This Pink Lemonade party might just be the best party theme for summer! We welcome Vanessa as she shares how she created this adorable birthday party for her daughters 2nd birthday.
“I’ll start off by saying it was never my intent to go with this theme in the beginning. My daughter is 2 so she really isn’t into any characters just yet. I wanted something a bit more simple to execute and something on a budget. I decided to go with picking two colors. I love the combo pink and yellow. It’s bright and girly. I decided to incorporate different textures and patterns to make everything pop. I started researching “pink and yellow parties” and I found the theme “pink lemonade”. I was immediately drawn to it. I loved that it was simple, but was still girly. I took bits and pieces from pictures I saw and created something that was my own.
The first decoration I made was a big number “2” made out of foam board and coffee filters, lots of them! 168 to be exact! (Yes, I counted because I was curious). It was simple but a bit time-consuming. I bought one foam board and drew a number 2 and cut it out with an xacto knife.
I took a pack of 200 coffee filters and separated it in half. I diluted yellow acrylic paint with water in a container and layer the filters flat in the solution until I could see the filters turning yellow. I separated them a little just to be sure the paint was able to penetrate all the way through. I did the same thing for the pink ones with bright pink paint. Then I squeezed the excess out and layed them on top of paper towels to dry overnight. Once they were dry I got my glue gun out and got to work! One filter at a time. I bunched up each filter to create a flower effect and hot glued it to the foam board. I decided to go with rows of pink and yellow. I think it would also look cute doing it completely random as well. The last step was hot gluing a piece of yellow ribbon at the top so it could be hung on my door.
The next bigger project I decided to build was a mini table top lemonade stand. When I researched pink lemonade parties I noticed a lot of people built large classic lemonade stands. I just don’t have the room to store something like that after the party was over. So I went with a table top stand. Big enough for 2 drink dispensers. I found a wooden crate at Walmart (they also sell them at Michaels). I then measured the dimensions I wanted to build the top frame so I could put an awning over it. I bought skinny molding lumber from Home Depot and had them cut it into the lengths I needed. I painted all the wood and crate pink. After it was dry I started hammering away! The last thing I did was cut out fabric and hot glued it to the wood to make an awning! Every lemonade stand needs a sign so I made ours out of a piece of wood and I found wooden letters at Walmart.
The great thing about a table top stand is it can be functional as a Margarita stand or water stand for future parties and get togethers as well!
I knew how I wanted my party lay out to be so I knew I needed some wall decor. I got card stock paper and cut out triangles and hot glued them to ribbon for a banner. I also cut out lemon slices out of poster board.
I wanted to add a little country flare to her party (since I was using country time lemonade 😉 ) so I bought mason jar cups to be used as vases for flowers and I found a little mini crate I filled with fresh lemons as a centerpiece. I also found a couple wooden signs about lemonade at Hobby Lobby. A little crepe paper, balloons and tissue paper balls were the final touch.
For her cake, I decided to go with cupcakes instead since its already portioned out I would know how many to make. I went with a simple french vanilla cake and yellow vanilla frosting. I wanted a flavor that was neutral and all could enjoy. I decorated them to look like cups of lemonade by cutting pink and white paper straws to size and sticking them in. I made her topper with wooden skewers, twine, and left over card stock from the banners to make another mini banner with her name on it.
This party was a big hit with our guests. It was so simple and yet it was girly. As a bonus, the bigger decor pieces also served as photo props for her two-year pictures as well. I am very happy with how everything turned out! “
Are you planning a summer birthday? Tweet us @fashionavemom or by commenting below!
We are so in love with this party! That adorable lemonade stand diy is our favorite part!
xo The FAM Team