Inside Out Themed Birthday Party


The latest Disney phenomenon is "Inside Out" and it has captured the heart of my niece. For her birthday I wanted to give her a small party with an "Inside Out" theme but with the film being so new and no branded party supplies in stock, I had to improvise.

Colour plays a big role in the film and I decided rainbows were the best way to illustrate all of the characters plus they are easy to find and incorporate.

Cake: I had the bakery decorate her cake with a rainbow and instead of the traditional Happy Birthday message, I had them write "Who's the birthday girl?" - one of the funniest lines from the film. Next, I used the Holiday Ornament template found here and printed it off in colour. Cutting each out and attaching them to toothpicks, they gave the cake a true "Inside Out" theme.

Decor: For decor, I had balloons in red, green, blue, yellow and purple to represent the characters of the film. I would also suggest a rainbow tablecloth and rainbow streamers to brighten the room. Her gift was in a very large rainbow bag that provided a backdrop to the side table (and enclosed Inside Out PJS!).

Favours: For favours, I found rainbow dance streamers and rainbow hair clips that the kids loved. You could also include an Inside Out colouring book which are out in stores now.

There is much more you could do but these few things really carried the theme well and the look on her face was pure delight!

Happy planning!



High School Reunion Planning Tips

I recently planned my high school reunion (this was number two!) and there are a few tips I though I'd share that made ours a success.

1) Give people lots of notice! I secured a date and started spreading the word in September for our June event. This gave people who were coming from out-of-town lots of time to plan.

2) Keep the ticket cost low and the event casual. I know of three sit-down dinner reunions that have been cancelled due to low attendance. Keeping it at a pub allowed people to come dressed like they want to, the opportunity to stay for as little or as long as they wanted and gave people the freedom to move about and chat.

3) Provide name tags. People do look different and even if you recognize their face, after 10, 20 or 30 years, you won't remember everyone's name. Go the extra mile and photocopy grad yearbook photos and attach that to the name tag. 

4) Plan some element of surprise. I had a 90's themed candy bar, provided some fun 90's props plus a cool Instagram frame and at 10pm circulated mini cupcakes in school colours.

Overall it was a super fun night with many people suggesting another reunion sooner the later. 

Best of luck with planning and if you want any details on the candy bar, ticketing, name tags or photo props, please send me an email. I'm happy to help.