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Sweet Soda Shop Party

Sweet Soda Shop Party | Budget Friendly Sweet Shop Party Ideas | Party Inspirations | Sweet Sode Shop Party Theme | DIY PArty Crafts | DIY Party DecorsI think Annie’s Sweet Soda Shop Party may have been my very favorite of all the parties I’ve ever thrown.  Granted I always say that, but it is hard not to feel happy when surrounded by candy.

And surprisingly, 24 children ages 6 and under at a sweets-themed party wasn’t as out-of-control as it might sound.  Of course it did help that the guests waited until they were leaving to fill their goodie bags.

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Party Details

Our budget for 50 guests was $200, or $4.00 per person.

Sweets {$75}

The candy was pretty crucial to the theme and I needed a LOT of it to fill those jars (which were borrowed from a friend.)  I ended up ordering most of it from Oriental Trading Company, which had a great selection of retro candy at very reasonable prices.  I also kept an eye out for candy deals while doing my regular shopping, and ended up scoring some great deals on Skittles, M&Ms, & gummy colas.

For party favors, each child got to fill a paper bag (etsy.com, $6) with the candy of their choice.   All the kids were also given their own candy-colored toothbrush tied with tags that read, “for your sweet tooth.”

Crafts & Decorations {$50}

A significant chunk of my decoration budget went to the balloons, which cost about $20.  Luckily most of the other decorations–the paper buntings, pinwheels, glitter lollipops, party hats, ruffled crepe paper, & tissue puffs–were all DiY projects that cost far more in time than money for materials (click the links for tutorials.)  I bought a Sweet Shop themed book of scrapbook paper on sale at JoAnns for $9, then used coupons to get a great deal on the ribbons (which required more than one trip.)  I also waited until the fabric I wanted was on sale, and then used items I already had at home to complete most of my projects.

The biggest “splurge” for my decorations was the pink & white paper straws (etsy.com, $8).  I loved how cute they looked all line up in the mason jars!

Food {$30}

The menu was purposely kept very simple this time around because I didn’t want to waste any time stressing over the food.  A couple of weeks ago I scored a fantastic deal on premium hot dogs, which made them the obvious menu choice.  Paired with a gigantic watermelon and a few bags of stockpile potato chips, we were able to feed 50 people for about $15.  The remaining $15 went to ice cream, cones, & syrup (all purchased with coupons.)

The retro plastic hot dog trays ($2.50 for 4, Amazon.com) were purchased using a gift card earned with Swagbucks.   Since I didn’t spend any out-of-pocket money on them AND because they are reusable, I didn’t include them in my party budget total.

Drinks {$35}

We saved money by mixing up a giant container of lemonade using juice we had squeezed and then frozen from our own lemon tree a few months ago.  We served it in (plastic–no glass by the pool!) mason jars accented with paper straws.  We also served a variety of soft drinks and juice boxes, all of which came out of our stockpile.  Of course no matter how hard I try, I can’t ever seem to find beer for free.  Maybe someday!

Activities {$5}

The kids spent at least the first half of the party in the pool, which was a great way to wear them out.  Later they had a blast playing a “candy toss” game made with bean bags wrapped in cellophane to make them look like candy. As the evening wore down and the kids wore out, I played a Candyland DVD (purchased used on Amazon.com) on our big screen movie projector.  The movie surprisingly had excellent reviews and all the kids–even Annie, who is almost never still–sat there quietly through the entire thing, which gave the parents a nice opportunity to sit and relax as well.

All in all, it was a very fun evening, and I can’t wait to start planning my next event.

After all, Maggie turns 5 in just a few short months!

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The internet and blogosphere is an almost never-ending source of inspiration, and many sources contributed to the ideas for this party.  I posted my original inspiration board here, and I also found some great ideas at HowDoesShe.com (the ruffled crepe paper backdrop for the candy table), ThoughtfullySimple.com (giant lollipops for the walkway), and TheFavorMaker.typepad.com (toothbrushes as favors–genius!)  Hopefully this party will inspire you to not only throw a fabulous party, but to do it on a budget!

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35 Comments

  1. Tracy A
    May 31 at 02:15PM

    Oh my gosh, what a party. It all came together very beautifully! Makes me wish I was 2 again so I could have joined!! lol

    Giving out the toothbrushes after all those sweets was a great idea, and I cant believe how little you spent on everything. Amazing! 🙂

  2. Tanya
    May 31 at 03:11PM

    The party turned out beautifully! Great ideas for fun on a budget.

