It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s …. a superhero! It was a joint birthday party for the Watson siblings - Bly who was turning 3 and Merci who was turning 1. Big brother Bly loves superheroes, so that was the chosen theme. But we added pops of pink and purple for a girly touch. I love the superhero theme because it's perfect for boys and girls! We had a “superhero training center” set-up with a bounce house and waterslide. It was a hot afternoon at the park, so the waterslide was a big hit! There was a face painter, as well as a cape bar so that the kids could suit up and look like a real superhero!
This pink + purple enchanted birthday, full of butterflies, fairy lights and woodland details, made for the perfect 7th birthday celebration for Hollins! It was so much fun bringing our birthday girls ideas to life. I mean, what girl wouldn’t want a fun sleepover party?! This birthday party was a custom party kit order. In addition to providing a design plan, we also created a fun balloon garland that was draped over the sleepover tents, for an extra whimsical touch.
Huge thanks to all the vendors who helped bring Hollins’ dream birthday party to life!
Photography: The Graceful Host
Party supplies, design, + styling: The Graceful Host
Cake + desserts: Baked Well
Sleepover tents: Sleepover Dreams
Cake topper: Etsy
Why do kids have to keep growing up?! I feel like we were just celebrating our baby boy turning one, and now I blink and he's TWO!
After Ryan's first birthday fiesta, I swore I'd take it easy on the next birthday party. But once I decided on the theme of "Party Animals", I just couldn't hold back - there were too many cute ideas floating around! Let's face it, there will eventually come a day when Ryan doesn't want a birthday party (cue tears!), or he'll want to do something less adorable than what I have in mind. So I'm making the most of it for now! Plus, the party planner in me just can't help it.
I went with "Party Animals" because Ryan really loves animals, especially cats ... or kitty kittys as he calls them. (I think it's the thrill of the chase that he's attracted to, really!) Once that theme clicked, the ideas started rolling in. Tiny animals wearing party hats, a big colorful balloon garland, tails on chairs, a primary color palette, tambourine favors - the possibilities for decor were endless. A lot of love went into this party. The two major (and easy!) DIY projects were the tiny party hats for the mini animals and the colorful balloon garland decor. Tedious projects, but honestly they really only took a few hours each, and the end result was well worth it!
General party tips to parents: I'm a big believer in renting certain items to make life easier on the host(ess), like linens, tables and chairs. I personally don't want to have to invest in purchasing those things and then storing them. I also recommend outsourcing catering. It is 100% worth it! We went with BBQ, at my husbands request - and I love it because it was easy for guests to eat, crowd pleasing and it's filling. And yes, even a kids birthday party needs a signature drink! It's perfectly acceptable to serve alcohol at a kids birthday party. You want to cater to your guests - adult and children, alike! Our two signature drinks were Zoo Water (a non-alcoholic option) and Jungle Juice (an alcoholic option).
This was such a fun party to design, and I'm really excited to share it with you!
Party Supplies & Decor: Party Animals Party Kit
Photography: Chrissy Winchester Photography
Cake: Wow Factor Cakes
Cocktail Napkins: The Graceful Host
"Two. Cool." Birthday Shirt: Etsy
Happy Birthday cake topper: Etsy
Animal Tails: Amazon
Drink Dispensers: Target
Linens, tables, chair rentals: Party Reflections
DIY Balloon Garland: One Stylish Party