If you know my party planning style, you know that when it comes to my kids’ birthday parties, I love to choose themes that capture their life and what they are into in that year before their birthday. I love making my kids feel extra special, but it truly is not about spending tons of money on the perfect party. I keep my parties within a budget and if you look through my shop, you will see that you can definitely create an amazing party without spending a lot of money.
For my daughter Aya’s 7th birthday, the theme evolved through her fascination with California and the fact that she was born there. Before Aya could even walk, she had visited places like Malibu, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood. So in discussing the planning of her party, she came up with the idea of combining her favourite things: pink, glitter and Hollywood!
Aya and I created a secret Pinterest board and began collecting pictures and ideas of what she wanted to incorporate into her party.
After creating a checklist, my first stop was right behind my desk in my party warehouse. I walked through and selected everything that would work with my theme. Pink tableware, gold and pink chevron paper straws, mini pink chevron paper bags, candy, paper punches, mason jars, giant balloons, paper lanterns and bakers twine – just to name a few.
Aya’s birthday invitation was designed by one of our graphic designers, Aya’s uncle. The design of the invitation truly expressed the theme of the party.
Upon arrival, each party guest received a bubble gum necklace and pink tutu. These were part of their party favours. All the girls giggled and twirled, feeling like little Hollywood princesses. A Hollywood star personalized with their name was their place mat. Each guest got to hand stamp their Hollywood star as their keepsake to take home.
I always sketch out the dessert table in advance. It helps me plan what desserts I need to order, what I need to make myself, and what decor items I need. I found this gold and sheer striped table cloth at my local Fabricland. It was very inexpensive, but looks beautiful lined with a white tablecloth. I used sheer curtains for the backdrop and created garland with circle cut glitter paper.
The cake was definitely the star of the table. I sent Martha, from Every Occasion Cakes some inspiration and knew she would come up with something spectacular and she did! It was not only beautiful, but it tasted amazing.
My daughter and I love ordering Shirley temple drinks when we go out. I recreated this ‘Hollywood’ drink using pink cotton candy, a paper straw and a cherry on top made from chocolate! These were so adorable and a super sweet treat for all our party guests.
Cake pops, macarons and chocolate covered Oreo were dusted with gold glitter and stars. Cute pink favour pails were given to each guest before they left so they could fill them with treats to take home.
Giant pink balloons were placed at each end of the dessert table. We decorated each one with dark pink, gold, and light pink hand made tissue garlands.
I had fun putting together some party crafts I used for this party. They are super easy and I will share the details with you all in a separate blog very soon!
Aya and her guests had a blast and I know that Aya truly felt like a super star on her very special day!
Happy Party Planning!
Party Designer – Lina Manuel
Photographer/Graphic Designer – Eddie Manuel Photography
Two tiered Birthday Cake – Every Occasion Cakes
Chocolate Covered Oreos and Chocolate Cherries – Sherry’s Choco-Lollies & Treats
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