Yesterday we celebrated the 6th birthday of our twin cousins! If you’re unfamiliar with the story, we both had babies on the same day 6 years ago (Willa was a week late and Chance was three months early), and we can hardly believe how quickly time has gone! We’ve been dreaming of having them together on their special day for years and now that we both live in Utah, we were so excited to party together! So we pulled out some of our favorite DIY birthday party essentials to make it extra special, and we thought we’d round them up right here on the blog. You won’t believe how easy these essentials are to make and how special they make a party! Here we go!
1. Cake Toppers
Cake toppers are one of our favorite DIY birthday party essentials because they are easy to make and they can take any cake (which is the centerpiece of a birthday party) from basic to custom, festive, and adorable! Check out some of our cake topper tutorials: Flamingo Cake Topper, Mini Paper Chain Cake Topper, Layered Heart Cake Topper, Glitter Heart Cake Topper.
We love having a fun backdrop for party decor, and it is always put to good use with all the photo-worthy moments that are sure to happen! Our favorite backdrops are easy to put together, but make a big impact, like these: Paper Chain Backdrop, Fringe Tablecloth Backdrop, Geometric Layered Foil Backdrop.
3. Birthday Shirts
While our kids are little and open to shameless birthday promotion, we will take every opportunity to celebrate them on their special day. One of our favorite ways to add a little extra to their day, that they are sure to outgrow, is birthday shirts! Here are some fun DIY shirt tutorials that are perfect for this: Personalized Birthday Shirt, Heat Transfer + Embroidered Shirt.
4. Party Food
Food is the most important part of any party (RIGHT!?), so we love to add little touches to elevate it. Add some painted skewers or fun treat boxes, and even the simplest food becomes party food. Here are some of our favorite ideas: Donuts on Paint-Dipped Skewers, Snickers Popcorn in DIY Patterned Boxes, Gummy Candy Kebabs.
5. Cake Stands
The reasons we love cake stands are pretty much the same as the reasons we love cake toppers – they are a simple way to make the cake pop! Here are a few we’ve made: Embellished Cake Plate, Rustic Geometric Cake Plate, Confetti Cake Plate.
6. Wrapping Paper
Did you know that wrapping paper is super fun and easy to make? If you are like me, and you realize you only have Christmas wrapping paper the night before your kid’s big day, just spray paint or stamp or draw on the blank side of that Christmas paper, and you will be set! Check out these tutorials: Hand-Painted Wrapping Paper, Hand-Drawn Wrapping Paper, Stamped Wrapping Paper.
7. Party Favors
It can be so hard to find the right party favors for a birthday party, especially if you want them to fit a certain theme and not be thrown away the minute your guests get home. I love giving out handmade party favors that kids will love playing with for weeks, months, or even years to come, like these: Felt Pizza Party Favors, Graphic Slingshots, Dipped Stitching Boards.