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My Emma, she has the memory of an elephant. That girl never forgets. So when she announced LAST JULY that she wanted her next birthday party to be a My Little Pony party, I jumped on Pinterest and started pinning. Lucky for her, Charlie still isn’t old enough to have an opinion on party themes, so we went full steam ahead with the pony theme. And it turned out so cute!
I used to be one of those people who needed everything to be over the top, homemade, and perfect. Thankfully for my sanity, I’ve started to let go of those urges and focus more on the smaller things that make a party fun and unique without killing myself.
To start, I always make the girls’ cakes myself. It’s tradition. They pick the flavor and the frosting and I whip it up. But while I love to bake, baking a cake from scratch has never been a thing I’ve felt like I needed to do, so I just use this hack to make regular old boxed mix more moist and flavorful.
As far as cake-decorating goes, I just stick to sprinkles. In the past, I’ve placed a number (their age) on the top and added the sprinkles around it, leaving a nice sprinkle-less number on the cake top. But this year, I just went with number candles and then customized/printed these rainbow cake toppers that I found here.
To greet our guests, I bought this Make Your Own Banner kit. It was cheap, customizable, and reusable! Imagine the possibilities!
Once inside, guests were greeted with a Cutie Mark Station! I used the same banner kit (it had enough letters for both signs), some colorful streamers, and balloons to decorate the space.
I just taped all the steamers up in rainbow order and cut them at various, staggered lengths. Then using white balloons and this balloon tape, I made a balloon garland that I hung above my “rainbow.”
At the Cutie Mark Station, we had “pony ears” for all of our guests (I got the idea here). They were a hit!
To make the headband holder, I just wrapped a roll of paper towels in pink wrapping paper, added toilet paper roll feet (also wrapped in paper), and printed out a picture of Pinkie Pie to attach as the head. Easy peasy!
Then I loaded Pinkie Pie up with these cute headbands (actually cat ears) that I got for cheap off of Amazon.
Next to the pony ears were some “cutie marks” for our little guests to wear!
I grabbed this printable tattoo paper and printed out some cutie marks. I made sure to include some other, non-girly cutie marks for the little boy ponies that were attending the party.
I printed and framed some instructions, then filled a couple bowls with water and sponges. The cutie marks were a huge hit! Even some adults got in on the action! (Yes, including me)
The majority of the party took place outdoors, in the backyard. A couple cheap, dollar spot balloons, with the girls’ ages, and taped to a window was the decoration for the food table.
The desert table got a rainbow backdrop. It’s literally just a bunch of cheap, plastic table cloths from the dollar store that I hung up. Super simple, but super pretty and with a My Little Pony party, you can never have enough rainbows!
The thing I most enjoy to really bring a party theme together is to “theme” the food! So every dish we had was assigned a pony character inspiration.
The “theming” didn’t stop at the entrees. Even the dessert table food had themes!
I found these sure cute cones of Unicorn Popcorn at my local Costco and had to use them! So they were the dessert table’s “Unicorn Horns”
For entertainment, we had the Cutie Mark Station, the girls’ clubhouse, and we rented a bounce house. These are always a huge hit and not a huge expense.
This year, I decided to forgo attempting to make a piñata and buy one instead. So I picked up this beauty at our local Party City, then stuffed it full of treats. (Find my ideas for non-candy piñata fillers here)
The party was a blast! The girls had tons of fun and I wasn’t stressed out and running around like a crazy woman. I actually got to sit down and enjoy myself!
Plus, cake! (Who needs a fork when you’re this cute?)
It was a great party. Everyone had fun and, most importantly, the birthday girls loved it!
Now that Little Sister is getting bigger, she’s sure to have an opinion on future parties . . . opinions that just might not be in line with what Big Sister wants. But, whatever comes, we’ll roll with it and figure it out. The creative possibilities are endless!
Want to check out previous birthday themes? Check here:
Shimmer & Shine Birthday Party