This is what Bethany said about planning the party- “My daughter, Abby, is in loooooove with Merida from Disney’s Brave…..she loves the movie as a whole, but is particularly enchanted with Merida herself. I think it’s the hair, since my daughter also has wild red hair. So, we went with that and made the wild Merida hair one of our design focal points.
Once Jessica Flynn of Capture Photography nailed the design down, I was off and rolling. I had a particularly fun time planning the party activities. We had a Crafty Carver beading station, a archery contest, and a willo the wisp hunt — all very in keeping with Merida’s story. My daughter was thrilled to be included in the painting of both the Crafty Carver bead box and archery target (which also served as a dessert table backdrop), and also helped assemble the “willo the wisp” candies. By far, the biggest hit of the day was the willo the wisp hunt — the girls went wild for it!
Regarding food, I was thrilled to find a local baker who used the invitation as the inspiration for the cake design. And it tasted even better than it looked, which was quite a feat! I also hired Posh Desserts to provide the bear cub cake pops to represent Merida’s triplet brothers in the film — they were cute, perfect, delicious little bites of goodness. The “Merida hair” licorice and willo the wisp cotton candy cups were random strokes of genius while strolling through the aisles at Smart n’ Final . . . and I was pretty darn excited about how they turned out. :) Lastly, the bear paw cookies were actually a gluten free option based on a delicious recipe from Elana’s Pantry since several members of my family and friends are allergic to wheat.
This was definitely one of the most fun parties I have EVER put together — and my daughter’s sheer glee at the event made every ounce of sweat and money spent worth it. It was a joy to do and a complete success!”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Jute Twine Wooden Utensils Clear Cellophane Bags Paper Plates and Napkins
This darling Girly Princess Fairy Birthday Party was submitted by Margarita Ellis of Party Inspirations in Sydney Australia.
This princess fairy party is sweet, simple and has just the right amount if girlishness to make any little girl smile. Some of my favorite party ideas are:
The tulle pom poms
The barbie / fairy / princess cake
The carousel horse embellished pennant banner
Here’s what Margarita had to say about planning the party- “This was my daughter’s 5th Birthday Party. I couldn’t decide on a specific theme so I just used different things that I knew my daughter liked. I made the cake, cake pops, cupcakes, fairy cakes and coconut ice. All paper pretties, banner, cupcake toppers and carousel horses were by Raspberry Lime Paperie. I also made the tulle pom poms.”
This Ariel under the sea party is so beautiful! A few of my favorite elements are:
The stunning mermaid fondant cake
The clamshell shaped cookies
The simple but effective use of paper fringe for an ocean backdrop
This is what Joanne said about planning the party- “This setup was for my gorgeous niece’s 2nd birthday. She loves Ariel and loves the water! The party was actually at the pool so it was a challenge setting up the buffet as we could not use any glass. I made all the cupcake wrappers simply by getting the different shades of glittery paper from Lincraft. The beautiful photo on the ocean backdrop was taken The White Room Photography.”
This adorable DADDY’S LITTLE PRINCESS FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Justine of Pretty Little Vintage Melbourne.
There are so many things that I love about this sweet princess party! A few of my favorite elements are:
The gorgeous pink ombre ruffle cake topped with a fondant princess crown
This is what Justine said about planning the party- “I recently styled my daughter’s first birthday which was held overseas whilst we were on vacation visiting the grandparents. I’d like to share how and what I did to design the party with the limited resources that I had with me as I was in a different country.
As my daughter was born just 4 days before my husband’s birthday, we took her home from the hospital for the first time on his birthday so when we were deciding on a theme for her first birthday we both knew that “Daddy’s Little Princess” was the way to go.
Styling in a different country was like working with a blank canvas as I had limited resources and contacts. However, I was inspired by my daughter’s ruffle tutu gown to create a special tutu-like princess dessert table. I designed a trestle cover that was made out of multiple layers of tulle which was then custom made by a local seamstress.
Party printables were custom designed by Mon Tresor, and the backdrop was designed by myself. I custom made princess party hats that were embelished with lace and princess veils, converted from regular dollar shop party hats. I also hand made princess tutu cupcake toppers from crepe paper which were sewn together and affixed to pink paper straws.
Accompanying the beautiful ruffle ombre crown topper cake were delicious desserts like Sparkle Fairy Cookie Pops, Crown Cookies with little Princesses names, Pink Macarons, Lemon Meringue, Strawberry Yogurt Mousse and Vanilla Cupcakes. Also, there was a gorgeous display of pink and white colored candy in apothecary jars embellished with a variety of my daughter’s gorgeous headbands. Mini “milk bottles” were converted from juice bottles from a local supermarket.
Other details included pre-wrapped tulle almond candy packs for guests who left early before the candy bar was open, a “Cinderella’s Feet” impressions kit activity for my daughter’s little guests to take part in as they are all still very young which also worked as a keepsake from the party. Each girl went home with a personalised princess story book featuring their names as well as my daughter’s name in the story line. A polaroid booth was also setup for all the guests as well as take-home candy bags for all who came to celebrate this special day. The kid’s table was decorated with tutu chair covers which also doubled up as a take home gift for the older girls.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Striped Paper Straws Apothecary Jars White 2-sided Frame Cupcake Liners