For Hayden’s third birthday I asked her what kind of party she wanted and she always said “Orange! Because it’s like the Tigers!”. I can’t say that I was surprised. Everything these days is the color orange and every reason behind it is because she loves the Tigers. I also can’t say that I am disappointed. It looks like operation brainwashing our child to want to go to our alma mater is starting to work. However, I didn’t want to do only a monochromatic orange birthday party because there are only so many shades of orange party supplies sold at Target. I figured as long as there was a lot of orange she would be satisfied and if she wasn’t then she most likely wouldn’t remember it anyways. So being the selfish #BadMom that I am I went with a cheery pink & orange theme! Oh and I started and completed this project in exactly one day! Want to know how? Keep reading.
The only food I ordered before the party was this beauty of a cake from my friend Meghan who owns Baked & Frosted. Meghan is seriously a dream to work with because I can just send her some Pinterest images and a description of what I’m thinking in my head and she actually makes it happen. I mean how cute is this thing?!?! As for the rest of the food it was pretty easy – I just went up and down every aisle at Target and grabbed all of the orange items. If you are ever in search of a theme or how to decorate a kid’s birthday then a color-themed party is the way to go! Seriously it was so easy! All I had to do was look for the orange and pink drinks, orange and pink candy and orange and pink decorations at Target. Then I went to Hobby Lobby and stocked up on plates, napkins, table cloths, tissue paper (more on this later) and cute dipped milk glass vases that I scored 50% off.
The centerpieces were so easy!! I bought these dipped milk jars at Hobby Lobby for about $1.50 each. No seriously I think they were $3.00 and on sale for half off. God Bless Hobby Lobby. Then I went to the Fresh Market and picked up some roses, tulips and eucalyptus. The great thing about putting several small arrangements down the center of the table was that I only had to buy two or three bunches of flowers.
And now for the runner under the flowers. I’m actually really proud of myself for this one because I thought it turned out rather well and was so cheap and easy! For the main food table I just cut the tissue paper up into little squares to make confetti and put it on the table in an ombre color pattern. Sprinkled with gold confetti and voila! Then for the cake table I just took three colors of tissue paper and overlapped them to make a tablecloth.
It was such an easy way to plan a party for a toddler. Every kid has a favorite color right? And even if they say something gloomy like black you could always talk them into a next favorite color. Also I’m really not kidding when I say that I did this in one day with no pre-planning (other than ordering the cake and having Hayden’s outfit picked out).
Prior to the day of: Order the cake, pick out outfit, enlist mom & grandma to make the yummy food.
8am: Drop the girls off at school and head to Target. Buy plates, napkins, tissue paper, balloons, orange drinks, goldfish, cheese puffs, orange slices, fruit and tablecloths.
10:30am: Stop by the Fresh Market for flowers and cupcakes then head home to blow up balloons.
12:00pm: Pick up the girls and take care of them until naptime.
2:00pm: Naptime decorating. Make the balloon wall, tissue paper tablecloth, centerpieces, flower arrangements and set out the drinks & not homemade food.
3:30pm: Girls are up. Play, get ready, M & Mimi get there at 5pm to set out the good food.
6pm: Party time.