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Throw the sweetest party of the season

 
Seeking a sweet way to celebrate? Whether you’re ushering in the spookiest time of the year or wanna pull out all the stops for your birthday (sweet sixteen, anyone?), we’ve got just the party plan for you!

 

Sweets for the sweet!

Score hostess with the mostess classification before your party gets under way with the yummiest invites around. Head to the drug store and pick up a pile of king-size candy bars—one for every guest you plan to invite. At home, cut out brightly colored cardstock or construction paper in shapes that can be glued or taped to the back side of the candy wrapper. Write out your party’s deets in metallic pen, then hand ‘em out during lunch.

 

Dress it up

Ask your guests to take it up a notch and come dressed as their favorite candy. Love peppermint? Go for striped red-and-white clothes. Can’t get enough chocolate? Draw a Hershey’s kiss on a white T-shirt, or a Dove Promise with a message on the back. As the party princess, get bedecked as Queen Kandy…or Queen Frostine, if ya wanna be true to Candy Land cannon.

 

Candy bar

While your party definitely needs nosh aside from sugar-filled goodies, do make your candy bar the jaw-dropping display it deserves to be. Set aside a big table and scatter glass or plastic jars and bowls across it, using stacked books to raise them to different levels. Cover with a candy-colored table cloth and fill the jars and bowls with all sorts of Candy Land-centric candy—peppermints, licorice, jolly ranchers, gum drops, peanut brittle, chocolate-covered nuts, lollipops and fudge. Bonus points for a chocolate fondue station or frost-your-own cupcakes.

 

Craft candy castles

Feelin’ artsy? Set out graham crackers, frosting and assorted teeny candies for decoration, and let your guests tap into their creative side. Build candy mansions, candy huts and candy cars to your heart’s content.

 

Rock out!

A party lives and dies by its music, so pick yours wisely! We love the hits tunes from Katy Perry’s candy-coated Teenage Dream album. Add in Miley Cyrus’ version of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies, “Candy Man” by Christina Aguilera and The Chordettes’ “Lollipop.”
 
 

BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 10/6/2011 4:46:00 PM

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