In case you missed Part 1: Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas, make sure you check that out now. We talk about the importance of a well designed invitation to set the tone of the party. We also discuss fun food ideas. This is Part 2: Unicorn Birthday Party Decorations, where we will focus on some of the decorations we used + party favors.
Decorations are an important part of any party or event. Your decorations can be simple or elaborate. Just make sure they match your theme and you stick to the color palette you selected. I usually add in decorations any way that I can. You can hang decorations, tie them to things, add stickers to embellish, or any other way you see fit.
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I have been in love with these little felt pom pom balls by Benzie Designs, appropriately titled Pot of Gold. You can do so many fun things with these little gems. I wanted there to be the illusion that it was raining rainbows or rainbow colors. These pom poms were super easy to work with. I purchased the garland kit which comes with a needle and thread. Just string them and hang! That’s my kind of décor. Plus, you can reuse them again and again!
When I was pregnant with Kennedy, I had purchased a ton of beads from US Beadery. They have been sitting around in my supply closet and now that she is getting older, I thought this would be a great way to use these beads. What little girl doesn’t want to make a necklace, bracelet, or ring?
We used this darling RÅSKOG cart from IKEA to hold all the beading supplies. It was another fun decorative element that was also functional. I always think it’s a win win when I can use something decorative + functional to create a fun look. The acrylic gold glitter “magic” letters were purchased at Fancy That, one of my favorite local party supply stores.
These ceramic letter dishes from Hoopla Events made the perfect container to show off all of these darling beads. Plus, it was a nice way to spell out the word “MAGIC” and stick with our theme. All of the decorative beads (in the MAGIC dishes) were purchased at Delish Beads.
We tried to create a fun little nook for the kids to sit down and bead. I picked up 4 white LACK tables from IKEA along with a bunch of pillows and pillowcases. The large pink and purple ombré beanbags were from Target and helped this idea come to life. I used my Silhouette Cameo + iron on Vinyl to create these fun pillows. I created 6 designs in all. These pillows found a home and now live on Kennedy’s bed. They make me happy every time I see them. Did you also notice the cute Marquee “Magic” lights in the window? I am pretty much obsessed with anything by Heidi Swapp and her Marquee LOVE letters are no exception.
We encouraged the kids to “Make their Own Magic” by creating a ring, bracelet, or necklace. This was a fun activity for the kids. I really love that they were allowed to use their own creativity to make something that was special to them with all the fun and colorful beads. Plus, these made a fun party favor too. Every time they look at their creations, they will have fun memories of Kennedy’s birthday party.
Check out these little masterpieces. Kennedy was contemplating which beads to put on next. Haha. Beading is serious business people. My darling niece was very proud of her beautiful necklace too. Don’t tell, but the adults might of had just as much fun with this activity as the kids did.
You might recognize these plastic unicorn figurines. They were used in the fun “boxed” invitations that we sent out to all of our guests. Just add some gold spray paint + glitter spray paint and these little unicorns are transformed into golden little beauties. I used these unicorns throughout the whole party from the invitations to these little ring dishes. To create these little ring dishes, I took one of the plastic unicorn figurines + some E6000 crafters glue + clear round acrylic appetizer plates from Target.
I also printed out a fun rainbow table runner. It’s the same design that I used on the side of the “boxed” invitations. I love paper runners because they are relatively cheap to print, you can achieve the perfect patterns + colors, and when you are done, they are disposable. It’s just another fun way to add in more décor and reinforce your overall theme.
We used these darling balloon wands from Lisa Frank Parties as our centerpiece. They were another item that doubled as both a party décor + a favor. PSA: I will warn you that when you assemble these little balloon wands, it is a little hard to get the balloons started and if you blow to hard confetti might just end up all over your house. With that being said, they are totally worth it and were the perfect addition to our table.
Lisa of Lisa Frank Parties also created this adorable mini piñata. It was fun to see the main/hair come to life in beautiful rainbow tulle colors. Though I would never hit one of these gems, I used it for decoration only. All the kids had the best time looking at it and feeling the rainbow main.
Another way to add in other decorative elements is through posters or signs. With each collection I designs, I try to create at least one poster. This party was no exception. I decided to make a Life is All Rainbows and Unicorns poster. How fun is this print? Plus, you can hang it up in your child’s room or the play room after the party is over.
Now that we’ve covered decor, let’s move on to some fun party favors. Instead of filling up party favor bags, I like to use my favors throughout the party! Do you know why? There are two reasons. The first is, I think it’s fun for the kids to be able to grab the items they want to take home. You’d be surprised at what kids want to take home with them and what items they leave. This way everyone gets what they want and I stash the leftovers in my party favor bin. This totally comes in handy more often then you’d realize. I pull from that bin and use the extra favors as fillers for gifts. The second reason is, I think they look pretty. I tend to buy favors that are both decorative and functional. Do you get my strategy now? Here are a few examples. . .
A unicorn birthday party wouldn’t be the same without unicorn headbands. I made these headbands with felt and tulle. The kids got to select which unicorn headband they wanted. They also got to take these home with them too.
I designed matching tattoos. They match all the graphics for our Unicorn Birthday Collection. I can’t wait to create tattoos for all of my collections. Kids always love tattoos and these designs are so much fun to wear!
These little candy shaped lipgloss were the perfect addition. Kennedy is obsessed with lipgloss. It’s a staple in her morning, afternoon, and evening route. Cracks me up. Now all the girls can have their own lipgloss!
Our custom unicorn party favor bags are so much fun too. These are one of my favorite party favors. These bags are a great way to hold all of the fun party favors that the kids collect during the party!
Thank you for sticking with me. That was a ton of fun and this may be my favorite girly party yet. Stay tuned for Kennedy’s next party!
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v e n d o r c r e d i t s
party styling + designs | modern moments designs
photography | courtney jade photography
ceramic letter dishes | hoopla events
sparkly gold acrylic letters | fancy that
colorful round beads | us beadery
decorative beads | delish beads
plastic unicorn figurines | amazon.com
unicorn piñata + candy wands + balloon wands | lisa frank parties
edible cupcake toppers | ediable details
cupcakes | kyra’s bake shop
acrylic cake topper + gold heart stir sticks | the tomkat studio
hot pink popcorn box | oriental trading
tolsby mini frames + white tables + pillow cases + cart | ikea
ombré pink + purple bean bag | target