21 Jul

Toy-Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher-Price

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

ROYAL MEETS TOY {The Challenge}

When it comes to “Royal” party themes, visions of glitzy details and fancy-schmancy-in-general decorations are usually what first come to mind (as evidenced in my friend’s royal baby shower, during which I had to restrain myself from glittering everything in sight!).

So, when Fisher-Price® recently asked me to come up with a Royal First Birthday Bash theme that aligned with their {very clean, very modern-looking} brand and classic toys, figuring out the right way to merge these 2 looks was definitely a bit of a design challenge at first!

I was excited to see if I could figure it out though, because “Royal” and Prince/Princess themes are very popular for first birthday parties right now, so a very childlike, toy-inspired twist on this theme sounded especially fitting! Plus, Charm City Cakes bakery was already doing the cake, and I’ll jump at the chance to rub elbows pixels with Ace of Cakes any day. ;)

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

The Starting Point

Whenever I’m working on a new theme, I try to come up with 1 or 2 ideas that really make sense for the project, then use those as the foundation for the theme. For this project, it was the Rock-a-Stack® castle (as seen on the far right of the top image here) and the Corn Popper Inspired Cake Popper (more on that later).

For the first idea, a spray painted sugar cone + felt flag quickly transformed this classic baby toy into a “castle turret” – which then led to a full DIY Birthday Castle Centerpiece idea and also gave me the starting point for the paper details/printables, which you can download for free right here! I also used the “turrets” on their own as accent decor:

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

The “party guests” were friends and friends-of-friends. The littlest ones were quite enthralled with the ball garlands in particular (see the DIY tutorial here). My own daughters jumped in on the action too, and Sonny caught what is easily one of my favorite pictures of our youngest daughter (Rylie) ever. ;)

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

Of course I couldn’t resist getting just a tiny bit of sparkle into this royal theme… glittered washi tape on the bamboo forks did the trick! The party straws also had metallic gold stars:

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

The aforementioned ball garlands were used as both inside and outside decor. The best thing about these is how EASY they are to make. Of course I tried the hardest methods first though… live and learn! ;)

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

Here’s a closer look at the DIY Castle Centerpiece. You can find the step-by-step tutorial over on the Fisher-Price site.

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

Activities are especially important for the older party guests, so we set up an activity table with simple themed crafts like “decorate a crown” and “color a castle”. I made simple coloring pages that matched the rest of the printables. You can download them here.

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

Of course, bubbles are always a great way to entertain kids of all ages!

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

For a simple food idea, I used cookie cutters to make 2 kinds of royal crown sandwiches.

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

The pint-sized guest of honor will most likely be hanging out with the toys or sitting happily in mom’s lap, but it’s always a great idea to set a special royal-inspired table for the older kids! Baby blocks and a felt runner inspired by the Fisher-Price logo were used as decor, and colorful party crowns (tutorial coming soon!) sat on each plate.

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

The Fisher-Price Corn Popper® is one of their most famous classic toys, and it’s probably a side-effect of my profession, but I just could not get past the idea of merging “Corn Popper” with “Cake Popper”. So that’s exactly what I did… but recreating just the base to keep things easy. :) Big thanks to Roni for whipping up the cake pops so quick!  See the full Corn Popper Inspired Cake Popper tutorial at Fisher-Price.

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

Scalloped felt, honeycomb, and plastic balls were all key elements in this theme. Not only are all of these items playful and fun, but they are super affordable! Here’s how they were used to transform our hutch into a party-friendly backdrop (3D glue dots were used to secure all of the balls):

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

Another thing that the Corn Popper® toy instantly brought to mind was popcorn… shocking connect, I know! ;)  So we created a Royal Rainbow Popcorn Buffet that doubled as both a snack and a take-home party favor for the older guests. (Just make sure that your popcorn buffet is high enough to be out of reach of the very littlest ones.) Honeycomb balls and ball garlands were used as another nod to the look of the Corn Popper®.

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

Last but not least, can’t forget the smash cake! Smash cakes should be simple, just like this one by Charm City. The DIY smash cake topper is simply one of the hand-cut party silhouettes attached to 2 paper straws.

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

Hope you like how everything turned out! Make sure to visit the Fisher-Price Royal Birthday Party Ideas section for more info + step-by-step DIY tutorials. (I’ll be posting a few additional DIY’s here on HWTM as well!) If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask me here in the comments!

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

P.S. Fisher-Price is also giving away several Royal Birthday Bash party kits that match this theme and include lots of toys, printed paper decor, a Charm City cake, and more. Get the details right here.

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VENDOR CREDITS:

– Design, Styling, Stationery/Printables, & Photography: Hostess with the Mostess
– Tiered Cake, Small Cake, and Smash Cake: Charm City Cakes
– Cake Pops: Roni’s Sugar Creations
– Brand Partner: Fisher-Price®

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4Comments

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Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle SAYS:

Wow!! This is amazing!! Love the stacking rings castle and the pretty colors!!

Reply July 22, 2014 at 5:31 am

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Nora Nuño SAYS:

That's so pretty and Genius idea on the castle!!

Reply July 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

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