Our plan was to have the party outdoors, with lots of fun games and activities but, with the wet weather and the chill in the air, we brought the fun inside!
We waited up until the last moment (about 30 minutes till the party) to accept that Mother Nature was not having it. Once we realized that we would have to nix setting up the party outside, we quickly moved out our dining room set and coffee table and created a space in both rooms for the party. Once everything was set up, we decorated the room with lots of balloons, and bright, colorful linens.
The tablescape was a steady line of bubble gum fun! For a pop of color, mini pom balls were strewn across the table to resemble gum balls. Literally the day before the party, I found the most adorable tabletop gum ball machines at Dollar Tree.
For the main centerpieces, I filled empty glass jars with Double Bubble and used them as double-duty by serving as anchors for swirl pops from Oriental Trading. I also added crazy straws to the display. A variety of jars and vases were also filled with an assortment of bubble gum candies and Blow-Pops.
Part favors were festive blowers and glow stick bracelets that were displayed in a simple white tin bucket.
I designed the party hats, tags and bags myself and used a stamp kit to create the gumball machine favor tags that included actual gumballs. The birthday girl wanted her party hat to stand out. So, I embellished it with a paper rosette and glitter paper to create a fancy medallion and then added pretty satin ribbon to tie it off!
When Mother Nature would ease up on us, we let the kids play with bubbles, in between the rain showers. This allowed us to set up for other activities, games and lunch. I had different bubble sets displayed in a bucket and each guest got to choose their favorite.
Since we didn’t have the space indoors to do a balloon pop relay, we just let them go crazy and pop lots of balloons!
Bubble-Gum themed prizes were given out for the games and the person who could guess the number of gumballs in the jar.
There was also a contest to see who could blow the biggest bubble and the birthday girl won!
After chowing down on hot dogs, tri-color pasta salad and melon balls, we sang Happy Birthday and the guests enjoyed a delicious slice of bubble gum cake from a ‘gumball machine’ and sugary sweet gumball topped cupcakes! I also made gumball machine cake pops! (btw, these were a bit of a chore to make, but they final result turned out great - I might do a tutorial on them at a later date).
Guests left with goodie bags filled with bubble gum and bubbles!
Even though it may have rained, my Mini Diva had a blast! Check out my yarn poms hanging from the ceiling!
Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!
If you are planning your own BUBBLE GUM THEMED party, you can now purchase this party collection in my Etsy shop!
See more on this party here.
Where to Find:Table Top Gumball Machines - Dollar Tree
Bubble Sets - Dollar Tree, Oriental Trading & Target
Gumball Tutu - Atutudes
Limb Warmers - 3plcouture
Candy - Target, Oriental Trading, Dollar Tree
Party Hats, Party Tags, Favor Bags, Favor Bag Tags, Bubble Gum Machine Cake, Cupcakes, Birthday Girl Shirt - Created by Yours Truly