Pick n mix Sweets

The Ultimate Guide to Kids’ Parties: Sweets, Themes, and More

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Organising a memorable children’s party requires equal parts creativity, attention to detail, and a sprinkle of magic. From age-appropriate sweets to party bag ideas and delightful themes, this guide has you covered. Dive in and discover the secret to hosting the perfect party.

1. Sweet Treats by Age:

Toddlers (1-3 years): At this tender age, it’s crucial to opt for soft, easy-to-eat treats.

  • Soft Jelly Candies: Gentle on their baby teeth and available in various shapes and flavours.
  • Mini Marshmallows: Delightfully soft and can be colour-coordinated with your party theme.

Preschoolers (4-6 years):

  • Chocolate Coins: These are both playful and delicious. Children can pretend they’re pirates hunting for treasures!
  • Animal Biscuits: Crunchy, sweet, and often decorated with colourful icing, they’re a sure hit.

School-aged kids (7-9 years):

  • Fizzy Sweets: A delightful surprise for the palate, these tangy treats will surely have them giggling.
  • Parma Violets & Love Hearts: Both sweet and fun, they can read messages or enjoy the unique floral taste.

Pre-teens (10-12 years):

  • Drumstick Lollies & Refreshers: A blend of sweet and tangy, these resonate with their evolving tastes.
  • Squashies: These gum-like sweets are popular and come in a range of flavours.

2. Party Bag Ideas:

For Boys:

  • Superhero Masks: Allow them to channel their inner superhero long after the party ends.
  • Mini Cars: Pocket-sized and perfect for hours of imaginative play.
  • Dinosaur Figurines: A roaring success amongst dino lovers.

For Girls:

  • Fairy Dust Necklaces: Add a touch of magic to their day.
  • Unicorn Stickers: Perfect for personalising schoolbooks or crafts.
  • Bead Crafting Kits: They can create their bracelets or necklaces, fostering creativity.

3. Sweets as Party Favours:

Why not let sweets double up as party favours? Consider mini sweet jars or handcrafted sweet boxes from Duncan’s Sweet Shop. Whether it’s a selection from their Pick n Mix range or their handpicked Vegan Sweets, they offer an extensive array of confections sure to delight.

4. Party Themes and Coordinating Sweets:

Princess Party:

  • Sweets: Pink and white marshmallows, pastel-coloured candies, and gold chocolate coins.
  • Decor: Pink and gold banners, tiaras for each guest, and a mock castle setup.

Space Explorer:

  • Sweets: Galaxy-inspired sweets like swirling lollipops that resemble planets and star-shaped candies.
  • Decor: Dark room with starlit projections, astronaut helmets, and rocket ship cut-outs.

Jungle Adventure:

  • Sweets: Animal biscuits, green jelly (to mimic the jungle setting), and banana or tropical-flavoured sweets.
  • Decor: Green streamers, animal cut-outs, and safari hats for each child.

Under the Sea:

  • Sweets: Blue jellybeans, fish-shaped gummies, and mermaid-tail-shaped chocolates.
  • Decor: Blue and green balloons, seashell plates, and fish netting.

5. Crafting the Perfect Party Ambience:

Food & Drink: Along with sweets, consider finger foods that kids love. Mini sandwiches, fruit skewers, and crisps are popular choices. For drinks, fruit juices and squash are always safe bets.

Music: Curate a playlist that matches your theme. For example, sea shanties for a pirate party or classic Disney songs for a princess gala.

Games: Keep them engaged with fun games like ‘Pass the Parcel’, ‘Musical Statues’, or themed treasure hunts.

Parting Gifts: Beyond sweets, consider books or crafts that match your theme. They serve as both entertainment and a keepsake.

In conclusion, crafting the ideal children’s party is all about merging creativity with practicality. By carefully choosing age-appropriate sweets, aligning them with engaging themes, and putting together thoughtful party bags, you can ensure an event that’s both enjoyable and unforgettable. Duncan’s Sweet Shop is here to make your celebrations sweeter, with a touch of tradition and a sprinkle of nostalgia. Happy planning!

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