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Macy’s {Colorful} Birthday Parade – Part 3

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Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

Here we go with PART 3 of my daughter Macy’s “First Birthday Parade”… I realize this last part of the recap is quite spread out from PART 1 and PART 2, but with the way things have been this year, at this point I’m actually just happy to get this up before she turns TWO! Especially since she will have a brand new little sibling to attend the party by the time the next birthday arrives. =)

This theme was chosen as a play on the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade… we just swapped out “Thanksgiving” for “Birthday”! You’ll find a recap of the indoor sweets table (pictured above), rainbow smash cake, food/drinks, activities, and a few more indoor decorations… Here goes:

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

My original vision for this table was to turn the dessert table into an entire street parade scene, complete with a “street” looking tablecloth (with the yellow dividers), a balloon backdrop, and marching animals holding treats. I got as far as renting a charcoal gray cloth for the table and made a few “buildings” for the backdrop, but wasn’t able to go all out with the “street parade table” like the vision I’d worked up in my head.

The clock was tick tick ticking away and I ran out of time…my imagination and Father Time just cannot ever seem to get on the same page! But I’m still happy with it and am fully aware that Macy didn’t know the difference of course. It’s more about the fact that I thought it would be so FUN to go all out with that vision. Next time… =)

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

The treats were simple and colorful… animal cookies, candy dots that we stapled into bracelets around the kids’ wrists, pixi sticks, meringue drop cookies, and homemade cupcakes.

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

The “buildings” that we did make were constructed from old shoe boxes wrapped in solid gift wrap from Target. I found a photograph of a window frame from and printed out a bunch of blank windows to glue to the “buildings”. I also printed a few more window frames out with images of Macy inserted into them so that it would look like she was “peeking out” from some of the building windows.

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

A “MACY’S” banner was added to one of the larger buildings to play on the store name… and the connection with the birthday party theme and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. =)

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

We made the cupcakes ourselves, using store bought mixes and Wilton’s concentrated gel Icing Colors to get the frosting nice and bright! Wondering about that cool silver cupcake tower? Another great Costco find!

I designed some themed toppers for the cupcakes, and we used the paper patterns that were incorporated throughout the party to make coordinating “cupcake wrappers”, which were wrapped around the standard white wrappers to dress them up.

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

I designed some individual letters to spell out “MACY’S BIRTHDAY PARADE” above the dessert table and across the fireplace mantle. For the dessert table I strung each word across it’s own ribbon (2 holes punched in each letter), and for the fireplace mantle the letters were each hung individually (one hole was punched at the top for the ribbon to slide through so they’d lay flat). Here’s how the fireplace turned out:

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

You can buy the Circus Birthday Parade Printables (in pink or blue!) with included “Birthday Parade” Letters. If you want to recreate this party at home you can purchase a separate “Happy Birthday” Banner + Custom Name Add On!

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

This party was a mix of both kids and adults. We had bubbles, glittered plastic sunglasses, mustache stickers, and face painting for the kids  ($80 for 1.5 hours of face painting and the kids were seriously ECSTATIC about it… that was fun to watch!). We also had Carnival photo props on sticks by Paper and Cake for both the kids AND the adults to enjoy!

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

Each kid took a custom-wrapped bottle of bubbles home with them as part of their party favor.

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

The food & drinks were simple and “parade friendly”…hot dogs, kettle chips, individual servings of potato salad (pre-set with colorful forks!), my mother in law’s famous Cabbage Salad (with crunchy Ramen noodles and sesame-peanut dressing), and fruit salad.

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

Water bottles and juice boxes were dressed up with bottle wraps for the kids. Adults enjoyed colorful bottles of IZZE natural sodas, regular sodas, beer, and Petite Petit Wine by Michael David Winery, which not only tastes great, but has an adorable elephant/circus themed label that coordinated way too perfectly with the theme!

