inspiration for celebration

Modern Pop Star Birthday Cake Topper

Whether you’re listening, dancing, or channeling your inner pop star and singing along, there’s nothing that livens up a party quite like a great mix of tunes!

And on that *note*, this year marks the milestone 15th birthday of KIDZ BOP, which is the #1 music brand for kids, not to mention a staple in my own household, thanks to our 2 pint-sized music lovers. ;)

As part of their all-year-long birthday celebration, I was asked to dream up and share some creative ideas for throwing the Ultimate KIDZ BOP Pop Star Party at home! I wanted to keep things very upbeat and playful, and was inspired by the fun, summery color palette in their new brand new album.

Here’s a preview of the party ideas you’ll find below:
Note: these sections start after the first 6 images, which give a good overview of the entire party. Clicking on a link will jump you directly to that section.

– Music: Kid-Friendly Playlists
– Activity 1: VIP Badges & Pop Star Band Names
– Activity 2: POP-arazzi Station
– Activity 3: Design Your Own Album Cover
– Activity 4: Pin the Tour Bus on the Map
– Drinks: The POP Station
– Dessert Table: POP Hits Dessert Mix
Party Favors: Candy Microphones

I’m also including a TON of Free Pop Star Printables to make things extra easy to recreate!

Life of the Party
KIDZ BOP is also celebrating the debut of  KIDZ BOP 32 right now, which comes out July 15th. This album includes an original KB song called “Life of the Party“, was just released TODAY! And if you’re looking for a fun outing, the KIDZ BOP Kids will be on their “Life Of The Party” tour for the rest of 2016. Find tour dates & more info here. And now… onto the party inspiration!

Pop Star Party Photo Booth

DIY Microphone Cupcakes - Pop Star Party

Pop Star Birthday Party Dessert Table and Backdrop

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lamb themed dessert table

This Little Lamb Baa Baa Baptism & Birthday has me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside! Photographed by the talented Nicole Cantin and beautifully styled by Erica Courtney of Southern Juliette, the celebration included tons of sweet, fleecy decor — from strewn balls of yarn & “fluffy” cream hydrangeas to shabby chic burlap and twine elements for a country vibe. And those miniature white picket fences filled with the adorable sweet treats are such a cute way to display extra special details… like the incredibly detailed chocolate covered Oreos and cake pops!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Chocolate lamb lollipops, fluffy marshmallow-topped cupcakes, & sprinkled lamb cake pops
– Burlap-striped lamb wall hanging + lace inspired invitations & paper details
– Grassy green crispy rice treats + popcorn cones adorned with twine & mini flowers
– ADORABLE sleeping lamb cake with piped fleece
– The cutest sheep finger-painting activity for the little ones!

lamb themed party invitation

shabby chic baptism

lamb shaped cake and desserts

kids lamb fingerpainting activity

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ocean steampunk birthday party dessert table

This may just be one of the most unique party themes I’ve ever seen! Ocean creatures + rusty steampunk details + outdoor games & crafts — talk about catering to your audience!  ;)

Since her son’s love for sharks had not waned since the year before, Abigail of Paper & Cake geared up for this year’s party by putting a spin on a classic under the sea theme — adding rivets, gears and other steampunk details to take this party to a whole new level. The resulting Steampunk 11 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Party is one that I’m sure the birthday boy and his guests will not soon forget!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Custom designed steampunk shark dessert table backdrop hanging from ‘rust’ painted pipes
– Adorable steampunk sea creature cupcake toppers + anchor & gear topped Oreos
– Bronzed miniature sea animal figurines, custom steampunk printables & a COOL steampunk goggle craft
– Morning aquarium visit with, stingray petting, tide pool exploring and sea lion befriending!

under the sea party welcome sign

steampunk birthday party games

ocean steampunk cupcake toppers

DIY painted rust party sign

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Adventure Awaits Cake Topper and UP Cake

There are so many things to LOVE about this sweet & creative party sent in by Chandice Probst. What a great excuse to get the neighbors together and celebrate the (very impressive!) “Little Lending Library” that Chandice’s family built for their entire neighborhood to enjoy. And, as if that’s not cool enough just on it’s own, the UP inspired party is also filled filled with gorgeous styling ideas for any vintage-themed bash.

I’m sharing a few of my favorite details from the party today, but there’s lots more to see  over in the full recap on Chandice’s blog. She also includes the measurements they used for building the Little Lending Library. In other words… INSPIRATION awaits! ;)

P.S. Kudos to KW Bale Photography for all of the stunning images.

Little Lending Library Vintage Book Party

Homemade LIttle Lending Library

Vintage Popcorn Party Display

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While there can be a downside to having a summer birthday (friends out of town, no class celebration, etc.), one MAJOR upside is the warm weather and the opportunity for a pool party! Bethany of Auntie Bea’s Bakery didn’t throw just any pool party, she pulled off this stylish & FUN Flamingo Summer Pool Party for her darling little girl. The bright […]



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