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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
But what would a magic themed party be without a Magician?!?
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.
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!
After the performance, guests hit the sweets table to make the truly magical cake, cupcakes and cookies disappear!
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!
Harper's T-shirt - Bowdacious Baby on ETSY
Invitation, Favor Tags, Banner, Signage - Grey Fox Illustrations on ETSY