We love a good gender-neutral birthday theme, especially one that’s monochromatic with pops of color. So, when we saw the new Mini Animals collection at our favorite party shop Bonjour Fete, hot diggity dog we knew we had a reason to celebrate (or howl, chirp, woof, meow, etc.)!
For the kid’s table, we layered the mini animals paper plates on top of playful black-and-white squiggle patterned plates and grid plates with geometric shapes that feature a candy-colored palette. We also created a shape garland in the same palette, using large paper punches and ran it down the center of the table.
We were practically floating when we saw these matching balloons and decided to DIY our own jumbo doggy! Make yours by starting with a 36″ jumbo white balloon as the face base. We used 9″ black balloons for the eyes and nose, and finally long twisting balloons for the ears. Stick ’em on with rubber cement, and pop on a piece of brightly colored construction paper for a smile-worthy mouth.
Paper runners and placemats are our trademark table hack. For the runner, we used graphic grid gift wrap and dog bone scrapbook paper for placemats. Another super simple hack? Washi tape on disposable wooden cutlery.
The party hats were another great DIY project. For this we used a complementary monochromatic print and this party hat template from Oh Happy Day. We also popped on panda ears and pom tops for some extra flair!
Raise your hand if you like them!
The kids couldn’t keep their paws off the cookies, which by the way, matched the plates!
Uh-oh, looks someone was missing his doggone ear by the end of the day—and we have a feline we know who was responsible.
Last but not least, the kiddos went wild for these panda ice cream cone cake pops—which, we must warn you, may lead to some serious sugar-induced pandamonium!
Styling and Design: Royale Ziegler of But First, Party!
Photography by Billye Donya