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You Are My Sunshine Birthday Party {Modern & Bright}

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you are my sunshine dessert table

This You Are My Sunshine Birthday Party is completely sun kissed! Jenny of Bloom Designs Online crafted this party for her daughter, who is her little “sunshine”. :) The girls dined and sipped on a sun-inspired meal (sun chips, sun-dried tomato pasta & more!) underneath a draped sunset colored canopy and took home activity keepsakes of painted sunscapes, decorated flip flops and gum ball necklaces!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Stunning DIY outdoor table canopy with sunset colored ribbons and yellow lanterns
  • Layered orange, pink & yellow popsicles, meringue parfaits, & cake towers
  • Three-tiered cake decorated with Necco Wafers
  • Colorful party favor beach buckets full of “Our Sunshine’s favorite things”

sunshine party crepe paper decoration

sunshine party popsicles

sunshine birthday invitation

you are my sunshine lunch boxes

sunset parfaits

sunshine drinks and treats

party snacks

sunshine party stand

sunshine gum ball necklaces

sunshine paint party activity

party favors


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Jenny

“You Are My Sunshine” was one of the first songs my husband and I taught our daughter Hillary, so I was very excited to create a party around this theme especially since the song still expresses exactly how we feel about her. Hillary was turning nine so I didn’t want to use a sunshine image. Rather, I used simple polka dots and blocks of yellow, orange, light pink and pink create the feel of a sunset. Phrases of the song are repeated in all of the printables and on posters around the party.

Dinner was under a canopy made from sunset colored ribbons which I had stapled to a overhang off our garage. The girls ate our only sunshine’s favorite sandwich, sun dried tomato pasta, sun chips and sunset jell-o (layers of raspberry, orange and lemon) and drank sunshine soda all of which were packaged in gable boxes. I made placemats to match the invitations and name plaques for the chair backs.

After dinner, the girls made necklaces out of sunset colored gumballs, decorated sunshine shoes with pink, yellow and orange ribbons and painted sun scapes.

Desserts included cake balls, homemade marshmallow clouds, meringue parfaits and cake towers all in layers of yellow, orange and pink. The girls also had, sunsicles, sherbet ice cream, salt water taffy, rock candy stick and sugar cookies. The cake was decorated with Necco Wafers.

As the girls left they took a bucket of our sunshine’s favorite things which included when skies are grey colors, silly string and bubbles all wrapped in personalized labels. The printables are made with a polka dot and chevron pattern in sunset colors. The entire You Are My Sunshine collection including invitation, water bottle labels, banners, food labels, juice box cover, crayon box wrappers, straw flags and more is available here.

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

16 responses to “You Are My Sunshine Birthday Party {Modern & Bright}”

  1. Carmen says:

    Absolutely stunning! I love the bright colors and the draping over the table is such a gorgeous addition.

  2. Elizabeth Taylor Glenn says:

    The party is so adorable! That is my daughter's favorite song!! You did a fabulous job!

  3. Lauren says:

    WOW, Jenny!!!!! Breathtakingly beautiful!!!!!!! Congrats on being featured on Audrey’s birthday…what a special day for so many reasons!

  4. Jenny Raulli says:

    Thank you so much HWTM for sharing this party! I am so honored.

  5. Lisa R says:

    Lovely party Jenny! Love all the details.

  6. Love how this turned out! I did a shower based on the same theme, but I adore the addition of the shades of pink!

  7. Jenny – The ribbon canopy is stunning! Love it and the gumball necklaces — really all your activities. Great job!

  8. Molly says:

    This is beautiful! I’m doing a sunshine theme for my daughters first birthday this has helped me get some ideas!!! How did you make the colored popcorn?? I love it!

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  11. Kim says:

    Love it! Where did you get the striped popsicle sticks?

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  14. Yesenia says:

    Absolutely Adorable. Can you share your Popsicle recipe please

  15. yvonne says:

    I love this! Please share where you got the pails and shovels! Thank you!

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