B's 3rd Birthday
Oh my gosh, what a fun party this was! B has loved Frozen since we watched it for the first time on her 2nd birthday (ironic, right?). She loves princesses in general, among lots of other things, but this was one obsession that had been consistent throughout the year, so I knew she’d love it.
I love planning parties, especially kid parties, because it’s all about the details. We did it at home, and hired two princess performers to come and entertain the kids (a HUGE hit). It ended up being a rainy morning, so it was the perfect day for an inside event.
The kid table concept is great for birthdays, especially when you throw a party at home, because it contains everyone in one place for cake and ice cream. I think we were at the right age this year for it because generally most of the kids stayed put and ate their treats together. I set the table with mismatched snowflake and pastel tableware, party favors (those little floral princess crowns were a hit!), and little decorative trees to add height. (We definitely did not keep the cake on this table during the actual party - no toddler could avoid that temptation for long.) Everything from the table setting to the balloon garland was sourced from the boutique party shop Love of Character. I have a list of links for everything pictured at the end of this post!
I used B’s playroom table and chairs (with a few extra chairs and an additional table that we keep in storage) for the party. There’s tons of options out there for kids tables, but I’ve found that most coffee tables have the same dimensions as kid tables with a little extra width. I love this table (painted with white chalk paint) we’re currently using in her playroom coupled with these stackable chairs. For the price, you could easily spray paint a few chairs to the color you prefer if the ones offered aren’t your jam.
For years I’ve mocked Hobby Lobby for having their Christmas decor out in basically summertime, but this year I was singing their praises. Throwing a winter-themed party in the off season is no joke, especially when you’re planning a few months out. I found the tall off-white trees (on the kid table) there, and raided my own Christmas decor for some of the other trees.
I ordered a 2-pack of iridescent fringe curtains on Amazon, and they were doorway length which was double the length of what I needed. I ended up using them on the “bar” with the addition of other streamers, and cut their length in half. I used the leftover fringe on the balloon garland in groupings of sparkly streamers.
This was so easy to do, if you’re a DIY-er like me! I taped up different lengths of streamers in color groupings (pinks with pinks, and blues with blues) until it looked full and finished. Some of the streamers were taped behind the iridescent fringe, and some were taped on top. Because iridescent isn’t completely opaque, this ended up looking really layered and complex at a distance which was exactly what I wanted!
Choosing the color scheme for this was not easy. I’ve found the best way to kick off a color scheme and theme in general is by choosing your tableware first. Everything else is easier to decide once you figure the table setting out! I went into Love of Character and played with different combinations of plates, cups, and napkins until I found the unique look I wanted. They just launched a new tool called Set the Party, and it’s the digital version of what I just described. You can set your own tablescape for a party, and add the products to your cart after! I love the mismatched look of these plates, and that the neon pink edges worked so well with B’s playroom chairs.
I usually design B’s birthday invite because it’s easier to match the theme and cheaper since I do it myself. This year, I sent our invites via email with Paperless Post, and it was much more cost-efficient and a big time saver. Because I designed them myself, I could print a few copies at home to save for B’s memory box. Paperless Post has tons of templates for invitations, and if you can’t find one you like, Etsy has an infinite number of digital designs available for purchase.
We had the best cupcakes from September Moon Cupcakery, and birthday cake from The Cakery. I went with mini cupcakes because they’re bite size and perfect for little hands, plus they just look adorable. September Moon makes the cutest minis - she matched our theme perfectly! I have never ordered from The Cakery, but a friend of mine uses her often, so I knew we’d be in good hands. I absolutely loved what she did with B’s cake, and it tasted amazing!
I usually set up for photos the day before the party since we do morning parties and the light is better in the mid-day/afternoon. B and I took some photos with her party set-up, but I didn’t pick up her birthday outfit until the morning of her party. We lucked out because Frozen II merch all came out the day before her party, so I snapped up some goodies at Target the next morning. Girlfriend was living. her. best. life. in her new Elsa gown, and it was so precious on her. I love how her birthdays somehow encapsulate her in that exact age - everything she’s into and all her favorite people in one place. It’s exactly why we go all out! It fills my heart up so much to have those memories.
Below is the party supplies list + some sweet iPhone shots from the day of the party!
Party Supplies List:
B’s Elsa dress from Frozen II can be found here
B’s Top - Alice and Ames
B’s Tutu - Plum NYC
B’s Flower Headband - Avery & Grey Co.