Saturday night, I celebrated my best friend Courtney’s birthday! Throughout our 23 years of friendship, one thing has remained constant: her love of candy! So in honour of her 24th year, I threw her a “Courtney’s Candy Shoppe” themed surprise birthday party.
A few of Courtney’s closest friends gathered in our condo in downtown Toronto to surprise the birthday girl. She was so surprised when she walked through the doors, as groups of friends began popping out from behind the couch, and off of the patio. Naturally she loved the candy bar (I went crazy at Bulk Barn with all the candy!) and the tissue pom poms that I made, hanging from our light fixture. They were surprisingly easy to make, even though the tissue paper was super-thin and kept ripping (note: don’t buy cheap tissue at the Dollar Store to make these!) I decked out our “candy bar” with glass bowls and jars that we already owned, and filled them with various candies in the theme colours. Little makeshift flags (cardstock taped to candy sticks) let guests know the different candy flavours. I even had orange and pineapple pop from “The PoP Shoppe”, which guests could drink and use as mixers. After a nice dinner at Peter Pan Bistro, my all-time fave restaurant in Toronto, we went back to the condo for presents and cupcakes, and lemon-drop martinis.
Lemon Drop Martini Recipe:
- 1 1/2 oz Absolut Citron vodka
- 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 1/2 tsp simple syrup (2 parts water: 1 part sugar)
Shake it up with ice, and garnish with a lemon candy or sugar-rimmed glass.
Happy birthday Court! Hope your night was a memorable one… (and enjoy all that leftover candy!)