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September 02, 2019

Rainbow & Unicorn Birthday Party

Party time has finally come & gone which means...
I finally get to share all the fun details and projects that went into it!!!

I LOVE decorating and designing parties for my kids... since the older two have nearly outgrown all the fun, creative DIY parties (although my oldest is wanting an 80's party for her 13th so there's still some fun involved!!), I love getting the chance to get creative for parties when I still can!!

Little miss turned 5 last week and while I'm still trying to figure out how that happened already... I wanted to share all the magical rainbow & unicorn goodness. 

When you ask Little Miss her favorite color... it's 'rainbow'. When people asked what she wanted for her birthday... she said 'anything girlie'. She's my girly-girl, all things magical & sparkly, rainbow loving girl. Which made it SO fun to decorate this year. 

I figured I'd show you the party in all of it's rainbow glory today and then break apart several of the smaller projects to share with you over the next week. 
We had some amazing shops send some fun things in & I'll be sharing those shops throughout the pictures and again in the source list at the bottom of this post. 
So if you need a direction in your party planning, they are great resources to start with!!

Let's dive in to all the party fun!


The main party table is my favorite to decorate. 
This year, we used fabrics I already had for the backdrop & tablecloths. 
I tried something new & attempted a balloon garland to drape across the top for 'clouds'. 
It was so much easier than I imagined to do and was the perfect finishing touch! 

The huge rainbow was a major labor of love- it was created with pool noodles, tons of yarn and lots of time! 
It ended up turning out so awesome, it replaced the main thing over her dresser in her room. So it was a two-fold win! 
The beautiful '5' banner is from Say It In Burlap and was such a fun piece to add to the centerpiece. 

I'll be sharing a tutorial later this week on how to make the beautiful unicorn/felt ball garlands. They were so fun & easy to do- adding a little extra to the backdrop! 






My sister made the gorgeous unicorn cake- a mix of pink & white ombre and the cute unicorn topper was an Amazon find. I added paper flowers for a little extra 'girlie'. 



One of my favorite pretty details was this unicorn confetti from Festive Fetti. It was such a fun touch that instantly made it feel like 'party mode'!!! 

Get your custom mixes in tons of colors and themes!!! 



We kept our food list simple & sweet (I mean, what else do you expect at a unicorn party?!) 

We had: 
-Popcorn drizzled with purple chocolate & lucky charms marshmallows 
-Unicorn Fudge (recipe here
-Bugles (for unicorn horns) 
-Sprinkle Bars (Pink wafer cookies dipped in the purple chocolate and then sprinkles) 
-Rainbow Marshmallows (Walmart) 




My best tips on a cute & budget friendly table is layering fabrics rather than buying expensive tablecloths. 
I tend to buy several yards of fabric I love (the ruffle fabric on the backdrop) especially if it's on clearance. 
Hobby Lobby will clearance out their seasonal fabric and you can get it at great prices. 
I store it in a tub and pull them out for parties all the time. 
I love non-patterned color/texture pieces that can be mixed and matched. 
The pink sequin cloths on the table are cheap tablecloths from Amazon. 
They are sheer but layered over a white tablecloth, they are perfect. 

I used a scrap of gold fabric for the runner. 

I also invest in neutral colored dishes that I can use over and over. 
White is my go-to. I also tend to use a lot of pink/light blue so I have several pieces in those shades. 
I added light blue plates to my white cake plates for height & color.


My entry table served as a great favor set-up area. 
I clipped our simple favors to my board I made last year and added a quick '5' banner to it.

I'll have a tutorial this week on the easy to do non-edible favors! 
The board I use for all kinds of things- pictures, favors, cards, etc for different events. And the clothespins come in handy for all kinds of things too. 



(printable from Indigo Ink Boutique


The gorgeous rainbow garland is from Shop Cherry Sprinkles and add a bit of beauty to EVERYTHING. If you haven't gotten your hands on felt garlands, you are missing out. They are so versatile and make mantles, parties, decor SO. MUCH. FUN.




The other big hit were these personalized tattoos from Itty Bits Designs. The kids LOVED getting to come in the door and get tattoos on. Maggie insisted on wearing hers all week! 


Little Miss insisted on making a piece of art and I'm in love with it- it'll be displayed in the house long after we aren't in love with rainbows anymore :) 

I made the white corded rainbow as a test run over the summer and loved it so it made an appearance on this table. I think it'll be pretty for spring decor too! 




Party games consisted of Pin the Horn on the Unicorn & Unicorn Horn Toss (an Amazon find). I used my Silhouette to help me outline the Pin the Horn unicorn & then watercolored her mane in. I cut gold horns with my Silhouette as well. 




Lastly, we had enough rainbow pretties to decorate the mantle up- something I don't always do for parties but it was fun for this time around. 

I made the rainbow frames over the summer when I just had the urge to paint & it turned into this :) 


I layered two square signs- one is a white wood framed sign I switch wreaths out in- and the other is a painted canvas I did to match the frames. 
The beautiful 'Believe in Magic' sign is from Zavyanne



I used embroidery hoops I had on hand to turn into unicorns by adding scrap white polka dot fabric and ironing on unicorn eyes with vinyl :) 

The beautiful headbands I attached with small dabs of hot glue (so they could be removed after) and are from Avas Pretty Things Handmade

The rainbow felt garland and mini rainbows/clouds were the perfect finishing touches from Shop Cherry Sprinkles


Little Miss also made a little unicorn to decorate with too- I LOVE that she loves projects & art as much as momma. She was so proud to have her work out at her party. This was just a cheap wooden unicorn from Hobby Lobby that she spent forever painting and adding sequins to. 


I got really excited about these Polaroid dupes & already posted a tutorial on how I did them here. They were so fun & I can't wait to use them in other places for decor too.  



As a maker, I LOVE seeing all the amazing talents of other people, women, mommas... all the things. You guys are TALENTED. 
From party decor, to confetti, to cakes, to clothes... I can't believe the crazy amount of talent out there. 
I am so thankful for the wonderful shops that make this party happen & added their beautiful talent in the mix. 

A huge THANK YOU because I could not have done it without you. 


The smile on her face says it all- it was a huge success & so much fun. 
We had the best time planning this together!!! 

I know there were a lot of pictures and lots of words up there- thank you for getting this far! For those of you who like a nice and clean list of where to look for things... adding that below :) 


Party Source List: 

Decor: 
Confetti & Gold Unicorns in garlands: Festive Fetti
Felt rainbow garlands, loose rainbows & clouds: Shop Cherry Sprinkles
Burlap Banner: Say It In Burlap
Believe in Magic Sign: Zavyanne
Rainbow Frames: Repurposed & painted by me
Wooden Camera: With Love Halle 
Custom Tattoos: Itty Bits Designs
Unicorn Printable: Indigo Ink Boutique

Birthday Outfit: 
Matching Dolly & Me Dresses: Honeygirlhandmade
Matching Dolly & Me Headbands: Vivibelles Bows
Necklace: Gemma and Filo
Earrings: My Kookie Jar








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