Girls just wanna have fun. Right? Right. With two little girls under the age of three, I feel like I’ve turned into a birthday-party-planning diva that is tiring of all the usual themes. (Despite my love of crowns, I might just scream if I see one more pink princess tablecloth….) So in the spirit of my baby’s second birthday coming up (SECOND birthday!?!) here’s a list of my favorite (and self-created!) unique birthday party ideas for girls to hopefully ignite your own inspiration…
1) LUCKY DUCK LUAU! Everything starts with… Invitations: Find (or, make) something that involves a duck and a palm tree (when I did this theme for my baby’s first birthday, I found the perfect invites on Lil Duck Duck Designs). “Aloha! Get your quack on at a lucky duck luau… Our baby is turning 2!” Food: Hawaiian (duh… think pulled pork sandwiches, teriyaki chicken, sweet Kings Hawaiian rolls, white rice, cold macaroni salad, lots of pineapples, dried coconut & mangos & macadamia nuts to snack on). If you’re really into it, provide some shaved ice. Activities/Decor: Hula hoops, skirts, leis, tiki torches, music by Don Ho, limbo… and rubber duckies floating in fishbowls with blue-tinted water and tropical flowers for centerpieces.
2) FEISTY FLOWER-FAIRY FIESTA! Invitations: Shaped like fairy wings, neon colors (hot pink, bright green, electric blue), add real flower petals for a surprise. “Our feisty flower gal is finally turning five! Find your fairy wings and come to our fiesta!” Food: Chips+guacamole, enchiladas, tacos, rice, beans… all things Mexican. (Yes, it’s ok to serve the grownups margaritas). Activities/Decor: Fairy wings on the gal-of-honor, pixie dust (i.e.: confetti) everywhere, flowers (from your own garden?), a humongous flower-shaped piñata. If you’re really into it you can grab some of those cheap, wearable fairy wings or wands from a party store and have your small guests decorate them with stick-on rhinestones, glitter and paint.
3) PINK PUMPKIN PALOOZA! (For a baby girl whose birthday falls around Halloween, of course.) Invitations: Pink pumpkin-shaped paper with tons of curly ribbon tied at the top. “Our little pumpkin is pink with glee… she’s turning 3!” Food: EVERYTHING PINK (or, as much as you can… cotton candy, anyone?). Sprinkle pink candy everywhere in the spirit of the season. Activities/Decor: Real pink pumpkins (yes, they really exist!), painting and/or decorating mini-pumpkins or trick-or-treat bags, costume contest (oh yeah, tell your guests to dress up in their fave costume).
4) LADYBUG PICNIC! Invitations: Red+white picnic vibe with a picture of your own little one starring as ‘The Ladybug.’ “It’s been 3 years since our busy little ladybug buzzed into our lives… come celebrate with us!” Food: Hamburgers, hot-dogs, PB&J, submarine sandwiches, chips, veggies & ranch dip, fruit, popsicles. If you’re up for it, make some adorable bug snacks to nosh on (HOW-TO HERE). Activities/Decor: Picnic blankets spread on the grass (easy seating!) plus a smiling ladybug piñata hanging from a tree (there’s nothing like watching little kids swatting a giant bug in your backyard with a baseball bat). NOTE: Another variation? A “Busy Bee Picnic.”
5) TINY DANCER TUTU TEA PARTY! What little tot doesn’t love a good tea party? Invitations: Pastel colors (in the shape of a saucer?), “Wear your best tutu and toast our tiny dancer as she turns 2!” Food: Snack-y things (cheese & crackers, mini-sandwiches, fruit, cookies… and apple juice looks just like ‘tea’ when poured into teacups). Activities/Decor: Go tea-party crazy with small plates, frilly napkins, stuffed animals and a good showing of bows, ribbons and tutus all tied up. Find some matching sippy cups to double as ‘teacups’ and favors for toddler guests. Don’t forget to find the fluffiest tutu for the birthday girl!
What Are Your Favorite Birthday Party Themes for Girls?