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instagram themed 11th birthday party

Maureen Anders, of Anders Ruff, here to share a fabulous Instagram Inspired Insta-Party Birthday Party by Adria Ruff of Anders Ruff!  Teens and tweens would “instantly” “like” the creative treats and activities from this Instagram Birthday Party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Oversized DIY Instagram Camera Centerpiece using a rounded white shelf and printable camera face.
  • Personalized photo cupcakes made from store bought cupcakes and printed Instagram photos
  • Budget friendly Instagram cake with printable Instagram icons, ribbon and candy
  • Insta-Graham Cracker S’mores kits favors

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Adria Ruff

My daughter Brynne wanted a themed 11th bday party this year, which was to include a few props, treats and overnight for her friends.  When I asked her what theme she wanted, she said wanted to be able to use mustaches, but the theme was “so last year”.  I said – what do you spend most of your time doing… and we both agreed it was using the infamous Instagram App.  So I said – let’s do an Insta-party!

I had two days to design, prop shop and style the party.  I wanted to keep everything budget friendly, but still be impressive!  Brynne didn’t like the Instagram color scheme, so we revamped it to be more girlish in feel.

We scoured the dollar stores and clearance racks to gather props which included:  a white rounded shelf for the 3D oversized camera; costume photo props (oversized colored glasses, 3D eyeball & nose glasses, mustaches, fake teeth, feather boas & more);  candy treats for favor bags including “Insta-gum”; a cute budget friendly cake (which we enhanced with ribbon, gumballs & printable Instagram Icons) and store-bought cupcakes (which we enhanced with printable cupcake wraps and printable Instagram photos of each guest)

Brynne came up with an interactive Insta-game for her friends to play.  She created two teams, and each team had to take a picture of each category:  best costume, best handstand and best blind makeover.  Once she gathered the pictures, she posted the pictures on Instagram and all the girls got Instagram friends to vote for their favorite team pics!  Whichever team had the most votes by the end of the night, won.  The winner created a new Instagram user name for Brynne, which she had to keep for one week (no matter how goofy and embarrassing the name was)!

The girls also did a photo session with all the fun costume props we displayed!  They took pictures all night, and posted on Instagram!

Dessert Table

I tried to think of ideas that gave the biggest bang for your buck on the dessert table. Lots of store-bought items made cuter and recipes that are simple and eye catching! This dessert table could be recreated for under $100!

Backdrop: I created a backdrop with chevron fabric, tissue paper fringe tassle garland and a framed “11 likes” heart poster.  You can see how to make the fringe tassle garland on a past Ruff Draft post on Anders Ruff.

Insta-Graham Cracker S’mores Kits: Brynne and I made Insta-graham Cracker S’mores kits.  We created the camera face on each graham cracker out of fondant (I showed Brynne one example and she made the rest of them), we added marshmallows and a chocolate bar in the cellophane bag, and topped it off with a printable bag topper from the Anders Ruff Insta-Party Printable Collection.

Insta-Cake: The cake was a store bought white cake – we used 2” wide chevron ribbon to tie around it.  Then we added pink gumballs along the bottom edge.  To top it off, we put printable Instagram Icons such as: 11 likes, a heart, an Instagram camera, and a tissue fringe tassle.

Insta-Cupcakes: The cupcakes were also store bought – we used a printable cupcake wrap and printable Instagram photos of each guest for the cupcake topper.  (Brynne took a screenshot of each of her friends from Instagram, sent to me via email, and I cropped into a cute printable topper).

Insta-Cookies: Maureen created Insta-cookies for us using melting chocolates, Chessmen Cookies and mini Oreos!  The simple DIY tutuorial can be found here.

Insta-Gum:  I created Insta-gum in the stripe colors from the camera – hot pink, light pink, green and blue and displayed them just like the camera stripe.  I designed printable Insta-gum wraps for the final touch.

I topped off the table with the 3D oversized Instagram Camera and printable banner from our Insta-Party Printable Collection in our shop.

Photo Prop Table

I set out props in containers for each part of your face which included printable party prop labels:

  • Eyes:  3D eyeglasses and oversized colored sunglasses
  • Noses:  3D nose glasses, and pig nose
  • Mustaches:  mustache stickers
  • Mouths:  fake teeth


For the guests to take home, I designed printable Iron-on personalized Cameras to place on each tote bag.  We used OnlineLabels.com opaque transfer paper to iron onto the Cotton Drawstring bags from Nashville Wraps.  The kids each received candies (lollipops, pop-rocks, & pixie-sticks), Insta-gum, an Ipod rubber speaker, an EOS lip gloss and Insta-graham Cracker S’mores Kit.  We repackaged lots of Dollar Store goodies with the Insta-Party Printables to make them adorable!

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  1. yesi July 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    AMAZING!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!

  2. Jane July 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I absolutely love this party! Such a different theme, and so many neat touches!!

  3. Kimberly Sneed July 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    OMGosh I love it all!

  4. Kate July 23, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Instagram theme sounds really unique. The decorations are so nicely done. and those camera lenses orio cookies are awesome.

  5. Carla July 24, 2013 at 2:20 am

    I love it! It’s really unique and perfect for this age group. I love your oversized instagram camera. Great job!!

  6. Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle July 24, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Wow! Love this – what a fun party theme for a tween! Love the re-vamped color scheme, too! Amazing job!

  7. The Party Gecko July 24, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Who would have thought that Instagram could ever become a party theme? Brilliant idea and love what you did with the decorations and birthday cake.

  8. ashley July 24, 2013 at 10:36 am

    as always an amazing and totally original idea from AndersRuff!

  9. kirsten and co. July 26, 2013 at 3:43 am

    I LOVE this!! Is it wrong to want it for my own birthday next year….where I’ll be turning 41?! ;)

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  12. Zelem June 3, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Woow!! Amazing my 11 yrs daugther will love it!!!!

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  14. Chris Kenney July 16, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I purchased all of the items for this party. Any ideas besides taking pictures that I can have the girls do at this party!?

  15. atalaya Costner December 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Omg im so going to do this but I will have a slepover to

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