  3. Kim
    May 31 at 04:46PM

    Wow! Everything is so beautiful! You did a wonderful job! You are so talented!

  4. Magen
    May 31 at 04:47PM

    Awesome party!!! Im doing a candyland theme for my daughters birthday where did u get the candy filled straws. I looked on oriental trading but couldnt find those colors that u got! Thanks so much!!

    • Ruth
      May 31 at 05:53PM

      I found those particular sugar sticks in the clearance section of Oriental Trading. I think they were considered Easter. I just looked but I didn’t see them anymore. 🙁

  5. Katy
    May 31 at 05:38PM

    Where did you find PLASTIC Mason jars? I’ve googled them but I can’t seem to find any that aren’t a neon color. 🙂

  6. Crystal
    May 31 at 06:27PM

    Your pics are so amazing! The colors are beautiful…. What kind of camera did you use?
    Thanks!

  7. May 31 at 07:10PM

    Love it all! You do such an amazing job with your parties. I think I need to get planning Kade’s 9th…you inspire me so. 🙂

    xoxo, Jess

  8. May 31 at 09:18PM

    What a beautiful party!! You really are talented making the decorations yourself my little girl loved the pictures and is now asking for her own party lol not sure it would work here in the UK as our weather is a bit unpredictable 🙂

  9. May 31 at 10:51PM

    I love the idea of giving toothbrushes as favors. What a cute party idea! I am going to have to find something to celebrate really soon so I can steal some ideas. 🙂

  10. Kiki
    June 1 at 11:47AM

    Wow!! What a party! It looks sooo fun!! and you made it all cheap, too! I can’t believe it!! 50 peoples for $200!? Wow. YOU ARE AMAZING!!

  11. June 1 at 05:12PM

    I knew it would be fabulous! You did such a fantastic job! They all look so excited and happy!

  12. josie
    June 2 at 01:21AM

    Hi Ruth, what a beautiful party your little one had. I am impressed especially because you made everything. I also had my little one 1st birthday this weekend, it was awesome, we had a great time.

  13. WOW. Seriously. WOW! Ruth, you are A-MAZing!! You did a wonderful job (not that I ever doubted it), and I am jealous of your insane creativity and planning and saving capabilities – fabulous. Oh, and the tiny little bit I saw of the invites…super cute. 🙂

  14. Magen
    June 16 at 03:00AM

    Hey Ruth! The jars that u put the candy in were they plastic or glass?? Do u happen to know where your friend bought them at?? Thanks so much for all your help!
    Magen

  15. Jacqueline Sousa
    June 29 at 12:43AM

    Where did you purchase the toothbrushes? Thank you for inspiring my sweet shoppe birthday party, my daughter is turning 1 in August!

  16. June 30 at 04:33AM

    I am so excited to have found your site. I actually came across it when I was doing analytics of traffic to my own blog, The Favor Maker, and found a link from here about giving out toothbrushes as favors. The funny thing is, it was all my daughter’s idea! Thanks so much for linking to me. For those asking about the toothbrush favors, I purchased mine from a dental supply store online. They are cheap, cheap, cheap! 🙂

  17. sheika
    September 12 at 08:17PM

    your party has inspired me! and my little girl is turning 2. I’m going with the sweet shoppe theme, but i would like to know how can i get the font thats used on the candy jar labels??

  18. Mallory
    May 16 at 10:50AM

    I love all of the special details you put into your parties!! Where did you find the plastic mason jars? I got married a couple of months ago and we had mason jars for everyone to drink out of. We had about 11 kids under the age of 5 coming and I was looking for plastic ones and couldn’t find any. We ended up getting 8 ounce jars and my dad drilled a hole into the top of each lid and we used small rubber grommets to hold the striped straws in place. It was very cute and worked pretty well but I was still scared of the kids dropping the glass jars!

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    Hi Ruth. I have just recently started reading through your back log of posts and am loving them all – I’m bookmarking tons of them in case I need future inspiration. I notice that you include lots of photos of you family and friends, which is awesome. I have just started my own blog and am undecided how much personal stuff to show. I have no problem with posting pictures of my girls in theory, but we are always encouraged to be so careful of what we put on the internet and hear some horror stories. Do you have any words of wisdom or experiences that might help a newbie?

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