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REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

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Olivia the Pig party ideas

Today’s Real Party feature is a wonderful example of how character-inspired kids parties can be both super cute for the kids and stylish enough for adults to appreciate too!

Jaclyne of Heavenly Blooms created this adorable Olivia the Pig themed party as a special Valentine’s Day celebration for her daughter Kate, but this theme would also work beautifully for a kids birthday party. And with creative details like gorgeous red pomanders, a makeshift “home theater”, and Oreo-dipped lollipops, there are some great party inspiration for all sorts of occasions!

Olivia the Pig party ideas

Olivia the Pig party ideas

Read on for lots more pics and all the details, as told by Jaclyne

Olivia the Pig party ideas

“I have to start by explaining why “Olivia” was chosen for this party theme… My little Kate adores the cartoon and books but basically, pigs in general. With Olivia’s red, black & white color palette, It seemed fitting to host a Valentine’s Day themed afternoon of crafts and treats with Olivia as the inspiration!

If you are a parent and your kids love Olivia, you know there really isn’t very much out there. We made almost everything ourselves and stayed within a reasonable budget. We all had a fun and fabulous afternoon!

Olivia the Pig party ideas

The feather boa hanging wreath, was so easy and inexpensive to make but received the most comments. This idea can really be used for almost any themed party or event! Get the DIY info here.

Another HUGE hit was the cut out of Olivia. We enlarged and printed the picture, pasted it on foam core, then cut it out with an exacto-knife. For the finishing touch, we added her trademark red ribbon bows!

Olivia the Pig party ideas

I wanted the flowers for the adult’s table to be very clean and fun like the rest of the party. Three different styles of vases were filled with two different red flower varieties: roses and tulips,then I tied black and white striped ribbon knots and finished it with a red rhinestone center. After all, everyone loves a little bling!

Olivia the Pig party ideas

Another fun idea – the infamous IKEA frame was used to take pictures of each of the guests when they arrived. The little girls LOVED this idea!

Olivia the Pig party ideas

We attached white mailboxes (purchased at Target) to the back of each chair with fun ribbons.

Olivia the Pig party ideas

The mailboxes also served as the party favor and were filled with candy, stickers and a little feather boa accent for added fun!

Olivia the Pig party ideas

Since we were using the kid’s table for the crafts, we didn’t want to create a big, bulky centerpiece that would take up too much space. I created three red carnation pomanders and finished them with ribbon bows in coordinating colors. They looked fun & festive on the table and went with the theme perfectly!

Olivia the Pig party ideas

Olivia loves theater and drama, so we created a mini theater using the TV and red curtains. We played episodes of Olivia in the background as the girls were working on their crafts.

Olivia the Pig party ideas

Oh the Martha Stewart pom poms…they will be the death of me! I try to make them perfectly round every time and every time they come out oddly shaped. I have accepted this is my pom pom fate and put them up anyways…

Olivia the Pig party ideas

We also hung red rose pomander and cascading rose petals for a finishing touch.


The party was in the afternoon, so we served light refreshments and yummy sweet treats. Olivia’s favorite color is RED, so all of our food and drinks featured RED!

Olivia the Pig party ideas

Olivia the Pig party ideas

We served mini heart pizzas, mini barbecue chicken sandwiches, mini pigs in a blanket, bruschetta bites, Parmesan pinwheels with RED peppers and sun dried tomato dip.

Olivia the Pig party ideas

For the desserts, we served strawberries & cream, RED velvet cupcakes, heart shaped sugar cookies with RED frosting and RED candy galore.

Olivia the Pig party ideas

We love LOVE love the Oreo truffles, but found a fun recipe for chocolate dipped Oreo lollipops. We wanted to try something different and the girls loved them!!!

Olivia the Pig party ideas


When it came time to choosing crafts and activities, we had three requirements: the activity had to be easy, had to keep the little girl’s attention, and most of all – not be messy! We settled on 5 different activities…

Olivia the Pig party ideas

We printed coloring pages and paper dolls off of the Olivia websites. We also purchased heart frames, turned them into mini chalkboards and had the girls decorate them with glittery stickers.

Another project was the chocolate candy necklace:

Olivia the Pig party ideas

The girls squealed with excitement when they saw this project. (A little help from the adults was needed.) Basically, the necklace is made out of saran wrap, tissue paper, candy and ribbon.

I really enjoyed this project because everything was precut and ready, there was no gluing, stringing, or wiring involved. We used mini chocolate bars, but you can use any candy. Even the parents adored this easy craft idea and created necklaces for themselves!

