26
Jun

It’s Machelle from A Joyful Riot here again to share with you this super fun, pink and sprinkle-ly party I recently threw for my baby girl’s first birthday!

Animal Cookie Themed Birthday Party Ideas

When I was 9 months pregnant with her, I had this day where all I could think about was those pink and white frosted Circus Animal Cookies. I hadn’t had them in a very long time so it was kind of weird that I suddenly wanted nothing but them but I could not get them out of my mind!

Animal Cookie Themed Birthday Party Ideas

I was at work that day and my husband had driven me so I didn’t have a car to run to the store and find them and after work we had to rush and meet my family for pictures so no time to stop! That night I designed a birthday party invitation featuring the little treats but it didn’t quite fill the need, surprisingly. The next morning I still really wanted the cookies but we were rushing to get to my baby shower so we couldn’t make a stop. But then something magical happened!

Animal Cookie Themed Birthday Party Ideas

I showed up to my shower that my twin (the other half of A Joyful Riot) had put together and there on the favor table was a huge jar of animal cookies!! She had no idea I’d had this intense craving, she just decided they’d look cute at the party (and they did)!

Animal Cookie Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Ever since then, I’ve had this fascination with those cute little cookies and even dressed my daughter up as one for her first Halloween! So what better theme than pink and white and sprinkles for her first birthday?! And all the printed details from Tiny Prints really made the whole thing special!

Graphic design is my real passion so the invitation is always the most important detail at my parties. It’s the only part of the party that everyone invited will see because if they can’t come they still get the invite! So I always make an effort to have the invite really reflect what the party will look and feel like and I think this invitation was my favorite yet!

Animal Cookie Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Tiny Prints makes it so easy to get the most adorable invitations! Firstly, they have BY FAR the best selection of ready made invites you’ll find anywhere but even if one of those doesn’t quite fit your theme, like this animal cookie party I threw, then it’s easy to customize your own! I choose this holiday card that allowed me to upload my own design to fill the entire front of the card and chose the ticket cut because it fit perfectly with my circus animal cookie theme. Easy as that! I love having beautiful quality invitations to really set the scene for my parties.

I not only started this party off with cute graphics but I ended it with one too by sending my guests off with bags full of cake batter animal cookie popcorn affixed with these adorable stickers, also from Tiny Prints, found here.

Animal Cookie Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Throughout the party I had signs designating food and activities that also matched the invites and stickers so the whole thing matched and flowed. One of my favorite parts about the party was the time capsule we had where guests could guess what Stella would be like when she grows up! That will be such a fun activity when the time comes for her to read them. You can read more about that project and how to set up your own here.

Another favorite element was the garlands I made of her monthly photos. I made an effort to get a photo of her every month with the same blanket under her and blocks spelling out her age. I got them printed via Shutterfly and strung them up for guests to see how much she had grown and changed in the first year of her life.

Animal Cookie Themed Birthday Party Ideas

We had lots of fun carnival games for the kids to play with tons of fun prizes! You can find the DIYs for that rhino punch game here, my animal cookie piñata here, the fun animal cookie marquee light here, the animal cookie plastic toys (seen on the table and on her cake) here, and the animal cookie clay necklaces that we gave away as prizes here. Also grab the free printable art seen behind the food table here, free animal cookie clip art here (perfect for making cupcake picks), and the DIY and free pattern for the sprinkle-y hats here! Whew! I told you I had a little animal cookie obsession right!?

Animal Cookie Themed Birthday Party Ideas

I love making a big deal out of birthdays and being able to share my daughters very first one with friends and family was such a fun, cherished experience! And if you’re just looking for a simple party that still has cohesiveness and beauty, I really would focus on the graphic elements (like the invite!) first and foremost because they’re the easiest part and they really make your party memorable.

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25
Jun

Turning 30 years old is a momentous occasion that deserves to be celebrated in style! There are a lot of great things about leaving the 20’s behind and embarking on a new adventure. Turning 30 means embracing another decade full of fun new memories – and probably a few mistakes. Like everything else in life, it’s all about your attitude (and throwing a great birthday party!)

