Vintage Barbie Inspired Birthday Party

Barbie Inspired Party Table

Vintage Barbie Inspired Birthday Party

When this party showed up in our submissions box, I was head over heels in LOVE. I was quite a Barbie lover as a child and this party takes me back to the pink + pearls days. One of my dear “party” friends, Gwynn of Gwynn Wasson Designs is just brilliantly creative. Everything she touches is instantly transformed into magazine level fabulousness! Check out her new Facebook Fan Page!

Gwynn shared, “I tried to think about what makes Barbie so special to little girls and I realized that it is that wonderful element of make believe. You can pretend that you really are Barbie and be transported to a world full of fun adventures and fabulous fashion! I wanted the dessert table to help capture the children’s imagination just a Barbie does so I tried to design it as though it was actually a place in Barbie’s house.” <— And she did a GREAT job at that!


Creating a neat backdrop can take a children’s party from cute to FABULOUS. It helps “transform” the room into that make believe wonderland. Gwynn shared how she designed this backdrop. “For the background I found the perfect black and white striped fabric which called back to Barbie’s original bathing suit. I chose a dressing table to display the sweets and used it as inspiration for many of the other elements.” <– we love how she used a dressing table instead of a regular dining table! Creative!

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Gwynn shared, “I created a silhouette, inspired by the classic vintage Barbie silhouette, and used it as one of the icons for the party as I designed the paper goods. It was used on everything from the invitation to the framed picture above the dessert table, all the way to the thank you tags. (All the party printables are available in my Etsy shop.)”

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barbie pink birthday party


She tells us all about the sweets! “Trying to find even more ways to pull the silhouette into the decor, I contacted Angela at Queen of Tarts Cakes and asked her if she could make cookies which looked like little portraits. On the day of the party I displayed them on picture easels as if they were real pictures.”

“I found the most beautiful corset cookies in an Etsy shop called Lori’s Place. And, inspired, I contacted Lori to see if she could use the same detailed icing work but create little dresses for me instead of corsets! Knowing, that if she pulled it off, each dress would look like a beautiful little doll dress and I didn’t just want to just line them up on tray. So when they showed up and were just as lovely as I had imagined, I chose to stand them up like a wardrobe of gorgeous Barbie dresses and displayed them in and around a jewelry box.”

“Renee at Bees Knees Creative made the most beautiful monogram cake pops which looked just gorgeous popping out of a makeup bag. Just like a yummy, sparkly lipgloss! And I was lucky enough to find the perfect marshmallow roller pops to create a “floral” centerpiece for the dressing table. Then I rounded out the table with miniature candy jars arranged as if they held beautiful perfumes or bath salts.”

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“For the favor table, we found the perfect accessories in the Target dollars bins… pearl necklaces, bracelets, flower headbands, gloves and even little purses to hold all the goodies! Everything was displayed on beautiful fashion themed hat boxes which I was lucky enough to find at Michaels.”

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WOW Gwynn, we have to say you took definitely whisked us back to our Barbie childhood with this darling party!

Vendors & Credits

Party Styling and Printables Party Items – Gwynn Wasson Designs
Dress Cookies – Lori’s Place
Portrait Cookies – Queen of Tarts Cakes
Cake Pops – Bees Knees Creative
Roller Pops – Cost Plus World Market
Hat Boxes and Picture Easels – Michaels

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  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!!!! There is not a woman alive who when seeing this isn’t swept back in time to their Barbie days! Love pink and black in any combination, but this, oh my! Very, very nice.!

  2. I love this so much that I’m all grown up and I’m still trying to figure out how to incorporate this look into our home somehow. Maybe my future daughter’s room? WOW, this is awesome!! I love silhouettes!!

  3. I LOVE THIS! My 30th bday is coming up …is that too old? :)

  4. Mariana C says:

    Good luck to all especially me on the cutter.

  5. I love this! Barbie just keeps getting more fabulous as time passes!

  6. i’m pretty sure this is the cutest party i have every seen.

  7. Very elegant and classy! I love the look of the Barbie Silhouette mixed with the other colors! One word: Wow!

  8. Simply adorable!
    I feature parties on my blog every Friday! I just may have to showcase this party! I just love all the inspiration you give to your readers.

  9. I’m not a fan of Barbie (and never had one as a kid)….but this is gorgeous!!

  10. Posh Girl says:

    I absolutely LOVE this party theme, color scheme, and set up…5 STARS from me!!!

  11. How did I miss this…oh yeah a crazy client and a trip…well this is spectacular!! I love it! So glam so girly so me!

  12. Paola de Souza says:

    sou patty e amei

  13. How do you make the barbie silhouette?

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