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Barbie’s Birthday Party Recap (Part 1) + Tips from Event Planner Colin Cowie

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Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

In honor of Barbie’s 50th Birthday/Anniversary – Mattel went all out with a very cool, VERY PINK birthday bash at the “Real” Life-Size Barbie Dream House in Malibu, CA.

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

Jonathan Adler was tapped to do the interior design of the “Dream House”, and celebrity event planner Colin Cowie (who also hosts’s Lifetime’s Get Married show) brought the ridiculously cool party to life with an overwhelming amount of Barbie-themed decor, sparkly pink things, and clever details.

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

As someone who loves both interior design and event planning – and can appreciate a good dose of “girlie girl” now and then – I definitely felt like a kid in a candy store at this party! Everywhere you turned there was something “happy” to look at – from Barbie’s luxe pink bedroom (which included a shoe closet filled with 50 pairs of Barbie® pink peep-toe Christian Louboutin heels)…

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

…to a fireplace flanked by pink plastic poodles… to cocktail serving trays filled with acrylic pink ice! (The toilets even had huge pink satin bows tied around the seat covers… talk about attention to detail!)

Since HWTM is all about party planning – we asked Cowie – the brains behind the bash – to share some of his favorite party details with us… as well as a few tips that we can use at home. Here goes:

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

HWTM: “Barbie Malibu Dream House” sounds like such a fun party theme! Can you give us some insight into your overall vision for this event?
CC:
I WANTED TO CREATE AN EVENT THAT WAS COMPLETELY PERSONALIZED TO BARBIE. AS ALWAYS, I START WITH A THEME (POP ART), AND A COLOR PALETTE (BLACK WHITE AND PINK), AND GO FROM THERE.  I WANTED ALL OF THE ELEMENTS TO BE VERY VIBRANT AND TO HAVE AN IMPACT BY USING A LOT OF REPETITON.

HWTM: When I plan parties, there are usually 1 or 2 ideas that I’m especially excited about – the ones that trigger those famous “Aha!” moments during the planning process. What ideas are you most excited about for this party?
CC: THE BAR AND THE DESSERT BAR INSTALLATIONS –  THEY ARE TOTALLY OVER THE TOP AND GRAPHIC.

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

HWTM: What is the most over-the-top idea you have planned for the party?
CC: THE WALL BEHIND THE BAR – IT’S COMPRISED OF 750 ACTUAL BARBIE DOLLS AND FRAMED BY A PRECINIUM OF PINK UNDERLIT JEWELS.

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

HWTM: Keeping in mind that most at-home parties will be on a, er…slightly different budget than this particular event, what tips would you share with someone looking to host a similar theme at home?
CC: CHOOSE A THEME AND A COLOR PALLETE, THEN WRITE DOWN ALL OF YOUR IDEAS AND PROPOSED COSTS, AND THEN DECIDE WHICH IS GOING TO GIVE YOU THE MOST IMPACT WITHIN YOUR BUDGET. COLOR CREATES CONSISTENCY AND WILL HELP CREATE A UNIFIED THEME THROUGHOUT THE PARTY.

HWTM: Aside from Barbie herself, what other types of things should be present at any Barbie-themed party – from Malibu Beach House to Rock Star Barbie?
CC: PINK, PINK AND MORE PINK! BARBIE IS TIMELESS AND TRANSENDS SO MANY ERA’S. USE A LOT OF BLING AND A BIG DOSE OF GLAMOUR.

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

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Thanks so much to Colin for providing us with all this inspiration! (Check out more tips from Colin over on GetMarried.com.)

Pictured above is one of my personal favorite ideas from the party – centerpieces created from pink roses in the shapes of handbags and heels… which were displayed on lucite tables filled with tons of miniature Barbie brushes, sunglasses, shoes & purses…GENIUS!

Another element that really stood out to me where the witty, cheeky phrases that were projected onto the house and printed on things like cocktail napkins and glow-in-the-dark drink stirrers. This idea really added to the FUN factor of the party, and the sayings included things like:
• “I wasn’t designed to do housework.”
• “A plastic tan never fades.”
• “Doll-icious”
• “Eat healthy but always have a decadent dessert.”

Mantras to live by, right? (At least in a DREAM house!) ;-)

In order to keep this from being the world’s longest post, I’m going to save the drink recipes and a few more details for Part 2. In the meantime, here are a few more pics from the party… and you can also view these at a little larger size in the facebook album.

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The party really lit up after the sun went down…

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

No red carpet reception for this party… celebrities rocked the PINK carpet instead!

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

Barbie’s custom-made pink VW beetle – complete with a built-in, pop-up makeup vanity in the trunk (of course!) – greeted guests near the pink carpet.

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

Barbie’s kitchen was fully equipped for one thing… CUPCAKES!

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

Getting the PINK s’mores platters ready for guests to roast over the backyard’s built-in fire-pit!

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

Click here for pics of the Pink Carpet celebs… which included Supermodel/Project Runway host Heidi Klum, Ginnifer Goodwin (He’s Just Not That Into You), Lauren Conrad (The Hills), and cutie Madeline Carroll (Swing Vote).

By |2017-06-01T20:00:05+00:00March 13th, 2009|Adult Birthday, Bachelorette, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.

50 Comments

  1. Chic Runner March 13, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Wow! So glad you shared this with us. Such great ideas and what an amazing party to be a guest at. Great pictures too. Thanks Jenn!

  2. Katrina Lynn March 13, 2009 at 11:00 am

    LOVE this so much!!!! Thanks for sharing! What a treat!

