I have so loved planning our daughter’s birthday parties over the years. The teacher in me relished in creating party themes based on some of my favorite children’s books. And while I still hold out hope to get to throw a Mo Willem’s Pigeon themed party someday, I had figured that this year our daughter would have her own strong opinions about choosing a theme for her birthday party. I was right. About 6 months before her birthday, out of the blue as we were leaving the grocery store (one of her favorite places to go), she announced that she wanted to have a birthday party with a shopping cart and a ball pit. Hmmmm. Not much to work with, right? I thought this was just a whim and that surely she would forget and pick another better theme for her birthday party as the date got closer. Nope. She stuck with the shopping cart and ball pit idea and began telling every random person that she was having a shopping cart and ball pit birthday. What to do, what to do? After 4 years of perfectly planned classic children’s book themes this was almost more than I handle. And then it hit me – Shopkins! Thanks to the Shopkins (which our daughter also loves anyway) I was able to plan a party with a nice theme that naturally revolved around shopping carts. As far as the ball pit went, I figured we could always add a ball pit to any type of party!
So I started hunting for everything and anything that might have to do with Shopkins, grocery shopping, and, of course, shopping carts. I found ideas on Pinterest; darling Shopkins birthday supplies at Party City and Target; shopping carts (big and mini), toy food, and balls for the ball pit on Amazon; Shopkins ribbon at JoAnn Fabrics; and berry baskets, brown paper bags, Shopkins themselves, Shopkins games, stuffed Shopkins, and a neon sign that you might find in a grocery store that says “FUN” at Michaels. Even though I had pooh-poohed the idea at first, I have to say it ended up being the most fun party to plan and throw.
I put a brown shopping bag on the front of the invitations. I figured “born to shop” seemed appropriate for our daughter’s birthday party. The insides of the invitations had pictures of Shopkins along with the party information.
I also used the little brown shopping bag idea for food labels and table decorations.
I was able to find the perfect shopping cart of our daughter’s dreams on Amazon and filled it with stuffed Shopkins.
I also found mini shopping carts on Amazon and filled them with Shopkins to use as table decorations for the party. And after the party, our daughter still loves playing with them!
Since one of the Shopkins is a box of popcorn, and since our daughter loves to eat popcorn and loves balloons, I made a giant box of “popcorn” made out of yellow and white balloons.
The favors were so much fun to put together. I collected all kinds of Shopkins “stuff” as well as chocolate chip cookies since there is a cookie Shopkin and put them all together in a berry basket, again something that might be found at a real grocery store. I tied them up with some Shopkins ribbon.
I also used the berry baskets for centerpieces which were honestly a quick fix. The centerpieces kept blowing away because it was really windy, so I grabbed some rocks from our daughter’s rock collection in the backyard and stuck them into some extra berry baskets and used hot glue to attach the paper shreds and centerpieces to the tops. Even though they were a last minute idea, I ended up loving them!
The birthday girl herself needed to be all decked out too of course. In addition to a Shopkins shirt we found at Target, I made her hairbows from some of the Shopkins ribbon.
The food was really fun and easy to plan since many of the Shopkins characters are food anyway! In fact each food item was also a Shopkins character. We had apple juice, strawberries, a giant doughnut from a local bakery, cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, Shopkins fruit snacks, and popcorn. I also made a cake in the shape of a shopping cart per our daughter’s request.
Party activities included the ball pit (obviously), the balloon popcorn, a Shopkins pinata, a really fun game of “Fastest Shopper” which was kind of like an Easter Egg hunt except with little grocery bags instead of baskets and toy food instead of eggs, and a bunch of Shopkins games. They were all big hits!
All in all, it was a great celebration. It had everything I wanted in a party, even if it wasn’t based on a classic children’s book.
Cute decorations – check.
Fun theme – check.
Good food – check.
Fun activities – check.
And most important, happy birthday girl – check! It also had everything our daughter wanted in a party.
Shopping cart – check.
Ball pit – check.
Thanks, Shopkins for saving the day!