September 9, 2014
I had a great time planning a big blowout for Little E’s 1st birthday, but wanted to come up with something just as fun for her big sister, Little A’s, 4th birthday party last March.
I though that it would be simple to have a neon theme, until I realized just how many different types of neon there.
In the end, I decided build the color scheme on hot pink, orange, turquoise, neon yellow and neon green.
Compared to E’s party, this one was pretty small and informal. Instead of printed invitations, I created the neon banner at the top of the post, and texted it (and the party details) to our families and A’s close friends.
A’s birthday fell around Easter this year, so it was easy to find plates and cups in the bright colors that I wanted in the Easter section of several stores. I also bought coordinating napkins, tablecloths and balloons myself, and decorated white cups with neon paper reinforcements (remember those?).
I had the balloons filled with helium at a local party store and picked them up the day of the party.
Cake and Cupcakes
Once again, I turned to SuperTarget’s bakery for A’s birthday cake. This time, I had an inspiration picture that I wanted them to recreate. I also ordered matching cupcakes.
Treats and Treat Bags
I bought brightly-colored plastic bags and stuffed them with small envelopes that I found at the teacher supply. The envelopes held little treats like neon glow stick bracelets, a bouncy ball and neon candy worms. My sister and I tied the bags off with neon pipe cleaners one evening while watching TV one evening.
We had the party a local indoor play place. They actually sell pre-decorated room packages, but since I already had a theme in mind, we saved some money by paying strictly for the facility rental.
The location also provided two staffers to help set up, run, and clean up after the party, which took a lot of the pressure off of me.
We had the whole play area to ourselves, and there was lots of room for the kids to run around and go wild. There was a trampoline, slide, ball pit and a tunnel maze.
Then we moved to a party room for food (pizza and Chick-fil-a) and cake.
We asked the guests to wear neon colors, and our family did the same. I think this is my new favorite picture of us (my previous favorite is from our Christmas card last year).
You can also check out inspiration and sources for the party on Pinterest.
How do you celebrate your kids’ birthdays? Have you ever thrown a themed party? Share it in the comments!
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