  3. Danielle March 13, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Fab ideas! My daugher is a Barbie doll collector and I’m planning a Barbie themed Hello Summer party. These ideas are wonderful! I love the pink smores!!!!

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  5. Erin March 13, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Amazing! Every aspect of Barbie was truly captured. I feel like I went back in time :)

  6. Tiara March 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    wow every picture in this post made me gasp! Thanks for sharing…. it looks like it was so much fun. Cowie’s detail is fantastic and wow what i wouldnt give for that hot pink VW beetle.

    Barbie is the ultimate celebrity/diva!

  7. Linda March 13, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    He is a genius and seems to push the design ideas to the limit. He paid attention to all the details. Suprised he didn’t make the DJ wear pink! :)

    Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait for part deux….

  8. Michelle March 13, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Intimidatingly AMAZING for us intern party planners out there!

  9. noel culbertson March 13, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    absolutely amazing. thanks so much for sharing. what a fabulous party!

  10. by lynn 333 March 14, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    I was trying find the recipe for the pink drinks in part 2; when and where will it be available for viewing? I want to see the rest of colin cowies creations and how tos/ We are having a big party for my friennd’s 50th. it will be a barbie event. Can you send me update and how to find this info?

  11. Annette March 15, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Thank you for sharing this party! What an amazing event. Love it!

  12. jessie March 15, 2009 at 8:18 am

    amazing!

  13. Ani March 15, 2009 at 9:19 am

    This life would be fantastic. What a fantastic attention to details.

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  15. jenn s. March 16, 2009 at 9:09 am

    by lynn 333 – The drink recipes will be up tomorrow! :)

  16. Davids March 16, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Is that too much Barbie? I guess if you are going to go for it you have to go for it. It is truly one of a kind.

  17. sarah March 17, 2009 at 9:36 am

    My favourite item from this post is the smores trays. I am doing a big candy table for a cocktail party this weekend and just ordered green marshmallows but the idea to pair with graham crackers and chocolate is great.
    Beautifully colourful event.

  18. Lisa March 17, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    STUNNING in every possible way! This post is the definition of “eye candy”!

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  20. Erica April 8, 2009 at 8:03 am

    For someone who was super-obsessed with Barbies as a little girl, this party was a dream come true. I am SOOOO making this the theme for my 26th Birthday Party. Keep the ideas coming!!!! Thanks so much for sharing Jen.

  21. Heather April 9, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Does anyone know where to find those lucite tables – the ones filled with the hairbrushes? thanks!

  22. ALEXANDRIA April 10, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I WANTED TO LIVE IN A DREAM HOUSE BUT I LIVE IN A BAD HOUSE MY FAVORITE COLOR IS PINK BUT MY HOUSE IS ALL WHITE AND A LITTLE BIT BLACK AND I HATE THOSE COLORS I WANT TO LIVE IN A DREAM HOUSE MY HOLE LIFE I WISH I HAD A BARBIE BIRTHDAY PARTY THERE WITH MY FRIENDS.

  23. ALI HAMZA April 21, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    I LOVE BARBIE THANKS FOR SHEARING THE PIC

  24. alysia May 19, 2009 at 6:47 am

    this was so amazing!

    Courtney and I wish we had been there.
    that would’ve been massively cool.
    (:

  25. Stacey August 16, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Wow! That is so neat! I would have loved to have been there!

  26. ansleyyy yarbrough September 17, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Omgg!

    the barbie dreamhouse is SNAZZZY! :]

    i like i like. (:

  27. Marvell September 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Very snappy party!!!

  28. hannah October 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    OMG thats crazy .(haha)

  29. miaisha October 28, 2009 at 10:14 am

    i love your house

  30. Maria December 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Awesome!! I wish my house looked like this!!

  31. costumefly February 4, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    oooh pink!! I love barbies pink volks wagon.

  32. Desirae February 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Wow I am soo jealous of Barbie haha I soo want that car! The absolute perfect pink party :)

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  34. danbert in the phillipines March 25, 2010 at 8:19 am

    wow! thanks for sharing us this web. i love barbie soo much…

  35. barbie April 28, 2010 at 9:48 am

    i want this for my bday im such a barbie lolz

  36. Lauren @ Team Giles August 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I absolutely love this post. I adore all things Barbie and this party shines of her!

  37. PURNIMA SAINI September 27, 2011 at 12:35 am

    marvellous arrangement…………….

  38. hannah May 9, 2012 at 11:30 am

    i want this house. like for real. is it for sale. how much. its mine, so if you sell it no one else can have it cause i called it. k, thanks! I LOVE BARBIE! <3

  39. georgia May 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    so awesome wish i could go

  40. Camille Walkin May 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    this is tight.

  41. Claudine Solamo May 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    wow! Fab-tastic! do you know.. pink is my fave color!

  42. sonu June 25, 2012 at 2:08 am

    wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo niceeeeeeeee

  43. Tamara Beasley July 3, 2012 at 4:43 am

    I would love to throw or attend a classy party like this it was done with such elegance and class.

  44. Wania Hashim August 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

    awasom

  45. Rita Senador August 19, 2012 at 3:09 am

    awesome yeah. baby

  46. Norma Cañete September 4, 2012 at 12:06 am

    merre encantan las barbies de primera¡.

  47. Norma Cañete September 4, 2012 at 12:09 am

    porque yo soy de argentina.

  48. Araceli Ponteros November 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

    really fantastic..u know.

  49. Araceli Ponteros November 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I liked it so much…

  50. Daniela November 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    THIS PLACE IS SO NACE THAT EVERY ONE WHANTS TO GO INSIDE AND TOO HAVE OF THE DREAM HOUSE

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