Hooray for the Sprinkle Party! Blakely is THREE! How that is even possible is beyond me but alas, another year down and another chance for me to indulge myself in her party prep. If you missed her first and second birthday parties, you can see them here:
Like most toddlers, Blakely is enamored with sprinkles. I’m 32 and also enamored with sprinkles so I can’t blame her. I love brightly colored kid’s parties so I decided it would be the perfect theme! Plus, there are tons of cute sprinkle-themed ideas online (I’ll share a few of my inspirations below). There are lots of different DIY elements to this party so I’ve listed them all out in sections. I’ll write a few other blog posts breaking out the larger DIY projects in case you want to create your own sprinkle party dress, for example.
This is her face when she first saw her sprinkle party….
Minted had the perfect birthday party invitation and I’m obsessed with the custom stamps so I used an image of colorful sprinkles to create the sprinkle stamps. Easy and so cute! Even the envelope backers were adorable. I carried an extra one with me to craft stores so I could use it to match colors!
THE PARTY TABLE
I started out by combining two of the Pottery Barn Kids Carolina Tables to create a long party table for the kids. I used my mini white Chiavari chairs. I always get asked about those so here are the details. I ordered them from The Chiavari Chair Co. and the worst part is the freight charges but if you have a friend ordering some too, you can combine that. I found it totally worth it because we use them for her little parties as well as just regular day-to-day playtime. She also has a few in her playroom that I painted a fun color!
A solid colored tablecloth would have been fine, but I wanted to really make the “sprinkles” come to life so I searched around for sprinkle fabrics. I didn’t find the perfect fit, so I decided to upload a sprinkle pattern that I made into Spoonflower.com and order my own fabric. I just created the sprinkles from the same colors used in her sprinkles party invitation so it all coordinated. I ordered several yards of it and ta-da. It showed up and was perfect!
Cake is definitely the highlight of any birthday party and Blakely’s favorite thing on the planet. So I knew I wanted a big pink cake with sprinkles – of course. The darling Lizzie Davis of Copper Whisk Cakes did not disappoint! And if you’re wondering, of course it was funfetti inside! It was delicious! The sprinkles used on it are from Sweetapolita! Rosie makes the most darling sprinkle mixes! We also used them as sweet little favors at each child’s place setting.
Sweet sprinkle cookies from Royally Iced were the perfect addition to the table as well as in the cute goody bags. They reminded me of little donuts. Adorable!
I made rice krispy treat pops by using a stick in regular rice krispy treats. Then dipping in candy melts and adding on sprinkles! This is super easy and adorable because you can customize the colors for any type of celebration!
THE FOOD & DRINK
In addition to fruit cups, we had fairy bread sandwiches with little cut out stars topped with more sprinkles. Sprinkles were pretty much incorporated into every aspect of this party! The sandwiches might have been my favorite detail of her party. I used a star but you could use any mini cookie cutter you wanted! Aren’t they cute?!
I made sprinkle popcorn which is quite possibly the simplest little “recipe” imaginable! Just drizzle candy melts over popcorn and add on sprinkles. My tip is to buy bagged popcorn rather than popping your own. The pre-popped, bagged popcorn just doesn’t get as stale as fast as popping your own.
My mom decorated the top of simple clear plastic drink containers with sprinkles, obviously! We just served water (sometimes you just have to keep it simple when they’re getting sugar from every other corner of the party)! This also helped keep the tablecloth a little cleaner from any spills. I’m excited to keep it and use it in the future! Wouldn’t it make cute drapes in a playroom? Or a big comforter for a bed?! Or throw pillows??!!
