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Unicorn Birthday Party

My daughter likes to plan her birthday party all year long. Mainly, she likes to talk about the kind of party it is going to be. Over the past several months, she has considered a butterfly party, a sea creature party, a pony party, a few others I can’t remember, and finally — a unicorn party. This year, her birthday fell after the start of school for the first time, so a lot more of her friends were in town. With a small house, a big yard, and 100+ degree weather, her parties are destined to be outside and involve a lot of water play. Here are some pics from her 5th birthday celebration.

We set out a bucket of unicorn horn party hats for guests to take as they came in. These were super easy to make. We used regular party hats, separated them at the seam, and rolled into a tighter cone, securing with tape.

We even found a unicorn pinata, which was displayed on the mantle until it was time to crack him open.

I already showed you the fruit rainbow, but I love this photo so much, I just have to show it again.

When I cut the mini bagels and cream cheese in half, I realized they looked like little bagel rainbows!

Strawberry smoothies looked festive in little plastic glasses with striped paper straws – cut in half. (Look in the background — those are my new bar stools from the IKEA “as is” section I was telling you about.)

We fancified Eggo cinnamon crunch waffles (which you have to try — they are super delicious) and mini pancakes with paper flags.

Donut holes were skewered with lollipop sticks, and before we knew it, 6 dozen of them were gobbled up!

Here’s my sweet mama mixing up some chocolate milk. (I love these little tags I got at Staples. I use them for so many things.)

A cute little guest grabbing some goodies:

Unicorn horns, ready to be used in the Pin the Horn on the Unicorn game.

Thank you to my dear husband who patiently fills up 200 water balloons with the kids each August.

I’m not sure how long it takes him to fill them…

but they usually last about two minutes, once the water balloon fight starts!

The pinata was cracked open — twice! We had a strong slugger near the front of the line, so after he busted off the head, we strung up the body for more unicorn-whacking fun. Then they scrambled for candy:

We handed out these little pails from the Target dollar section for the kids to fill with candy at the breaking of the pinata.

And of course, cake was enjoyed:

Thank you to my hubby, parents and mother-in-law who helped get everything ready for the party, and a special thanks to my mom who ran all over town in the blazing heat to find frozen mini quiche, which I completely forgot to serve!

(Also thanks to my friend Sarah of Sarah Root Photography, who took some of these photos. If you live in the Phoenix area and would like gorgeous family photos taken, you must check out her website.)

Posted Monday, August 22, 2011 in Uncategorized


  1. ash on August 23rd, 2011 at 10:35 am:

    love, love, LOVE!! party perfection, lains!! love all the pics of the rainbow fun (esp w mom & hubby!) love & misses!! (oh, and i will be making that gorgeous fruit rainbow very soon!) :o }

  2. Elaina on August 23rd, 2011 at 4:51 pm:

    Thanks Ash! You’re my original kid party inspiration. I still remember all the details of your circus party – complete with popcorn machine and a bouncy in your living room!

  3. Mom and Dad on August 25th, 2011 at 9:15 pm:

    Thanks for the kudos, but you guys did all the real work and creativity and I just had fun watching the kids having fun! So many delightful menu items for kids– and the adults– and so many creative ways to highlight the unicorn theme! Very enjoyable!

  4. Elaina on August 29th, 2011 at 10:38 am:

    Thanks Mom and Dad! XOXO.

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  6. Semi`nin Mutlu Elleri on September 15th, 2011 at 12:33 pm:

    You have very fun party ideas. Thank you for your sharing:)

  7. Holly on January 5th, 2012 at 8:44 pm:

    Love!!! The idea to do a brunch!!! How cute!!!

  8. Rachelle on January 20th, 2012 at 10:19 pm:

    I love the fruit rainbow and the cake! did you make the cake yourself, or did you buy it? I especially love the rainbow color of the cake and the unicorn topper!

  9. Elaina on January 21st, 2012 at 9:32 am:

    Thanks Rachelle. My daughter picked out the cake at the grocery store while I was home in bed. I had big plans to make a cake and cupcakes with candy rainbows on top, but got sick. I had also looked on online for ceramic unicorns to put on top, then decided that her unicorn toy would work just as well. I love that someone on Pinterest labeled this cake photo “The easy route!”

  10. Carmen Ortiz on March 29th, 2012 at 8:11 pm:

    Where they sell the Unicorn Party Hats???

  11. Elaina on August 18th, 2012 at 7:26 pm:

    I bought regular party hats at Party City, then separated them at the seam, rolled up into a cone and taped them up! I’m sure you could use any regular party hat to do the same thing.

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