It’s been the year of character celebrations with Eliana requesting a Barbie birthday party in the beginning of the year, and Lia wanting a Peppa Pig style bash now. Our girls know what they want and I really don’t mind the themes they choose… It’s their birthday, the one day a year they get to call all the shot and we try our best to play fairy-godparents.
Eliana’s brief for her Barbie birthday party
Much to our surprise, Eliana wanted the pinkest, most sparkling Barbie party. Pink, silver, white. Sequence, crystals and glitter! We were going all-out girly. She wanted to dance, paint her nails, play outside and have everyone bring along their own Barbie (or action figure) too.
I love that Eliana wanted to include all her friends, even the boys. She never for one moment saw her party as a girls-only affair. She knows boys play with dolls and truly believes anyone can be anything they choose to be.
First order of business, getting the invitations out. A quick design on CANVA.com and we were set.
Next, Barbie birthday party decor
When it comes to party decor our 1st stop is always Konfetti Love Rentals. This Pretoria based party planning and decor rental business is one of SA’s BEST! Owner Marissa has incredible taste and knows how to pull off any party, with style. With her team of kind, talented creatives they are always helpful in making party prep easy.
For Eliana’s party we rented the following items:
- Inflatable heart-shaped pool float
- Pink Bluetooth radio
- Red and Pink Neon Wall Art light
- Large Red Neon Heart light
- 3 White wooden plinths
These fun extras made our Barbie Party POP!
Linen was a quick, one-stop at The Tablecloth Hiring Company. They have tablecloths, runners, overlays, bunting, chair covers and serviettes in any colour, pattern and fabric choice. Best of all – no washing afterwards. I just drop-off the used linen and go.
Lastly, I swung by Her-Annies. This Centurion craft store is party heaven. All the party boxes, craft supplies, paper decor and more that we see online are available at Her-Annies, just far better priced.
We bought everything else we needed there:
- White party boxes
- Pink and silver paper and plastic tassels
- The Pink shimmer backdrop
- Silver glitter stars
- The number 7 rose gold birthday balloon
- Barbie paper serviettes
- The arts and craft supplies for our Barbie Paper Doll activity
Mr. Perfect was on print duty and had Jetline print out a few well known Barbie catchphrases on high gloss paper.
We already had all the other basics – tables, chairs, plates, glasses, decanters, reusable straws, spoons etc.
Now we just needed to add fresh flowers on the day of the party and set everything up!
* Initially the party was planned outdoors but everything needed to be moved indoors due to the rain. Thankfully the rain cleared up for 4 hours and the kids could enjoy some outside time too.
Food fit for Barbie
Food is the heart of a party. If little ones (and their parents) eat well, everyone gets along well, plays nicely and has fun. We always do a selection of salty and sweet, healthy and treat options. Everyone can eat what they prefer…
The party spread consisted of:
- Strawberry Nesquik mousse
- Pink Macarons and Mini doughnuts from Sweetly Detailed
- Individual fruit salads
- Pink and white marshmallows
- Mini pizzas found in the frozen food aisle at our local Pick n Pay.
Each guest’s party pack included:
- Eat Naked Peanut Butter Cups available at Dischem or online at Faithful to Nature.
- Whole grain puffed cereal hearts
- Bubbles and a pair of sunglasses
For lunch, everyone enjoyed assembling their own gourmet vegan Fry’s Family Food Co. hot dogs! These are delicious.
Some pink drinks…
Homemade pink lemonade, cranberry juice and water for the kids.
Wine, bubbly and beer for the adults – plus one or two non-alcoholic options.
Everything was set up self-serve.
What would a Barbie birthday party be without a classic Barbie cake?
I’m sure every mama reading this can remember either having or attending a party where someone had a classic “doll in a cake”, birthday cake. These are a winner, generation after generation. It had all our guest reminiscing.
I took Eliana to our local toy store the week before to choose a Barbie for her cake. She went with one of the fashionistas, Lavender Kiss. A curvy beauty with purple streaks in her hair and killer earrings. Eli liked her because she said she looked fun and confident – the perfect choice for our girl.
Once again my sister-in-law worked her magic creating a strawberry and vanilla cake, with the prettiest ombre royal icing and Italian meringue dress for Lavender Kiss. I just added a few star for some extra pizazz and the birthday cake was done!
Fun and Games with Barbie
This was the easy part. With so much Barbie games and toys available in stores and online, Eliana could pick and choose what she wanted to do.
We used Barbie’s “You can be anything” slogan to plan activities for the guests…
You can be a baker!
My sister-in-law baked plain sugar cookies. I bought a few edible ink markers at our local Baker’s Bin.
With the black, I drew on a Barbie and a Ken. All the other colours were set out for the kids to use as they coloured their own Barbie or Ken biscuits.
EVERYONE enjoyed this activity with no cookie looking the same.
You can be a beautician!
Have a seat and paint each other’s nails… Any colours you like, just remember to take a bracelet too.
Barbie nail art and paint available at most toy stores, we bought ours at Toy R Us.
You can be a designer!
The Barbie play website has an incredible collection of FREE printables, eBooks, wallpapers and more. It really is amazing for any Barbie fan and great when you’re looking for some rainy day activities too.
We downloaded and printed a Fashion Sketch Paper Doll for each guest. Add scissors, glitter and other art supplies and have the littles design and create their own Barbie Paper Dolls to take home.
You can be a sports star!
Barbie is a sporty, active women too so we needed to have activities to get our bodies moving.
Balls and hula hoops set up as goals provided loads of entertainment for the kids (and dads). At one stage the competition was fierce with everyone trying their best to score the most consecutive goals.
Our local Toys R Us also had a R20 sale of these Barbie Catch an Throw sets. I’m so happy we bought a few. The kids all played together, helping younger siblings throw properly.
Even our Bilibo – set out as decor, got its fair share of play with spin-offs between guests. Of course, the birthday girl won. Just looking as the pace Eliana spins at makes me dizzy.
Just be YOU!
Not feeling any of the above? Then simply enjoy our garden. Jump on the trampoline, play on the jungle gym, swing as high as you can and twirl till you fall over spinning.
Going home with something to say THANK YOU!
It was a day to remember with each guest getting a turn to take a selfie or two with our Instax Mini 9. Of course, we ordered the Pink Lemonade Instax film.
Everyone went wild! The kids and the parents. Photos with friends, family selfies… Months later we still see party memories stuck on everyone’s refrigerators.
This actually turned out to be Eliana’s best party to date.
It was so special planning and prepping with Eliana. Going shopping together and letting her choose what she liked. It all came together beautifully and most importantly everyone had fun.
I hope Lia and Ava wants their own Barbie party too one day. It’s such an uplifting and exciting theme. For now, however, we can’t help but feel a little proud of Eli, our tiny Barbie party planner.
Watch Eliana’s entire Barbie Birthday Party, start to finish, below.
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Quick list of suppliers for Eliana’s Barbie birthday party:
Birthday cake: Baked by my incredible sister-in-law.
Macarons and mini doughnuts: Sweetly Detailed
Birthday Milestone board: Nectar & Ink
Birthday girl’s outfit: mrp Kids – They always have amazing character wear at affordable prices
Props: Konfetti Love Rentals
Paper Decor: Her-Annies
Photos and video: Poppit & Finch
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