Harper's Magic Themed 9th Birthday

When America's Got Talent is one of your favorite shows and you think past winner, Shim Lim is one of the coolest people on earth, it is no big surprise you choose Magic as your party theme! And that is just what my daughter, Harper did for her 9th birthday last month.

magic themed birthday party

Harper has always marched to her own beat and has always come up with unique party themes for her birthdays. From Charlie Brown to Sloths, they never fit the typical birthday mold of her age group or friends and this party planning mom thinks that is awesome!

magic themed birthday party, magic themed cake table

When it came to Harper's party, we knew we wanted to mix traditional magic elements with modern and fun design. Harper loves bunnies so the quintessential rabbit in the hat magic trick had to be part of the decor. 

PARTY TIP: Start with the invitation to set the tone for the party, establish color scheme and begin planning the overall party design. This is also a great place to have your kiddo be involved in the process, even if you don't want them to be with anything else.

We found the perfect invitation from GreyFoxIllustrations on Etsy. The simple artwork mixed our must-have magic trick with lots of fun pops of color in the star design.

magic themed birthday party invitations

Using the invite as the guide, I focused the overall design on both the rabbit in the hat and the colorful stars. These two elements were incorporated into everything from the cake table decor to the cake to the favor boxes and even the plateware.

magic themed birthday cake

magic themed birthday party cookies

magic themed birthday party decorations

PARTY TIP: Look for coordinating paperie from your invitation designer. Signage, favor tags, banners, etc. tie the invitation design into the party decor with little extra work or cost on your end. If these additional items are not readily available, just ask the designer to create something custom for you.

magic themed party favor tags

magic themed birthday party decorations, magic happy birthday banner

Beyond the matching paperie, I usually like to include additional themed signage in my party decor. This time I found all of these great signs on Etsy, printed them at my local Kinkos and put them in basic frames. I used them in places where decor is not heavily focused on or needed, such as the food areas. All of the signs had a magic theme, but were not typical magic phrases, making them visually unique and fun for the guests to read throughout the party.

magic themed birthday party decorations

magic themed birthday party decorations

magic themed birthday party decorations

To keep party guests entertained, I hired a glitter tattoo artist, a bounce house (if your kid is under 10, believe me they want a bounce house!) and provided plenty of games for them to play with.

magic themed birthday party entertainment, glitter tattoo artist

But what would a magic themed party be without a Magician?!?

magic themed birthday party entertainment

magic themed birthday party entertainment

To say that our magician, John Ace, was the perfect addition to the party would be an understatement. The kids (and adults) loved his strolling magic where he awed the crowd with close-up street magic and Harper's favorite, slight-of-hand. Then after a break, he came back to do a 20 minute show "on stage" of more elaborate tricks. 

magic themed birthday party entertainment

magic themed birthday party entertainment

PARTY TIP: If you have younger guests, keep entertainment to 15-20 minutes. Their attention spans can't handle more than that, especially when there is a bounce house available and sugar is involved!

magic themed birthday party entertainment

After the performance, guests hit the sweets table to make the truly magical cake, cupcakes and cookies disappear!

magic themed birthday cupcakes

magic themed birthday party cookies

Each guest was given Magician's Toolkit filled with both tricks and treats to take home to hone their craft.

And POOF, just like that...the party was over!

This magic party will definitely be one the birthday girl, guests and this party planner will never forget!

magic themed birthday party decorations

Vendor Credits:

Party Planning & Styling - Lou & Pepper, @louandpepper

Party Supplies (Plates, Napkins, Cups) - Lou & Pepper, @louandpepper

Cake, Cupcakes and Chocolate Covered Oreos - A Custom Kreation, @acustomkreation

Cookies - Voodoo Cookie Co., @voodoocookieco

Photography - Michael Mathews, @onet_mathews

Magician - John Ace, @bookitinc

Bounce House & Rentals - Bouncing Beez, @bouncingbeez

Glitter Tattoo Artist - Berry Bliss Events, @berryblissevents

Harper's T-shirt - Bowdacious Baby on ETSY

Invitation, Favor Tags, Banner, Signage - Grey Fox Illustrations on ETSY

Signs - Ronald Dahl Quote, This is where the magic happens, Every little thing she does is magic

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