25 Mar

Magical Unicorn Birthday Party Extravaganza

Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

I love the playfulness and sweet simplicity of this colorful UNICORN themed birthday party that photographer Carly Taylor hosted in celebration of her adorable daughter’s first birthday. Carly had the help of her creative genius friend/business partner – Victoria of A Subtle Revelry – and the result was a darling party filled with magical details like sparkly “unicorn horn” birthday hats and a rainbow smash cake!

Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for more magical images and all the charming party details…

Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Victoria

A unicorn party is an incredibly sweet theme for celebrating a little girl’s birthday! The magical aspect of a make-believe animal + a pretty color palette truly made this party one to remember.

We found the perfect metallic balloon that became a great jumping off point for the party. It floated overhead as the kids ran around below. In lieu of birthday hats, each child received a homemade paper unicorn cone to wear. They loved the chance these magical horns gave them to run around and pretend.

The dessert table was set up under a few colorful tissue pom poofs and featured a rainbow cake made in the custom color palette of the day. It was surrounded by taffy, rock candy and other goodies that coordinated with our theme.

Snacks were also served at kids height on a makeshift “snack table“. A genius invention that Carly (the Hostess and Mother of the Birthday Girl) came up with was gluing bowls to a large sheet of poster board to secure them and hold them into place. The poster sheet was tied down to an ottoman in the center of the room. This allowed the kids to reach in and enjoy snacks without the inevitable destruction of the bowls. Such an easy solution to a very common kid party problem!

Before leaving, each guest received a pretty ice cream cone as a favor that had been dipped in white chocolate and drizzled with purple frosting to create the look of a unicorn horn. All wrapped up with metallic ribbon, these cones were a sweet way to say thanks to guests for coming.”


– Photographs: Carly Taylor
– Party Styling: Carly Taylor and Victoria Hudgins

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Viktoria-Pinkpastry SAYS:

I love it!

Reply March 25, 2011 at 3:32 am

aniqa SAYS:

Hi, very nice small party.. i was wondering if you have ever done strawberry shortcake party?

Reply March 25, 2011 at 3:45 am

jenn s. SAYS:

I haven’t done that theme myself yet. Would love to though – she was one of my favorite characters as a kid! Might have to do an inspiration board at least ;)

March 25, 2011 at 8:50 am


LOVE it! Those paper horn hats are too funny!!! Love the color scheme; it’s so fun!

Reply March 25, 2011 at 5:15 am

Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

Love it!

Reply March 25, 2011 at 5:45 am

Rachel Z SAYS:

My daughter, just turned 4, is already “planning” her next birthday. LOL She wants a unircorn party! I’m going to keep some of these ideas in mind. The horns are too cute.

Reply March 25, 2011 at 5:59 am

Heidi SAYS:

My two favorite details are the horn party hats and the rock candy!
What a sweet party!

Reply March 25, 2011 at 6:32 am

Terry SAYS:

I loved seeing this party! Thank you for sharing! It seems that so many parties we see have sssoooooooooo many sweets (too many, IMHO) and this one seemed to have a great balance between some healthy options as well as some treats. I love that balance! And the take-home gift was perfect!

Reply March 25, 2011 at 6:32 am

www.monogrammedeverything.com SAYS:

Oh great, yet another thing to make me want to go for baby #4 and hope that it’s a girl this time!!! Absolutely adorable!

Reply March 25, 2011 at 7:38 am

Stephanie @Spaceships & Laser Beams SAYS:

That snack table is genius. We’re having a family gathering in a week and I am going to copy it. THANK YOU CARLY!

Reply March 25, 2011 at 8:44 am

Amber-Lee SAYS:

Do you think my husband would let me do this for his 30th birthday in May? :)

Reply March 25, 2011 at 8:48 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Ha ha… if you can pull that off I will be extremely impressed with your persuasion skills! ;)

March 25, 2011 at 8:50 am

Sarah @http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/ SAYS:

I love the color combo!!!! Pretty!- Sarah http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

Reply March 25, 2011 at 9:00 am

Sarah SAYS:

What great colors! Looks amazing!

Reply March 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

Rings SAYS:

Such beautiful colours, simply beautiful and looks such fun.

Reply March 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Jamie SAYS:

I LOVE the unicorn theme for a kids’ birthday party (or maybe for MY birthday party!).

Reply March 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Niina SAYS:

Beautiful party and I love those unicorn horn party hats. What a great idea! I´m planning an end of the school party in June for my 5 year old daughter and her little friends with Strawberry Shortcake theme so I would love too if you would make an inspiration board!

Reply March 26, 2011 at 12:24 am

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