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Darling & Magical WISH Themed Birthday

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Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

To say that we’re swooning over this absolutely DARLING “Wish” themed birthday party by the talented Paula of Frog Prince Paperie would pretty much be an understatement!

From the sweet color palette to the oh-so-stylish printables to creative treats like coconut-covered “Dandelion Pops” (so CLEVER!), there was definitely no detail left undone here. Just looking at these photos feels makes it feel like there’s some magic in the air! This party definitely looks like a birthday girl’s dream come true…

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Read on for more lovely, whimsical images + all the creative details…

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Paula

“As a kid, the birthday wish was the all-important-part of the birthday celebration. Blowing out those candles meant there was a glimmer of hope that some small dream in your little heart would have a chance of coming true if made at that very moment. There is so much that is magic about birthdays when you are a child that seems to go away as we get older; celebrating and capturing some of that magic was my aim when we started planning Madeline’s 5th ‘Make a Wish‘ birthday party.

Madeline’s birthday was extra fun to put together, as she – for the first time – had quite a few opinions on what her party needed to include. The colors had to be pink as silver, “‘ecause that’s what colors wishes are.’ Adding some aqua, too, was ok with the birthday girl. And a have-to-have was a proper birthday crown. She was thrilled to receive the beautiful pink Swarovski crystal tiara from Tradewind Tiaras to wear on her special day!

We didn’t want to keep the birthday wishes to ourselves, so we asked our blog and facebook readers what their birthday wishes as small children were. I took all those wishes and bottled them or hung them in clear stars – I think this ended up being my favorite party detail. I laughed and cried at the responses I received – wishes for rainbow princess unicorns, giant engagement rings from Justin Bieber, and abandoned toys r us trucks  made me smile. Other wishes like those made for healthy parents, just to have any birthday party at all, and a wish to live in America were perspective adjusting.  We so enjoyed having all those birthday wishes as part of our party.

The little bottled wishes were set among the desserts in the thrift store china hutch I painted ocean blue. I lined the back of the hutch with scrapbook paper I had designed for the occasion.  We had dandelion inspired brownie pops and sparkling oreo pops made lovingly by my friend Courtney and special custom made “Wish” cookies provided by Dainty Delights and beautiful Kandy Kones from Posh Party Pretties. Twinkle pops and M&M filled push pops sourced from CupKates Event Designs rounded out our sweet offerings in the hutch.

Sitting on a pink tea cart close by was the gorgeous star and candle filled birthday cake by Something Sweet Cake Studio. Johnnie did a fabulous job creating a sparkling pink confection that was exactly what I wanted! It tasted even better than it looked. Strawberry milkshake shots (a request from the birthday girl) sat by as a birthday cake chaser.

Maddie was quite insistent that all the birthday guests needed to have birthday hats! Each place was set with pink melamine plates, a specially-made birthday hat, antique lace napkin tied with crystal napkin rings from Tradewind Tiaras, and a cupcake topped with a silver candle and crepe edged cupcake topper in a cupcake wrapper from Laugh Loud Smile Big and placed on an individual stand from Blowout Party. The party guests thought it was fantastic to get to blow out candles and make a wish along with the birthday girl.

Buds, Etc. graciously provided the floral centerpieces draped in pearls, studded with sparkles, and set in milk glass vases from her personal collection. The chair backs were tied with lengths of ribbon and finished with crepe paper rosettes with sparkling silver stars.

While we waited for all the guests to arrive so we could have lunch, we kept the little guests busy making ribbon wands and sparkly snow globes. They occupied themselves after that playing with the balloons that were scattered on the floor. After lunch, we treated everyone to a magic show by Dr. Dan the Magic Man. The dove was the highlight of the show!

I love party art! In the party rooms, we hung sewn circle garlands and streaming trails of little silver stars. Renee Adler,a Frog Prince Paperie designer, was nice enough to create the ‘Starlight, Star bright’ poster I placed on a painted canvas to display. The triple sliding glass door that is  a prominent feature in the party room had dandelion vinyl art applied to the length. Natalie at the Knock Knock Factory provided a colorful wreath in the ‘Wish’ theme. I also used an Ikea chandelier and an old torch lamp to create a giant dandelion for decoration! It was very funny to watch the children blowing on the dandelion trying to make extra big wishes.

Each little guest left with a star that held a tiny star necklace that said ‘Wish’ on the front, while the boys in attendance took home a star filled with chocolate coins for the wishing well. There were many adults at the party without kids, so we had a small box of Godiva chocolates for them to take home as a thank you.


A special thank you to Southern Belle’s Charm who once again aided in dreaming up some unique ideas to help make our party special! And another heartfelt thank you to all the vendors who contributed their time and talent:

– Design, Styling, & Party Printables: Frog Prince Paperie
– Photography: John McLaughlin
– Photo Editing: Jill Luecht Photography
– Tiara & Crystal Napkin Rings: Tradewind Tiaras
– Party Consulting:  Southern Belle’s Charm
– Birthday Cake: Something Sweet Cake Studio
– Countdown Blocks & Cupcake Wrappers: Laugh Loud Smile Big
– Flower Arrangements: Buds, Etc.
– Custom Sugar Cookies:  Dainty Delights, Inc.
– Dandelion Decals:  Cool Graphics
– Kandy Kones: Posh Party Pretties
– Cupcake Stands: Blowout Party
– Party Wreath:  The Knock Knock Factory
– Starlight Poster: Renee Adler of Frog Prince Paperie
– Pushpops: CupKates Event Design

The paperie for this party is available in the store!”

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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.