Olivia the Pig party ideas

Another activity was playtime with the Red Glittery Playdough – do I really need to tell you this was a favorite amongst the little girls? The playdough was homemade in our kitchen using this recipe.

We purchased small containers at Target for the playdough and added our own labels. After they played with the playdough at the party, they were able to take their little containers home for some more fabulous fun!!!”

Such creative ideas, Jaclyne! Thanks so much for the inspiration!


  1. Eleanor April 14, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Just adorable!

  2. jackie@bridesandbabes April 14, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Oh my goodness! My girls love Olivia, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Olivia themed party. How perfect for Valentine’s Day.

    The incorporated feathers are my favorite part! So fun! Great, great, great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Courtney April 14, 2010 at 9:00 am

    So darling! Every last detail – love the red, black, and white!

  4. Lulu April 14, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Absolutely beautiful! You are so creative.

  5. {Ms. P} April 14, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Sienna (2 year old niece) simply LOVES Olivia!

    (and so do I).

    These are GREAT ideas.

  6. RoseMarie April 14, 2010 at 9:29 am

    My girls love Olivia, and this is the first Olivia party I’ve seen too! So much thought into this party–it really is wonderful. And the pom-poms came out great too!

  7. Latoya April 14, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Every detail of this party is amazing!

  8. Judith April 14, 2010 at 10:14 am

    OMG!!! this is ADORABLE!!!

  9. Kim April 14, 2010 at 10:24 am

    everything is over the top amazing! The poms and chandelier are my favs!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

  10. Jennifer April 14, 2010 at 11:11 am

    This is just AWESOME, I love it.

  11. Elisha Akram April 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I love it all! This is absolutely adorable… love the colors… and the picture frame is a totally cute idea!

  12. Richere Fording April 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm


  13. Chris@Celebrations At Home April 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I love this party with all it’s details…AND my favorite color scheme!

  14. Lindsey April 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    This is soooo super cute! My daughter loves OLIVIA!

  15. The Fairy April 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    great idea! Love the chandelier … I think in other colors it would work for princess or fairy parties too.

  16. Annabel Manners April 14, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    J’adore Olivia! What fun!

  17. Maria April 14, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Just AWESOME!!!! An employee at Barnes and Noble would just love it!! She even named her daughter Olivia because she likes her so much.

  18. Nikki April 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Olivia’s birthday is July 11, which also happens to be my birthday (I know because I got her page-a-day calendar)!!! Even though I am in my 20’s, I would loooooooooove to have this as my birthday party (with different activities, of course!). Wonderful theme!

  19. Leslie Swan April 14, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Such an amazing party! Kudos to Jaclyn for putting together such an adorable party. Now if we could just get the writers of Olivia to stop calling her little brother a little “bother!”

  20. Keena April 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I’m sure if Olivia was having a party it would look just like this. This is such a beautiful party and perfect in every way. Thank you so much for sharing, very inspiring

  21. Entertain Exchange April 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Wow, so cute!

  22. Laura April 16, 2010 at 8:04 am

    SoOOOOOOOOO adorable!! Love it. Everything looked perfect!

  23. Alison@howdoesshe April 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

    LOVE IT! It makes me want to throw a party for me! Thanks for linking to the oreo suckers!
    They are fun and easy to make:)

  24. Rowaida Flayhan April 18, 2010 at 7:32 am

    so adorable

  25. larissa April 19, 2010 at 10:20 am


  26. JEN RAMOS April 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I normally DO NOT like red, but this is sooo pretty! Loving it al!

    Jen Ramos

  27. DesignDream April 21, 2010 at 12:31 am

    If you are looking for Olivia Pig custom invitation, I have it on my etsy store

  28. linda April 27, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Oh my word! This is incredibly cute! I love it!

  29. Heavenly Blooms May 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you for the amazing post Jenn – it is always such an honor being featured on your blog.
    With much love, Jaclyne…

  30. Jaime Keith August 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL and amazing! I am so impressed and inspired! Can I ask how you made the Olivia banner hanging on the wall?

  31. Nicole September 17, 2010 at 10:08 am

    How did you make the Oliva standup? That is so cute and I wold love that by my front door for my daughter’s party.

  32. Missy Meyer October 4, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    i am doing a party like this and wondering if you still have that hanging olivia poster shown or how do you make that. I would buy it if it was still available. Thanks

  33. Stephanie October 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Just what I was looking for! FABULOUS!

  34. SJ October 26, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    How did you get the big Olivia the pig? What did you have to do to get it printed so big? I’m loving your ideas! Such a cute party!

