Posted on June 21 2017
Here at Little & Lively we’ve been to our fair share of birthday parties. Whether it’s a theme inspired by pieces from the collection, or a private party for one of our friends we sure know how throw a bash!
Do you have a party coming up for a special little one in your life? Check out our favourite themed parties for kids and some of the stellar local families putting them together.
Have a little dino lover in your life? Throw them a party for the ages with a Jurassic themed party. We contributed to Bowen’s party from Posie & Pine with our T-rex Canvas Banner; this was paired with matching confections and Feelin' It Decals palm leaf decals for a super cool dinosaur party theme!
Customize this party with different food — a leaf eater appetizer, or totally carnivorous BBQ options. You could also mix it up with different dinosaurs! Talk to us about custom decals to dress up your walls!
Have a sandbox or live near some dirt? Plan a dig and let the kids discover their own fossils!
Little Gem Party
This list wouldn’t be complete without talking about the Little Gem party!
We were asked to design elements for this Little Gem themed party in collaboration with Creative Wife and Joyful Worker. Little & Lively contributed the Gem Wall Decals and a matching Raglan Pullover! And how about that cake from The Statement Cake?
[Pictured with Dainty Sprinkle Co. 'Night Out' Sprinkle Mix']
This party theme could have a creative element if the kids decorate their own stones or make their own jewelry with gem style beads. Pair it with an outdoor setting and you’ve got little geologists in the making.
Precious gems come in all shapes and sizes, and I mean both kids and rocks!
Under the Sea party
For the little that loves the water! This one can be styled up in a variety of ways with wall decals, cake toppers, and other printables from local designers. You can totally go 'all out' like this Little Mermaid themed party from Catch My Party!
Mermaids are a great summer theme to pair with a pool or beach party. Plus they’re a great way to get that “mermaid hair & salty air” look.
Fun activities can include the sensory tub featured in Ari’s party from Our Happy Place Blog, or a hunt for buried treasure. Give them a map and some shovels and see if they can find all the treats you’ve hidden for them! Or invite Disney’s most famous mermaid to your birthday splash!
Unicorn Magic Party
Ready for a little magic? How about a unicorn themed party? I’m inspired by this theme from a few local parties including this one from CWJW featuring decor and supplies from many local vendors.
I love this magical party from Arrow and Lace. Ariella’s unicorn birthday featured some spunkier colours from Vancouver based home decor store The Cross Design and a rice crispie unicorn cake by The Cake Mama as per special request from the birthday girl.
Born to Explore Party
We talked about a family scavenger hunt day in a feature for Loving Local. This is a great way to get outside as a family and discover something new!
So why not expand that idea into a full fledged birthday party!? Design fun activities for the littles around deciphering clues and finding little treasures. Inspired by our Born to Explore Raglan Pullover, this party goes well with every season and works for kids any age.
[Image via @adventuresofcruz featuring our Born To Explore Tee & campfire set by @nixiauroo]
Dress it up with fun decor like this mountain banner from Heather & Gem or some cute exploratory party favours like these grow-your-own bean plants that guests took home from Liam’s “True North” Birthday at Our Happy Place.
Totally tropical party
This party begs to be outdoors with its bright, fun colours and summery food pairings. Make fruit kebabs with pineapple, mango, or whatever other fruit you like & grill ‘em up for a warm smoky/sweet treat.
Also your littles can dress the part with tropical themed clothing from KEWE’s 2017 collection.
Nap Time Slumber Party
There’s something about the pillowy softness of clouds that makes me want to lay down and nap. Party guests can indulge in cloud-like cotton candy treats, or go for fun flavoured popcorn and a fort building contest to make it a slumbery bash!
This room decor by our pals on Instagram @adventuresofcruz is giving us all kinds of inspiration for a slumber party. You'll have to visit their Instagram page to follow the generous tags to find out about all the amazing things represented in this photo!
I like the idea of pairing this theme with pyjamas and a movie night. Slippers and comfy clothes all the way!
Beautiful Ballerina Party
It seems fitting to end with the Swan Lake party I threw for my daughter.
It was a long time in the making and I was so thrilled to throw it for Daphne. We made the girls into ballerinas for the day including tutus for party-goers, a DIY balance bar, loads of sweet treats, and a visit from a real ballerina! We used our Gold Swan Wall Decals to decorate the cups and plates and tie the theme together!
I’m not sure what was the bigger hit: the ballerina Barbie cake requested by Daphne herself, made by The Cake Mama, or the ballet class for all the dancers in the room. Either way this party was a huge hit and our little girl definitely felt like a principal dancer for the day.
Make it your own!
We’ve seen some great parties from so many families celebrating their littles. Party planning can be stressful so take it easy on yourself. Bring together ideas that speak to your child’s unique personality and leave your own stamp on the Instagram parties of the world.
Things I need to remember myself: start early, plan what you can, and then when it comes to your kid’s big day just enjoy it!