44 responses to “Darling & Magical WISH Themed Birthday”

  1. cata says:

    Perfect! The paper details, the cake, the table settings…and the pretty little model…all perfect! Regards from Tuscany Cata

  2. Marisol says:

    WOW! Another favorite of mine! “Wish No 3 Abandoned TRU truck”! So cute! The styling of the hutch is divine! Love every detail!

  3. This is absolutely lovely. Such gorgeous little girlie details.

  4. Thank you so much for the feature! And thanks as well to my vendors-

    • Jill Luecht Photography | Photo Editing

    • Tradewind Tiaras | Tiara and crystal napkin rings )

    • Southern Belle’s Charm | Party consulting

    • Something Sweet Cake Studio | Birthday cake

    • Laugh Loud Smile Big | Countdown blocks & Cupcake wrappers

    • Buds, Etc. | Flower arrangements (

    • Dainty Delights, Inc. | Custom sugar cookies (

    • Cool Graphicss | Dandelion decals

    • Posh Party Pretties | Kandy Kones

    • Blowout Party | Cupcake stands (

    • The Knock Knock Factory | Party wreath

  5. Kathleen says:

    Simply beautiful from the treats to the decor-makes me wish to be a little girl again…

  6. Lisa says:

    Oh my goodness! What a unique and beautiful theme. This party is so enchanting. That giant size dandelion is so fun!

  7. Stunning representation of magic and wishes….Paula stole the show with this party. Truly an honor working with you!

  8. The cookies…oh my word, they’re absolutely amazing!!

  9. Paula is a party genius! I’m so delighted to have been able to contribute a small bit of sparkle to this remarkable event. The abandoned Toys-R-Us truck was my fervent childhood wish. ;-)

  10. Mindy says:

    I didn’t notice the crepe paper cupcake topper until I read the details, great idea! Beautiful party!

  11. HiLLjO says:

    So precious. This would be a pretty bridal shower or baby shower, too!PS: I’m giving away a sock monkey! Come visit!

  12. Rebecca @This Nest is Best says:

    HWTM, you just find the most amazing parties to feature! This party is another favorite of mine that I’ve seen on your blog. The theme and styling reminds me of the Wishes fireworks at Disney World, so it was of course instant love! Such great details :)

  13. June g. says:

    I would LOVE to know where the fabulous floor lamp is from!

  14. Gorgeous! I love it all, Paula. Beautifully whimsical… magical!

  15. jenn says:

    this party is amazingly adorable! I love the hutch too! what an awesome find!

  16. Wow! It’s like every little girl’s DREAM party. Heck, it’s MY dream party! ha! Beautiful! :)

  17. One of most beautiful parties I have ever seen!!!!
    Wherever did you get those beautiful floral cookies?!?!
    I ADORE those!!!

  18. Leila says:

    Stunning party. I think I need to throw a birthday party now.

  19. denise says:

    gorgeous. absolutely loving the colours.x

  20. Brigitte says:

    I do have 3 grown up daughters, I told my youngest, please if you make me someday a grandma, it should be a girl, because I would like to make such party for her birthday :)

    its sooooooooo cute, I like it

  21. Dandelion pops, oreo pops, twinkle pops! So many great treats and fabulously presented. I love how the party favor necklaces are presented as well.

  22. Jessica says:

    This is in my opinion, the best party I have seen on this sight. It is so refreshingly creative and original and the attention to detail is delightful! Awesome color palette! I adore the color of the hutch, so much in fact, that I am tempted to do it to my hutch in my dining room! That color just makes me so happy! Great job!

  23. bryn says:

    definitely one of the best parties ive seen! do you know the exact color/brand that you used to paint the china hutch? i love that color! thanks!

  24. Sabina says:

    Out of a dream!!

  25. This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I am in love with all the details!

  26. katrina says:

    I made these for my daughters Kai Lan party : They could have fit into your party too :)

  27. Lexi says:

    Where did u get the stars? :)

  28. Rhubarb Pie says:

    Wow! This party theme and all it includes is SIMPLY AMAZING! The ideas are fabulous, and the girl who enjoyed the creativity is very lucky! I always stand amazed at the ideas and creations that some people are talented with!

  29. Alyssa S says:

    This reminds me of my nephew’s first birthday party a month ago. My sister in law did so many creative things! It was all Sesame St themed. She took baby water bottles and made labels that said his name and his age and had a Sesame St character on them. So cute! This is definitely a good idea for a girl though :)


  30. Rebecca says:

    We had a friend do a similar party for the 1st birthday. It was “Lily’s 1st wish”…LOVE this idea.

  31. Marisel M says:

    I totally want to do this party for my daughter when she turns 2. Where did they get the stars with the necklaces inside..So lovely

  32. ashleigh says:

    my neice is doing this theme this year i cant beleive how cute it is i cant wait till her party in october it is going to be great so i am just so excited

  33. bonnevay chantal says:

    Merveilleux!!! BRAVO

  34. Stacy Greer says:

    I want to know where you got the blue armoir/china cabinet!!!

  35. Marisel says:

    Beautiful party! Where did you get the star shaped containers for the necklace! amazing!

  36. Cheryl siciliano says:

    I have never seen anything more beautiful. This is the most creative party. The photos are beautiful. Just lovely!

  37. Craig Dozier says:

    Very nice! My daughter’s birthday is coming on next week and I’m planning to organize a small birthday party for her 5th birthday. These great pictures have definitely gave me some ideas :)

  38. Greetings says:

    Happy birthday quotes

  39. Cjandra says:

    May I ask where the invitations were made ? I would like to have a invitation like that for my daughters party

  40. Monica Chapman says:

    The sticks that the stars are hanging from, What kind are they? Love this party!!!! :-)

  41. michelle r cowin-gantz says:

    what is the paint color of china hutch? LOVE IT!