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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!



  • andrea
    February 22, 2011 at 6:17 am

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

  • Rach
    February 22, 2011 at 8:01 am

    So precious. :)

  • jenn
    February 22, 2011 at 8:10 am

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

  • Lisa
    February 22, 2011 at 8:33 am

    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!

  • kiki
    February 22, 2011 at 9:05 am

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

  • artdecodiamonds
    February 22, 2011 at 9:10 am

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

  • chelsea
    February 22, 2011 at 10:10 am

    SO CUTE!!!

  • Jackie | Sweet Little Thrills
    February 22, 2011 at 10:32 am

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

  • LatteLove
    February 22, 2011 at 11:01 am

    What a genius birthday party theme! I love it.

  • brittni
    February 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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

  • Meagan
    February 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

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

  • Laura
    February 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm

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

  • Justine
    February 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm

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

  • twenty something
    February 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

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

  • chelsea
    February 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    The unicorn hats are such a fun idea.

  • thesydneygirl
    February 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    SO creative and gorgeous!

    the sydney girl

  • Lena
    February 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm

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

  • Stephie
    February 23, 2011 at 1:33 am

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

  • Broot
    February 24, 2011 at 1:32 am

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

  • LisaDay
    February 24, 2011 at 5:26 am

    What a great idea. Beautiful.


  • Mariposa
    February 24, 2011 at 5:50 am

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

  • Chelsea
    February 24, 2011 at 6:08 am

    I LOVE that cake!

  • Sandy
    February 24, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Fabulous! My little girls would love this!

  • very married
    February 24, 2011 at 6:34 am

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

  • [email protected]
    February 24, 2011 at 7:10 am

    So many cute ideas!

  • Tara
    February 24, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Those unicorn cone favors are genius!

  • Sarah
    February 24, 2011 at 10:23 am

    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.

  • Sharon
    February 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    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.

  • Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17
    February 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    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

  • Emily
    February 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm

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

  • Katie
    May 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm

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

  • cassie wharton
    June 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    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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  • Deanna
    March 4, 2012 at 8:35 am

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

  • Heather
    March 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm

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

  • Chris
    May 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

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

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  • Karla
    March 25, 2013 at 5:58 am

    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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