Luau's and summertime are a perfect match! And, Oriental Trading is a great resource for unique decor items that don't break the bank!
When you search the term 'luau', there are literally hundreds of design concepts and options that pop up! Leis, tiki torches, raffia, hula skirts, palm leaves, pineapples, hibiscus flowers, palm trees....Choosing a design direction can be overwhelming at times.When working on the design concept for this birthday party, we wanted to create a modern, streamlined look and feel for the seated tables.
This simple tablescape shown above was part of the overall decor design for a Hawaiian theme 2nd birthday party. Acting as a table runner are these fantastically simple palm leaves layered across the table. We loved how they popped against the simple, crisp white linens.
For a pop of color while also working with the green runner, we alternated pink and green leis on the chair backs which appealed to both boy and girl party guests.
And finally, for a fun centerpiece option, hollow out a pineapple and fill with fresh, brightly colored flowers! We chose white hydrangeas for their amazing filler potential and added pops of pink and green throughout to tie everything together.
Party Styling: Crowning Details
Palm leaves & leis: Oriental Trading
Pineapple Centerpiece: The Briar Rose
Who doesn't love a good rainbow and unicorn party!?! I mean...how super cute! My little girl was so excited when I was putting this little party concept together, inspired by the stunning invitation design from Tiny Prints.
So that the focus would be on the colors themselves, I chose to keep everything else white on our dessert table. For a little nod to clouds, we used these over-sized honeycomb balls under the table. I couldn't resist using this amazing handcrafted unicorn from one of my favorite vendors as the centerpiece on the table. We chose to go all white with a gold horn so that it stood apart from the rainbow streamer backdrop,
When creating the backdrop, I wanted something simple & colorful. So, we constructed a layered cloud using white poster board and then suspended rainbow colored crepe streamers from the clouds to the table top.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am on a simple cake design kick! I loved using an all-white buttercream cake for this shoot and topped with these colorful handmade yarn toppers. So simple! For additional sweets, we served cupcakes wrapped in glittery blue, topped with butterfly toppers inspired by the party's inspiration design. And, also pulling from the invitation's design, we served these amazingly delicious rainbow colored heart sugar cookies.
To keep the party guests entertained, we had these custom printed coloring sheets from Tiny Prints. And following the party, we found these adorable Tiny Prints thank you cards and personalized address labels.
Simple, colorful, cheery and just plain fun are some of the words I would use to describe this party's design!
Party Styling & Printables: Crowning Details
Invitation, Thank You Cards; Coloring Activity Sheets: Tiny Prints
Unicorn Pinata: Lisa Frank with Handcrafted Parties
White Honeycomb Balls: Under the Paper Lantern
Yarn Pom Pom Poms: Etsy (StephLovesBen)
Cupcake Wrappers: Etsy (SimplyWrappers)
Cookies: Frost Bake Shoppe
Summer times and shark parties seem to go hand in hand....something about the heat, water and sunshine screams shark!!
For this sweet little party, we kept things streamlined, simple and focused on a few key elements to make this birthday boy super happy with the way everything came out.
First, we set up outdoors as this was a pool party and we wanted all of the sweets to be accessible during the event. Rather than covering our dessert table with linens, we chose to have this super fun inflatable shark peeking out of the water to one side. The other side of the table was decorated using this fun, portable photo prop!!
We chose a simple white buttercream cake topped with a printable shark design, sitting in a bed of sand, aka light brown sugar. For added design, we set our cake stand inside a life preserver. Simple buttercream cupcakes were spruced up using these light blue and white striped cups and personalized toppers. For a bit of whimsy, and after all, who doesn't love lollipops at this age....we added a grouping of shark lollipop jaws and fins.
For a pop of red, we chose these red and white striped paper plates, perfectly coordinating with the red accents in our printable collection. To add a bit of softness to the table, we used these nautical glass containers and filled them with one of our favorite flowers, white hydrangeas.
Each guest took home a shark toy with popable eyes, perfect for the preschooler crowd.
A "Jaw-some" time was had by all!!
Party Styling & Printables: Crowning Details
Shark photo board, inflatable shark, red & white striped dessert plates, shark lollipops, shark party favors: Oriental Trading
This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by the company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.