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Oh Happy Day – A Second Birthday Party


Oh Happy Day was a party for a colorful little girl on a warm spring day. The sun, clouds, and heart-shaped raindrops were incorporated throughout the house, accented by tons of bright colors and traditional birthday party decorations. We envisioned an old-fashioned home birthday party, updated with fun decorations and the now mandatory bounce house.

I am constantly searching out unique childrenswear looks for my blog, Mama's Heels, and couldn't resist the urge to incorporate a playful design aesthetic into Anna's special day.

Design Inspiration

The inspiration for the theme was a happy spring day. The colors were inspired by colorful stripes on a Kate Spade umbrella and the multi-colored Whirly Pops.

Decorating Style

My decorating style is usually a mix of traditional furniture pieces with unique modern accents. I love big pops of color and can be consumed with tying even small details into the main theme.

Project Details

Almost everything at the party was a DIY project.

  • -The clouds and rain drops were cut out of felt and hung using clear thread or white craft floss.
  • - A banner displaying the theme was hung across the patio using letters cut from felt and colored twine.
  • - The sun was a paper lantern purchased from
  • - The flowers were DIY from tissue paper purchased wholesale at The instructions used were from Martha Stewart.
  • - Pennant banners were cut from felt and hung throughout the house on ribbons using removable foam tape, providing an instant classic birthday party feel.
  • - Beach balls added decoration in place of balloons to reduce the risk of suffocation for small children, and also added a fun play element to the party.
  • - Bamboo cutlery, purchased from The Webstaurant Store, are both eco-friendly and chic.
  • - Striped paper straws from Shoppe3130 on Etsy were added to plastic cups with lids from The Webstaurant Store for the kids. A fully-stocked kiddy bar included strawberry drinkable yogurt, milk, cereal milk (using Milk Bar's recipe) and juice.
  • - DIY Stickers were printed in the Happy Day theme and fixed to paper coffee cups for a coffee bar for parents.
  • - Water bottles got a makeover with custom-printed labels in the Happy Day theme using weatherproof labels from
  • - The dessert bar was stocked with a homemade cake using the recipe for vanilla cupcakes on Glorious Treats. Homemade macarons, sugar cookies, rainbow cookies and confetti cookies satiated even the strongest sweet tooth.
  • - Toddler-sized Jello and pudding cups were created using plastic shot glasses and miniature dessert spoons.
  • - A selection of fresh produce displayed in ceramic produce baskets gave kids a healthy way to indulge their sweet tooth.

Favorite Items

My favorite item at the party was a jewelry tree that prominently displayed candy necklaces, candy bracelets, and cereal necklaces. The cereal necklaces were strung by hand using fruity Cheerios and kitchen twine. If kids were still too young for candy necklaces, they didn't have to miss out on the fun. Just be extremely vigilant when letting young children wear anything around their neck!


When in doubt, add sprinkles.

Ross Neytiri

Saturday 16th of March 2013

Colorful party. And those macaroons look delectable!