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surfing themed birthday party dessert table

Surf’s up! Time to catch a (very HAPPY) birthday wave today as we wade through the bright and summery details of this colorful Surfer Girl Birthday Party! Planned and styled by Krista of Hoopla Events & Jen of Banner Events for Krista’s daughter’s 6th birthday, the beachy decorations, tubular treats and surfing themed party favors will have you riding high. ;)

I’m especially loving the tiki hut with all of those mini, treat-filled “sand” buckets — perfect for little hands! Hang ten and check out all of the adorable fun these girls had, as beautifully captured by Karina of A Fresh Take Photography.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Awesome ombre sand & wave tier cake with fondant surf boards, flowers & a surfer girl
– “Hang Ten” ham sandwiches, goldfish cracker “Shark Bait”, & custom Surf Club bottle wraps
– Colorful surf boards & bamboo backdrop + fishing nets, custom garlands & brown sugar sand
– Sugared beach ball & shark cake pops + Hawaiian flower & surfboard cookies
– Matching swimsuits & sunglasses + sand bucket party favors filled with beach toys

beach and ocean themed cake pops and cookies

surfs up birthday party inviations

beach birthday party tablescape ideas

surfer girl beach birthday cake

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disco ball monkey themed birthday party

As usual, Juliet Boydston, owner of the COOP in LA, absolutely smashed this one out of the park! I always love her parties because she pulls inspiration from so many different places and still manages to keep everything cohesive. For his 12th birthday, the birthday boy did not want a party theme, much to his momma’s chagrin! ;) SO… she followed his lead (and Instagram name) and created this Disco Monkey Birthday Party filled with vibrant pop-art polka dots, glittering disco balls, TONS of bananas & plenty of monkeying around. Feast your eyes on all of the amazing details below…

P.S. Juliet writes some of the best party details, so be sure to check those out (directly below the images) for an inside peek into her creative genius!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Glittered and mirrored vases, drink bottles, and letters + “LETS GO BANANAS” silver balloons
– DIY sparkly-headphone-wearing monkey backdrop with an awesome painted banana smile
– Giant inflatable bananas for extra fun on the dance floor and in the ball pit!
– Party table piled high with bananas & disco balls + a sparkly “12”-topped drip cake in the middle
– Disco ball cupcake toppers, sprinkled banana skewers, and monkey party glasses for all!

birthday party confetti poppers

monkey party glasses

disco ball topped birthday cake

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Rainbow Balloon Tassels and Party Chair

Sometimes the simplest projects can have the biggest impact, and that’s exactly how I feel about this one!

Watch the video below (or scroll down for the pictorial) to learn how paper circles + balloons can create awesome party decor AND transform any ol’ chair into a festive spot for photo-taking and gift-opening!

These Rainbow Balloon Tassels are super versatile and can be used for so many different occasions – from rainbow birthday parties for “kids” of all ages to baby showers, bridal showers, and even colorful graduation pics. Happy party crafting! ;)

Rainbow Balloons Photo Backdrop

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Modern Pop Star Birthday Cake Topper

Whether you’re listening, dancing, or channeling your inner pop star and singing along, there’s nothing that livens up a party quite like a great mix of tunes!

And on that *note*, this year marks the milestone 15th birthday of KIDZ BOP, which is the #1 music brand for kids, not to mention a staple in my own household, thanks to our 2 pint-sized music lovers. ;)

As part of their all-year-long birthday celebration, I was asked to dream up and share some creative ideas for throwing the Ultimate KIDZ BOP Pop Star Party at home! I wanted to keep things very upbeat and playful, and was inspired by the fun, summery color palette in their new brand new album.

Here’s a preview of the party ideas you’ll find below:
Note: these sections start after the first 6 images, which give a good overview of the entire party. Clicking on a link will jump you directly to that section.

– Music: Kid-Friendly Playlists
– Activity 1: VIP Badges & Pop Star Band Names
– Activity 2: POP-arazzi Station
– Activity 3: Design Your Own Album Cover
– Activity 4: Pin the Tour Bus on the Map
– Drinks: The POP Station
– Dessert Table: POP Hits Dessert Mix
Party Favors: Candy Microphones

I’m also including a TON of Free Pop Star Printables to make things extra easy to recreate!

Life of the Party
KIDZ BOP is also celebrating the debut of  KIDZ BOP 32 right now, which comes out July 15th. This album includes an original KB song called “Life of the Party“, was just released TODAY! And if you’re looking for a fun outing, the KIDZ BOP Kids will be on their “Life Of The Party” tour for the rest of 2016. Find tour dates & more info here. And now… onto the party inspiration!

Pop Star Party Photo Booth

DIY Microphone Cupcakes - Pop Star Party

Pop Star Birthday Party Dessert Table and Backdrop

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