If you follow me on instagram (@merricksart), you might have seen the pineapple and flamingo themed birthday party I helped plan and throw a few weeks ago. It was a surprise party for one of my wonderful friends, Sara from Tell Love and Chocolate, and today I’m excited to share all the details!
Sara is obsessed with flamingos, so we started there and made it a super colorful and bright tropical themed party. We chose two main things to focus on — the table, and the photo booth — and then added a few other simple decorations around the rest of the space.
We went pretty basic on the table with a DIY flamingo stamped runner, simple table settings, the cutest little pineapple cups, and then a two layer cake with colorful sprinkles.
For the photo booth, we cut a few yards of fabric and sewed them together to make an extra wide backdrop, and then hung it on a backdrop stand (we sewed a loop across the top of the fabric so it would easily slide onto the stand). Jana made the gorgeous crepe paper hibiscus flowers using this tutorial, and we hot glued them to the fabric. We also had a few extras to use as props for the photo booth!
For other decorations, we bought the cutest lawn flamingos to stick in the ground around the table, and then let everyone take one home as a party favor. We also painted pineapples with pink spray paint, and printed this “You are the Pineapple of my Eye” free printable and hung it behind the mocktail table!
And as with all of my parties I’ve thrown, we did it potluck style and made everyone bring a tropical-inspired dish. We ended up with so many delicious dishes! And for dessert, we had the cake and Jana’s amazing sugar cookies (details on that below!) We also asked everyone to wear brightly colored clothing, which made the party feel even more colorful and fun!
This would be such a fun summer party — not just for someone’s birthday. So get planning already!
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DIY flamingo table runner, made by me
home goods placemats
MOCKTAIL TABLE DETAILS:
pineapple of my eye printable (download)
striped fabric (two pieces sewn together to make it super wide)
DIY crepe paper hibiscus flowers (made by Jana)
OTHER PARTY DETAILS:
sugar cookies, made by Jana (recipe) — pineapples hand painted with watered down food coloring and a watercolor paintbrush, and outlined with black food writer marker.
What a cute idea for a party! Loving all of the flamingo and pineapple details. It looks like it was a hit!
Shae @ Current Habits
That theme is so cute!!
Such a sweet idea!!!!!!! I love throwing (and receiving;o) such a surprise party and you all had such great ideas!!!!! Thank you for sharing:o) It’s a big inspiration!!
Looks like fun and fairly easy… I love theme potlucks And any excuse to slap on a plastic lei is good in my book…
I’m turning the big 3-0 this year….i’ve passed this along to my bestie as a gentle “hint, hint”….love this idea. I’m currently obsessed with…pink flamingos 🙂
I’m seriously in LOVE with everything from this party! You guys did such a great job… Sara is so lucky to have such sweet friends like you! 🙂
This is such a cute party! You always have the best design and decor ideas!
Cutest party ever <3 Must have been so much fun!!! <3
This is the cutest party I’ve ever seen! Flamingos and pineapples are my obsessions lately.
Love the drink board! What font is that?
My friend Tara, from Rad and Happy, wrote it freehand with a chalk pen. Isn’t it amazing???
Wow. So talented!