Madeline is our rainbow baby and has filled our lives with so much joy in the past five years. She is incredibly strong willed, stubborn, mischievous and a practical joker. She sings 24/7 as loud as she can and loves to dance and twirl. She loves fashion and struts out of her room like she’s a model on a catwalk … and she will wait there until you tell her how fabulous she looks. She is a diva who laughs loud and has the silliest smiles. She is our beautiful brown-eyed girl!
When it came time to plan her 5th birthday, there was no hesitation … she wanted a magical unicorn birthday party. She also wanted bright rainbow colors (hot pink is her favorite), some sprinkles, gold glitter and flowers. So I put my thinking cap on and set out to design a party that was bright, colorful and was magical.
We decided to have her party around lunch time and then follow with some yummy desserts. Madeline’s favorite lunch is PB&J sandwiches and carrots, so I served sack lunches with PB&Js, carrots, apples and juice.
I wrapped juice box labels around the juice and tied them with a pretty gold ribbon. To add a personal touch, Madeline colored every candy cup in rainbow colors, and I used them to serve the carrots with a touch of ranch dressing in the bottom of the cup. I made very simple apple pops with wood lollipop sticks from the hobby store topped with a rainbow straw flag and a pretty bow in gold twine from Target’s Dollar Spot.
The lunches were tucked into baskets I made out of old school paper lunch bags with a pretty gold foil doily from Knot & Bow as the finishing touch.
For dessert, Madeline wanted donuts instead of a cake, so I stacked powdered donuts and tucked in homemade felt flowers for pops of color. Linda from Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design made the cookies to perfectly match Madeline’s invitation. She even added glitter! They were so sparkly and yummy.
Maria of Love & Sugar Kisses also matched the invitation and made adorable glittery fondant-covered Oreos with unicorns and the number 5.
In my mind, I kept picturing the beautiful forests in the movie Legend, minus the creepy goblins and such. To create that magical forest feel, I covered a vintage desk with sheet moss from Hobby Lobby, some stones from the garden and my kids and I collected wildflowers from country fields to make all of our floral arrangements. I displayed them in the beautiful blue Ball 150th anniversary jars.
To compliment that forest feel, I found some inexpensive wood cake stands and wood slices to use to serve my treats on, and I decorated a plain boxwood wreath with a glittered unicorn and letter “M” for the backdrop. I placed it on an old vintage glass window and draped a small rainbow banner for more color.
I designed a new set of printables for her in bright rainbow colors with a pink unicorn (her favorite color) and gold stars (her favorite shape), which complimented the custom glittery name banner made by the The Purple Pug, and the beautiful rainbow tassel garland by The Flair Exchange that I hung up along with a banner from my collection. They added so much color to the party!
To add lots of sparkle, I took inexpensive unicorn figurines from US Toy and spray painted them with gold glitter spray paint (Rust-Oleum is the best!). Those little unicorns were scattered all around the party and made fun favors for our guests to take home.
Bethany of Sweet Georgia Sweet made a beautiful rainbow ribbon wreath with rosettes and a glitter letter M. It was the perfect way to welcome our guests. She also made a pretty ribbon garland I used to decorate the desk that served as our buffet.
THE BIRTHDAY OUTFIT
Lani of Elle Dee Designs made the prettiest rainbow chevron dress for Madeline. The colors were perfect, and Madeline couldn’t stop twirling in it.
I contacted Bridget of Imagine Hat as soon as Madeline nailed down her theme, and she designed a plush Unicorn Birthday Party Hat that Madeline wore at the party and in the photo on the back of her invitation, which I placed in a frame at the party. Madeline was so surprised and loved that hat!
To keep our little guests entertained, I covered the top of our large coffee table with kraft paper wrapping paper from the dollar store. It pulled double duty as a table cloth for eating and a giant coloring page. I drew unicorns, stars, rainbows and flowers on the paper with a Sharpie and set out crayons for the kids to color. It made clean up a breeze later on, because I could just roll it up–trash and all! I also made fun little Mad Libs sheets so the kids could write a funny story about a unicorn.
After dessert, we sent the kids outside to bounce in a castle-shaped bounce house we rented for the day. After our guests left I bounced a bit myself. I have no idea how those kiddos could keep that up. I was tired after 5 minutes.
For party favors, I really wanted to involve Madeline in creating something special for her friends, and she chose to make number 5 cookies. She loves baking! It was hard to find a cookie recipe that didn’t spread, but after a few attempts we finally succeeded, and she frosted and sprinkled them to her heart’s content. I put them in small glassine bags sealed with washi tape, and tucked them into muslin bags from a Pick Your Plum deal.
Before stuffing the bags, I took a unicorn stamp I purchased from Blue Diamond Stamps and stamped on the bags in gold ink for a fun keepsake. Then I added a tag that said, “Thank you for celebrating with me. It was magical!” She loved her cookies so much that she wanted to use one as a topper on her donut cake.
My mom also made all of our guests unicorn horns out of styrofoam cones spray painted gold with elastic. They were so cute!
THE AMAZING VENDORS
Printables, Party Styling and Photography | Three Little Monkeys Studio
Custom Rainbow Wreath and Rainbow Ribbon Garland | Sweet Georgia Sweet
Fondant Covered Oreos | Love & Sugar Kisses
Unicorn Cookies | Frog Prince Cake & Cookie Design
Rainbow Chevron Dress | Elle Dee Design
Glitter Name Banner | The Purple Pug
Rainbow Tassel Garland | The Flair Exchange
Custom Unicorn Plush Hat | Imagine Hat
Donuts, Cupcakes, gold twine and Blue Ball Mason Jars | Target
Muslin Bags and Baker’s Twine | Pick Your Plum
Unicorn Figures | US Toy
Custom Unicorn Plush Toy | The Roaming Peddlers
Unicorn Stamp | Blue Diamond Stamps
Gold Foil Doilies | Knot & Bow
Kraft Paper Wrapping Paper | Dollar Tree
Candy Cups, frames, gold ink, moss, supplies for unicorn horns, felt flowers, etc. | Hobby Lobby
Wood cake stands and servers | Save On Crafts