31 May

Macy’s {Colorful} Birthday Parade – Part 3

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 decorationsHere 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 istockphoto.com 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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What a lovely theme! The colors are fantastic, so much fun. The baby pics are adorable, she is really enjoying that sugary treat :) http://www.skylarkmanor.com

Reply June 1, 2011 at 5:20 am

Michelle Knox SAYS:

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

Reply June 1, 2011 at 5:49 am

Christine SAYS:

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

Reply June 1, 2011 at 6:19 am

adriana SAYS:

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

Reply June 1, 2011 at 6:25 am

MonogrammedEverything.com! SAYS:

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

Reply June 1, 2011 at 6:42 am

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 :)

Reply June 1, 2011 at 7:02 am

CreativeBusyHand SAYS:

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.

Reply June 1, 2011 at 7:07 am

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!!

Reply June 1, 2011 at 8:09 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Kristin –
I actually never posted that one! Thanks for the reminder :) I’m out of town til Friday but will get to it early next week…

June 1, 2011 at 8:24 am

Kristin SAYS:

Thanks so much…can’t wait!

June 1, 2011 at 8:53 am

Julie SAYS:

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

Reply June 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm


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!

Reply June 6, 2011 at 4:20 am

Jenn C. SAYS:

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

Reply June 10, 2011 at 11:31 am

Terry Crowley SAYS:

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

Reply June 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

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?

Reply June 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm

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

Reply June 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

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.

Reply June 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm

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