14 Apr

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

Today’s Real Party feature is a wonderful example of how character-inspired kids parties can be both super cute for the kids and stylish enough for adults to appreciate too!

Jaclyne of Heavenly Blooms created this adorable Olivia the Pig themed party as a special Valentine’s Day celebration for her daughter Kate, but this theme would also work beautifully for a kids birthday party. And with creative details like gorgeous red pomanders, a makeshift “home theater”, and Oreo-dipped lollipops, there are some great party inspiration for all sorts of occasions!

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

Read on for lots more pics and all the details, as told by Jaclyne

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REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

I have to start by explaining why “Olivia” was chosen for this party theme… My little Kate adores the cartoon and books but basically, pigs in general. With Olivia’s red, black & white color palette, It seemed fitting to host a Valentine’s Day themed afternoon of crafts and treats with Olivia as the inspiration!

If you are a parent and your kids love Olivia, you know there really isn’t very much out there. We made almost everything ourselves and stayed within a reasonable budget. We all had a fun and fabulous afternoon!

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

The feather boa hanging wreath, was so easy and inexpensive to make but received the most comments. This idea can really be used for almost any themed party or event! Get the DIY info here.

Another HUGE hit was the cut out of Olivia. We enlarged and printed the picture, pasted it on foam core, then cut it out with an exacto-knife. For the finishing touch, we added her trademark red ribbon bows!

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

I wanted the flowers for the adult’s table to be very clean and fun like the rest of the party. Three different styles of vases were filled with two different red flower varieties: roses and tulips,then I tied black and white striped ribbon knots and finished it with a red rhinestone center. After all, everyone loves a little bling!

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

Another fun idea – the infamous IKEA frame was used to take pictures of each of the guests when they arrived. The little girls LOVED this idea!

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

We attached white mailboxes (purchased at Target) to the back of each chair with fun ribbons.

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

The mailboxes also served as the party favor and were filled with candy, stickers and a little feather boa accent for added fun!

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

Since we were using the kid’s table for the crafts, we didn’t want to create a big, bulky centerpiece that would take up too much space. I created three red carnation pomanders and finished them with ribbon bows in coordinating colors. They looked fun & festive on the table and went with the theme perfectly!

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

Olivia loves theater and drama, so we created a mini theater using the TV and red curtains. We played episodes of Olivia in the background as the girls were working on their crafts.

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

Oh the Martha Stewart pom poms…they will be the death of me! I try to make them perfectly round every time and every time they come out oddly shaped. I have accepted this is my pom pom fate and put them up anyways…

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

We also hung red rose pomander and cascading rose petals for a finishing touch.

Food & Drinks
The party was in the afternoon, so we served light refreshments and yummy sweet treats. Olivia’s favorite color is RED, so all of our food and drinks featured RED!

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

We served mini heart pizzas, mini barbecue chicken sandwiches, mini pigs in a blanket, bruschetta bites, Parmesan pinwheels with RED peppers and sun dried tomato dip.

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

For the desserts, we served strawberries & cream, RED velvet cupcakes, heart shaped sugar cookies with RED frosting and RED candy galore.

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

We love LOVE love the Oreo truffles, but found a fun recipe for chocolate dipped Oreo lollipops. We wanted to try something different and the girls loved them!!!

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

Party Activities
When it came time to choosing crafts and activities, we had three requirements: the activity had to be easy, had to keep the little girl’s attention, and most of all – not be messy! We settled on 5 different activities…

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

We printed coloring pages and paper dolls off of the Olivia websites. We also purchased heart frames, turned them into mini chalkboards and had the girls decorate them with glittery stickers.

Another project was the chocolate candy necklace:

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

The girls squealed with excitement when they saw this project. (A little help from the adults was needed.) Basically, the necklace is made out of saran wrap, tissue paper, candy and ribbon.

I really enjoyed this project because everything was precut and ready, there was no gluing, stringing, or wiring involved. We used mini chocolate bars, but you can use any candy. Even the parents adored this easy craft idea and created necklaces for themselves!

REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

Another activity was playtime with the Red Glittery Playdough – do I really need to tell you this was a favorite amongst the little girls? The playdough was homemade in our kitchen using this recipe.

We purchased small containers at Target for the playdough and added our own labels. After they played with the playdough at the party, they were able to take their little containers home for some more fabulous fun!!!”

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Such creative ideas, Jaclyne! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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58Comments

1
Eleanor SAYS:

Just adorable!

Reply April 14, 2010 at 8:45 am

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jackie@bridesandbabes SAYS:

Oh my goodness! My girls love Olivia, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Olivia themed party. How perfect for Valentine’s Day.

The incorporated feathers are my favorite part! So fun! Great, great, great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Reply April 14, 2010 at 9:00 am

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Courtney SAYS:

So darling! Every last detail – love the red, black, and white!

Reply April 14, 2010 at 9:00 am

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Lulu SAYS:

Absolutely beautiful! You are so creative.

Reply April 14, 2010 at 9:09 am

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{Ms. P} SAYS:

Sienna (2 year old niece) simply LOVES Olivia!

(and so do I).

These are GREAT ideas.

Reply April 14, 2010 at 9:27 am

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RoseMarie SAYS:

My girls love Olivia, and this is the first Olivia party I’ve seen too! So much thought into this party–it really is wonderful. And the pom-poms came out great too!

Reply April 14, 2010 at 9:29 am

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Latoya SAYS:

Every detail of this party is amazing!

Reply April 14, 2010 at 9:42 am

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Judith SAYS:

OMG!!! this is ADORABLE!!!

Reply April 14, 2010 at 10:14 am

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Kim SAYS:

everything is over the top amazing! The poms and chandelier are my favs!

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
party inspiration

Reply April 14, 2010 at 10:24 am

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Jennifer SAYS:

This is just AWESOME, I love it.

Reply April 14, 2010 at 11:11 am

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Elisha Akram SAYS:

I love it all! This is absolutely adorable… love the colors… and the picture frame is a totally cute idea!

Reply April 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm

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Richere Fording SAYS:

…BEAUTIFUL..WELL THOUGHT OUT…SO TALENTED…THANKS FOR SHARING!!

Reply April 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm

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Chris@Celebrations At Home SAYS:

I love this party with all it’s details…AND my favorite color scheme!

Reply April 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

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Lindsey SAYS:

This is soooo super cute! My daughter loves OLIVIA!

Reply April 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm

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The Fairy SAYS:

great idea! Love the chandelier … I think in other colors it would work for princess or fairy parties too.

Reply April 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm

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