Parties and Inspiration

  • With 16 guests, we had to set two tables to accommodate the six- and seven-year old girls. Both tables were positioned close to each other so all the girls could be close to the birthday girl.

  • Apothecary jars have become a must-have entertaining item, especially for a dessert table or candy bar. Their traditional style creates a whimsical look and they are perfect for displaying candy and other sweet treats, such as powdered donuts and chocolate-covered pretzels. Try filling them with coordinating candies, such as gum balls and jelly beans.

  • The design was inspired by the birthday girl herself, and the icing carried through her pink and purple color palette. With chocolate and vanilla layers, this delicious cake was one of the show stoppers of the party. Surround the cake with pink and purple treats to complete the look of an overflowing dessert table.

  • To let the birthday girl be involved in the party planning we asked what type of flowers she wanted. She choose tulips, so dark pink tulips were placed in white vases to anchor the tables as the main centerpiece. These milk bottle style vases from Target are the perfect vase for the tulips because they are more narrow at the top. To achieve this look, pull off all of the leaves from the stems so you can maximize the number in tulips in each vase. Pro Tip: Make sure to arrange tulips at least a day in advance and have them sit in the sun if possible so that they will open up and show their colors on the day of your event.

  • Fill these adorable Barbie-themed party favor bags with headbands, nail files and wristlets. I found these round stickers on Zazzle and placed a piece of pink zebra tissue from Party City in each bag to coordinate with the Barbie glamour theme.

  • These little bites of heavenly sweetness came from a French bakery in Cleveland, Coquette Patisserie. Britt Culey, owner and executive pastry chef, created these strawberry macaroons and put sparkly sugar on top to give them a glittery sparkle. Stack a dozen of these onto two tall cake pedestal stands, complete with domes, for a beautiful display.

  • To create an elegant look, run a roll of hot pink, wire deco mesh down the center of the dining table. Then use glittery, pink zebra specialty paper from Michael's (located in the card stock, scrapbook section) for a charger. Place a square, white plastic plate on top to give it a modern feel. To make the little girls feel more grown up, place a custom name tag on their assigned seat.

  • Lunch and dessert were served in the main party room. At the request of the birthday girl, a sit-down lunch was set up with easy access to sandwiches and tasty sweet treats. To bathe the room in a pink glow, the bay window behind the dessert table was covered with pink, purple and white Italian crepe paper. This look was inspired from the blog site, Oh Happy Day. Special thanks to the girls at Chartreuse Inc. who also helped inspire this idea. Pro Tip: Take the paper and roll out and carefully fold in half lengthwise. Take scissors and cut into paper on the side that is not folded. Do this in strips until all the way down the paper to create a frayed paper look. Then unfold and hang from ceiling. I used small straight pins to hang the paper from the ceiling.

  • Place Oreos in a food processor and pulse until they are broken into small chunks. Next, mix the yogurt and large container of Cool Whip in bowl until they are completely combined. Place the mixture in the fridge for at least one hour. Once thoroughly chilled, fill your serving cups by layering the yogurt mixture, crushed Oreos, and plain cool whip ending with Oreos sprinkled on top. This recipe make 16 parfait cups.

  • Looking for a fun activity for the kids during the party? These temporary Barbie tattoos were found at Party City. Let the birthday girl pick her tattoo first. They are super easy to put on, with a little assistance from some of the girls' mothers, and were a huge hit among the party guests.

  • Each place setting has a pink zebra box from Hobby Lobby filled with pink and purple gum balls and jelly beans and accented with a Barbie candy necklace. The first thing the girls will do when they sit down is put on their necklaces, pretending they are expensive pieces of jewelry. Place the treat boxes on top of hot pink desert plates and use them to serve the birthday girl's cake.

  • Make your birthday girl feel extra special with this personalized birthday sign. it is incredibly easy to make too. This pink zebra and light purple craft paper was found at Michaels, and stencils were used to create the letters. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the sparkly, hot pink, tulle trim around the customized birthday sign. To hang the board, use Stay Putty from the Home Depot and attach it to the wall.

Glamorous Barbie Party

The infamous Barbie doll has been delighting and inspiring the imagination of little girls since it was introduced by Mattel in 1959. For the little girl in your life who adores these pint-size dolls, a Barbie themed birthday party can provide her and her friends with a memorable way to mark her special day. Invite her friends for a sit-down lunch complete with place cards, pink zebra print, sparkly poms, and of course, a Barbie theme. To make her wish come true, use plenty of pinks, purples and pink zebra patterns to transform the party room and turn it into a Barbie extravaganza. Every little girl can come dressed as their favorite Barbie and leave with a themed party favor bag as a treasure to remember this perfectly pink party.

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