I’m so excited to bring you my final post in my candy corn series this fall. If you have been following along, you know that we have been building up to this candy corn harvest party for the school classroom. If you are looking for more Halloween or harvest party ideas for a classroom, I hope you will check our 2012 harvest party and 2013 harvest party for more great crafts, games, food ideas and more.
I am the room mom for my daughter’s class and am in charge of orchestrating the harvest party. I definitely see it as a team job, so I gathered the other parents who wanted to help. I had this candy corn extravaganza in mind when I went into the meeting. I had thought it up a while back and began sketching out my ideas. However, I didn’t want to be a crazy Pinterest blogging mom. I only wanted to do the party like this if I had buy in from the other parents. I asked for their ideas, and none of them had older kids that had done harvest parties before, so they didn’t quite know what to present or where to start. So, I gulped, and pulled out my ideas, making it extremely clear that we didn’t need to what I was presenting. They all were in though and were amazing at volunteering to bring things, prepare crafts and be present to pull it all off. Here’s what I brought to our first meeting: Candy Corn Party Ideas. I also brought along links to all the ideas so that it was simple for them to find the resources online. There are links provided below for you as well.
Some of my ideas and inspiration came by scrolling through Pinterest. Some ideas just came from adjusting things we had done in the past or making things up. My goal is to outline it all for you here to make it easy to re-create your own candy corn themed harvest party.
Decorations were simple. I find that plastic table cloths from the Dollar Store work great as a backdrop for the food table. I found some candy corn bags that I strung into a garland. I also found a great tutorial at Sophistishe for making a candy corn paper plate garland.
How we structure the harvest party is that kids are in small groups and work on a rotation going through each of the stations. They receive a sticker for their name tag at each station. About every ten minutes the kids rotate to the next activity table or area. Everyone partakes in food together at the end of the party.
Candy Corn Harvest Party Food Ideas
Candy Corn Cupcakes – The Cotton Cupcake Shoppe made these adorable candy corn cupcakes. I wanted to make some too, but apparently all of our food items needed to be directly from a container and not homemade due to food allergies. Therefore, one of our moms bought packaged cupcakes, and we let our kids decorate them.
Swirl Candy Corn Cookies – These swirl cookies were another thing I wanted to make, but we couldn’t due to the school policy mentioned above. Please visit The Simple, Sweet Life to get the recipe and instructions.
Candy Corn Cheese Platter – One of our families was suppose to bring the cheese platter inspired by Layers of Happiness, but it is the only thing that never showed up.
Candy Corn Vegetable Tray – One of our moms put together this fabulous vegetable tray for the kids.
Candy Corn Fruit Cups – Another mom put together the pineapple, mandarin and whipping cream fruit cups. Note: The whipping cream should be sprayed on last minute, as it begins to dissolve after about 5 minutes.
Candy Corn Juice Boxes – One of my contributions was the candy corn juice boxes.
Candy Corn Harvest Party Craft Ideas
Candy Corn Man – This candy corn man was a really fun craft for the kids to make. One of the moms had all the materials prepped to make it easy. This station took the longest to complete.
Decorate your Own Cupcake – Another mom purchased store bought cupcakes, pre-frosted, and then had all the kids decorate them with a variety of candies and sprinkles.
Candy Corn Bag – This candy corn bag could be used for any special treats that were brought by the classmates.
Candy Corn Name Tags – I made these candy corn name tags for the kids. Each station had a different sticker. As kids travelled around the room to the different stations they were able to receive a sticker to mark off that they had been there.
Candy Corn Ring Toss – I came up with the idea to paint cones for our ring toss. One of the dads volunteered to spray paint some cones I found at Target. We were going to use glow stick rings, but that detail dropped through the cracks. Luckily, their teacher had another ring option.
Candy Corn Bowling – In the past we have done pumpkin bowling, which is what made me think of this idea. One dad was able to buy a bowling set to spray paint. He tried to spray paint a bunch of 2 liter bottles, which was my idea, but I guess the spray paint just balled up and wouldn’t adhere. He’s a trooper for finding an alternate solution.
Candy Corn Rice Sensory Relay – This was a relay I made up that I adapted from an idea I found at Tutus and Tea Parties. Kids would be in teams and race down to grab a candy corn from the rice bin. They’d then run back and drop it in a bowl. Then, the next team member would go. The play would continue until a team was able to find 10 candy corns.
Candy Corn Photo Booth – One of the moms created this fabulous foam board photo booth. We’ve made photo booths in the past from our corn hole board. She was clever and used foam board with foam board perpendicular feet that slid onto the bottom.
Guess the Candy Corns – This is a popular game at harvest party time, and it fit in perfectly with our party theme. Photo credit goes to Tips from Town.
I hope you have enough inspiration now to create your own amazing harvest party with a candy corn theme. The kids had a blast, and I think the parents had fun doing a theme. They say they’re up for something great again for the winter party.