2TCandyland Deluxe Adult Costume - X-Large (42-46)


This party just had to have candy, candy, candy everywhere to look at and to eat! Decorating with candy is easy, colorful, and delicious! I filled vases I already owned with different types of candy and used sugar sticks and Large Swirl lollipops as “flowers” in the vases. I made sure the kids took home sacks full of the decorative candy after the party and even allowed them to eat the centerpieces during the festivities.

Candyland Party Table

Foam core characters

I wanted to include the characters from the game in the decor so I decided to make large images of them on foam core. This was a fun project and if your kids are older, they can help color in the images once you have them drawn. I am not an artist who can draw well, so I used my laptop and a projector to project the images onto the foam core. I outlined the projected picture with pencil and then used markers to color in the images. I hung the boards on our bookshelf for a great touch (as seen in the picture above). I plan on doing the same thing for my daughter’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party next year.

Foam giant lollipops

I thought some giant candy decorations would add some whimsy to the party. For these, I decided to use foam as my medium. I cut 2-inch-wide strips out of 2-inch foam slabs. I spray painted the foam in bright colors (red, yellow, blue green). After the painted foam thoroughly dried, I first sprayed the edges with spray glue and then I rolled the foam up in a flat spiral to look like a giant lollipop (or sucker, depending on where you’re from!). I used a dowel rod that I had I painted white to be the stick. The finishing touch was wrapping it in clear cellophane and tying it at the bottom with ribbon. I made eight of these and lined my walkway with them.

Candy Land® path

You can use brightly colored squares to make a path throughout your living room or up your walkway to mimic the trails on the Candy Land® board. I used the foam floor mats I already owned to make a path along the walkways in our living room. You can even make this into a fun party game for the kids by having them play follow the leader along the path or have them find Candy Land® pictures along the pathway.

The cake

Chica decorated the top of the cake with a simplified version of the board and added lots of candy and the plastic playing pieces from the game. I bought a Candy Land® rug to put under the cake on the table instead of using a traditional table cloth.

Candyland Cake

Candyland Cake

You could also use a gingerbread man cookie cutter to make individual cookies for everyone and then decorate them with icing and candy.


Kids (and adults too) are big fans of cupcakes so you could make some Candyland cupcakes using our Candyland Cupcake Collars and our tutorial for making your own chocolate Candyland pawns.

Candyland Cupcakes

Party favors

This one was easy! I bought each child a Candy Land® game to take home. I also found Candy Land® coloring books for a good price so I gave them each one of these. Make sure the kids take home a lot of the candy you used to decorate as well. The giant lollipops were a big hit with the little ones.

We just created this free downloadable template for you to use to make bag tags. It fits on either plastic baggies or brown lunch sacks. Check out our post on these for more information and suggestions for fillers.

Candyland Favor Bags

I also love these Candy Land favor boxes that you can purchase from Birthday Express either already filled or empty. Or a neat Candy Land T-Shirt would probably also be appreciated. You could get one of these for the birthday boy or girl to wear to the party as well.

CandyLand party favorsCandy Land T-Shirt (3T)

For more ideas, look for CandyLand® items on eBay.

20 comments so far:

  • 1
    Leslie 05/21/2008 at 11:21 pm

    This is so cute! I was wanting to have a “Gingerbread House Christmas” and was looking for giant candy decorations…you’re lollipops outside sound great! Thanks for putting this online. You put a lot of thought into this and it turned out great. I look forward to using some of your ideas.

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    Jo 05/22/2008 at 9:10 am

    Leslie, what a great idea for a Christmas decorating theme. If you plan on leaving the foam lollipops outside all season, I would suggest adding one more step to the project. I would spray them with varnish after you roll them up and before wrapping in the cellophane. This will help protect them from the weather a bit more.

  • 3
    kelz 08/17/2008 at 12:32 am

    hey…im palning my daughters first birthday a candyland theme and i was wondering where did u buy the little invites and the candyland rugs. if you have any ideas that could help me i would be more than thankful. thaks


  • 4
    Jo 08/17/2008 at 12:55 am

    I bought the paper mache boxes at DCC Crafts, click link here.
    I painted and decorated the boxes myself, you can find the directions within the post. For the rug, I kept checking on eBay until I finally found one. Oriental Trading Company, Inc. has lots of great items for a candy-themed party. Some of them are actually Christmas but they work just as well for the birthday party. Good luck and let us know if we can be of any further help to you.

  • 5
    Jo 09/15/2008 at 1:59 pm

    I just received my Oriental Trading Company, Inc. catalog in the mail today and noticed they now have a fantastic line our called Candytown that would be perfect for a Candyland birthday party: Candytown

  • 6
    carla price 03/28/2009 at 4:28 pm

    I have loved candyland eversince I was a little girl. I would love love to have a candyland party.

  • 7
    lisa 05/23/2010 at 8:11 pm

    where is the colorful checkered tablecloth from? i’ve been looking online but can’t find it. thanks.

  • 8
    Jo 05/23/2010 at 11:06 pm

    Lisa, the colored table cloth is actually just a piece of fabric that I already had that I draped across the table. Check out this one that is very similar. Also, they now have an entire line of Candy Land fabric! If only they had had it when I held this party!

  • 9
    Elise 03/07/2011 at 12:57 pm

    THANK YOU so much for posting this! I am having a Candy Land themed 3rd birthday party for my little girl and I wanted to build a game board in our yard and could not figure out how. Those foam mats are perfect!! And also the Candy Land fabric for table covers are terrific. I just ordered several yards. You just totally decreased my stress level by about 75%. I love your site!

  • 10
    Chica 03/08/2011 at 7:05 am

    Elise, we’re always happy to hear we decrease stress levels! Stay tuned because Jo will actually be posting another neat idea soon for the Candy Land party :)

  • 11
    Chica 03/26/2011 at 2:02 pm

    Elise, we posted three new Candyland projects this week, so do a do a site search for “Candyland” to see them!

  • 12
    Nicole 09/10/2012 at 11:00 am

    I am having a “Life Size” candy land game party in 2 weeks (outside) any ideas??
    I ordered a few things online: candyland kit, which i think they may use for prom, homecomeing etc…. also doing the candy table and cake, cotton candy machine and fun jump water slip n slide!! I”ll post pics but if any ideas would be nice:)

  • 13
    Birthdaybash 09/15/2012 at 6:18 am

    so cute … so colorful…. i love it..

  • 14
    Rita 03/15/2013 at 11:18 am

    Love your table cover! Is that fabric that you just cut or is it a plastic tablecloth?

  • 15
    Jo 03/15/2013 at 6:55 pm

    Rita, I used a Candyland rug to cover the cake table.

  • 16
    Brittney 04/18/2013 at 11:22 pm

    hey i was wondering where did u get the table cloths from

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    Chica 04/19/2013 at 6:40 pm

    Brittney, we used a Candy land rug as the table cloth for the cake table. You can also use Candy land fabrics for tablecloths.

  • 18
    Holly 06/06/2013 at 11:00 pm

    Thank you so much for posting all of these great ideas!!

  • 19
    Chica 06/07/2013 at 10:54 am

    You’re welcome, Holly. Glad you enjoy them :)

  • 20
    stevenballooncreations 08/18/2013 at 9:22 pm

    good ideas for a candyland party

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