a unicorn party

The magical, make believe world of child’s mind can lend itself to the most enchanting of parties. Unicorns prancing around a living room floor, for example, transport us back to the days of dress up, knights and the whimsical world of a princess.

Carly, photographer extraordinaire, who you see around here often, has a baby girl who just turned one. To celebrate she threw a unicorn and tutu party, with loads of amazing details. It was a fabulously fun party to conceptualize with Carly. Sadly, the day of, a bridge closure prevented me from attending, but she did an amazing job styling and photographing it to share with you!

I lieu of birthday hats paper unicorn cones were made, the children adored a chance to pretend as they romped about the room wearing them. We found the perfect metallic unicorn balloon, which floated along with pretty paper poms above the tables.

The dessert table featured a rainbow cake made by Nichole, designed specifically in the pretty color palette. Taffy, rock candy and other goodies were offered to keep things sweet.

Ice cream cones dipped in white chocolate and made to look like horns were the perfect favors for guests. Wrapped up with gold they became a sweet treat to take home.

Thank for for sharing these beautiful party photos Carly!


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Posted February 22, 2011
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39 Responses to “a unicorn party”

  1. andrea says:

    i love this! (especially those horns — so adorable). what a great way to do a unicorn party.

  2. Rach says:

    So precious. :)

  3. jenn says:

    This is completely adorable. I love the unicorn horns instead of party hats!

  4. Lisa says:

    Awww! When I have kids someday, I’m definitely going to check A Subtle Revelry for all their birthday party ideas :) This is just too cute!

  5. kiki says:

    um, that stripy rainbow cake? cutest thing EVER!!

  6. I love your pics.. the children are so sweet!

  7. Such a creative idea – you see princesses and lots of other themes, but unicorns seem so inventive!

  8. LatteLove says:

    What a genius birthday party theme! I love it.

  9. brittni says:

    cute and colorful. i now (and will always) love unicorn hats!

  10. Meagan says:

    This looks like the BEST party! I can’t get over that cake!

  11. Laura says:

    Reason enough to have a child- to throw a party like this!

  12. Justine says:

    awesome unicorn idea!! the cake looks fantastic, and those unicorn hats(?) are soooooo darling!

  13. TOO adorable! I need to have a party like this… so pretty & fun!!

  14. chelsea says:

    The unicorn hats are such a fun idea.

  15. SO creative and gorgeous!

    the sydney girl

  16. Lena says:

    A unicorn party with rainbow cake? I’m in love!

  17. Stephie says:

    Gorgeous – I love the icecream cone “horns”! What a shame you couldn’t have been there.

  18. Broot says:

    Oh well done! Will have to remember these ideas for my wee girl.

  19. LisaDay says:

    What a great idea. Beautiful.


  20. Mariposa says:

    Wow! I love the cakes… Everything is so pretty! Stopping in from SITS! :)

  21. Chelsea says:

    I LOVE that cake!

  22. Sandy says:

    Fabulous! My little girls would love this!

  23. very married says:

    ok – seriously, you find the cutest ideas! I’m totally bookmarking this one too!

  24. Tara says:

    Those unicorn cone favors are genius!

  25. Sarah says:

    Love that cake! I think my daughter would love to have a rainbow party and that cake is so perfect. The decorated ice cream cones are also awesome.

  26. Sharon says:

    I love the way the theme is all pulled together for the Unicorn Party. That cake with the different colored layers is fantastic. A great way to do that would be to use the Nutri-Fruit Freeze Dried Fruit Powders to color and flavor them. I am addicted to working with them and they’re 100% real fruit so better for the kids than food coloring.

  27. What a wonderful, magical, special birthday! I love all your creative touches! I’m visiting from SITS. I saw that your blog was being featured and loved your interview. I just had to come by to check out all your creativity! Jenn/Rook No. 17

  28. Emily says:

    How did you make the unicorn hats? They are so pretty!

  29. Katie says:

    I’d also like to know how the unicorn hats were made!! They’re great!

  30. cassie wharton says:

    Im throwing a unicorn party for my 4 yr old and would loe to know how to do the unicorn hats.. Im creative but for some reason having trouble making this i need about 20……got so many cute ideas here….

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  32. Deanna says:

    My daughter who is turning 6 will be having a unicorn party and I am making these unicorn hats! Thanks for the idea!

  33. Heather says:

    I need to know how to make the unciorn horns. My 3 year old desperately loves unicorns!

  34. Chris says:

    Could you share the directions for making the unicorn horn party favors?

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  36. Karla says:

    We are planning a unicorn party for my daughter’s 5th birthday–these photos are beautiful! We are planning a treasure/scavenger hunt to find the lost Unicorn. To give each child a Unicorn Horn to wear during the search would be so awesome! Please share a tutorial on how they were made–what kind of paper, how is the elastic attached, etc. Thanks!!

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