I have always called our youngest my little unicorn, so we decided very early that she would have a unicorn first birthday party. I had a lot of fun planning this very special celebration. My unicorn birthday party ideas included a custom unicorn birthday invitation, unicorn birthday decorations, unicorn birthday food, a unicorn birthday cake and the most magical moment of all — real unicorn rides for the kids.
Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas
Unicorn Birthday Party Invitation
I knew that I wanted to use a symbol of a unicorn, rather than a full unicorn throughout the party, and I was pleased to find unicorn clipart on Etsy that was exactly what I wanted. (This is the file I purchased). From there I designed a unicorn birthday party invitation, matching thank you notes and other various unicorn party printables. I also had the unicorn background, my daughter’s unicorn shirt and other unicorn decor made to match.
Unicorn Birthday Party Decorations
When I initially decided to use a unicorn head as a background for the party, I planned to make it myself. But I was short on time and big on ideas, so I ended up ordering this set on Etsy. The seller was great and allowed me to customize my flowers, eyelashes and leaves to match my party decor. She shipped the paper party decorations perfectly, and I could not have been more pleased. For the effort I saved myself, I am quite glad I ordered these.
Note – I swapped out the unicorn horn sold in the set for one I made with glitter paper. The shinny gold one in the set was pretty, I wanted an exact match.
To make the unicorn head really stand out, I used an iridescent white sequin tablecloth as a background. It is pretty in the photos, but it was even more magical in person. It shines with a pinkish hue depending on how the light catches it. I highly recommend this sequin tablecloth. It made the perfect background, was inexpensive and I will defiantly use it for future parties.
Unicorn Birthday Party Favors
Because I planned so far in advance, I was able to score unicorn headbands for all of the party guests for a couple of dollars at Target at Halloween time. Later I found these fancy matching unicorn headbands from Amazon for about the same price, and kind of wish I had gotten these because they look similar to the one I bought the birthday girl on Etsy.
Unicorn Birthday Party Printables
On the entry table with the unicorn headbands, I created unicorn party printables that say, “Always Believe In Unicorns” and “Dream Big Little Unicorn.” The printables were designed to print them at home on 4×6 paper or send them to any place that prints photos. I use these white plastic frames to display them, and after the party the printables are cute for a scrapbook.
Download the Dream Big Little Unicorn and the Always Believe in Unicorns printables HERE.
In addition to the unicorn party invitation, I designed matching unicorn Thank You notes. To print the Thank You notes, I uploaded the file to Shutterfly and used a blank design for 3×5 cards to order these thank you notes. You can also print at home.
Download the Unicorn Thank You notes HERE.
Unicorn Birthday Party Centerpiece
The unicorn party centerpiece was made using tissue paper flowers. If you haven’t made them before, they are quite easy (tutorial). Then hot glued the tissue flowers together and added a paper horn.
Unicorn Party Supplies
My favorite special detail on the table was the DYI unicorn cups. They were so simple, and yet they were adorable. Plus, I always like to have cups with lids at birthday parties. Other unicorn party supplies I purchased included:
- Unicorn dinner plates
- Unicorn dessert plates
- Unicorn napkins
- White tablecloth
- Gold foil paper straws
I love to begin a themed party with a themed wreath hanging on the door, so I thought a lot about how to make a unicorn wreath. In keeping with the rest of the party, I created a simple unicorn wreath to be hung on my daughter’s bedroom door after the party. I really like the way the unicorn wreath turned out, and I love seeing it hanging on P’s door.
Unicorn wreath tutorial coming soon.
First Birthday Party Decoration
To highlight my daughter’s first birthday, I wanted to display the monthly photos I took of her. I picked up the gold frame from my father in law when he closed his photography studio without knowing what I would do with it. Several years later, it became the perfect display. (You can often find large frames at thrift stores.)
I hot glued twine to the back of the frame and used mini clothes pins to hold the photos, mounted on cardstock. My favorite part about this is that after the party, I transferred it into her room as a hair bow holder. I clip her headbands and bows to it for storage.
I made the highchair skirt using a selection of ribbons I found at Michael’s. The I cut the “one” out of gold glitter paper with my Silhouette and attached it to the skirt with monofilament.