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

We used a small 6″ cake pan to make the smash cake, colored the batter in various colors to make it RAINBOW style, and kept the icing white to really make the batter colors pop once you cut into the cake. I love how it turned out… Macy was a little timid with it at first… but that changed pretty quickly once she got a taste!

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade



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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.

75 responses to “Macy’s {Colorful} Birthday Parade – Part 3”

  1. Ebony says:

    I’m just sooooo in love with this theme it HURTS! So perfect! I love love love the buildings and banners…. Just L-O-V-E!

    Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC.

  2. Marisol says:

    So adorable! Love the banners and beverage wrappers! Also congrats on your little one on the way! =)

  3. Shelly Norris says:

    I just love this. Thanks for sharing your photos and ideas!

  4. Maureen Anders says:

    Fabulous! I Just love it, Jenn!
    Those buildings turned out SUPER CUTE! Love the photos in the windows!!

  5. Melanie says:

    I love all the parade decor. Love the bright colors! I especially love the rainbow cake! How did you put the food coloring in to make it that way?

  6. Aimee says:

    Congratulations on your pregnacy! Many blessings for a happy and healthy one. Loved everything..specially the color scheme…

  7. Melissa says:

    Love this party I was just checking back to it yesterday(looking for the flavored popcorn)soo cute!!!….and Congratulations and best wishes with your lil one on the way:)

  8. says:

    SUCH a cute color scheme!!! Love it! And I love the Dots too – I haven’t seen those in years! Yum!
    Star Hughes Living

  9. love the bracelets! love it all!

  10. Amanda says:

    Congratulations on baby number two… is it selfish that I hope you have a boy so we get to see even more boy parties, lol?!

  11. Melanie says:

    Ohhhhh shmoobie cubie cutie bootie girlie wirley…I’ll stop now. But by willigers I am about to reach through my monitor and pinch that adorable little girl’s cheeks. Okay, now I really WILL stop…

    She’s as pretty as her cake, even before she put her face into it.

    Okay, NOW I’ll stop!

    Beautiful party ideas!

    Melanie at Theme a Party

  12. Super congrats on baby #2!!!! How exciting!!! I think you are sooooo talented and creative!!! Love the banners and the little details, such as pom poms, etc… incredible!!

  13. bird says:

    Bless!! So colorful and ADORABLE!! Macy looks like she had a blast! ;D

  14. I’m so thrilled you posted the rest of the details. You put so much thought and love into this, and it shows. Darling on every level Jenn!! And a BIG congrats to you and your family! I’m so happy for you!

  15. Andrea B. says:

    Congrats on the upcoming arrival of your new little one!!! Gorgeous party, wonderful details! You are so talented!

  16. Al says:

    What a lovely theme! The colors are fantastic, so much fun. The baby pics are adorable, she is really enjoying that sugary treat :)

  17. Absolutely beautiful party! LOVE the color scheme and the details are out of this world amazing! Love how you incorporated pictures throughout! So cute!

  18. Christine says:

    Everything is just beautiful! Congrats to you and your family!

  19. adriana says:

    What a beautiful party! And that baby is absolutely delicious! :)

  20. I want to eat little Macy…she is ADORABLE…and so is her party :)

  21. Laurie Gallamore says:

    Congratulations on your pregnancy!!

    Gorgeous, gorgeous party! I love all of the bright colors and your little Macy is precious! Thank you for sharing the fun printables :)

  22. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 5 post on Jun. 01, 2011. Thanks again.

  23. Kristin says:

    Hello LOVE the details of this party and all the graphics. You did an awesome job. Congrats on your baby on the way!! I was wondering if you ever post the party with the yarn ice-cream cones (saw on your facebook page). I believe it was for a baby boy vintage party. I really wanted the DIY on the cones. Thanks so much!!

  24. Julie says:

    Wow Jenn, SO many cute details! Congratulations on baby #2!

  25. Kim says:

    What an amazing party, and the photos are so beautiful! I love the different cupcake wraps and the cute little houses! And that cake, great idea!!
    BTW: congrats with your pregnancy!

