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A Toy-Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash

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Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Party

ROYAL meets TOY (The Challenge)

When it comes to “Royal” party themes, glitzy details and fancy-schmancy decor typically come to mind first. (As evidenced in my friend’s royal baby shower, where I had to restrain myself from glittering everything in sight!).

So, when Fisher-Price 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 design challenge!

I was excited to take on the challenge, though! “Royal” and Prince/Princess themes are super popular for first birthday parties, so a childlike, toy-inspired twist on this theme sounded very 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

Royal Birthday Party Printables

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Royal Birthday Party Printables

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 below! 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 below.

Royal First Birthday Coloring Pages

Of course, bubbles are always a great way to entertain kids of all ages!

Royal First Birthday Bubble Wraps

For a simple food idea, I used cookie cutters to make 2 kinds of royal crown sandwiches.

Royal Birthday Party Crown Sandwiches

The pint-sized guest of honor will most likely be hanging out with the toys or sitting happily in mom’s lap, but it’s always a great idea to set a special royal-inspired table for the older kids! Baby blocks and a felt runner inspired by the Fisher-Price logo were used as decor, and colorful party crowns (tutorial coming soon!) sat on each plate.

Royal Birthday Party Kids Table and Chairs

Toy Inspired Birthday Party Dessert Table

The Fisher-Price Corn Popper® is one of their most famous classic toys, and it’s probably a side-effect of my profession, but I just could not get past the idea of merging “Corn Popper” with “Cake Popper”. So that’s exactly what I did… but recreating just the base to keep things easy. :) Big thanks to Roni for whipping up the cake pops so quick!  See the full Corn Popper Inspired Cake Popper tutorial at Fisher-Price.

Fisher-Price Corn Popper Party Desserts

Scalloped felt, honeycomb, and plastic balls were all key elements in this theme. Not only are all of these items playful and fun, but they are super affordable! Here’s how they were used to transform our hutch into a party-friendly backdrop (3D glue dots were used to secure all of the balls):

DIY Scalloped Felt Garland Party Decorations

Another thing that the Corn Popper® toy instantly brought to mind was popcorn… shocking connect, I know! ;)  So we created a Royal Rainbow Popcorn Buffet that doubled as both a snack and a take-home party favor for the older guests. (Just make sure that your popcorn buffet is high enough to be out of reach of the very littlest ones.) Honeycomb balls and ball garlands were used as another nod to the look of the Corn Popper®.

Rainbow Popcorn Buffet

Rainbow Royal Birthday Popcorn

Last but not least… can’t forget the smash cake!

Smash cakes should be simple, just like this one by Charm City. The DIY smash cake topper is simply one of the hand-cut party silhouettes attached to 2 paper straws.

Royal First Birthday Smash Cake

I hope you like how everything turned out! Judging by the smiles on the little ones’ faces, this royal party/playdate was definitely a *smashing* success! 🥳👑

Royal Birthday Party Printables

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Royal Birthday Party Printables



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  1. […] promised, here are links to download the {free!} party printables that I designed for our recent Royal First Birthday Bash collaboration with Fisher-Price®. I had fun with these and hope you guys are able to put them to […]

  2. Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle July 22, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Wow!! This is amazing!! Love the stacking rings castle and the pretty colors!!

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  4. Nora Nuño July 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    That's so pretty and Genius idea on the castle!!

  5. alejandra sanchez September 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Jennifer
    I´m from Peru and i love your page. My baby son will be one and I would like to know how I can get the banner of pop corn and candies tag.

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