Tuesday, January 22, 2019

{My Parties} Pastel Carousel Birthday Party

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Carousel birthday parties are a very popular theme right now. 
If you search that hashtag on Pinterest or Instagram, there are millions of beautiful party ideas out there! Today I am going to show you how to take existing party products and alter them to create your very own custom Carousel party!

The Children’s Museum of Memphis has recently restored and reinstalled the historic Memphis Carousel into their exhibits and they have wonderful event space to accompany it. My client won her Carousel party in a raffle at a museum fundraiser. Since her daughters’ birthdays are close together, she decided that a joint birthday party was a fun idea to celebrate them! I started with a sweet pastel color palette of soft pink, butter yellow, lilac, mint, baby blue and gold (since all carousels have gold). Since these are small girls, I wanted something soft and sweet.

I wanted a big backdrop centerpiece, to welcome the guests into the party room. I used the gold sequin fabric background to create a very elegant backdrop for my main dessert table. To dress the table, the Pink Tulle table skirt was the perfect soft addition and was a great contrast to the sequin and crinkle linens on the guest tables.

On either side of the dessert table, I knew I wanted to showcase two large carousel horses. ! But, they were not in my color palette! That didn’t stop me though! I just painted them to match my theme! First, I used a box cutter to cut around the horse, to give it more detail. Then, I spray painted them with gold paint. To give them a little extra glitter, I used glitter glue to add some details on the face, hair, and saddles. Then, I wrapped the gold poles with light pink duct tape. They were perfect!

For my kids' table centerpieces, I altered another product to create the perfect carousel horses. I used toy horses and spray painted them gold. Then, I drilled holes in the tops and bottoms and stuck bamboo skewers through them, and covered those with paper straws to create my very own carousel horse centerpieces! I stuck them into Styrofoam rounds that I had covered in flowers.

For the adult's table centerpieces, I made oversized carousel horses with some simple craft store supplies. I used these wooden horses, which I spray painted and glittered and then glued them onto a few pieces of wooden dowels. I glued the dowels onto wooden stands and then topped them with wooden knobs. All these supplies came from the wooden shapes aisle of the craft store.

We also had a special visit from Belle and Rapunzel and we wanted a special photo op background for that. So, I personalized the Pink Provincial Princess backdrop for my party. On either side, I added helium balloons to dress up the area. The white horse mylar balloons had red reins, so I used a chalk marker to change those to pink reins. Balloons are SO easy to paint! 
 To welcome the guests and direct them into the Carousel portion of the museum, I also used this cute personalized banner and added an arrow to make sure my guests knew which way to go.

The dessert table was so pretty and soft with dual cakes for our birthday sisters.
To signify each sister's cake, I created sweet personalized cake toppers for each one, using my Cricut, glitter card stock, and paper straws. Then, to make a carousel horse, I picked up these unicorn christmas picks at Michaels and made them into carousel horses using a wooden dowel, more paper straws, and furniture buttons! Such an easy DIY. I love taking items from the craft store and completely transforming them.

For our guests to take home, I ordered cake pops, which I made to look like carousel horses with some die cut horses from my Cricut. Easy and cute!

Because it was a breakfast time party, my client ordered Chick-Fil-A delivery and donuts and we displayed it on these pretty stands. All the kids (and adults) were pretty excited for chicken minis, donut holes, and fruit!

After a spin on the carousel, some breakfast and donuts, and a visit from our beautiful princesses (Belle and Rapunzel), we had a bunch of really tired little girls! Hope this party took you for a spin!

Party Supplies: Shindigz
Backdrop Design: Iconica Design
Rentals: Elegant Chair Solutions
Favor Tag Design: Liv Party Boutique

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