Evi just turned four, and boy did we celebrate!! I'm so excited to share photos from her rainbow unicorn party!
First off, I want to preface this post by saying that we just downsized from a 2,000 square foot house to a small two bedroom apartment, so I didn't have a lot of space to work with for this party. (Side note: small space family living has turned out to be kind of wonderful. More on that later!) Anyway, we still managed to throw a pretty fab soiree that accommodated five kids and eight adults without issue, and I even managed to make space for a teensy weensy dessert table that was oh so darling!
I started the creative process with a custom invitation design that I created in Photoshop, and then I built the rest of the party around it. If you love the invitation, check out my custom invitation and party supply shop, Little Lemon Design Co.!
You know I love tissue tassels, and I was tickled with how cute they looked as a dessert table backdrop this time! The rainbow of tassels added the perfect pop of color and just the right amount of texture to the decor. Plus, they are so easy and inexpensive to DIY!
The iridescent plates were from Target (I swear, that place is HEAVEN), as were the cute little sprinkle snack cups. I found the napkins at Wal-Mart, but had to purchase each color separately. They were less than a dollar per package, though, and now we have rainbow napkins for school lunches for probably the entire year!
As you can see, I ended up serving store bought (GASP!) desserts, and here is why. I spent several hours molding unicorn ears, eyes and a horn from fondant two days before the party, and then I spent the entire following day making a two tier, ten layer cake that I had high hopes for. Much to my dismay, the weight of the fondant pieces were so heavy that they caused the layers to slide and smoosh and tilt until the whole thing looked like a drawing out of a Dr. Suess book. Argh. So, I last-minute grabbed some less Pinterest fail-esque desserts from my local grocery store and called it a day! (Evi did still want to eat the rainbow layer cake I made, which made me feel a bit better.) You can't win em all, right?
I re-used the silver sequin tablecloth that I purchased a couple of years ago on Amazon for the dessert table, which was actually a one foot by three foot cube storage unit that we normally use in the girls' bedroom for toy storage. Because I had such a small space to work with, even a four foot folding table was too large and seemed in the way. Anyway, the cube storage unit ended up working perfectly!
The kids had fun coloring rainbow and unicorn coloring pages at the coffee table, blowing bubbles on the balcony and playing with toys in the girls' room. It was a small, low-key party with just enough fun and attention to detail to make for a memorable occasion, I think :). And although I was worried about hosting a party in such a small space, it couldn't have worked out better! I suspect I'll be applying the "less is more" philosophy to my projects in the future!
That's all for today! Thank you for stopping by, and as always, happy party planning! :)