REAL PARTIES: “TinkerBright” Birthday

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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.

tinkerbell girls birthday party

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.

tinkerbell girls birthday party

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.

tinkerbell girls birthday party

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

tinkerbell girls birthday party

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.

tinkerbell girls birthday party

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!

tinkerbell girls birthday party

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.”

tinkerbell girls birthday party

Happy 9th, Courtney!

tinkerbell girls birthday party

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!

tinkerbell girls birthday party


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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

41 responses to “REAL PARTIES: “TinkerBright” Birthday”

  1. 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.

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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.

  4. Jil says:

    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!

  5. 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!

  6. Kelly says:

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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)

  10. robin says:

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

  11. Angeline says:

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. 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?

  15. aleta says:

    Bwahahaha the rainbow cake strikes again!!

  16. Katrina says:

    So, I was thinking to make cupcakes (purple only tho) with white icing for my daughters 1st. I have a couple questions tho.
    1. Is it hard to *cover* the color, or does it peek through?
    2. Is the stain ability factor very high in doing this?

  17. Sarah says:

    Courtney is one lucky girl! That cake looks amazingly yummy!

    -Sarah from Create Studio

  18. Lisa says:

    LOVE this party!! Amazing!!

  19. CottonColors says:

    What a beautiful party! I love your ideas!

  20. this is wonderful. a totally do-able, but not out of the party store party. very well done!