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Amid the fact that October is seemingly bonkers over here because of our first Halloween party, I decided to host another party the first week of October too… I guess because I’m crazy. I really pushed for a Ghoul Gang party or Monster Mash so I wouldn’t have to redecorate much, but since I didn’t want to do Barbie this year, Olive compromised on a Pink Pumpkin Patch theme. It turned out pretty cute and we had a lot of fun. Check out how this little girls Pink Pumpkin Patch birthday came together!
I started with this inspiration board mid September so things escalated quickly. Thankful that Hobby Lobby actually had blush pink pumpkins and there was lots of fall blush and pinks to work with elsewhere too. I pulled faux pumpkins from all over the house and other random styling items I had remaining from my previous life as a vintage rental owner and went with it. I also ask my parents to bring me some corn stalks which really helped too!
While I had hoped to have it outside, it rained the day before and was supposed to rain the day of so we brought it inside. And even though it wasn’t 100% as planned, it turned out really sweet and the girls had a great time. I popped on Canva and created this adorable little invite and texted it out because it feels like that’s how we do things anymore. I always think the invite should set the tone… and I think that was accomplished.
We even decorated the porch to help welcome our guests in pink style! The stackable pumpkins came from Five Below and I just painted them to work with the theme. Five Below became my go-to for a lot of the items that helped pull this party together – pumpkins, rugs, poufs, paint, and a sign I DIY’d!
Once inside, I had a little craft table set up for the girls where the girls were going to paint pumpkins and, of course, they were pink (I had spray painted them three different colors of which only 2 worked well).
We used Olive’s play cart and some pieces from our recently redone playhouse as a place to sit all the pumpkins and we let the girls pick out their favorite one to decorate.
We had hoped that we’d have beautiful weather like below, but it wasn’t in the cards. The playhouse makeover was part of Olive’s gift and we had it decorated so cute to match the party too! Woamp.
Once all the guests were sitting at the table (which was an old door sitting on top of two ottomans draped with old drop cloth curtains with children’s chairs surrounding), we gave each little girlfriend an apron to put on just so they wouldn’t ruin their clothes. There were plans for the aprons, but time got away from me… Then they painted away and decorated with everything and tons and tons of glitter. We had pom pom balls, stickers, googly eyes, glitter glue, and jewels for the girls to choose from and I pulled out all the glitter we had hanging around from my fairy stuff. I’ll be finding glitter in this house for years.
After we decorated, everyone was hungry. We had ordered the pumpkin pizzas from Papa Murphy’s which were perfect for this little get together! But since it feels like kids never eat, we kept it simple with pizza, fruit, and veggies. I grabbed this adorable letter board from Five Below too. And I love that I totally spelled Pumpkin wrong… I did this sign like 3 min before people walked in the door and I know I pulled 2 Ps but apparently one didn’t get placed. HAHAH… Just goes to show that something will always be wrong…
When the tummies were full, playing ensued, and we opened up the caramel apple bar! This was one request from Olive. She was adamant that we have a caramel apple bar. So we offered melted caramel (the chocolate wouldn’t cooperate) and lots of toppings like M&Ms, sprinkles, chocolate chips, leaves & pumpkin sprinkles, and sugar sprinkles balls. The kids LOVED it. And if they didn’t want to eat them (which some did), we wrapped them up in wax paper and tied it with a bow. It was a great takeaway for our guests! I even found these super cute twig sticks for the apples themselves!
Then it was cake time and we were so lucky to get a cake from Sweet Spot Co that was both beautiful AND delicious! The guests LOVED it and so did the kids! I also enlisted my oldest to help me decorate pumpkin cupcakes. I wish I had more baking talents, but I don’t have the right tools or patience so it’s pretty exciting these cupcakes turned out as they did!
The party was a big hit! I had hoped to have a little hang out spot for the girls under the trees out back, having the pumpkin patch around the outdoor playhouse, and a cute little photo op, but you’ll never be able to predict the weather when you plan a party in October in Indiana! I think the party ended up just fine – everyone was smiling, having fun, and even the mommas enjoyed some wine and spirits! Sometimes we try to do more than is necessary and it’s ok to let some things go and enjoy what you have created in the moment!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLIVE!