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Gumdrop candy party ideas - dessert table

We are totally sweet on this bright and playful GOODY GOODY GUMDROPS themed kids party by Kori of Paper & Pigtails! There’s such a wonderful simplicity to the overall design that really makes Kori’s adorable gumdrop-patterned stationery details POP. This is would be a fabulous, approachable theme for both holiday parties or kids birthday parties year-round!

A few favorite details include the homemade candy & ribbon garlands and necklaces, DIY gumdrop t-shirt making activity {what a fun treat for the kids!}, and the super cute “gumdrop bouquet” fashioned from Blumeboxes and Pastry Pedestals. And as a certified frosting-lover {the more the better!}, I’m definitely loving the generously iced gumdrop-shaped cake, which serves as the perfect functional centerpiece for the dessert table.

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Kori


When the idea of a ‘gumdrop’ themed party was brought up to me, my mind started swirling with ideas! One of my favorite things about gumdrops are their bright, festive, colors which led me to an nontraditional Holiday color scheme of orange, yellow, red, green, and purple! I designed the invitation first and it served as the inspiration for the whole party. I decided to design this party outside, both to bring in more color, and because I know there are many other places who are still enjoying beautiful weather and love taking advantage of it!

For the kids table, we put together 2 kids picnic tables and covered them with linens. At each place setting was a colorful plate, favor bag of gumdrops, and a personal lunch in a little kit! The centerpiece was a large gumdrop covered ‘tree’ and several smaller ones the kids made from ice cream cones by spreading them with icing and sticking on gumdrops!

If you have a gumdrop party, you have to have a lot of sweet treats waiting for after lunch! The center of the table boasted a gumdrop cake, and on either side of the table was a Blumebox holding ‘gumdrop buttons’. I used Pastry Pedestals to make the skewers. Across the front of the table was a variety of gumdrop cookies from Bees Knees Creative sitting on a bed of gumdrops!

The kids at the party can have a blast making their own gumdrop trees! We used sugar cones and let the kids coat them with icing, then stick on the gumdrops. The other fun activity we did was make gumdrop candy necklaces! The gumdrops are really sticky, so we could only string about 5 on before the thread got way too sticky to work with, so we used ribbon to tie onto the ends!”

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