  35. Casey November 30, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I LOVE this party theme, Olivia is also my daughter’s favorite at the moment…I may have to use some of your FABULOUS ideas for her birthday party in January! Thank you for posting!

  36. Kimberly January 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    WOW!!!! could not find anything on a Olivia the pig party. When I saw this I LOVED IT!!!!! My little one Katey loves Olivia and wanted a Olivia party. her bday is Feb 23rd what a good time around Vday!!!! Thank you for the good ideas!!!!!!

  37. Jennifer January 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

    So precious! I’m copying lots of your ideas! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  38. J. Winders January 30, 2011 at 5:57 am

    My daughter is turning 4 and decided she wanted an Olivia party…I was wanting ideas to make it a little “different” and I am SO inspired now!

  39. Cherie C February 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Oliva’s Mother the party planner has nothing on you! I loved it!

  40. anne kelly froes February 5, 2011 at 11:03 am


  41. MANDI February 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I AM SOOOOO DOING THIS FOR MY SOON TO BE 2 YEAR OLD!! Thank you for all the ideas! One question….can you provide the link you used for the life size Olivia you made? I’m having a hard time finding an image that will work well. Thanks so much!

  42. Jeanette Perez February 27, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Omg!!! FABULOSITY in the making! I love it! THX sooo much for all these great ideas! My 4 yr old has been asking for this theme for the last 2 Bday’s and there’s nothing around! This year is going 2 be GREAT! Thx sooooo much for sharing!

  43. Maite February 27, 2011 at 5:27 am

    I am wondering how to get the life size Olivia stand up. Also the Olivia fabric banner, wondering if it’s available anywhere? I love this and am planning an Olivia 1st birthday party for my daughter. This blog has inspired me!

  44. Sophia March 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    So gorgeous!!!!!! I am making Olivia themed party for my daughter and I would really like to have one of those life size Olivia stands. I see many people are also wondering how to make one or where to buy it. Would you be so kind and share it with us?

  45. ang March 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    anyone know where i can get someone dressed up as oliivia come to my party or rent me the costume

  46. Cecilia April 13, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Absolutely love the details!
    Am interested in making an Olivia cut out as the girls would love their pic taken
    Would you mind telling me how you made it?
    Thank you so much!

  47. Ashley Taylor April 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    My daughter Olivia will be 2 in June & we love Olive the pig. I am planning her olivia birthday now and was wondering about the candy necklaces and how u made them out of those things and about the olivia the pig cut out. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have one of those!! Thanks so much!

  48. […] by this blog post, I got rolling!  My first project was of course the feather boa wreath for the light in the […]

  49. Kayla May 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

    My daughter turns 4 in August and she is OBSESSED with Olivia. I think I might have to hijack some of the ideas for her party. I’ll definitely give props to this party on my site!

  50. gena May 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    hello would u happen to have the olivia cut out still i would buy it from u?

  51. Niurka June 9, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I can’t find these mailboxes any where :(

  52. Beth July 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    So Adorable! My daughter is turning 2 in Sept and LOVES Olivia, I was hesitant to do it as her party theme because I couldn’t find too many party supplies, etc…You have given me some WONDERFUL ideas for my little girl’s event!
    Thanks SO much for sharing!

  53. Sandy Hansen January 27, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Would you be able to tell me how you did the cut out exactly??? I would really love to do this for my daughters birthday. Thanks

  54. Renee March 24, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Hello, this is truly a beautiful party! We are borrowing some of your ideas. Thanks so much for sharing! Can you please send instructions on how to make the Olivia standup or how you were able to print the poster? I have called around and everyone has said they cannot produce larger prints due to copyright issues. Thanks for your help!

  55. claudia March 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

    i am in love with all this! Can’t wait to celebrate my daughter’s Olivia themed Bday :)

  56. carmen May 3, 2012 at 7:48 am

    please where do i get the life size cut out and the banner thanks

  57. Brandy Moore Gray June 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I love everything you've done! I have two questions…you printed the Olivia picture yourself?? How did you get it so big? And where do you edit your photos to add the text, etc. ok so that was actually 3 questions…but I'm doing an Olivia party for my soon to be 5 yr old next month and could really use the Olivia stand up! CN you email me at SweetcheeksDesigns@aol.com. Thank you a ton!

  58. belinda November 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

    CAn someone please tell me how i can enlarge the image and to send it to enlarge??

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