My daughter recently turned 4 and her favorite things in the world are unicorns, mermaids and barbies. A Taurus, I know better than to make decisions for her, especially when it comes to birthday planning. I asked her what she would like her birthday theme to be and gave her a couple of party options. Immediately she told me she wanted a unicorn rainbow party, and she wanted to decorate cupcakes! What’s a mom to do? Have a rainbow, unicorn cupcake decorating party of course! This actually must be a thing, because when searching I discovered a number of cupcake shops actually offer cupcake-making parties for kids and adults alike. What a great idea, especially for little budding pastry chefs!
If you know me, you know I just can’t help going all out on dessert tables. To make my job a bit easier, I saved a couple of the chocolate-decorated cones from a previous party (my Sister-In-Law’s surprise party the month prior) and placed them on the candy station. I asked the venue if I could come a couple hours earlier to do a balloon arch attached to the wall. They actually did give me some grief about this, unfortunately, the day of but all’s well that ends well right?
For the tablecloth I reused a gold sequence one that I have in storage. I have multiple tablecloths, and just love using this one for colorful parties. I figured the gold would go well with the gold, iridescent-white, pink, purple, and green unicorn balloons; you know, the colors of the magical rainbow!
All of the balloons I purchased from Bargain Balloons–they have the biggest selection of colors, sizes and types of balloons. They also have the most affordable I’ve seen around.
For this party I actually didn’t make the cake, the venue did. Since it was a unicorn themed party, I asked them to decorate the cake as a unicorn (the venue provides a birthday cake for all birthdays, charging an additional fee to customize).
I just think these modern unicorn cakes are so darn cute!
I did however, pick up two packs of French macaroons from, *gasp!*, Costco. Don’t judge, they were really good! Lately, Ava’s favorite sweets in the world are French Macaroons. I must say I must be to blame since I am absolutely smitten by these fluffy, heavenly-light, and sometimes tart, delights. Yup all my fault, and lucky for me these can be one of the most expensive guilty pleasures. Some places here in the city charge $2+ a cookie! So when I saw Costco carried seasonal and colorful French Macaroons I bought 4 dozen! Mind you they were on sale for $10 for 24 cookies. Such. A. Deal.
To fill up the candy jars, I used some left over Easter candy, cotton candy and colorful chocolate eggs for this table. Listen, this party has so much sugar I really didn’t feel the need to go too crazy with the candy station. I just wanted to go overboard on the balloon-arch and helium balloons. Can you blame me? Unicorns!
As you can tell from the pictures, Ava was awestruck with all the colors and sugar, sugar, sugar! I think the best aspect of this party like all our celebrations was getting to spend time with friends and family.
At this particular cake shop, all the kiddos got to decorate with piping bags, fondant candies and sugar pearls. It was so fun seeing Ava’s friends get creative with their own unicorn cupcakes!
As party favors, the kids got to bring home the four cupcakes they decorated (some of the kids like my kids ate them while decorating–how could you not?).
Here are some more pictures from the party. I hope you have a magical day and may your party planning be nothing but rainbows and sunshine!