I’ve been dying to throw a unicorn party y’all! You might have noticed due to some facebook shares & pinning sprees involving all the glitter, rainbows & unicorn horns! So when my sister in law decided to put together a last minute at-home party for my niece, I knew it had to be a unicorn affair!
She’s at the perfect age for all things magical & she loves unicorns already. What 3 year old doesn’t? We were super excited to decorate for her party!
We used pretty much all the bright colors, minus red. We knew we had to have purple & pink for sure then mixed in blues & yellows. Also, glitter!!!!
We decorated 2 main spaces for the party- the kids table & the food table. I like to focus on a couple of main spots, otherwise I will go totally crazy & cover everything in unicorn glitter rainbows. I have to keep myself under control y’all! Ain’t nobody got the time/money to decorate the entire house for a party. Unless of course, it’s Christmas. Only exception. Or a wedding…or, well, you get it.
I draped a tissue tassel banner & birthday girl banner across a big window to create a fun backdrop. We made the birthday girl banner with a pre-made Heidi Swapp fabric bunting kit then hot glued felt-cut letters on top. I did a similar project here with more detailed instructions.
I also hung a wide pink ribbon across the bottom half & clipped on some clothespins. This was to dry/display artwork the kids made during the party. I loved seeing them all hung up as it added to the overall whimsy colorfulness of the party.
I’m so in love with this table because it’s so fun & just perfect for the age group!
I started with a cheapy, plastic tablecloth then set out personalized place settings for each kid. They got a big square plate (Dollar Tree), small teal plate (Target), colored scallop napkin (Target), star wand (Target) & bubble wand (Walmart). The napkins, star wands & bubble wands all came in rainbow color packs, so they worked right into the color scheme!
The bubble wands triple worked themselves as a favor, activity & decor/atmosphere setting item. Go bubbles! Plus, I got them all for like 2 bucks!
I had a long, leftover stand of fur from another project & thought it’d be the perfect addition to the tabletop decor. It so closely resembles unicorn fur, don’t ya think? Rainbow butterflies were thrown everywhere along with small flowers, pom-poms, rainbow rhinestones & pink hershey hugs.
The main activity here was coloring/painting unicorns & rainbows. Sparkly gold buckets of crayons, a cup of paintbrushes & kids paint tubs were set out all over the table too.
They could grab a coloring sheet right by the table. When they finished their artwork we hung it on the ribbon draped in the window, like I mentioned above.
There were a few outdoor activities planned- unicorn shoes (horse shoes), unicorn horn toss (ring toss with unicorn horns), sidewalk chalk/hopscotch & the piñata- that didn’t happen due to rain. We did keep the unicorn horn toss & piñata inside.
**Get the coloring sheets at the bottom of this post!
Now onto the good stuff- the food!!! Again, I used a large window as the focal point for the table. This time I hung a white, plastic tablecloth in the window then taped/tacked honeycombs down the inside of the window frame. I added in pink & purple balloons as fillers. I found these sticky pom-poms at Target in the after Easter clearance & they dressed up the balloons fabulously.
For the center, I taped a sparkly unicorn cutout then used tissue paper flowers & smaller honeycombs around the head to create a wreath look. I realllllllllllly wanted to do a stuffed unicorn head that mounted out from the wall, but time/reality/lack of instructions permitted me from doing so. A flat one did just fine!
All the party snacks/desserts were on this table & hot food was served on the bar out of the kitchen as it was ready. At the birthday girls request we had corndogs (unicorn horns?) & tater-tots. Can’t argue with that!
We also did my go-to pink punch recipe: a gallon of pink lemonade + 1-2 liter Sprite. We originally planned on topping those fruit kabobs back there with unicorn shaped pieces of watermelon & sticking them out of a watermelon base. The unicorn cookie cutter worked great to cut the watermelon, but the watermelon pieces just fell apart & did not stick on the kabob…maybe some testing/troubleshooting beforehand could prevent this. Like maybe freezing the watermelon in whole slices beforehand then using the cookie cutter? Let me know if you figure something out!
I cannot decorate cupcakes fancy whatsoever. I alway opt for super easy ways, like these! Mini ice cream cones make the perfect unicorn horns. Just frost cake with pink & purple icing, plop a horn top & toss some colorful sprinkles their way!
Pink & purple cake was a requirement. The pink cupcakes are strawberry & the purple ones are white cake with purple food coloring. Both of the icings came from a can of white & were mixed up with food coloring.
I knew we had to make this stuff when I saw the name…cotton candy salad is perfect for a unicorn party!!! I mean, how could you hold a proper unicorn party without it? It’s incredibly simple to make too. Just open up a bunch of cans & stir them together.
Ingredients- 1- 12 oz. container of cool whip, 1 can cherry pie filling, 1 can strawberry pineapple pie filling, 1 can crushed pineapple (drained), 1/2 cup chopped pecans & 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
Combine all ingredients & refrigerate until serving. Eat leftovers for breakfast!
This “magical” unicorn dip is just a ranch dip mix & sour cream mixed like usual with some food coloring. After you’ve made the ranch dip, divide it into 4 smaller containers. Add a couple drops of food coloring to each container & stir. I did purple in one, pink in one, yellow in one green in another. Then scoop each color into one big bowl & use a spoon to marble the colors together. Don’t mix it up too much or you will end up with it all being one ugly color.
We also made our own unicorn piñata. It was amazing & she was totally obsessed with it. Like, taking it for walks & petting it constantly. She wasn’t thrilled about busting it open, but when she the candy things we’re better.
Here’s a few photos of the total process, which is extremely time-consuming!!! But oh so worth it! At least in this case. I followed the directions over at Oh Happy Day, minus two things. We did not spray paint it white before adding the paper. Instead, we taped some pale blue sheets of tissue paper around the entire thing. Secondly, we did not use cellophane. We used white tissue paper, which was easier in my opinion since it meant less cutting.
Favors were unicorn pops, of course. I set out some other colorful suckers too, so people could choose what they wanted. We also threw my niece’s stuffed unicorns/my little ponies all over the house for extra decor.
Here are those unicorn coloring sheets I promised! I just googled “unicorn coloring sheets” & “rainbow coloring sheets” & these guys came up. I took the first one into PicMonkey & added text that said- Happy Birthday Abigail. You could do the same thing to any coloring sheet for some personalization.
Now go have the most amazing unicorn party of your life y’all! Any unicorn party tips or questions? Leave ’em in the comments!
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