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Double-themes Candy Buffet for Birthday Parties

Everyone is doing them. The fun candy buffet to replace the pastry table at parties and celebrations. They are beautiful, easy to make, and require much less clean up time afterward. Perhaps the best part of the candy buffet is you can create your own style and make the party uniquely yours. There is nothing “standardized” about a candy buffet. The rules are flexible and you can customize the entire table.  

All candy buffets have a theme, color scheme, and primary reason. For example, Billy wants a Ninja Turtle ® party for his 7th birthday. The theme is Ninja Turtles ®, the colors are usually green, blue, and maybe yellow, and the primary reason is a birthday party. The rest of the effort goes into finding an online candy store to buy from in bulk, gathering supplies and putting the table together. But there are times when a single theme will not do and in those times you need a double-themes candy buffet. A few reasons why you would want to double theme the buffet:

  • You are celebrating the birthday of twins

  • An adult and a child have a birthday close together and celebrate with one party

  • A change of seasons theme for returning to school, going to high school, or graduating college

  • Combining two parties, like a wedding party with a baby shower

  • Holiday parties where the family are from different cultures 

You get the idea. A double-themes party allows you to celebrate two different people or events with one candy buffet.

When you do a double-themes table, the hardest part is the centerpiece. You can use a picture of the people being celebrated, a nice sign reading, “Happy Birthday”, “Congratulations”, or you can tie the two themes together.

If Billy’s party's Ninja Turtles ® and his twin Bella’s party is Barbie ® you can use the left table for Billy, right for Bella and the centerpiece can be a cake or setting of Ninja Turtles ® rescuing Barbie ®. Use your imagination and consider the age of the guest of honor and let your creativity lead you.

Setting up the table

The candy is going to be the same for each side, except in the colors you choose for each. In our example we would set up our left table with hues of green, blue, and our neutral color is yellow. For our right side (Barbie) we will use pink, purple, and yellow. The yellow will tie the two sides together. Our centerpiece will be a combination of all the colors and our tablecloth will be a layered look of purple (or pink), then green, and then the top layer which is on the table itself is yellow.

Use tall containers on the back row and use these containers for candy like rock candy on sticks, straws, lollipops, and candy sticks. The middle section is for shorter and wider jars, this is where you will layer candies like gummies, M&M’s, gum balls, foil covered candies, and other candy that is about this size.

Using candy that is too large or too small will result in having to spend too much time refilling jars. The front section is for individually wrapped candy, specialty candy and any other candy you can stage in trays. Let your candy supplier know your color choices and allow them to help in your selection.

The backdrop is easy for the double-themes candy buffet. Hang rows of streamers or ribbons in the colors of the table and attach themed stickers, balloons, or small toys to them. Fill in empty spots with small toys of the theme. Provide candy bags for each theme on either side of the table.

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I'm Back Y'all!

Hey y'all! I'm sure you've noticed I haven't posted much on the blog lately... 9 months to be exact... ridiculous, I know. I tend to overbook myself and put my hobbies aside in the meantime, something I really need to work on. Hopefully you've been keeping in touch with me via social media and haven't missed too much but in case you have here is a brief summary of the last 9 months...

A & S turned 3 in March, they had their first "friend" birthday party which was a lot of fun. The theme was Minnie Mouse and Thomas and Friends, it was super cute and they loved it. Let's be honest though, 3 is rough... sweet, fun and adventurous but ROUGH! So many things have gotten easier... they communicate, they're potty trained, they can do things for themselves (when they want), they sleep - in our bed- but they sleep, they are sweet and loving but my goodness the will of a 3 year old is strong and the will of two 3 year olds is even stronger. God willing, we will survive this season of parenthood and be on to a new season soon. 

I continue to stay at home, write for Oklahoma City Moms Blog, manage membership for our local Mothers of Multiples group, public relations for Oklahoma Mothers of Multiples and soon managing membership for our local MOMs Club Chapter as well. We spend a lot of time attending and hosting playgroups, going to our nieces ball games, participating in gymnastics, dance and soon t-ball and likely swimming lessons. A will have her first dance recital in June, which we're all looking forward to. Participating in extra-curricular activities has been really, really good for their socialization and growth - they're doing so well. 

We recently started and by started I mean just that, working on doing some home renovations. 6.5 years ago we bought our first home, with that came along a list of upgrades. Well, life got busy between planning a wedding, going to college, working and having twins, the only thing we ever marked off our list was paint. Now we've started on our master bathroom floors, with rest of the house to follow. My husband thinks he can DIY the floors to save money, we'll see how this goes, I currently have an out of order bathroom. Sharing a bathroom with 3 others really isn't fun. We will also be replacing our roof soon - the joys of living in Oklahoma during Spring. 

Other than that, we've just stayed busy with the typical adventures of having 3 year olds. I promise to start posting more often and really focusing on the blog, as it's something I enjoy and would love to get up and going again! Connecting with other mama's is something I'm passionate about so I'll be around more often! In the meantime, be sure to follow me on social media for the latest updates! 

Posted on May 18, 2016 and filed under Motherhood, Twins.

Baby Food Made Simple

It's been several months since I've actually made pureed baby food but I have had several new moms asking me for tips, advice, recipes, etc. While it's still fresh on my mind I figured I would share with you all.

First things first, make sure you have a decent food processor or blender. There is truly no need to buy one made specifically for baby food, instead I suggest buying one you can use for many years to come for things other than baby food. I was lucky enough to get a hand me down Cuisinart food processor, it's one my favorite kitchen gadgets but if I were looking for an affordable, easy to use gadget I would probably go with a hand blender. Nothing fancy, just one that would do the job. 

Second, get several cheap ice trays. I went with a tougher more expensive ice tray and wish I would have went with them cheaper flimsier option as they are easier to pop cubes out of. 

Third, get some gallon size freezer bags.

Last but certainly not least, go out and buy some fresh or frozen produce. What you choose is going to vary based on your little one's age. I used Momtastic's Wholesome Baby Food food charts as a fantastic reference for what to feed mine at each stage, as well as her awesome recipes and allergy information.

Some of A & S' first favorite foods were: butternut squash, bananas, avocado, applesauce (no sugar added) and sweet potatoes. The great thing about bananas and avocados is that you don't have to have a blender to prep them if they're nice and ripe, instead you can just mash them with a fork. The consistency isn't as smooth if you mash them but it's definitely doable.

Also, keep in mind that foods such as apples and sweet potatoes have to be precooked before pureeing them. 

Once you puree the food, pour it into the ice trays and freeze. When the cubes are completely frozen, pop them out and separate them into freezer bags. If they are 2 different colors, toss more than one type of food into each bag but if they look similar it's best to use separate bags. Then, label each bag with they type food as well as the date it was made. The quality is best when used within three months of freezing but most foods are good for up to six months once frozen.

To thaw, grad what you need and thaw in the refrigerator overnight or pop the cubes in the microwave for 10 second intervals. Always remember, microwaves cook very unevenly, leaving hot spots that can and will burn. Please be sure to stir well and do not serve until it has cooled down throughout. 

Also, we just recently discovered the convenience of squeeze pouches. I am not a fan of most store bought baby food, including the pouches because they are filled with too many unnecessary ingredients and preservatives but check out these awesome reusable silicone Squeasy Snacker food pouches! We're using them now for a great on the go snack for things like yogurt, applesauce, pureed fruits and veggies. I highly recommend them no matter you littles ones age, they even have a no-spill insert that is dandy!

If you have any questions about making your own baby food, please comment below or shoot me an email! 

Posted on August 17, 2015 and filed under Motherhood, Scruncy Mama Tips, Twins.