When planning my girls’ joint birthday party last summer, I knew that Snow White would be a popular theme with them. The problem, though, was me; I didn’t want an over-the-top Disney Princess party. I wanted to give them a party that was a little more subtle and creative, and that would have a cool modern flair.
I was able to play down the princessy side of things, and came up with other fun elements in the story that I could bring out like apples, gemstones, woodland animals, mirrors, and gooseberry pie. I also decided against using classic Snow White party colors (red, blue, and yellow from her dress), and instead picked neon pink, green, gold, black and white. Lots of the food, decor, and activities were DIY’d, and most others were bought from indie designers or shops.
Food & Drinks
Since I had a one and two year old that would both want to blow out candles, I decided to make a small smash cake for Darla to handle, and a larger layered cake for everyone else to eat that Clementine would get to blow out.
The cakes were Paleo (chocolate with a white icing). I wanted to keep them very plain and simple. The smash cake was topped with a snow white figurine that had been painted black, and the larger cake had a ceramic deer (one of Snow White’s woodland friends, no doubt), and a pom pom garland.
Gemstone Gelatin Mold
We dig up diamonds by the score, a thousand rubies, sometimes more!”
Ok, I would like to go on record by saying that this gelatin mold was AWESOME until we got it to the park and it began melting faster than I could have ever imagined! (Yes, the picture below shows the melted version!). In the first 5 minutes of setting up our “gemstone,” we received so many compliments from guests and strangers alike. It added character to our cake table for sure!
I would definitely recommend making one for your modern Snow White party, but would strongly suggest doubling the gelatin to make it more firm and heat-proof if you will be displaying it in the summer months. I used this gelatin powder and organic nsa juice to make it up, so there were no added sugars or dyes! The mold I used was a vintage copper one from a thrift store that had cool divots in it, but even something like this silicone mold from Amazon should work fine.
It’s apple pies that make the menfolks’ mouths water. Pies made from apples like these… Go on, go on, have a bite.”
There was a basket full of whole apples, and a mini cutting board and an apple corer (similar to this one) for people to cut as needed. There were the following toppings to choose from: an organic variation of Nutella, natural peanut butter, caramel dip, and several assortments of cheese slices. I used this geometric platter set (I’d argue that they were gem-shaped) to display some of the food on.
Wildflower Nectar (Lavender Lemonade)
Since Snow White was out picking wildflowers when the huntsman came to kill her, I thought adding “wildflowers” to our lemonade would be a cute idea. There are several recipes online for making your own lavender lemonade from scratch, but I did the easy route and just mixed organic lemonade and dried lavender (you can buy it from Mountain Rose Herbs or Amazon) together in a large drink dispenser. The flavor was phenomenal!
Iced Snow White Tea
I brewed strong white tea (using these tea bags) and refrigerated it, adding ice just before serving. I wrote Iced White Tea on the labels, and then crossed out Iced and replaced it with Snow to make Snow White Tea.
Dwarf Beer (Home-brewed Kombucha)
We set out a few bottles of our home-brewed kombucha (here is how to make it), and labeled them as Dwarf Beer.
Magic Mirror on the wall…”
Every Snow White party needs mirrors. At first I had a hard time finding ones that I liked in my price range, but eventually happened upon hot pink and white ones at the dollar store! I left the pink one as a mirror and popped the glass out of the white ones to write a few facts out about our “fairest” birthday girls.
“Fairest” Lawn Letters
Who is the fairest one of all?”
I got the idea to make lawn letters to spell out Fairest in front of the girls’ high chairs, and love how they turned out. To make the letters I just used dowels, foam board, and black construction paper. I will say though, that it probably wasn’t the safest decoration considering the amount of imaginative toddlers we had running around. It only took about 2 minutes before a few of them realized they could pull the letters out of the ground and use the dowels as swords!! Hah! (Little hooligans! Note the ripped E…)
Scalloped Leather Crowns
Ok, so these weren’t technically decorations, but I decided to order handmade leather crowns for the birthday girls from Stitches and Soles on Etsy that I thought you might want to know about!
Painted Twigs and Figurines
My father-in-law amazingly agreed to paint all of my character figurines black and white for me, and to also paint some random twigs and pinecones white as well. (PS… Curious about the pictured Make-a-Shaker stand? Check out this post for more details.)
I brought several framed pictures from the girls’ bedroom of either woodland animals or gemstone/rocks. They were all originally purchased from Etsy, so I thought I’d just show you the stock photos and link you to the shops.
I’m kicking myself for not getting proper pictures of the wool tassel garlands we had at the party! Again, I’ll link you to stock photos and shop:
a. mini tassels // b. large ombre tassels // both from Mrs. Madzi Makes
We ordered 1 black and 2 white “mini” tassel garlands, and one large pink ombre garland. You can order them in all different colors from the Etsy shop.
I didn’t want to go overly crazy with balloons since they create a ton of waste, but figured a few on the back of the girls’ high chairs would be appropriate. I ordered the gold mylar numbers from Amazon. Curious about our high chairs? We also ordered both of them from Amazon.
Activities and Extras
CLICK HERE to read about our Snow White Themed Sensory stations like Mining for Gemstones, a Whistle While You Work Station, and Making Gooseberry Pie!
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