Thursday, April 4, 2013

Join us for a Magical Pony Party!

I am finally posting photos from Little Princess' 3rd Birthday Party!  I am so excited to share these photos!  So, please join me for a Magical Unicorn and Rainbow Birthday Party!

After designing printable party supplies for over a year now and seeing all the wonderful and creative ways that my customers have used the designs for their own parties, I was ready to make Little Princess' party the ultimate in multicolored pony decor.  At the start of the New Year, I asked Little Princess what type of party that she wanted and she asked for a pony party.  We have a little unicorn stick horse that Little Princess loves to play which she calls her "Magic Pony".  Thus, the Magic Pony and Unicorn Party was born.  I love the idea of Rainbows, but I wanted a more vibrant girl theme.  So, we went with a modern "Rainbow" that incorporated a brighter lime green, pink, and teal into the color scheme.  

Gallop on Over to Little Princess' 3rd Birthday Party

Guests were greeted at the front door by a welcome sign themed with a pink pony.  The sign measures 8x10" and easily fits an 8x10" frame.  I selected a simple white frame and hung it from the top of the door using a coordinating teal ribbon.  

I also commissioned my friend, Erin, from Etsy's Cute-E-Shop, to design a coordinating outfit to match the color scheme of the party.  She is currently on hiatus, but I hope she re-opens soon to showcase her talented sewing skills!

Colts and Fillies - The Favor Table

Guests were first greeted at the entry with a splash of pink, green, and teal.  We have a simple entry table that I draped with a light pink and lime green rectangular tablecloth.  I positioned a third hot pink rectangular tablecloth behind the table to add a pop of color behind the printable Happy Birthday Banner.  The lime green tablecloth was made by simply taking the bottom edge of the tablecloth and folding it upward like an accordion.  I then poked a small hole at the top of the folded portion, inserted a ribbon into the hole and tied it all together.  

And yes, these are the plastic rectangular tablecloths that can be found at your local party supply store (such as Party City) for about $3 each!  I am fairly cost-conscious, so this was a perfect option to add lots of color throughout the entire space without breaking the bank.  For a more high end look, a fabric tablecloth would also work.  

My favorite printable party supply, the 4" Centerpiece Circle was also featured on the table.  I strung alternating 4" party circles between the 2" favor tags/cupcake toppers to make a garland that wrapped around the bottom of the table.  As you will see throughout the party, this 4" circle has so many great uses!

The entry table held the party favors that each guest would receive for attending the party.  The girls received a set of bracelets that were tagged with a 3" Thank You Tag featuring the Pink Pony design which stated "Thank You for coming to my Party".  Boys received a blue bouncing ball tagged with a 3" Thank You Tag featuring the Unicorn design.  I designed two 5" square party signs that were positioned above the girl and boy treats that said "Fillies" and "Colts", respectively.  Each guest also received a treat bag filled with Hershey Kisses that was topped with either a printable Unicorn or Pony Treat Bag Topper.

My local Michael's craft store was a great source for locating party items to coordinate with the printable party supplies.  The hot pink and teal polka dot metal buckets that held the party favors and the basket that held the treat bags were all procured at Michael's (using their 40% off online coupons, of course).

Station Signs - Magical Pony and Unicorn Activities

I originally asked my husband if we could have some live pony rides at the party, but since we live in the city, it was not achievable.  Instead, Little Princess offered a selection of outdoor and indoor activities for her guests to enjoy during the party.  A sweet neighborhood friend loaned us a large spring horse to use in connection with our Unicorn and Pony stick horses.  The kids LOVED racing around the yard with their horse or unicorn stick horse!  

Printable Station signs, like the one above "Unicorn and Pony Races", informed guests of each activity available at the party.

Again, I found a huge package of foam stickers and door hangers at Michaels in pink, yellow, purple, teal, and green that matched the party decor perfectly.  The sticker station was located in the living room where little hands could easily reach the items and create their own door hanger to take home with them.  

My Dad is retired and good with carpentry.  Further, my Mom can sew and paint.  So, I commissioned Mom and Dad to build a bean bag toss that also matched the party supplies.  Here, Little Princess has her game face on, ready to toss as many "Magic Bags" as she can before cupcake time!  

Again, a "Magic Bag Toss" station sign informed guests of the activity.  We also had a station sign for the bounce house that stated "Rainbow Pony Bounce" (not shown).

Pony Treats, Unicorn Sweets, and Rainbow Eats

On to Treats, Eats, and Sweets!  The dining room table was decked out with a selection of yummy items for the guests to enjoy after the "races". 

My wonderful friend, Jala, has recently started a photography business and provided the wonderful profile photo of Little Princess which was the focal point for the entire table display.  I utilized more of the rectangular tablecloths as both a backdrop behind the picture of Little Princess and also on the table.  Crepe paper streamers hung from the center of the table and down the wall on either side of the picture.  3M provides removable picture hanging hooks which were perfect for this display.  The 16x20" picture was hung briefly for the party and easily removed afterward without punching the wall with an unsightly nail hole.

Printable Pony and Unicorn tent cards labeled the food - Magic Cupcakes, Horseshoe Cookies, Pony Popcorn, and chocolate candy bars - to name a few.  I found the horseshoe cookie cutter via that worked well for the cookies.  Any simple sugar cookie recipe will work, but I used my great-grandmother's old fashioned tea cake recipe as it created a sturdy flat surface to ice with colored frosting..  If you are interested in the recipe, message me via my Etsy shop here and I will send it to you!  Guests were provided either a standard sized water bottle or a miniature version that was wrapped with a coordinating Pony or Unicorn printable design.  The popcorn was a hit with the preschool guests and adults.  It was a light and healthy snack that the kids loved munching on and pretending it was "pony food".  I found the great little polka dot cups via a shop on Etsy that I highly recommend.  The seller was super fast and allowed me to select only the cup colors that coordinated with the printable party supplies.  The listing can be found here.  Please inform her that Storybook Lane Crafts referred you!

A second look at the table display.  Here, you can see that I utilized the accordion style gathering on the tablecloth again.  The huge sunflowers in the background also came from Michael's floral department and nicely complimented the flower accents featured throughout the printable party supplies.

Time to sing Happy Birthday!  Little Princess doesn't particularly like when all eyes are on her!  But she certainly loved blowing out the three candles on her cupcake!

Each cupcake was tinted with a light pink frosting and wrapped with a printable cupcake wrapper, 2" cupcake topper and 2 1/2" background circle.  I also adhered the fabulous 4" Centerpiece Circle to the top of my cupcake stand for a finishing touch.    

Taking a cue from one of my fabulous customers, I also utilized the sample image provided on the first page of my Happy Birthday Banner printable document as a cake topper.

The best part about a printable party is that anyone can re-create the Magic in their own home.  For further details about purchasing the Magic Unicorn and Rainbow Party supplies, please see my listing here or click on the photo below!

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