Whether you are planning your own party or surprising a friend, here are some fun 30th birthday party ideas for planning a 30th birthday bash that will definitely be one for the books!

30th birthday party ideas Photo Source: Chevron Sparkle 30th Birthday Party Invitations | Chevron Straws | Donuts | Biscuits and Yogurt | Centerpiece | Cupcake | Champagne

Select a Venue

There is nothing wrong with throwing a 30th birthday party in someone’s home, but you can also take the excitement level up a notch by celebrating in a more energizing atmosphere. Depending on your guest of honor’s activity preferences and hobbies, you might decide to throw the party at a bowling alley, dance hall, private pool or some other venue that will add a little life to the celebration.

If you do plan to celebrate in your own home or someone else’s, take the time to thoroughly clean the entire space and make sure you have enough folding chairs and sofas to accommodate all of the party guests. No one likes to be a visitor in a home that is full of dust bunnies or that doesn’t have adequate seating.

Choose Standout Party Themes

A birthday party is only as good as its theme, so put some careful thought into the type of theme that best matches the personality of your honored birthday guest. Some people like imaginative themes that bring out the kid in everyone, like princesses and other whimsical character themes. Others prefer more fashion-oriented themes like Chevron prints and classy pastels. Your honoree might also like a playful party complete with alluring balloons and spun sugar centerpieces.

If you aren’t certain about the type of theme your birthday guest would prefer, it is usually best to err on the side of caution. Cute champagne glasses bedecked with adorable Chevron straws are probably a safer bet than decorating the entire room in life-size cardboard cutouts of boy band stars. When in doubt, check your theme with the special guest!

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Purchase Theme-Matching Invitations

Once you have decided on a venue and theme, get ready for one of the most enjoyable steps in the party-planning process: choosing your invitations. Remember that the invite theme sets the tone for the entire party, so have some fun looking through many different styles and colors that and selecting an invitation that is perfectly suited for the upcoming event. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Sparkles, Anyone? We know that turning 30 can seem overwhelming. So, why not take the chance to let your guest of honor relieve her carefree teenage days by incorporating plenty of girly sparkles into her 30th birthday party decorations? From sparkling wine and shimmering invitations to frosted cupcakes sprinkled with glitter, there are practically endless ways to add bling to any celebration.
  2. Go for Classy Looking for a classier way to celebrate? Create an upscale party that is the epitome of sophistication with a black-and-white color theme. Buy invitations with a stylish font reminiscent of a 1950’s newspaper headline or opera ticket. Offer old-fashioned treats and goodies displayed in candy store glass jars or laid out on crisp white platters. Your guest of honor will feel like Audrey Hepburn or Frank Sinatra surrounded by sophisticated decorations and goodies.
  3. Add a Touch of Masculinity There are a lot of fun ways to add a touch of masculinity to any birthday party. A unique way to celebrate your guest of honor is by creating a wall-collage of photographs depicting his life for the last 30 years. Add some visual interest and a little humor to the event by presenting your honoree with a birthday cake decorated like a hamburger, golf course, or anything else that he loves.
  4. Fun and Hip The 30-year-old hipster in your life will most likely be bored by glamourous party details, so opt instead for fun and lively color prints and themes. Dress up your dessert table with visually interesting items such as small colorful jars full of jelly beans or frosted sugar cookies in the shape of your guest of honor’s initials. Send out attractive invitations featuring bold patterns and colors, such as stripes, blocky letters or beer and wine glasses.

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Get Some Ideas

Even the most creative minds sometimes need to get ideas from somewhere else. If you’re drawing a blank when it comes to birthday party ideas, don’t panic! The internet contains a treasure trove of inventive party decoration ideas. Get your creative juices going by perusing through our own ideas boards, DIY decorating advice and party-planning articles. No one needs to know that you stole your centerpiece idea from someone else rather than coming up with it completely on your own. We won’t tell if you won’t!

A 30th birthday party only comes along once in a lifetime, so make the experience unforgettable with some of these fun birthday-planning ideas.

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