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Toy-Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher-Price

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Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Party

ROYAL MEETS TOY {The Challenge}

When it comes to “Royal” party themes, visions of glitzy details and fancy-schmancy-in-general decorations are usually what first come to mind (as evidenced in my friend’s royal baby shower, during which I had to restrain myself from glittering everything in sight!).

So, when Fisher-Price® recently asked me to come up with a Royal First Birthday Bash theme that aligned with their {very clean, very modern-looking} brand and classic toys, figuring out the right way to merge these 2 looks was definitely a bit of a design challenge at first!

I was excited to see if I could figure it out though, because “Royal” and Prince/Princess themes are very popular for first birthday parties right now, so a very childlike, toy-inspired twist on this theme sounded especially fitting! Plus, Charm City Cakes bakery was already doing the cake, and I’ll jump at the chance to rub elbows pixels with Ace of Cakes any day. ;)

Royal First Birthday Cake by Charm City Cakes

The Starting Point

Whenever I’m working on a new theme, I try to come up with 1 or 2 ideas that really make sense for the project, then use those as the foundation for the theme. For this project, it was the Rock-a-Stack® castle (as seen on the far right of the top image here) and the Corn Popper Inspired Cake Popper (more on that later).

For the first idea, a spray painted sugar cone + felt flag quickly transformed this classic baby toy into a “castle turret” – which then led to a full DIY Birthday Castle Centerpiece idea and also gave me the starting point for the paper details/printables, which you can download for free right here! I also used the “turrets” on their own as accent decor:

Royal First Birthday Party Activities and Sign

The “party guests” were friends and friends-of-friends. The littlest ones were quite enthralled with the ball garlands in particular (see the DIY tutorial here). My own daughters jumped in on the action too, and Sonny caught what is easily one of my favorite pictures of our youngest daughter (Rylie) ever. ;)

DIY Royal Birthday Party Crowns

Of course I couldn’t resist getting just a tiny bit of sparkle into this royal theme… glittered washi tape on the bamboo forks did the trick! The party straws also had metallic gold stars:

Royal Birthday Party Kids Table with sparkly utensils

rainbow party ball garland and royal birthday banner

The aforementioned ball garlands were used as both inside and outside decor. The best thing about these is how EASY they are to make. Of course I tried the hardest methods first though… live and learn! ;)

DIY Royal First Birthday Party Crown and Kids Chair

Here’s a closer look at the DIY Castle Centerpiece. You can find the step-by-step tutorial over on the Fisher-Price site.

DIY Birthday Castle Centerpiece by HWTM

Activities are especially important for the older party guests, so we set up an activity table with simple themed crafts like “decorate a crown” and “color a castle”. I made simple coloring pages that matched the rest of the printables. You can download them here.