I love Game Night.
Back East, this would’ve been considered laughable and childish; but we discovered very quickly that a number of people in Utah value bonding experience over a solid game of charades just as much as we do.
So we’ve made it a regular thing in our home and neighborhood.
I look forward to Game Night every month (or more), which is why I wanted to incorporate it into my 31st birthday party.
Now, I’m not one to celebrate every birthday (although I did have a fun and flirty 30th), but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share Game Night with a few fresh new faces.
So I racked my brain and opted for a Candy Land-themed Game Night birthday party.
Candy Land Game Night Birthday Party
If there’s one hobby I love most in this world, next to singing and dancing, it’s entertaining.
We haven’t had our yard installed yet, but once we do, I plan to entertain every week, if I can find people looking to be entertained.
For this party in particular, I didn’t have a lot of time to prep, what with summer travel out the wazoo. But I came up with a few fun and easy additions that’ll make any Candy Land-themed celebration a hit.
This is an obvious one, but having a fun assortment of candy is critical to a good Candy Land party.
At first, I wanted to stay true to the game and include each of the spaces on the Candy Land board, but I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in all of humanity who actually enjoys licorice… And ice cream can get a bit messy.
So I scrapped that and went for the common candy theme.
You can buy bulk candy on Amazon or Party City, and Etsy always has adorable personalizations for all your party decor.
My go-to candy theme candies are:
Mike n Ikes
Sprinkles in a jar
Anything that’ll help your guests relive their colorful childhoods will do the trick!
I like fun punch options for candy-themed parties. For this one, I did a basic Crystal Light pink lemonade mixed with Sprite.
To get your fruit to stay grouped well and to sit on top of your beverage, I like to fill my pitcher a third of the way with ice and then layer on lemon slices and strawberries. I then mix my concoction in a separate container so that the powder is completely dissolved, and then I pour it over the ice mixture.
This way, the solids rise to the top instead of awkwardly floating around in the liquid.
To add flair to your drinks, include nostalgic rock candy stick ‘stirrers’ or cotton candy toppers to the glasses.
You can also grab a few variations of bright, colorful drinks for the folks who plan to get their sugar kick from the hard candy.
I opted for these adorable watermelon sparkling waters, which can be found at any Target or local grocery store!
They fit perfectly with the bright color scheme!
Creativity is key when it comes to Candy Land-themed food.
Since I didn’t have a lot of time to plan, I couldn’t come up with a lot of creative options, so I went for bite-sized instead.
We did mini sliders, mini corn dogs, and chicken parmesan lollipops. (Get it??)
And can we talk about these tiny champagne grapes?? I picked up these cuties at my local Trader Joe’s.
Anything that’s colorful will also incorporate nicely into the theme.
Oh, and I did a little Boom Chicka Pop sweet and salty kettle corn popcorn in fun popcorn boxes to keep Game Night fun!
(You guys, these are cupcakes!!)
If this is a birthday party, you’ve gotta make sure your cake matches the theme!
I completely ran out of time before I could finish mine, but the goal is COLOR COLOR COLOR and CANDY CANDY CANDY!
So use several colored dyes in the mix to make it pop, and then consider dyeing your icing for that extra oomph. (I’d planned to dye my icing a light blue and then accent it with sprinkles and candy).
Add lots of rainbow sprinkles, and top with candy as desired!
Next, decorate to the candy max with this theme.
I also included old fashioned lollipops anywhere I could. I put some in vases on coffee and side tables, and I put a few ‘bunches’ in bud vases on my dining room table.
It gives the whole room a colorful pop!
For even more fun, try to leave a few of your confetti garlands on the counter amidst the treats — the dots look just like your childhood Candy Land board!
Finally, don’t forget the games!
Some of our favorites are:
Overall, I think we all had a blast channeling our inner child and celebrating through games, friends, and color!
Would you consider throwing a Candy Land-themed party for your next birthday? If so, what fun, colorful options would you add??