children birthday parties

A Unicorn and Rainbow Birthday

Jenna on a unicorn

Last weekend we celebrated Jenna’s 9th birthday with a unicorn and rainbow party in our backyard. It’s not everyday you get to meet a unicorn, so this was a pretty fun theme to plan a party around, and Jenna loved spending time with Zip, our pony/unicorn for the afternoon.

Unicorn pony

When the girls arrived, they were each given their own unicorn horn to wear and they determined their unicorn name using a code that Jenna and I created. Jenna’s name was Golden Rainbow Sea. Mine was Golden Pink Star. (You can download and print our poster here).

unicorn name poster

During the party, we also played at the ‘rainbow lab’ where the girls could mix their own rainbow slime. We pre-made the slime to keep things less messy and then let the girls mix colors and/or create a rainbow effect by combining different colors. We had small containers available for the girls to place the samples into, and they took these – along with the unicorn horns – home as the party favors.

Our recipe for slime: 1 cup Elmers Glue, 1/3 cup liquid starch and one drop of food coloring.

rainbow slime


My favorite last-minute addition to the party was this bubble machine, which will be a source of backyard fun all summer. This bubble machine generates a ton of bubbles. Here’s a still from a video I took of Jason and Jenna testing it out a few days before the party:

bubble machine blowing bubbles

I think the party-goers favorite was the Instax camera. Some of the girls had never seen a camera that printed pictures before! Instax recently released the Mini 9, and the Mini 8s can now be purchased for nearly half the usual price. It was definitely a hit!

Instax camera and photos

And no rainbow unicorn party would be complete without a rainbow cake. Ours was a light pastel, in keeping with the color palette of the party.

Rainbow birthday cake

And, finally, for anyone hosting a Rainbow Unicorn party, here is an invitation template in Photoshop (PSD) format. You will need Photoshop and Ostrich Sans font to edit the template file.

free unicorn birthday party template

Camp Cinderella: Part 1

Camp Cinderella: A Princess-Inspired Camping Birthday Party

My daughter requested a “Cinderella and Camping” party to celebrate her 6th birthday. It was an interesting mix of princess girliness with outdoorsy fun, and Jenna and I had a great time thinking up ways to combine the themes. In the end, our backyard was filled with girls in tutus, boys wielding swords, a bonfire and a glittery pink horse. I’m hoping we look back on this one as the year mom nailed it! Happy Birthday, Jenna!

Today I’m sharing our camp menu:

Enchanted Trail Mix
Camp Cinderella: A Princess-Inspired Camping Party

We set up a create-your-own-trail-mix bar for party guests to assemble their own camping snack. The bar included:

  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Granola
  • Chocolate-covered almonds
  • Cranberries
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Cashews
  • Pink, blue and white M&Ms
Cinderella S’mores
Camp Cinderella: A Princess-Inspired Camping Party

No camping adventure would be complete without s’mores! Despite 80 degrees temperatures, all of our campers were up for sitting around a camp fire, roasting pink and white marshmallows and making traditional s’mores. I purchased these extra long roasting skewers to keep everyone a good distance from the heat.

Cake and Princess Punch

Camp Cinderella: A Princess-Inspired Camping Party

After making a practice cake a few weeks ago and experimenting with marshmallow fondant and natural dyes, I ended up purchasing two cakes and decorating them myself with pre-made fondant. For drinks, we served strawberry lemonade (aka Princess Punch).

For more party details, see Camp Cinderella: Part 2