Months and months of planning went into this party. Ok. I’m lying. I did have it planned out for awhile though. And it wasn’t easy considering the birthday girl kept changing her theme. I finally convinced her that a popcorn and pajama theme was the way to go. The kid LIVES in her pajamas. The moment we walk in the door, she is running upstairs to get in her pj’s. And popcorn?! She would eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner if I let her. (Last night, I actually caved and let her have it for dinner. Sometimes its just not worth the fight, ya know?)
For the invitation, I wanted something that would POP. (Get it?? haha!) I chose the color scheme pink, blue and yellow because those are the colors Quinn says is her favorite on a regular basis. I gave the idea of a popcorn “box” that the invitation information slides out of and gave the job to one of my designers. Want some for your own party? Click here: Popcorn and Pajama Party invitation.
The popcorn was such a fun and cheap element! I had four jars I found at Target for around $8 a piece. Inside, I added candy coated popcorn (think candy apple) chocolate drizzle, caramel and plain jane popcorn. I found the recipes here: homemade simple.com . I do need to add that I have never made caramel popcorn before. When you add the baking soda..it continues to cook!! My first batch had a burnt taste and my second batch didn’t get caramel-y enough. I must admit I finally had my mom make the third batch. It turned out great. Go figure.)
The popcorn I put in the cones though, was by far the best! I got it from a friend of mine a couple days before the party, and I must say, I am so glad she gave it to me!! Quinn also loves marshmallows so I had to add it to the party. Here it is for your enjoyment:
1 bag microwave popcorn (I used 3 cups fresh popped popcorn)
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 1/4 cup mini marshmallows
Pop popcorn and empty into bowl. Remove unpopped kernels. Set aside. Melt butter in saucepan over low heat. Add brown sugar and marshmallows. Stir until popcorn is evenly coated. Once cool, store in airtight container.
I didn’t add anything else, but I’m sure it would be great with peanuts or mini m&m’s!
I got these adorable popcorn boxes in the theme colors from shop sweet lulu. I also go the popcorn funnels and the paper frill for the backdrop there as well. LOVE that website!
The kids filled up their popcorn boxes with their choice of flavored popcorn and their choice of mix-ins.
I bought bags for them to take it home in but I must say not a lot of them had any left
Sneaking some goodies!
The only other thing I added to the popcorn table were custom made “popcorn” cake pops. The popcorn was marshmallows! So stinking cute.
For favors, I used the same image I used for the invitation and put their names on the inside of the circle for a customized look. I changed the boys popcorn bucket to blue. I didn’t see them going for a pink pillowcase.
I also ordered the girls these cute slippers in the party color theme and attached a tag that said: “thanks for poppin’ on by! Love Quinn”. The girls loved them!
I set out fabric markers and let the kids color away on their pillowcases. They doubled as favors and an activity. Win win.
The final element was the cake. I had a friend’s mom who is ahh-mazingly talented design this cake after the invitation. The popcorn on here was marshmallow as well! So cool and Quinn LOVED it! So much so that she snuck into it about twenty minutes after I brought it home!
See the bite missing on the top?? LOL. Crazy kid. Not only was this cake super cute, it was the best tasting cake I have ever purchased! If anyone is in the Dayton/Cincinnati area, you MUST have Carla make your cakes. (She also made the cake pops I put on the table.)
She seriously couldn’t keep her hands off of it!
She had so much fun at her Popcorn and Pajama Party! Happy birthday baby girl! I can’t believe I’m a mom to a four year old!! Time flies!