The place settings were colorful and very simple. Various colored plates were topped with scalloped mini white plates that I added vinyl sprinkles on to for a pop of fun! The little sprinkle favor jars were placed on top. Scalloped napkins in various colors (from the Michaels dollar section) were perfect. The fabric had huge sprinkles all over it so I knew I didn’t want everything to have sprinkles on it (or it would get even wilder looking). Next to each place setting was a HOORAY confetti cracker, and the kids LOVED those! There is still confetti all over my backyard. :)
Balloons were big at this party because three year olds love balloons! I blew up the giant 24″ balloons with air and floated them all around the yard. I added vinyl sticker sprinkles to the big white one which turned out to be my favorite, naturally! If I did this theme again, I’d probably only choose the 24″ white balloons and add sprinkle stickers to all of them. Round mylar balloons in white also got “sprinkled” with vinyl stickers (thanks for the idea, Studio DIY)!
I set up a little table for the parents with champagne and fruit juice mixer because toddlers are wild and parents deserve champagne. Added in were sprinkle covered sunglasses (it was SO BRIGHT outside) and slap bracelets. Did you catch that? SLAP BRACELETS. Amazing. I’m still wearing one. We also filled a vase with sprinkles for some pretty pink and yellow flowers. We pretty much filled everything with sprinkles.
I also put vinyl sprinkle stickers on my windows and columns outside! It created such a lively party atmosphere. We also had a sign out front instructing party guests to follow the sprinkle road. We placed the vinyl sprinkles on my floor (they peeled right up) through the house and out to the back patio! This was one of my favorite details, who doesn’t love a sprinkle road?!
At the craft store, I grabbed big wooden letter “B”s for Blakely and a giant wooden “3”. We covered them in royal icing and topped with sprinkles. We tried other glues but found it to harden the best. For the mini letters on the back of each chair, we used non-pareils and hot glue. That combination seemed to work best for the little ones.
I took simple party hats and got to business with a hot glue gun and you got it, sprinkles. I put a big “3” on Blakely’s party hat.
Wooden frames from Michael’s Crafts were also covered in royal icing and topped with sprinkles. I framed a couple of B’s baby photos and put on display. Easy and oh so cute!
VINYL SPRINKLE STICKERS
I used my Silhouette machine for a lot of this party’s DIY details. I simply used a Silhouette file from the Silhouette Store in the shape of sprinkles. I made small 1 1/2 inch ones for her dress and larger ones for the sprinkle road, window clings, and balloon decorations! For the dress, I’ll be doing a step-by-step post but for the quick reference, I used heat transfer vinyl! For the rest of the projects, I used Oracle 631, removable adhesive vinyl! Both of those come in a million colors, by the way!
First off, the little ones enjoyed decorating their very own cupcakes. The adorable artist palette plates from Oriental Trading aren’t just for paint, y’all! I filled them all up with sprinkles and gave them each a simple white cupcake to decorate. Some of them are definitely budding little bakers while others went straight to eating, hey, can you blame them? I got this cute idea from Jen Loves Kev.
After eating and before riding the massive balloons around the yard, we had another surprise activity planned! Seeing as we’re a week away from Easter and the fact that little colored eggs look like sprinkles all over the yard, we had an EASTER EGG HUNT! We grabbed cute pink and green baskets from the dollar store, handed them out to the little ones, and let them loose. It was hysterical. Some were very focused on opening the eggs as they were picked up while others took off like wild banshees trying to get as many eggs as possible. Oh, sweet memories!
Each little one left with a darling goody bag filled with their sprinkles, sunglasses, rice krispy treat, slap bracelet, and cookie!
CREDITS & RESOURCES
Styling + Photography: Courtney Whitmore | Invitations: Minted | Cookies: Royally Iced | Cake: Copper Whisk Cakes | Sprinkles: Sweetapolita |Hooray Confetti Crackers, Confetti Gift Bags, Personalized Ribbon, and Confetti Fountains:Beau-coup | Palette Plates, Sunglasses, Slap Bracelets, Sprinkle Paper Lanterns, Sprinkle Napkins: Oriental Trading | Fabric: Custom Designed and Made by Spoonflower.com | Wooden Letters & Frames: Hobby Lobby & Michaels