Party On: Mystical Unicorns

Written by Becca of CAKE. | events + design

I’m in full planning mode for my daughter’s 5th birthday party, and as far as she’s concerned-unicorns are where it’s at!  I’m so in love with Sabrina Gibson’s charming plush unicorns that I’m using them as the inspiration for our unicorn themed party as well as our favors.  Check out this month’s Party On ideas for creating a sweet and modern unicorn theme.

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Color Palette: lilac // aqua // bubble gum pink // cool grey

Party Invitation: available here

What do unicorns make you think of?  I grew up in the 80’s so for me it’s a throwback to icons of childhood… stars, hearts, rainbows and fluffy white clouds.  You could create a unicorn themed party with any one of those elements, but I like the idea of mixing them all up in a soft and playful way. These boards are all about finding creative uses for household items, so here are some of my favorite suggestions on how to make this party yours:

  • Use these colorful cubbys to make a statement at your dessert bar by filling each one up with a color coded candy surprise.  Even better, make it a party activity by having guests use the candy to decorate their own cupcakes and top them with sparkly stars.
  • Garlands and streamers are an easy way to turn your living room into a magical party space, and there is no such thing as too many. For a little extra detail that won’t go unnoticed, consider replacing your drawer pulls and use them as the anchors to hang decorations all around your space.
  • Create a unicorn dance party area with simple strobe style lighting and piles of colorful balloons… while you’re at it, a rainbow heart rug wouldn’t hurt.
  • A shower curtain… why not!? Run a dowel through the top hooks and suddenly you’ve got a dramatic table backdrop or photo booth.  And if you like to DiY, craft up some party hat style horns and ribbon tails for super cute dress up props.

If you’re inspired to go out and throw your own unicorn party now, you might need an invitation… lucky for you I happen to have just the thing in my shop.

Becca Gorski lives in the SF Bay Area, is a working mother of two, and moonlights as an occasional designer / blogger / celebration maker. You can find her creative ideas at CAKE. and her line of merry happy party printables on Etsy.

The Party On series offers inspiration for family friendly parties, featuring items from The Land of Nod that can be incorporated into both your event and your home.

How to Throw a Kids Party They’ll Actually Love

Post by Kelsey of We Heart Parties

Parties are my love language. I think they are SO fun to throw.

All the desserts and décor and tiny little treat cups and perfect party favors…

But – what matters most is that the guests have FUN. When throwing kids party, it is so important to think beyond the fancy paper lanterns and create fun spaces for them to play.

Après Ski Kids Party

I recently threw an Après Ski themed kids party for my daughter. She’s been skiing twice and loves to hit the slopes like the big kids and adults.

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While the desserts and décor were quite cute, I wanted to make sure the kids had play spaces and games to keep them entertained.

I like to create three separate play spaces, activities or games at a party.

The guests at this Après Ski Party were between the ages of 3-5, so I decided on:

  1. A Warming Hut & Campfire Play Space
  2. A Coloring Table
  3. An Indoor Ski Race

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I’ve always been in love with The Land of Nod’s teepees! Paired with their Plush Campfire Set, it made the perfect “Warming Hut” for chilly little skiers. The kids loved roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over the fire!

The second activity was a coloring table full of snow skiing themed coloring pages. I found all the coloring pages for free online, and the kids spent quite a bit of time here.

Après Ski Kids Party

And finally, we got the kids moving with an indoor ski race course! My daughter’s first ski run was a green called Sweet Pea, so I created the Sweet Pea Race Course.

Each party guest got a turn to slip on cardboard skis and race (shuffle!) around the course.

When they crossed the finish line they were presented with a gold medal.

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These three activities kept the kids entertained throughout the party, and more importantly allowed them to have lots of FUN!

So at your next party – remember to create fun play spaces and activities that kids will love, along with the super cute treats and décor.

All photos by Kyla Coots

Kelsey Graves is the founder of We Heart Parties – a party ideas website. Join the We Heart Parties community by sharing your parties on the site. And follow We Heart Parties on Pinterest and Instagram for daily party inspiration.