  26. Jenn C. says:

    Beautiful, Creative, Fun, and Colorful. All my favorite things. Thanks for the wonderful ideas. You are very talented.

  27. What a cute idea! What a lucky little girl! Everything just looks so perfect. Beautiful!

  28. Jessica says:

    Hi Jen, I love Macy’s birthday parade!!! I was wondering what is the name of the font you used for the birthday parade sign?

  29. Lorraine says:

    Wow! Thank you, firstly for the inspiration, the downloads, the step-by-step guide, well … basically everything! My daughter wants a Circus theme party for her 6th in July and this has been sooooooo helpful!

    Also, congrats on the new addition to the family x

  30. Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for the free printables! You’ve saved me a ton of work! My Ava is turning one in August, we’re doing a Circus theme.

  31. Brenda says:

    Such a great party. I love all the colors!!
    I’d like to print the birthday boy sign, but is there a way to change it from saying “First Birthday” and add our own age instead?


  32. madeleine says:

    This party is absolutely amazing! I am searching high and low and racking my brain trying to figure out where I can either purchase these adorable flag banner signs I am seeing all over the website or how to make them. Can you please tell me? I know they are custom but I don’t know what materials are being used and if the letters are printed or if they are stickers. Is this something I need a special software for on my computer or I would need to hire a custom print designer? Could you please fill me in? I would really appreciate it! I”m new to the business and trying to get started. Thank you!

  33. hina pasha says:

    My goodness! I can’t tell you how super impressed I am! everything that you’ve created is so beautiful, so perfect:) my baby is turning one in september, and I’m going a bit mad trying to decide what sort of a party to have!
    Your work is inspirational! Though I don’t know if I’ll be able to use/copy;) any of your ideas, I HAD to tell you how wonderful it all looks!
    Bravo Mom!!!

  34. meagan says:

    hi! im doing a similar theme for my sons birthday at the end of the week, and i’d love to have the water bottle sleeve downloadable! i don’t think i could make that from photoshop from scratch, and i REALLY like it!! maybe you have that one too? please and thank you!!

  35. Amy says:

    Thank you for this great post! I love the idea and I’m thoroughly impressed with your creativity! I would like to print off the birthday banner letters. I tried and it didn’t fit to my 81/2 by 11 paper. What is the trick? Thanks so much for your help!

    • jenn s. says:

      Hi Amy –
      The banner letters are actually set up to be printed on 11.x17 (Tabloid sized) paper – so you’ll need to have the file printed at a place like FedexOffice (Kinkos), Staples, etc. I printed mine out at Kinkos and the colors came out great. Saves your home printer’s ink supply too :)

  36. Tatiana says:

    I absolutely love your design. I was wondering if you could provide us with the banner for “MACY’S” I was able to get the letters from the birthday parade download that i need for my daughter BUT… I need the *S for the ___’s birthday parade. Thanks so much!

  37. Rachel says:

    Just wondering what the fonts were that you used? I’ve snagged a few of the free printables (THANKS!) and want to make a coordinated sign with my little one’s name. Thanks!!!

  38. Yeza says:

    I love all the decorating desings !, I will use it for my daugter’s birthday. But I can’t find the CUPCAKES labels, they are wonderful!!!

  39. Chrissy says:

    I Love this. I have been looking for printables for my lil girls 8th Birthday party. I wanted the colors to be pink, red and teal. This will work out wonderful. Where did you get the printable signs printed so large. My printer only does up to 8*10. Geat job and thanks so much!

    • jenn s. says:

      Hi Chrissy –
      You’ll need to take the file to a print shop that has 11×17 (Tabloid) paper. I usually use Fedex Office’s online printing system and then just pick the prints up when they’re ready, but you can also walk into a Fedex Office or use Staples, local print shops, etc :)

  40. Leanna says:

    First you are amazing and oh so talented!! Second.. when you print to Fedex.. do you get this on card stock or what? And last.. how did you make those yarn poms??