12 Mar

REAL PARTIES: “TinkerBright” Birthday

REAL PARTIES: TinkerBright Birthday

We have a new “Real Party” for you that’s loaded with decorating inspiration for those of you that love COLOR! This is a party that Michelle Schobert threw for her daughter’s 9th birthday celebration. Keep reading for lots of pics and all the colorful details, as told by Michelle:


“My youngest daughter Courtney has had a Tinkerbell birthday party every year since she was 2. This year, as she turned nine, she still wanted to include Tinkerbell, but wanted something a little more grown up.

As a graphic designer, I created the custom invitations (pictured above) which became the jumping off point for the party décor. I designed the invitation graphic with a combination of vibrant colors, elegant swirls and small Tinkerbell image. After printing them on my home computer, I hand cut the scalloped border and added a few rhinestones for sparkle.

REAL PARTIES: TinkerBright Birthday

In order to provide an exact match with the invitations I printed extra sheets of the striped pattern to use as a wrap for the glass candleholders…but scrapbook paper could also be used to create the same effect.

REAL PARTIES: TinkerBright Birthday

I also custom designed the table runner to correlate with the rest of the décor. I repeated a number of patterns, a stripe, a polka dot and a floral in the same color palette to pull everything together.

REAL PARTIES: TinkerBright Birthday

Party favors included raspberry filled dark chocolate candy bars, rainbow colored lollipops and lifesavers, all customized with wrappers commemorating the party.

REAL PARTIES: TinkerBright Birthday

The girls enjoyed a casual sit down dinner with an abundance of simple kid-friendly food like chicken fingers, pizza square appetizers, and miniature cucumber sandwiches.

REAL PARTIES: TinkerBright Birthday

For dessert, I tried my hand at the rainbow cake featured on HWTM. It turned out great. The simple white frosting disguised the explosion of color inside, which was a huge hit with the girls!

REAL PARTIES: TinkerBright Birthday

After classic party games like twister and musical chairs the girls cooled off with drink of water with personalized labels and hand dipped chocolate covered marshmallows.”

REAL PARTIES: TinkerBright Birthday

Happy 9th, Courtney!

REAL PARTIES: TinkerBright Birthday


Thanks for the inspiration, Michelle! For additional pics of Courtney’s birthday – and lots of other creative parties, check out the HWTM Facebook Fan Photos!

REAL PARTIES: TinkerBright Birthday

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Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor SAYS:

I love it! What is so great about basing a theme on color like this one is, is that it is ageless. It would just as fabulous for a 16 yr old or a 40 yr old as it was for this lucky 9 yr old! Thanks so much for the great ideas!

Reply March 12, 2009 at 9:43 am

Davids SAYS:

I absolutely love it. Everything was never never landish. From the invitation to the inside of the cake. What a great birthday theme! Great job I am sure she loved it.

Reply March 12, 2009 at 9:51 am

Gretchen SAYS:

This was the BOMB!! Any girl – regardless of age – would love a party like this! I have a girls’ group and our colors are red, blue, green and yellow. This would be a fabulous way to end the club year. I am a detail person and just love the attention to details. Great ideas to borrow from!

Reply March 12, 2009 at 9:54 am

joyful weddings and events SAYS:

So fun! What a gift to have a mom as a graphic design who can whip up all of those things. I would like to steal this entire party for me, which would work perfectly since my name is Courtney :)

Reply March 12, 2009 at 10:00 am

Tiara SAYS:

This is great! What a nice mom courtney has. I’m sure it will be very memorable for her and I love the way your cake turned out.

Reply March 12, 2009 at 10:05 am

kristen h SAYS:

Holy Crap! I LOVE THIS SITE. Shall I repeat that for you? I LOVE THIS SITE!!! LOVE IT.

I have never seen so many pretty things to inspire and awaken the mind. You have it goin’ on here! I am a full-time fan of HWTM for sure!

Thank you, thank you!

Reply March 12, 2009 at 10:10 am


Awesome! Love all the color. I have a 13th birthday coming up, so this gives me inspiration to get started on some special party details. Thanks!

Reply March 12, 2009 at 10:11 am

Kelly SAYS:

Love the party! The table runner was so creative and what a great way to use the rainbow cake in your theme!

Reply March 12, 2009 at 10:45 am

Brooke SAYS:


Oh, my.

I’m at a loss for words.

It’s all so…




Are we too close in age for you to be my mom?

{Absolutely GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing)

Reply March 12, 2009 at 11:32 am

robin SAYS:

holy crap, it’s the birthday of every little girls dreams!

Reply March 12, 2009 at 11:33 am

Angeline SAYS:

This was to cute! How did you manage to get the cake so colorful?

Reply March 12, 2009 at 11:34 am

Chris SAYS:

Beautiful!!! I love the table runner! I have a quick question for Michelle. Where did you get the tent shaped frame? I’ve never seen those in a store.


Reply March 12, 2009 at 11:44 am

Does the Dress Fit SAYS:

What a unique and very adorable idea. I am still puzzled about that cake. How did you get it to be multi-colored without running?

Reply March 12, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Kimber Hagans SAYS:

Your website is by far the BEST I have ever come across! The ideas are OVER THE TOP!!! Very hip and current and just L~O~V~E all your ideas~~plus that you SHARE with all of us!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply March 12, 2009 at 2:03 pm

aleta SAYS:

Bwahahaha the rainbow cake strikes again!!

Reply March 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm

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