Party On: First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard

Written by Becca of CAKE. | events + design

My son Theo turned one earlier this year, and we all know this is a challenging time to host a first birthday party. Rather than fighting the winter and post-holiday blues, we decided to work with them and host a casual evening gathering with a celestial theme. I’m sharing my vision here in a new feature for Honest to Nod called ‘Party On’. These boards will offer inspiration for family friendly parties, featuring items from the Land of Nod that can be practically incorporated into both your event and your home.

I’m also showing off a few pictures and details from the real event. The rest of our first birthday extravaganza is being featured on my site CAKE., so be sure to pop over and see how it all came together.

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First Birthday Theme: Starlight Starbright

Color Palette: Indigo // Silver // Winter White

Invitation: available on Etsy

First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 1 First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 2We held the party at dusk, and luckily the weather permitted it to be held both indoors + outdoors. Because of the time, we encouraged the little ones to come in their pjs so they could head right to sleep when they got home.

First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 3Chilly though it was, we had dessert in the backyard around our fire pit. There was vanilla cake, star cookies, meringues and all the fixings for a classic s’mores bar.

First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 4 First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 5 First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 6We had benches around the fire pit with star pillows and blankets to help keep everyone warm. Sitting underneath the twinkle lights it was all very cozy and campy.

First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 7We sent each family home with a handmade favor bag that had a special surprise inside – a set of glow in the dark stars for the kids rooms. I designed a little ‘for stargazing’ tag to coordinate with the party invitation.

First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 8Becca Gorski lives in the SF Bay Area, is a working mother of two, and moonlights as an occasional designer / blogger / celebration maker. You can find her creative ideas on CAKE. | events + design, and her line of merry happy party printables on Etsy.

Wildflower Themed Birthday Party

Post by Tara Berger of One Stylish Party

I’m here to share with you a wildflower themed birthday party thrown in honor of a sweet 3 year old little girl, Alexis Maria who just so happens to be the daughter of my best friend Victoria.

Inspired by the birthday girl’s love of flowers and tea parties, my goal was to capture her vibrant personality with a whimsical and colorful celebration. Once we decided on the wildflower theme birthday party, I immediately set out to find the perfect party props and stumbled upon the Floral Teepee and Flower Love Poster Decal from Land of Nod which served as the jumping off point for the color scheme and party decorations.

Wildflower Themed Kids Birthday Party - 6 For the dessert table, I tapped a few of my favorite vendors to bring the wildflower party theme to life in the form of beautiful edible creations. Desserts included a rustic buttercream cake adorned with glittery fondant flowers, red velvet macarons, wildflower sugar cookies, floral crown cake pops, stacked sugar cookies with fondant flower toppers and homemade strawberry cupcakes with edible flowers.

The ivy backdrop with handmade crepe paper flowers served as the focal point of the dessert table and I incorporated several wooden vintage props to give the table varying heights. Along with my go-to milk glass cake stands, I also incorporated a few ethnically sourced floral trays from The Little Market, which complimented the theme perfectly.

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The tea party table included a gold sequin table cloth with a vintage floral table runner, fresh flowers and an age appropriate place setting for each little girl. The woven rag rug, throw pillows, tassel backdrop and Love Poster were a few of the other elements that helped bring the tea party table to life.

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And last but not least, the teepee play area was a hit among the girls at the party. The Floral Teepee was accessorized with plush blankets, throw pillows, colorful tassels, a jumbo balloon and a custom wooden calligraphy sign that read “you belong among the wildflowers” which couldn’t have been more fitting for the party theme. Outside of the teepee, I included custom floral crowns and ribbon wands for the girls to play with during the party.

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Wildflower Themed Kids Birthday PartyYou’d never know it from the pictures, but on the day of the party it POURED down rain, so we made a quick location switch from a backyard party to a pavilion at a local park. Thankfully we were able to still be outdoors and stay dry and the birthday girl and her guests still had every bit as much fun despite the weather!

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Tara is the owner of One Stylish Party, an online party boutique and creative studio featuring designs and inspiration for entertaining in style.