How to Throw an Epic Unicorn Party
Let me start this by saying, I have five amazing sons. However, I have also been given a daughter. One girl amongst all these boys. Wow! While I totally want her to be her own person and do what her heart leads her to do, it helps to be able to release my inner little girl on to her once in awhile. I love being able to share my love for so many things pink and purple with her. She is a girly girl at heart and I love it so much. It’s also these same things that cause me to look at my husband with “that look” and tell him that she is only little once to get what I want. Ha! I couldn’t be more excited when she chose to have a Unicorn party for her 9th birthday. I’m going to show you how to throw an epic unicorn party and not lose your mind.
The decor and the cake in my opinion are usually what sets the whole tone of the party. I like to keep things simple and use coordinating table cloths, napkins and silverware to tie it all in. But it’s the little things that make parties memorable. One of my favorite things to do at parties is to personalize things for the guests. I made these very easy cups for the girls to drink from with their names on one side and a unicorn on the other. I picked up the cups at the dollar store and used my Silhouette to cut the vinyl. If you don’t have a Silhouette you can always do this with puffy paint, or stickers or markers made for glass. You can also purchase the decals from others that have a machine for a few dollars.
Sadie is getting to the age now too where she wants to change out her earrings, or try new hairstyles. So while shopping for her birthday we found these fun clip in extensions with colors that matched her party. She gave me that look that said, Please Mom, and I broke. I let her wear them for her party and now she won’t take them out. Don’t be surprised if in a few years I’m posting photos of her with pink and purple hair. Oh well, it’s only hair, right?
Don’t Spend Too Much on a Cake
While I think the party is set by the decor and the cake, be open minded to using your local grocery stores so you don’t go broke. There’s a long story about a bad cake maker for Sadie’s first birthday which led us to buying an Albertsons cake every year. For nine years we have had amazing cakes done by them. Not only are they moist cake but we get a filling too. Usually custard or raspberry. Would you believe this cake only cost me $15? I did buy the topper on Amazon for $15 too but the cake and the 6 cupcakes that came with it only cost me $15. Albertsons for the win.
While this pretty much is a no brainer ( just buy all things with sprinkles) I think it’s important to remember that unicorn food means a lot of sugar. There are a few things I know about kids birthday parties. One, time them between lunch and dinner so you don’t need to provide too much food because kids never eat at parties, like ever. Two, keep it simple. A few treats with sprinkles on them and lots of color and call it a day. Three, keep the party relatively short. I did three hours. Just as the sugar was setting in, it was time to send them on their way.
We nibbled on unicorn rice krispy treats. You can make any rice krispy treat recipe, just replace the cereal with Fruity Pebbles instead and use colored pastel marshmallows. We sprinkled some sprinkles and marshmallows on top for fun.
Unicorn dip was a huge hit. Probably because it wasn’t too sweet. I just made instant vanilla pudding and added some sprinkles to the top. I broke graham crackers and used them as dippers.
The unicorn horns were the most fun though! These were SO easy to make and kept the kids questioning if they were really horns. I used this recipe.
You can’t have a unicorn party without magical punch. I won’t even link you to a recipe because its the easiest punch I’ve ever made. One two liter bottle of lemon lime soda chilled and one container of cotton candy ice cream. Don’t wait until last minute to buy this ice cream. You might need to hit a few stores to find it. Make sure its frozen solid and scoop out some and put in the punch bowl with the soda. It fizzes and froths up to this creamy consistency and tastes SO good!
The fact that my daughters birthday is the day after Christmas has always proven to be a challenge even when we lived in Southern California. You just don’t know if it will be rainy or sunny. Now that we live in Idaho, she wished for snow on her birthday and that is exactly what she got. I knew it was going to be an indoor party so I only let her invite 6 friends and we opted to do a few crafts to keep them seated and busy. After spending hours on the internet we narrowed it down to three fun, easy and theme appropriate crafts.
The girls (and little brother) started out the party by painting these canvases with vinyl on them. When they were dry we peeled up the vinyl to reveal their unicorn under. We did this first so the canvas would have time to dry.
These dream catchers required a little bit more help from me. I cut and packaged everything in advance for them so they didnt have choices to make spending time on deciding on ribbon colors. I just cut for them and they got what they got. Had I done this one over again, I probably would have hot glued the edges of the doily to the wooden embroidery hoop so then they could easily loop the ribbon through to attach it to the hoop. The girls were able to do the ribbon and feather tying on their own.
Lastly, we made glitter soap. This also takes drying time but I just popped ours into the freezer to set. We hid tiny rings, bracelets, glitter and confetti in the soap. This is a project that requires the stove so make sure to warn kids or have help when they are nearby.
Look for some tutorials and a giveaway coming this week on the blog for some of these crafts.
Leave a comment below telling me about your favorite party that you’ve ever thrown for your kids.
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Have a magical day!