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Colorful Barbie Birthday Party Ideas + Sweepstakes!

As a mom of 3 and 5 year old girls, I was thrilled when Mattel® recently asked me to design a “Super Style” inspired Barbie Birthday Party filled with creative DIY ideas …and so were my girls, of course! ;)

This project is part of the #TRUBestBirthday campaign, and features Barbie® toys and products that can all be found at Toys”R”Us. This was my first time designing a Barbie theme, but I’m definitely not one to shy away from a good excuse for glittery fun and DIY! So, I set out to come up with a fresh, Barbie-inspired look that felt happy and fashion-forward – incorporating bright pops of yellow and aqua with the traditional pink, black, and white Barbie colors. I just wanted it to feel like pure girlie FUN…

Colorful Barbie Birthday Party Ideas + Sweepstakes!

Colorful Barbie Birthday Party Ideas + Sweepstakes!

FREE PRINTABLES:
As always, paper designs played a huge role in the look of the party. You can download the new Colorful Barbie Birthday Collection that I designed for this party right here… and for FREE. :) And speaking of free things – make sure to enter the SWEEPSTAKES at the bottom of this post for your chance to win a Barbie Bike AND $100 Gift Card from Toys”R”Us + $100 worth of party supplies from yours truly!

Colorful Barbie Birthday Party Ideas + Sweepstakes!

WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THIS POST:
Because there is LOTS of info to convey within this one post, I’m going to do my best to be SUPER organized with the ideas so that they really live up to their purpose of serving as helpful inspiration! I’m dividing this post into sections by idea and am going to let the images do a lot of the talking. I’ll keep the tips as streamlined as possible – however, please feel free to ask questions in the comments section. I will also be co-hosting a #TRUBestBirthday Twitter party this Thursday, April 23rd at 2pm EST and can answer questions then as well!

Here’s how the post is divided up, in order:

1. General Look & Feel (intro images)
2. Beauty Bar
3. Kids Table
4. STYLE Station
5. Photo Booth
6. Fashion Designer Activity
7. Dessert Table
8. Play Time
9. Party Favors
10. Sweepstakes Entry

Colorful Barbie Birthday Party Ideas + Sweepstakes!

Colorful Barbie Birthday Party Ideas + Sweepstakes!

Colorful Barbie Birthday Party Ideas + Sweepstakes!

Colorful Barbie Birthday Party Ideas + Sweepstakes!

Colorful Barbie Birthday Party Ideas + Sweepstakes!

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Colorful Barbie STYLE Birthday Party   Free Printables!

Come on Barbie, let’s go party, ah, ah, ah, ya…. ;)

If you’re in the midst of planning a Barbie Birthday Party, this post should come in extra handy! I designed this paper party collection in conjunction with my new Colorful Barbie Birthday Party theme for Mattel. You can download these printables for free by clicking on the links at the bottom of the post. And be sure to check the full Barbie party post out right here for LOTS of ideas on how to utilize this collection. Enjoy!
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Colorful Barbie STYLE Birthday Party   Free Printables!

Tip: I used the above “plate liner” designs on the underside of clear plastic plates for the kids table. Check out my DIY tutorial on how to make custom plates like these right here.

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Sweet & Whimsical Hot Air Balloon First Birthday {Korean Dol}

I’m totally over the clouds for this Sweet & Whimsical Hot Air Balloon First Birthday by the talented Jennifer Yun of May Details Studio and Coffee and Milk Events! From adorable DIY hot air balloons hanging overhead to a playful, themed Doljabi game, clever luggage cupcake stands, and a custom cake topper featuring the birthday boy’s smiling face, I’m loving every last detail…

P.S. ‘Hot Air Balloon’ is such a versatile party theme; find hot air balloon themed baby shower and bridal shower inspiration in the archives!

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– Fluffy “white cloud” dessert table with paper cloud silhouettes & handmade hot air balloons
– Patterned paper pinwheels, heart-topped donuts and polka dot party hats
– Up, up, and away cupcakes + candy bar wrappers personalized with the birthday boy’s face!
– “Thank you for soaring on by” favor bags + customized Doljabi game raffle tickets

Sweet & Whimsical Hot Air Balloon First Birthday {Korean Dol}

Sweet & Whimsical Hot Air Balloon First Birthday {Korean Dol}

Sweet & Whimsical Hot Air Balloon First Birthday {Korean Dol}

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Italian Bistro Inspired Dachshund Chef Birthday Party

Birthday boy Sawyer knows there’s nothing quite like a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs! So, creative party chef/mommy/business owner Patty Smith of Sweet Treat Stands combined two of her little guy’s favorite things, and cooked up this incredibly unique & creative Italian Bistro Inspired Dachshund Chef Birthday Party! I was instantly smitten with the darling Dachshund wine cork cake topper from Divine Wine Corks, the Italian café scene with red table and chairs, all the insanely creative kitchen tool displays, and so much more – all whipped up by an incredible group of vendors. You just have to scroll through all the pictures and check it out… Grazie to Patty for sharing all this creative sauce with us today! ;)

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– Rustic dachshund chef party printables with Italian flair from Party Style Design Studio
– Italian herb plant party favors and “Grazie” red glitter + black & white checkered bunting banner
– Lollipops displayed in a cheese grater, flowers in a colander, and straws in an olive oil can (so clever!)
– Pint-sized chef aprons and hat decorating activity from Revelbee
– “Meatball” cake pops from Katie’s Cake Creations, red door cookies, & creative utensil “chandelier”

Italian Bistro Inspired Dachshund Chef Birthday Party

Italian Bistro Inspired Dachshund Chef Birthday Party

Italian Bistro Inspired Dachshund Chef Birthday Party

Italian Bistro Inspired Dachshund Chef Birthday Party

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