Gretchen Brittain, mom of three and the creator of adorable party printables shop Three Little Monkeys , is all about turning her kids' greatest loves into awesome birthday party themes (remember her son's amazing fossil hunter birthday party ?). So when her daughter Reese decided she wanted to become a magician, a magic-themed birthday party was definitely in order!
"One night we went out for pizza, and they happened to have a magician there," Gretchen says. "That night, a new obsession began for all things magic. She began saving her tooth fairy money and spent it on magic tricks. She can now make a mean balloon animal!" Of course, a magician made a stop at Reese's seventh birthday party, but Gretchen also incorporated the theme into sweet treats (disappearing-bunny popcorn, magic-wand cake pops), a cool marquee-light backdrop, and more party fun. Keep clicking for all the magical details!
"Reese is a mini party planner at heart and was very specific about the colors and patterns she wanted," Gretchen says. "So with Reese’s help, I designed a magic collection  for her and did my best to bring her vision to life."
"The primary colors were pinks and purples with touches of black and gold. Graphics included a vintage magician, top hat, and bunny, accented by fun vintage-inspired fonts. To give the invitation envelopes some extra wow factor, I created wraparound mailing labels and ordered custom stamps with a magician on them."
"I made marquee lights out of papier-maché letters from the hobby store, globe string lights, and loads of gold and gold-glitter spray paint," Gretchen says. "They added that wow factor to the party and really helped complement the vintage magic-show vibe I was going for. I hung them using fishing line strung from the backdrop stand — definitely a two-person job.
"The backdrop was made out of four inexpensive satin tablecloths from Amazon.com  that were much cheaper than fabric. I used clamps from the hardware store to attach them to an old photography backdrop stand and draped them to resemble a stage curtain. Warning: a steamer will be your new best friend. Wrinkles. Oh, the wrinkles."
"I am a flea-market junkie and have been collecting old trunks and crates for years," Gretchen says. "They come in handy at events like this. I stack them in various configurations and use them to hold party items and add some visual interest. For this party, I also used a couple of vintage magic tricks and props I picked up recently from the flea market. I tried to create the feeling that we were backstage at one of Kellar's or Houdini's magic shows looking through their magic props."
"Reese adores fondant, and one of her favorite parts of planning a party is contacting Brittany of Edible Details  to see what we can dream up," Gretchen says. "This year, Brittany made an adorable magic-bunny-and-top-hat cake topper using Reese's favorite colors and lots of glitter per the birthday girl's request. I used it to top off an undecorated grocery-store cake."
Disappearing Bunny Popcorn
"Brittany of Edible Details  also made fondant bunny ears, feet, and tails that I used to decorate boxes of cheddar popcorn, so it looked like the bunnies were diving into the yummy popcorn," Gretchen says. "I think it was my favorite touch. I made little food flags that said, 'Now you see it, now you don't!' and 'Disappearing act,' which I clipped to the popcorn boxes with miniclothespins. The popcorn was the first thing gone!"
"Krista of Cookies With Character  made adorable bunny, top hat, magic wand, and star cookies," Gretchen says. "She is always a joy to work with, and in every order, there is always a special birthday cookie that the kids love. She even used some kind of treatment along the edges to give it a vintage look."
"I decorated grocery-store cupcakes with cupcake toppers from the magic collection ," Gretchen says. "I also added mini gold-star sprinkles to the cupcakes to give them some extra pizzazz."
"My kids are crazy for cake pops, and my favorite cake-pop gal is Audrey of Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats ," Gretchen says. "She made shimmery purple cake pops. They were gorgeous! I used a star craft punch and glitter card stock to make shiny stars to attach to the top of the sticks to add some extra fun."
Chocolate Star Pops
"Audrey of Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats  also made gold glittered white chocolate star pops that were so pretty. Almost too pretty to eat — almost," Gretchen says.
"For beverages, our little guests drank homemade Shirley Temples," Gretchen says. "The bottle labels were personalized with Reese's name, and the straw flags had 'Hocus Pocus,' 'Abracadabra,' 'Birthday Magic,' and a bunny graphic on them. They were propped up on an old Coca-Cola crate that my grandfather used to store some of his woodworking supplies. I always try to work that crate into my parties somehow so he can still be with us."
"For party favors, our little guests took home adorable favor boxes from Piggy Bank Parties  stuffed with a sweet treat," Gretchen says. "I bedazzled them with some of my beloved glitter tape as an extra sparkly touch."
The guests loved smashing a custom piñata crafted by the Piñata Queen . "It was stuffed with small magic tricks instead of candy; that was a big surprise for the kids!" Gretchen says.
"My mother made the birthday girl a ruffled tuxedo shirt, which perfectly matched the custom magician’s cape made by Kid Kapers ," Gretchen says.
"Reese's favorite part was definitely the magic show from magician Magic Scott ," Gretchen says. "She levitated and got to be his assistant. Reese and her best friend also got a private magic lesson before the show."
Happy birthday, Reese!