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Donut Birthday Party


You don't have to spend a fortune to have a great party! Sometimes you just need a little imagination. Like I do with many of the projects on my blog Thrive 360 Living, I always make sure to remember that when it comes to kids, they just want something that's fun.

Design Inspiration

While I've always loved creative things, I use to feel a little lost when it came to executing my artistic vision because I'm not a very good drawer or painter. Turns out I just needed my son Jake to inspire me. My ideas don't have to be perfect or fancy, they just need to make Jake smile or squeal with delight. When my son came out of his room the morning of his birthday he was so excited to see his birthday surprise. And then he immediately proceeded to tear down his birthday banner and grab a handful of donut holes! Success!

Decorating Style

I'm all about keeping things "do-able." I'm not a master carpenter, nor do I have a gigantic budget. My style is to create projects that inspire others.

Project Details

Party Table - Happy Birthday banner, plates, napkins, and paper straws are from Target. I made the DIY sprinkle covered frame and sprinkle covered cups. Polka dot trays are from IKEA. And best of all, the donuts are from the best donut shop in San Diego - VG Bakery.

DIY Play Donuts - These are very easy to make from Dollar Store socks and felt. No sewing required. Tutorial can be found here.

Balloon Backdrop - Clear balloons filled with paper confetti. Tied to the party favors.

Party Favors - Tin cans from Target $1 bin filled with M&M's, matchbox cars, Play-Doh, bubbles and my DIY play donuts.

Chalkboard Signs - From IKEA

DIY Donut Finger Print Guest Book - The idea was for everyone to leave a fingerprint on the donut so that it looked covered in sprinkles.

Giant Donut Toss - Inflatable donut from Amazon


Favorite Items

It's hard to pick just one, but the sprinkle covered milk cups and the play food donuts were a BIG hit with the kids.


You can make any theme creative and interesting. Don't get stressed out planning your party. The process should be fun!

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Ross Neytiri

Saturday 16th of March 2013

Absolutely adore the theme! And I love that donut lifesaver!