My daughter Leilani has the most beautiful imagination. Its so vivid, full of color and detail. My husband says she gets that from me, who am I to disagree? 🙂 She also has a pet unicorn, his name is Sparky and she likes to take him on adventures with us. She says he has magical powers that shoot out of his horn and often tells me about all the adventures they go on together. What I would give to jump into this magical land she has created in her mind. To frolic in the flower fields with her in her sparkly purple tutu flying with fairies and chasing after rainbows along side her unicorn side kick. Sounds so amazing!
About 6 months before her 4th birthday I brought up the video mode on my phone and gave her a little interview. I asked what kind of birthday party she wanted this year and was ecstatic when her response was a “Sparky” party. I was in heaven. Could there be anything more fun for a party planning mama than a magical unicorn party? I think not! I asked her what she wanted at her sparky party and was amazed when she started to name off a whole list of items. Let’s keep in mind she was only 3 at the time but in her short period of life she’s seen me throw some pretty cool parties for other special little kids and it just blew me away how much she soaks up from my work. I will keep that little video forever.
Her birthday party list included:
-sparkly cake pops
– lots of glitter
– sparky balloons
-Lani balloons (mommy calls her Lani for short)
-lots of purple
– and don’t forget the sprinkles
It was now my mission to give her the most magical day she would never forget full of enchantment and lots of glitter. Almost every morning she wakes up around 5 am and sneaks into our room and asks me if we can cuddle. These are the most perfect moments any mother could ask for. This is when we giggle, when we whisper together and tell each other secrets and often when she tells me about her sparky adventures. One morning she asked me so seriously if I knew that Sparky leaves behind a trail of sparkling dust wherever he goes? I was not aware of this but knew I would incorporate it into the party somehow. Some of my favorite details came straight from her imagination. The Purple Power Potion, the Sugarberries on the dessert table, the moon stone glass rocks that went into each kids treasure box all came from her little mind.
I set up 3 areas for the party:
Flower Fields consisted of the main tent which had the face painting & dress up area as well as the kids table and the food. I had to set up a canopy to provide shade so we covered the arch in tissue paper flowers to define the entrance into Flower Fields. We had a total of 8 little girls and they each got their own unicorn princess crown and coordinating tail with a heart amulet and a small jar of unicorn magic to sprinkle around. The kids table was full of so many bright & fun colors. I sanded down some wood stumps and spray painted them gold for the seats. I layered a fuchsia sequin tablecloth with an iridescent tablecloth on top. I used a lot of iridescent features throughout the party which to me represented the colors shown in a unicorn horn. Each place setting consisted of gold rimmed plates paired with bright Replay Recycled brand cups and rhinestone embellished silverware. We served my daughters favorite V8 juice along side some unicorn water. The food consisted of turkey wraps, grape salad and a butterfly pasta salad. I used clear cups found at the dollar store and lined them inside with a flower shaped cupcake liner as a cute way to display individual servings of the salads.
If you turn right out of flower fields you run into Sugarberry Orchards. You have to walk along the trail of sparkling dust to get there but it’s well worth the walk. For the trail I sanded down as many wood circle cut outs I could get my hands on and for two days my mother and I sat in the backyard glittering and glittering and glittering. The trail lead you up to this amazing table made by my husband entirely out of tree branches and reclaimed wood. His face when I brought home some tree branches and asked him to build me a table was priceless! For desserts we had a gorgeous two tier purple Ombre vanilla sprinkle cake. Unicorn cake pops and mini cupcakes just as requested alongside some beautiful 3D silhouette cookies, chocolate covered Oreos and of course the glitter covered strawberries.
To the left of Sugarberry Orchards was Crystal Cavern. A secret little hideout you can go to fill a treasure box with magical treasures. I picked up some unfinished wood boxes from Michaels for $1 a piece. Stained them and lined them with a piece of moss on the inside. I set out a variety of little trinkets that I thought any little girl would love and let them choose what to fill their box with. A perfect little keepsake to remember her magical birthday with.
Vendors-Styling/Props/Flowers/Printables- Sweet Jelly Parties
Photos- Bekah Peace Photography
Cake/Cupcakes/Strawberries- The French Confection Co.
Cookies/Cake Pops/Oreos- Sweets by Gigi
Invitation/Thank you card- Tiny Prints
Cups/Silverware- Re-Play – The Power of Recycling
Glitter Stand/ Ivy Garland- The Glitter Shoppe
Placecard Holders- Kate Aspen
Napkins/ Tassel Garland- Shop Sweet Lulu
Starlily the Magical Unicorn- Hasbro, Inc.
Unicorn Water Label- Fancy It Pretty