Little Lola is in love with all things magical. She has this amazingly vivid imagination and adds a touch of ‘sparkle’ sometimes a little ‘spunk’ to everything she does. Lola’s love of unicorns came from the children’s picture book ‘Thelma The Unicorn’ – her absolute fave – it’s whimsical, funny, heartfelt & full of glitter (definitely pop on your reading list). It felt only fitting that we re-create a little unicorn magic for her 3rd birthday.
I spent hours trawling pinterest, blogs & social media – gathering mood boards & ideas on how to piece everything together. I’m such a planner, so this started a few months pre-birthday. The social community rocks for creative inspiration.
Everything was kept under wraps (literally hidden under the stairs) until Lola’s birthday. I seconded hubby into ‘unicorn prep’ the night before, what man doesn’t like glitter right? Honestly though, her sleepy little face full of excitement made all of the extra effort & surprise so worthwhile.
Food wise, it was a small party so it was all sweet treats:
- Unicorn bark (home made – see pic)
- Fairy Bread (I used a horseshoe cookie cutter)
- Honey Jumbles (Pink & White Icing)
- Coconut Balls
- Pink Lemonade
- Oreos (pink centre)
My biggest tip: Don’t be afraid to DIY (yep I tackled the rainbow layer cake, and it worked). Nothing beats the satisfaction of knowing you created something from scratch. You know your child better than anyone.
I also have huge respect & love for creative crafters & party stylists. Try to use a mix of suppliers, this will give you a truly unique styled party. The paper pinwheels are a fave for the my kids. See link below for tutorial on how to make these super easy crowd pleasers. Martha Stewart of course.
Big or small, it’s all in the detail and I love detail. Stockist details at base.
Shop the party bits & pieces:
- Party Favors: Kraft Lolly Bags & Gold Ribbon – Spotlight
- DIY Unicorn Bark (white chocolate/sparkles)
- DIY Unicorn Cake – Rainbow Layers with buttercream icing.
- DIY Cake Topper – Hot Dollar Unicorn (it was actually a donkey I painted silver and put a blu-tac horn on). The cake bunting I used brown kraft paper, straws, string & two silver tassels I had in my sewing box (not sure why I had them?).
- Black & White Spot fabric & pink twine – Spotlight
- Unicorn Horn Headbands – etsy.com/shop/Graciosa
- Invitations & Favor Tags – Etsy
- Black & White Polkadot Table Runner – Typo
- Silver Glitter Flag Bunting – Typo
- Unicorn Wall Mount – Flatout Frankie
- Paper Pinwheels – DIY (paper from Typo)
- Glass Bottles & Pink Paper Straws – Riot Art & Craft
Unicorn Necklace – Charbella Bubs