Kate and I had so much fun planning her 4th birthday party! This was the first year that she had some definite opinions on how she wanted to celebrate her birthday and I loved party planning with her!
G and I wanted Kate to choose her own birthday party location this year. We gave her a few options of some of her favorite play places and she chose Pump It Up – an indoor party place featuring gigantic, fun-filled inflatables, including bouncy houses, slides, and obstacle courses. Kate loves going there for their open playtime, but as we soon found out, their party packages are phenomenal!
Once our location was set, it was time to choose a theme. One of Kate’s many loves is pajamas. She’d happily wear them all day long if we let her (sometimes we do) and “pajama day” at school may as well be a national holiday in her book. When I rattled off a variety of theme ideas for this year’s celebration she jumped at the idea of making it a pajama party. A few days later she informed me she wanted polka dots (one of her other loves) for her party, too.
I loved Kate’s “Polka Dot Pajama Party” theme, and my wheels were quickly spinning with ideas! I wanted the details to be a surprise for Kate, but along the way she chimed in with additional thoughts that I was happy to make happen, including polka dot balloons and a cake instead of cupcakes. One of my favorite ideas from Kate was when she asked for a birthday crown. (“Not a tiara – a crown.”) She sat on my lap as we browsed Etsy, and much to my amusement she chose the biggest, most decorated crown I could find (plus a headband to wear as an accessory during jumping when I told her her crown wouldn’t stay on).
With my almost-4-year-old’s loves, ideas, and opinions in mind, it was time to make it all happen!
I dressed each of the two kids’ tables to look like beds:
One of my favorite details of the party were these personalized pillowcases I made and placed at each child’s spot for them to take home as their party favor:
Polka dot placemats and water bottle labels added to the colorful party theme:
Any guesses on the birthday girl’s favorite color?
The desserts table, covered with a polka dot bedspread and pillows, held polka dot cookies in doll beds, cake pops with polka dot sprinkles, and a polka dot cake:
With the room all set up, it was play time!
In addition to all the inflatable fun, the kids also got airbrushed tattoos:
And some of the adults did, too!
After about 45 minutes of playtime in the first room, the kids got decked out in glow bracelets (the birthday girl got a special glow wand and glow-in-the-dark shirt) before they headed into the second play room for a black light party (think preschool rave) filled with even more inflatable fun!
The 2nd party room also featured kids karaoke! One of my favorite parts of the night was hearing Kate singing her two favorite songs along with her friends:
After another 45 minutes of playtime in the 2nd play area it was time to head to the party room for food and goodies! Of course the party room had (what else?) an inflatable chair – the perfect spot for a picture of the birthday girl in her party crown and skirt:
A look at the party room, packed with pajama’d kids and parents:
Kate and two of her best friends from school, Bella (left) and Gwen (right):
Stealing the birthday girl for a couple of quick family pics!
It was such a fun and playful night with lots of laughter and so many wonderful friends! The kids (and many of the parents, too!) all loved being able to come to the birthday party in their pajamas to play. It also worked out well considering our party was on a Friday night, so the kids could all go home, brush their teeth and go straight to bed – including this tuckered out cutie:
I’ll be doing a follow-up post on the “The Making of Kate’s Polka Dot Pajama Party” soon! In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the decorations or party details!
Like this post? Check out Kate’s past birthday parties!