Vintage Carnival – The Sweet Shoppe

Candy buffets and dessert tables seem to be standard at every birthday party, shower or wedding these days. I’ve seen my share of them at the amazing weddings I’ve worked and everyone loves a good candy buffet. They are always a hit and it’s nice to take home a little bag of sweets to enjoy later. A lot of sugary treats were already planned for The Gaines Bros. Vintage Carnival, but a candy buffet was a still a must for my boys’ party! So after loading kids up with cotton candy, sweet tea, cupcakes, etc…we sent them home with bags of candy, just two weeks before Halloween. Sorry, Parents!!! I should point out that just as many “big kids” filled up treat bags as “little kids”…and we did not have any leftover candy after the party. ūüôā

The Gaines Bros. “Good Old-Fashioned Sweet Shoppe” was set up with glass containers from Walmart; tiered trays made from glue-gunned silver platters and plastic cups from Dollar Tree; cookie jars borrowed from my sister, Julie; gum ball machines from the 99 Cents Store and some borrowed from my sister, Mary; and striped paper ribbon from Paper Mart. We chose classic candies that would go with the vintage theme (Salt Water Taffy,¬†Good & Plenty,¬†Red Vines,¬†Jelly Belly,¬†Bit ‘O Honey,¬†Smarties, Butterscotch,¬†Spice Drops,¬†Cherry Slices),¬†and my boys’ favorites: Ginger Snaps and their daddy’s homemade Salted Butter Caramels (each painstakingly cut and hand-wrapped by Nana Sue). Love Paper Paint created coordinating custom tags and signs for each item, a hand-cut “Sweet Shoppe”¬†pennant banner, as well as labels for the bags.

All the fantastic photos of the party were taken by my sister, Julie of Lot116 Photography (unedited shots), and our friend, Hughes of H3 Photography (vintage edit). Our friends, Jenny and Cho, helped set up the candy buffet while I scrambled to get ready for the party.

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