Unicorn Birthday Party Food
I had so much fun creating unicorn food for the party, I might have over done it on the sweets. But no one complained, and they were so cute.
Pretzel sick unicorn horns – recipe coming soon.
Find out how to make these adorable Unicorn marshmallow pops. Such a cute dessert, and the kids LOVED them.
Grab the recipe for my unicorn popcorn.
I also displayed unicorn horn lollipops like these on the dessert table and sent each child home with one as a treat.
Other delicious unicorn treats I planned to make but ran out of time for included these unicorn pudding cups and unicorn cream cheese spread.
Unicorn Birthday Cake
Believe it or not, the unicorn cake came from Publix. I printed several pictures of what I wanted and left them with the baker, and it turned out great. Publix now has a unicorn kit now with plastic pieces, but I wanted to design my own toppers to match my decor.
Although I originally envisioned a fondant horn, I decided to make a paper one. Not only would it match everything, but it was a lot less expensive to purchase a grocery store cake and add my elements than a pricy bakery. I used the clip art elements I purchased for the invitation to make the ears, eyelashes and horn with my Silhouette Cameo. For the ears and horn, I hot glued them to lollipop sticks. The eyelashes I stuck directly on the side of the cake.
Unicorn Birthday Party Outfit
My little unicorn was picture perfect in her unicorn first birthday party outfit. (She wore the same outfit for her smash cake photos.) But the outfit almost didn’t happen. When the bottoms I originally ordered from Etsy arrived days before the big day they were not at all what I envisioned. I was distraught. But in the end, I love how the outfit came together.
First birthday unicorn outfit:
- Unicorn crown from Etsy
- Unicorn bodysuit from Etsy
- Sequin bloomer shorts from Amazon
- Mon Petite shoes
My older daughters wore pink unicorn dresses from Gymboree. And I wore a pink tutu, similar to this one or this one with a white JCrew tee-shirt.
While party planning usually falls to me, my husband is to thank for the real unicorn rides. He decided this was something we had to have for the party, and just days before the big day arranged everything. I admit that I wasn’t 100% sold, but it was the perfect touch for our party.
Because P is the youngest of three, we had many older children at the party. So the unicorn rides gave them all something to do and helped fill the party time. Since unicorns are so popular right now, even the 10 year olds were completely in awe. And all of the commotion of having a unicorn in our yard attracted a number of neighbor kids, so it was fun to include them as well.
I was nervous the birthday girl might not be into the whole thing, but she totally was. She giggled and signed “more” every time we took her off the unicorn. She took many laps around the yard.
The unicorn rides will forever be my best memories of the party.
Such a beautiful party and the theme was executed perfectly! Such a beautiful family. Thank you for all of the beautiful party ideas!
Thank you. It was created with a lot of love!
Can you tell me where you purchased the cups?
Hi Sonia – I made the cups. I purchased plain while plastic cups, and then I used my Silhouette to cut the eye lashes (from the file set I purchased and linked to in the post) out of adhesive vinyl, which I applied to the cups.
What size did you order for the glitter table cloth?
The tablecloth I ordered is linked in the post.
a lot of good ideas for an unicorn birthday party. Thank you
I showed this article to my daughter and she is in love ! Definitely do some on this for her next birthday !
Have fun with it!!!
Which color of the tablecloth did you put behind the unicorn backdrop from Etsy? It seems like an iridescent color but that isn’t a choice any longer. Thanks!
Hi Kristy – You are right, they changed that listing. Here is the color tablecloth I used https://amzn.to/3jqSm28 Have a great party!
This is so lovely! Where did you find the paper unicorn horns for the centerpieces?
Thank you 🙂 I made the centerpieces. I made tissue paper flowers, used my Cricut to cut out the ears and horn and hot glued it all together.
Hi There! Fantastic job on this party. I am just planning a unicorn party for my daughter and was wondering: what did you use to stick the unicorn backdrop and flowers to the sequin tablecloth. It looks stunning!
Thank you! I use foam board insulation (from Home Depot) for all of my party backdrops. It sits on the table and leans against the wall. I covered it with the sequin tablecloth, held in place with pins. The unicorn and flowers are then held in place with straight pins directly into the board. Hope this helps.