Thursday, June 2, 2011

It Can be Done - A Cartoon Character Birthday Party

With my daughter's birthday rapidly approaching, I realized that I need to start planning the party. This year she is torn between having a garden party and a roller skating party.  I think she is leaning more in the roller skating direction, but to be honest, the kid has never roller skated in her life.  She was invited to a skating party last summer, and was too scared to skate. I think I need to take her to do it first, before I start planning a party there.  I would hate to plan the whole thing to find out she hates it! 

As I started thinking about this, I was looking through some pictures from last year.  I realized that that was pre-blog, so I decided to share some of the pictures with you.  The theme was somewhat difficult - she wanted a My Little Pony Picnic and Pool Party.  I'm not a big fan of cartoon character parties - but I know the kids love them, so I had to come up with a creative spin.  The Picnic part was actually my idea.  Our neighborhood pool is down by the lake, in which there is a lakeside pavilion.  I decided to have the party there - I thought it would be a beautiful backdrop for a picnic theme.

These were the invitations I designed, incorporating the MLP logo.

What's a summer party without pinwheels?  I made these out of paper, and inserted them into floral centerpieces on each of the tables.

 The pavilion has a fireplace, so I made some paper bunting to drape across the mantle.

 The favors I we gave were water bottles with lemonade packets tied to them.  I designed labels to coordinate with the theme, and displayed them in a picnic basket lined with red and white gingham fabric.  The kids loved them!!

Addison begged me to let her eat a cupcake before the party - I couldn't resist the birthday girl!!

Since I cannot bake, I ordered cupcakes from Publix.  I did, however, design cupcake toppers for the display.

The kids LOVED the pinwheels, and had an absolutely field day playing with them.

Since the pinwheels were such a huge hit, I decided to design the thank you cards to match, and lined the envelopes with coordinating paper.



It was a great party - everyone had a blast!  Now I have to figure out what to do this year!! 
Linking Up To: 

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  1. Cute party! Pinwheels make me smile :) Thanks for the smile!

  2. Love your pinwheels!! What a cute party you pulled together : ) I saw this on Tatertots&Jello's Weekend Wrap-Up.
    Jaimee @

  3. What a cute party! I'm trying to decide on a theme for my baby's first birthday and I think the only thing I've decided on is that there will be pinwheels. :)

  4. I absolutely love the thank you notes! So summery and fun! Great way to make the My Little Pony theme creative and modern. Thanks for sharing!

    Found your blog through Serenity Now.

  5. Oh my almost 4 yr old is so into My Little Pony and this is such a sweet and subtle way to do it! Everything is just darling and we were so happy to have you share it with us last weekend at Inspiration Friday! :-)

  6. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    Come strut your stuff.