Guys! My daughter turned four this year…well, several months ago, but better late than never right? My favorite part of celebrating each year is asking her what type of party she wants and bringing it to life for her. This year it was “Dragons”, a super unique kids birthday theme that only my super unique kid (and maybe yours) could drum up. It was a blast.
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A UNIQUE KIDS BIRTHDAY THEME
Dragons. I’m one of those Mom’s that’s like I’m not going to go overboard but who then totally goes overboard. It’s not like I rented physical dragons to ride or anything like that, but I tried my darndest to convert little sections of our home into an enchanted forest, filled with the possibility of dragons (and unicorns, too).
She picked out her dress at Target and I am obsessed with it. The detailing was absolutely perfect for her enchanted forest dragon birthday party!
We live in an 1800’s house which is not small, but it’s compartmentalized like most 1800’s houses are. We have low ceilings so I figured I’d use balloons (helium) to create height and add pops of color without having to hang stuff from the ceiling.
I knew I wanted a kids table (adults could fend for themselves!) and I found this amazing dragon balloon on Etsy to add as a floating centerpiece. The hubs took it with him to the grocery store the night before to get them all blown up.
It’s tough to find a middle ground for a dragon birthday party if you’re hunting online. Most of them are either clearly masculine or clearly feminine, but there wasn’t a whole lotta’ in between. My daughter is neither too masculine nor too feminine so this most unique kids birthday theme she chose had my wheel’s spinnin!
I found these masks at Carters (weird place to find those!) and ordered them online while they were on sale. I grabbed some ribbon at Michaels and painstakingly tied them to the masks the night before the party to make them a little more whimsical for the party guests.
I affixed them to each chair to double as cool dragon party decor. I put the extras in other places too 🙂
To find the line between pink unicorn party with one lonely dragon (super girly) and a bunch of knights fighting toothless the dragon (super boy), I decided on an enchanted forest that may or may not have dragons and unicorns, but definitely didn’t have any knights, fights or sparkles.
When I thought about that, I wanted lots of greenery (like the forest) and some floral touches (like those hidden places you might find in a forest that are just…magical). I found these Meri Meri Plates on Etsy and had to make them mine. These Meri Meri Leaf Napkins and Bamboo Utensils were probably impractical, but I had to.
Call me old school, but I like the idea of goodie bags. I remember those being some of the best parts of the kid’s parties I went to when I was little and I love transitioning those memories into my own kiddos life. BUT, that said, I am not a fan of sugar-filled and processed treats so I made some concessions.
I found these itty bitty little bags at Michaels and these adorable stickers at Target. I filled the bags with a few stickers, a mini playdough and a Yum Earth organic lolly (my daughter still calls them “wally pops” and I hope she never ever stops!).
I tied a balloon to each bag (because pretty much every kid wants to leave with a balloon and I needed them out after the party because…cats) and it doubled as simple decor on the kid’s table (and mostly everywhere there little hands could touch). It was hard for me to go so simple on the kids table, but the practical side of me totally convinced the “ooh, this looks cute” side of me that kids are animals and would destroy it if I got too crazy.
Our living room and dining room are basically one big room so that’s where I stuck to decorating. I dressed the dining room table with a few greenery squares (from Michaels), added some bowls (with earth friendly colors) to serve snack foods and hid little baby dragons and eggs (maybe dragon eggs, I don’t know) within the greens. Added some balloons and called the job done.
Can you find the baby dragons? I got the baby dragon figures, moss-covered rocks and birch wood circles at Michael’s too. I had the plates and stuff already and moved the succulents from another area of the house.
I went a little cray with the greenery, but I don’t care! If you’re planning a unique kids birthday theme, you’ve gotta try to make the theme come to life, right? And, if you have two crazy kittens you absolutely canno have the real stuff, so…
I pulled a few things from other areas of the house and storage to beef up the space with “green”. Some of the other items, like the moss and clover-filled circle thingies came from Michaels (got it all 50% off!). I loathed the green plastic disposable tablecloth on my hutch, but I couldn’t find a fabric green table cover and didn’t really want to buy one I would probably not use again. Wah.
I had the cake stand and plates and painted the signs one day when my girly wanted to have a painting day. I got the little twinkle lights in a subscription box last summer!
Whenever I’m planning parties, I like to use the dessert and snacks as part of the decor.
We got the green ombre cake from a local bakery and I was actually rather bummed with it when I saw it (it grew on me). I wanted something totally different and could’ve made this myself (like I did for her Twinkle Twinkle party), but in the end, it totally worked and she loved it, so that’s all that mattered. And, it was scrumptious.
We kept things simple food wise (unlike her first birthday, OMG) – for dessert, there was cake and fruit (strawberries, pineapple, and melon). And, we served veggies, hummus and other dips on the other table for snacking.
While I originally had plans of making all of the food, life got crazy so we went with catering – Chipotle for the win there! It wasn’t the cheapest, but there was TONS of food! And, we ate it for like, 3 days afterward as a last “hoorah” before we decided to switch to a Keto diet. And, I mean..Dragons Love Tacos…so.
Because kids are picky little humans I made mini mac and cheese cups too.
Lastly, the activities. I’m not a “plan a million games at a party” kinda gal, but I do like to plan at least 1 fun activity for the kids to do (usually a craft). The kids had fun making these little dragons (which I originally found here) and it lasted approximately 7.5 seconds so I’ll call that a win.
I pre-gathered all the supplies so when it was time I brought out a tray and let the kiddos have at it. I found these pre-colored toilet rolls at Michaels (they pretty much have everything) and had everything else on hand (other than the tissue – which totally looked like fire didn’t it?). Found that at Target.The kids glued pom poms for eyes and nostrils and added google eyes to bring their fire-breathing dragons to life! When they blew in one end the dragon breathed fire – the cutest, right?
All in all it was the most magical day for the most magical kid I know. This was truly a unique kids birthday theme (for us at least!) but it was a blast creating it. I’m sure she’ll have something even wilder for 5, so drop links to your favorite birthday ideas below!
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