Real Moms, Real Birthday Parties

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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 birthday party ideas sure to give your child the best bash.

Kitty Party

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!

Adventure Party

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.


Buggy Party

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. The adorable food table is a fun outdoor party idea. 

Crafting Party

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.

Mermaid Party

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!

Star Party

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.

Pirate Party

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.

Paris Party

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.

Princess Party

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. 

Dinosaur Party

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

Superhero Party

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!

Metallic Party

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!


Ninja Turtles Party

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!


Island Party

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.



Firetruck Party

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.

Movie Party

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! This easy kid's birthday party is perfect for any time of year. 

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