Guest Blogger Post and a Giveaway: A Very Sweet Party!

Over the weekend, my sister (who lives 2 states away from me in California) threw the cutest party for my niece and I asked her to share about it with all of you!  My sister and I have such similar taste when it comes to all things crafty, and I hope that someday we can live close to each other and start a sewing business together!

Read on to hear from my sister, Kate, about Maddie’s party and be sure to check out the bottom of this post for a little giveaway!


When I was thinking about what theme I wanted for my daughter Maddie’s 2nd birthday, I immediately thought of all the things she loves such as Dora, Mickey Mouse, and Winnie the Pooh.  Call me selfish, but I just couldn’t stomach another character themed birthday-filled day… So what else could I think of that would not only please Maddie but would meet the approval of her mother who loves all things pink, girly, and sweet? How about candy? Lots and lots: m&m’s and reese’s, gummy bears and lollipops, cookies with pink frosting and mini cupcakes.  Let’s call it Madelyn’s Sweet Shoppe, and embrace the little kid in all of us.  Forget our New Year’s Resolution diets; let’s utterly and completely indulge all day!

I found these amazing labels from eatdrinkchic, and fell in love with the pink and white stripes and pretty much everything else for the ice cream party.  I thought this would make a perfect sweet shoppe color pallet too.

I made all the girls little mini purses and the boys draw-string pouches with left-over fabric I had.  They were super easy and quick to make, and so adorable on them!

Sammy was the life of the party as usual!

Maddie (right) with her best friend Addie, drinking margaritas, engaging in deep and meaningful conversation.  To make the margaritas, just mix 1 bottle of Jose Cuervo (non-alcoholic) margarita mix with ice and lime juice.  Blend with fresh strawberries for a fun pink twist.

Here are the girls in front of a fun background I made for taking pictures. I used a tri-fold cardboard display, and painted on the pink and white stripes.  The flags were cut out with felt and I glued on flowers in the window box.

We played “Pin the Cherry on the Ice Cream Cone,” which the kids loved!  You can see the board I made in the background of the picture above.


I cut out letters for the Happy Birthday banner using adorable Amy Butler paper.

All the kids had a blast, and loved picking out their candy at the end and putting it in their candy purses and bags (with their mother’s hovering over them trying to limit the amount their kid grabs, all the while shooting me evil looks!).


Thanks, Kate!  I so wish I could have been there!  That’s Kate, on the right, right holding my adorable nephew, Sammy.  Natalie, on the left, was the extraordinary baker behind the gorgeous mini cupcakes.  I heard they were delicious!


Kate is giving away two of these mini-purses to two lucky readers!  

Just leave a comment on this post letting me know what your favorite kind of candy is!  I’ll choose the winners next Monday, March 1st.


25 Responses

  1. Sarah, this was an incredible posting, and thanks to Kate for showing us the best Birthday party ever. My favorite candy: chocolate covered brussels sprouts

  2. Kate, what a darling party! Wish I could have been there! Oh, and my favorite candy is peanut M&Ms!

  3. Nice pictures! My favorite candy is Caramello. Ugh… this diet needs to end now!

  4. Awesome post! Loved reading all about the party {even though we were there}. 🙂
    She described it to a “T!”

  5. I am totally doing this party for Lilli! I LOVE candy and I’m sure she will too when she discovers it. You Nudelmans are so crafty. it’s hard to pick a favorite kind, but probably anything chewy and fruity – skittles, starbursts.

  6. Great pictures and what a cute party. The little girls looked darling in their dresses and nail polish. Very creative. My favorite candy is Milky Way.

  7. Cute and creative ideas for a birthday party. Just had my daughter’s party this last weekend too but I didn’t have such cute home made decorations. My favorite candy is Reese’s Pieces.

  8. so cute! i love the little purses you made!

  9. tutus, candies, balloons, and pretty purses! What more could a 2 year old ask for…:) anyway my favorite candy is Skittles, can’t stop eating them.

  10. Absolutely fantastic! I am not the party planner anymore, but still the cake maker! This is so cute and could not be girlier! I remember when Jennie reached her limit of Dora EVERYTHING! Sierra will be 6 on the 10th and I have been charged with making a Hello Kitty cake this time. I wish you were here to help my daughter get ready for this one! She does a great job, but has such a limited amount of time! You should put this party in a magazine somewhere! My fav candy, besides the fudge my son makes is Mr. Goodbar.

  11. Sweet party for a darling girl. Wish we could have been there! The last picture of Madelyn is darling. Favorite candy? I love gummy bears!


  13. What a beautiful party! I love all the detail! One of the little purses would be a wonderful gift. I’m quite the candyaholic, and right now my favorite candy are the little dove dark chocolate squares. I was given some in my stocking and am now hooked!

  14. Love those sweet purses! I know a sweet little lady that lives at my house that would be over the moon for this whole party!

    my favourite kind of candy is chocolate covered jube jubes! yum!

  15. My favorites are from the chocolate shop on main street, here in our small town, but those are to expensive to eat very often so I settle for Kisses.

  16. My all-time favorite is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – I swear I could eat them all day long!

    I have a neice that would not only love this little bag but recently celebrated her 5th birthday… and my sister seems to be a lot like your sister when it comes to planning parties!

  17. What a dream-come-true party for those lucky little ones. Your purses and bags are just darling. 2 year olds and candy, a match made in heaven. Thanks for all the ideas.
    Favorite….Hershey kisses.

  18. What a scrumptious post! Of course my favorite Candy is me! However, all narcissism aside I’d have to go with Pop Rocks, because they go POP POP POP on my tongue and it’s like there’s a party in my mouth and everyone is invited! Thanks to you and your sis for the great post.

  19. that’s SO cute!!

  20. This is the sweetest little birthday party ever! I can’t wait until my goddaughter gets a little older so I can do these kinds of crafty things for one of her parties!

    And my favorite candy is Caramello. Chocolate and gooey caramel, simple and perfect.

  21. I’m tired of character themed parties too! I LOVE this party idea. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas Kate, and thanks Sarah for sharing your blog!! My favorite candy is Reese’s peanut butter cups…yummy!!

  22. Can you and your sister plan and create the rest of my whole family’s birthdays and celebrations? That was one of the cutest posts ever.

  23. It would seem you are blessed with a lovely sister.
    Favorite candy………twizzler red licorice and Dove milk chocolates!
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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