Real Moms, Real Birthday Parties

Plan the perfect birthday party with these unique and easy ideas from real moms like you! We're sharing our favorite blogger birthday crafts and DIYs. You'll love these creative ideas sure to give your child the best birthday bash.

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    Real Mom: Brandy of Pretty Plain Janes
    Real Party: Kitty Cat Birthday Luncheon


    To celebrate her daughter's love of animals, Brandy created an adorable kitty-theme party. Clever details like yarn-ball place settings, fish-cracker party favors, and tuna sandwiches carried the theme of the party throughout the decor and food. We especially love the over-the-top kitty cake!

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    Real Mom: Jenny of Jenny Cookies
    Real Party: Adventure-Theme Birthday Bash

    Every detail of this outdoor birthday party focused on fun and adventure, including a backyard teepee camp complete with raccoon hats and a nature scavenger hunt. We also love her classic party favors -- copies of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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    Real Mom: Audrey of Urbanic Paper
    Real Party: Bug-Theme Birthday Bash

    Our favorite part of this insect-theme birthday bash? The adorable food table that features ladybug bites, dirt cake, and ants on a log.

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    Real Mom: Lindsey of The Pleated Poppy
    Real Party: Craft Camp Birthday Party

    Camping meets crafting in this colorful kids party. We love the decorative details like yarn tassles and button-filled Mason jars. The star of this party was the creative craft projects -- homemade dream catchers, beaded necklaces, and painted canvases.

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    Real Mom: Drew of Momtog
    Real Party: Mermaid Party


    To celebrate her daughter's first birthday, Drew threw a sweet mermaid-theme party. A pretty pastel color palette and scattered starfish decor set the stage for her casual made-to-order brunch. We love her party favors -- jars filled with blue candy and gummy fish!

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    Real Mom: Kirsten of 6th Street Design Studio
    Real Party: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Party  


    Held during lunch, this mother-daughter party was filled with girly details like roses and a pink tabletop. To make the day extra sparkly, Kirsten created several DIYs including paper crowns, personalized star wands, and star-shape treats.

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    Real Mom: Amber of Amber Housley
    Real Party: Pirate Party


    We loved the detailed invitation boxes Amber created to celebrate her son's 4th birthday. The over-the-top kits included an eye patch, a message in a bottle, and a pirate map.

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    Real Aunt: Becca of Lavender's Blue Designs
    Real Party: Paris Birthday Brunch


    Bonjour, Paris! To celebrate her nephew's birthday, Becca created a chic Parisian brunch inspired by the film The Red Balloon. French classics like Nutella, baguettes, and berets and an Eiffel Tower photo backdrop carried the theme through the party.

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    Real Mom: Holly of My Sister's Suitcase
    Real Party: Princess Slumber Party


    These easy-to-make glitter-dipped ballons set the stage for a girly princess-theme sleepover. A quick trip to the after-Halloween sale meant each little girl got to dress like a princess for the night.

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    Real Mom: Jennifer of Jennifer Laura Design
    Real Party: Dino-Theme Party


    A few creative details like dinosaur planters, spiked party hats, and a dino dig station brought this prehistoric party to life. We loved the food table, which was divided into herbivore, carnivore, and sweetivore -- yum!

    Photo credit: Kristen Curette

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    Real Mom: Julie of Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss
    Real Party: Superhero 16th Birthday


    A palette of primary colors set the stage for Julie's throwback superhero party. We love her easy superhero DIYs, including a city-skyline photo backdrop complete with hero masks and speech bubbles. Pow!

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    Real Mom: Melissa of Bubby and Bean
    Real Party: Pink and Gold Party


    To throw her daughter's fancy pink-and-gold birthday party, Melissa created sparkly tissue-paper garlands, gold-rimmed glasses, and a bow-topped smash cake. Bold balloons and a festive food table ensured everyone got into the fun!

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    Real Mom: Mindy of Get Creative Juice
    Real Party: Ninja Turtles Party


    The key to this theme party? Green, green, green! Mindy topped her table with green foods like jello and grapes, a simple green tablecloth, and DIY turtle lanterns. Cowabunga, dude!


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    Real Mom: Maxabella of Maxabella Loves
    Real Party: Island Party    


    Aloha! Tiki-inspired decor and colorful paper pinwheels set the stage for this island party. Fun, festive food like mini-crossant crabs, hula-skirt cookies, and cheesy palm trees carried the theme through lunch.


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    Real Mom: Emily of The Journey of Parenthood
    Real Party: Firetruck Party


    This adorable firetruck-theme food table showcased creative foods like chocolate-dipped pretzel matches, licorice fire hoses, and doughnut firetruck tires.

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    Real Mom: Katie of Petite Social
    Real Party: Movie Night


    To celebrate her daughter's birthday, Katie brought the movie theater home! Her silver-screen party included ticket invitations, classic consession-stand treats, and, of course, popcorn!

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    Whether you're celebrating Day of the Dead, Cinco de Mayo, or just a low-key Friday night with friends, a build-your-own-taco buffet and a few colorful decorations make for a fun Mexican-theme party. "Top Chef" judge and frequent party host Hugh Acheson shows you how.
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