Fashion Birthday Party Ideas
My daughter turned 8 on December 23- and it only took us six weeks to get around to celebrating it! Poor girl. I guess that’s what happens when your birthday is two days before Christmas! Truthfully, though, she doesn’t seem to mind. We still give her a gift and go out to dinner on her actual birthday- and then when we’re in the boring stretch of mid-winter, she gets a party! So it’s not all bad.
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My Daughter Wanted a Fashionista Birthday Party
I always let my kids choose the theme for their birthday party (because really, what’s a party without a theme?) and this year she chose Fashion. At first I wasn’t quite sure where to go with that one, but I have to say that in the end, it turned out to be one of my favorite themes yet!
I’ll be honest- I “borrow” a lot of my ideas for birthday parties. I’m not on Pinterest, but if you are, there is obviously a plethora of ideas there! For me, I just googled “Fashion birthday party” and started looking at blogs and birthday party sites. I think one of the easiest ways to get ideas is to pull up “images” under your topic- you can get lots of ideas from other people’s pictures! “Fashion” brought up a lot of bright pink and zebra stripes and I decided that would be a great place to start!
Fashionista Birthday Cake and Cupcakes
Personally, I enjoy making birthday cakes for my kids and that’s usually where I start my planning. I enjoy the challenge of trying to make different types of cakes and it’s kind of a creative outlet for me.
So- going with the pink and zebra theme, this is what I came up with.
I had a little glass slipper that I borrowed from my daughter’s room and was planning to use as the cake topper, but once I had the cake put together I realized the shoe was going to be too big. Thankfully, the week before I had been walking through the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby and found these high heel shoe cupcake toppers for 80 cents- so I scooped them up. This one ended up working out well for the top of the cake!
The fashion items around the top tier are made of sugar. I actually ordered these from Etsy because I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for in stores, but Wilton does make a lot of candy cupcake toppers in a bunch of different themes that you can find in stores or online. And the little round pearl candies are Sixlets, which I happened to find at the Dollar Tree- in the perfect colors!
Here are some on Amazon, if you want to make it even easier:
The zebra stripes were a bit of an experiment. I used Wilton Sugar Sheets, which are basically exactly what they sound like! Edible colored sheets made of sugar that you cut like paper and place on the cake. I’m glad that I decided to only use it on the tops and for the circles. It ended up working out pretty well the way I did it, but if I had decided to try to wrap the whole cake (which they claim you can do) I don’t think it would have worked out very well. The paper is kind of thick and I think it probably wouldn’t lay quite right. But if you know a trick, let me know!
So, that was the cake I made. BUT- I totally understand that not everyone gets excited about making cakes! You can definitely order some pretty fabulous cakes from bakeries or even the grocery store. Or another option is cupcakes! I LOVE cupcakes. Because we are blessed to have a lot of family in town, we usually have 20-25 people at my kids’ birthday parties- and cupcakes are a great way to feed a lot of people.
You can make your own cupcakes like I did. But if you’re not into baking, you can buy cupcakes, add some theme-related cupcake wrappers if you wish, and then decorate with fun toppers- fun AND easy! For my toppers, I used some of the sugar decorations left over from the cake, a couple of the shoe toppers from Hobby Lobby, some pink gumballs left over from a previous birthday party and some little princess crowns that I also found on clearance. (They were actually hair clips but sometimes you just have to think creatively!)
Another great way to make your own simple cupcake toppers is to search for free printables online. That’s where I found the “Happy Birthday” for the top cupcake and the images of beauty items. Simply print them out, tape them to a toothpick and you’re done!
Clever Fashionista Snacks
I like to try to tie in the theme of the party with some of the food and snacks if I can. Some themes are easier than others, but in this case I figured if I just went with pink, purple and sparkly, we’d be good!
Chocolate dipped pretzels (pretzels + white chocolate bark + sprinkles!)
Make-your-own parfaits with fruit and granola (Simple things like pink spoons or decorative straws can make the presentation more fun!)
Giant ring, Ring Pops, Sixlets and shiny candy tray- all from the Dollar Tree! (The gumballs were left over from another party… I keep everything- you never know when you can use it again!)
Fruit necklace and bracelet (I came up with this idea of making fruit jewelry, but thought it would be too time consuming to make necklaces for everyone, so I just made one and “displayed” it next to the bowl of fruit salad.)
Fashion Party Decorations
For the party decorations, I basically just raided my girls’ bedroom! I found a purple boa, two pairs of sunglasses, a glass slipper and some necklaces. And everything else came from the Dollar Tree! Balloons, plates and napkins, makeup, gift bags… In my opinion, the key to keeping everything within a smaller budget is to plan ahead. I knew for several months that we were going with a Fashion theme. So as I walked through the Dollar Store or Hobby Lobby or Meijer, I would keep that in mind and grab cheap items that I happened to come across.
The sign was another free printable
She had to wait six weeks for it, but I think our little fashionista was pretty happy with the results!