Well.. Emerson’s birthday was in May, and here we are on the first day of September, I am just now putting together the details of her 3rd birthday party. The pressure of publishing any forgotten spring/summer content before fall rolls in got to me. Better late than never, right?!
We picked this theme for 3 reasons.. and we all know I love a good theme. EVERYTHING I do big or small, party or not, has to have a theme. It’s just who I am!
Reason 1: Emerson’s absolute favorite song is Mamma Mia by Abba and she also loves Dancing Queen. Therefore, an Abba themed birthday was an obvious choice.
Reason 2: Her favorite color is blue. The blue color gave Greek vibes from the Mamma Mia movie and looked great with the disco ball details.
Reason 3: It wasn’t an overdone theme for a kid’s birthdays. I had seen it a few times as a bachelorette party theme, but I like to try to find themes that I personally have not seen a bunch of times.
The Party Details
As a detail-oriented person, I take great pride in my attention to the quirky little details that brings a theme together. It allows me to show off a little bit of my creativity. Below are some of my favorite details, budget-friendly finds, and links to the items I can find online. For the purpose of getting this published, please excuse my lack of editing on some of these photos. This Mama is busy and tired!
One of my favorite details were the food and activity table labels. I took a bunch of Abba’s greatest hits and used theme as punny or alliterative names for each display. I used the same template from the party invitation to create these graphics in Canva, then had them printed as photos.
*personal information blurred for privacy
Create Your Groovy Disco Name
Dance Floor Necklaces for the Kids
And a few more I never got photos of!
Budget Friendly Décor
Shein was my go-to for inexpensive party décor. The fringe curtains, balloons and other small details were from there.
Dollar Tree was also a budget friendly place to get things like disposable table cloths, plates, napkins and cutlery.
The Outfit Details
The boa, sequins bell bottoms and Dancing Queen t-shirt were from Amazon. The rinestone hair clip and blue heart glasses were from Shein.
The Food Details
Food is a big part of any party. Especially in my family. However, we decided to go a more budget friendly and time-saving route for the food to leave more time for the other details we wanted to achieve. Pizza and chips were inexpensive, easy and crowd-pleasing. And in true Jared fashion, he broke out the cotton candy machine for the kids.
Big shout out to my dad for bringing his Margarita machine and playing bartender for the adults! That is one details that was welcomed by all in attendance! We served Mamma Mia Margaritas, The Name of the Grain adult beverages and Waterloo & Juice Boxes for the kids.
A few of our DIYs included the dessert table backdrop boards which we repainted from Emerson’s 2nd birthday party. We plan to make new ones for Beckham’s birthday that are sturdier! We also DIYed this thought bubble poster for our guests to write what they think Emerson will be when she grows up.
The overall objective of this party was to make my little girl feel special and celebrated. She was coming off of a tough year of adjusting to becoming a big sister and it was important for her to feel like all the attention was on her. Mission accomplished!
Next up.. BECK’S FIRST BIRTHDAY! Ahh can’t believe my baby will be a year old this month. Another fun theme, coming soon!