Unicorns have been the “it” trend for 2018. Unicorn milkshakes, unicorn cake, unicorn on everything, so why not a party too? This year for my daughters 9th birthday we had to go with UNICORNS. Along with all things magical; fairies and rainbows. It was cute, colorful, small and filled with fun. Some might get overwhelmed with party planning, but this gal, LOVES to throw a kids party. I was able to keep it on a friendly budget and make it super fun for all.
- I have a somewhat large driveway and I rented a tent that was going to be big enough for all guest to fit in comfortably. Her birthday is in the middle of January and typically in Los Angeles we have good weather all year round but it was hot and the shade really helped. Having the party at home or the park keeps the cost at almost nothing.
- All the unicorn party supplies were purchased at Party City with a few things from Target and Michaels Crafts. Purchasing all the paper supplies such as plates, cups, and tablecloths in plain colors from Target, Walmart or your local dollar store can save tons of money. I fell in love with all the unicorn supplies at Party City and decided to get them anyway. If you have a larger budget, renting tablecloths always make the party look a little more chic.
- Balloons always make an area look very festive, I purchased ours at Party City as well.
- For the main table, I decided not to rent a backdrop and create one myself. It was simple, but I liked the end result. I used a gold tinsel fringe curtain and a banner.
- As the girls started to arrive, all were directed to a table that I had with fairy wings, flower headbands, butterfly rings and tiny wands to start them off feeling like magical fairies. I also had a Unicorn name board printed out at my local printer with name tags that the girls could look up their specific Unicorn Name. (I purchased the PDF file on Etsy)
- The next activity was Fairy Face Painting. My close friend Diana, Isabella’s Godmother was the girls official fairy princess face painter and all the girls had a blast getting their makeup done. This was easy because it was face glitter and rhinestones, any one of your friends can help you out on doing this since it doesn’t require paint and designs. It saved me $200+ on hiring a face painter.
- As the girls finished one by one on their makeup, I had an entire table ready for the girls to paint tiny birdhouses that I had purchased at Michael’s Crafts for $1.00 each and we called them “Fairy Houses”. I purchased paint, brushes, glitter, pom poms, mini fairies (they were actually buttons) and stickers. This was great because the girls had a fabulous time and it took about 1 hour of their time that I was able to get other things done.
- Musical Chairs is always a fave in our house. It’s always fun to have someone actually winning a prize. (I purchased a small inexpensive gifts at Party City.)
- Lastly I purchased a pin the horn on the unicorn (winner received a prize) that was fun as well as black and white pages I downloaded from the Internet for the girls to color if they desired.
- Having such a small bunch doesn’t require ordering expensive catering. I ordered Pizza’s, had a Pasta Salad that I make for many occasion (recipe on my blog) Chips, dips, veggie platter, fruit platter and a cheese and meat plate. I had fruit punch in a large drink dispenser.
- Since everyone had been using the cake design with the unicorn head, I wanted something a little different and we have a love for Butterflies, so we did a cake design we found on Pinterest and added a Fairy to the very top. I got the cake done with a local baker I know and have used on occasions. Having a cake with such intricate designs make the cost of the cake go higher and higher. To keep cost down, going to Costco or your local market bakery is always an option.
- Cupcakes I purchased were from Walmart. I gave the color scheme I wanted and I added Gold Fairies to the very top to give them a little something extra.
- Rice Krispies Treats I purchased pre-made at Target, I drizzled different colored candly melts on them & topped them off with gold and pearled sprinkles.
- Stick Lollipops that resemble Unicorn horns, were also purchased at Party City.
- Cookies were gorgeous and actually bought by my friend Diana and were made by KT Cakes.
- Pretzel Sticks were made by my friend Sophie. Drizzled with candy melts, sprinkles and covered in a clear plastic.
Although this seems like a lot, and I guess it kind of is for someone who’s not too into it, I have a blast putting parties together and it doesn’t feel like a lot of work to me. But even if you do a few of the things and you are surrounded by people you love and care about, it will turn out to be a fantastic party.