{Real Party} Maddie’s Make a Wish Birthday


As a kid, the birthday wish was the all-important-part of the birthday celebration. Blowing out those candles meant there was a glimmer of hope that some small dream in your little heart would have a chance of coming true if made at that very moment. There is so much that is magic about birthdays when you are a child that seems to go away as we get older; celebrating and capturing some of that magic was my aim when we started planning Madeline’s 5th “Make a Wish” birthday party. You can see a bit more of the party theme story here.

Madeline’s birthday was extra fun to put together, as she – for the first time – had quite a few opinions on what her party needed to include. The colors had to be pink and silver, “because that’s what colors wishes are.” Adding some aqua, too, was ok with the birthday girl. And a have-to-have was a proper birthday crown. She was thrilled to receive the beautiful pink Swarovski crystal tiara from Tradewind Tiaras to wear on her special day! The tiara absolutely shimmered and sparkled — it was magical!



We didn’t want to keep the birthday wishes to ourselves, so we asked our blog readers what their birthday wishes as small children were. I took all those wishes and bottled them or hung them in stars – I think this ended up being my favorite party detail. I laughed and cried at the responses I received – wishes for rainbow princess unicorns, giant engagement rings from Justin Bieber, and abandoned toys r us trucks  made me smile. Other wishes like those made for healthy parents, just to have any birthday party at all, and a wish to live in america were perspective adjusting.  We so enjoyed having all those birthday wishes as part of our party!


The little bottled wishes were set among the desserts in the thrift store china hutch I painted ocean blue. I lined the back of the hutch with scrapbook paper I had designed for the occasion.  We had dandelion inspired brownie pops and sparkling oreo pops made lovingly by my friend Courtney and special custom made “Wish” cookies provided by Dainty Delights and beautiful Kandy Kones from Posh Party Pretties. Twinkle pops and M&M filled push pops sourced from CupKates Event Designs rounded out our sweet offerings in the hutch. More on the desserts in my next post!

Sitting on a pink tea cart close by was the gorgeous star and candle filled birthday cake by Something Sweet Cake Studio. Johnnie did a fabulous job creating a sparkling pink confection that was exactly what I wanted! It tasted even better than it looked. Strawberry milkshake shots (a request from the birthday girl) sat by as a birthday cake chaser–these were definitely a kid favorite!!


Maddie was quite insistent that all the birthday guests needed to have birthday hats! Each place was set with pink melamine plates, a specially-made birthday hat, antique lace napkin tied with crystal napkin rings from Tradewind Tiaras, and a cupcake topped with a silver candle and crepe edged cupcake topper in a cupcake wrapper from Laugh Loud Smile Big. All the cupcake were placed on individual stands from Blowout Party.

This is usually a custom reserved for the birthday boy or girl, but since our party was all about birthday wishes, we let our party guests blow out candles and make a wish along with the birthday girl (she got a cake full to blow out!). Buds, Etc. graciously provided the beautiful floral centerpieces draped in pearls, studded with sparkles, and set in milk glass vases from her personal collection. I always love working with Patti and the attention to detail and her style is incredible! The chair backs were tied with lengths of ribbon and finished with crepe paper rosettes with sparkling silver stars.


While we waited for all the guests to arrive so we could have lunch, we kept the little guests busy making ribbon wands and sparkly snow globes. They occupied themselves after that playing with the balloons that were scattered on the floor. Sometimes your best laid plans are laid to the wayside by those you are trying to entertain.  After lunch, we treated everyone to a magic show by Dr. Dan the Magic Man. The dove was the highlight of the show!


I love party art! In the party rooms, we hung sewn circle garlands and streaming trails of little silver stars. Renee Adler, a Frog Prince Paperie designer, was nice enough to create the “Starlight, Star bright” poster I placed on a painted canvas to display. The triple sliding glass door that is  a prominent feature in the party room had dandelion vinyl art applied to the length. Natalie at the Knock Knock Factory provided a colorful wreath in the “Wish” theme. I also used an Ikea chandelier and an old torch lamp to create a giant dandelion for decoration! It was very funny to watch the children blowing on the dandelion trying to make extra big wishes.


Each little guest left with a star that held a tiny star necklace that said “Wish” on the front, while the boys in attendance took home a star filled with chocolate coins for the wishing well. There were many adults at the party  without kids, so we had a small box of Godiva chocolates for them to take home as a thank you.


A special thank you to Southern Belle’s Charm who once again aided in dreaming up some unique ideas to help make our party special! And another heartfelt thank you to all the vendors who leant time and talent:

The paperie for this party is available in the store!



  1. What a fabulous party theme! So unique!! Love the pops of aqua, the cake, and so many small details that make this party UHmazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome job Paula!

  2. Absolutely brilliant in every detail! Swoon! Another triumph, Paula!

  3. Claudia @ Tini Posh says:

    OMG!!! Your parties blow me away!! Truly gorgeous..I am a sucker for anything pink and aqua..this is would be a wish come true for me..LOL! Amazing job!

  4. This has to be one of the most beautiful parties I have ever seen! You creativity and attention to detail is beyond inspiring! Such an amazing job, thank you for sharing!

  5. So magical! Every detail is exquisite! I love the story behind the theme.

  6. beyond love this!

  7. I love all the details and the post is so well written, like a fairy tale! Beautiful touches everywhere. I especially love the dandelion pops. So creative! As usual – Amazing.

  8. Wow! I LOVE this! You are very talented!

  9. Unbelievably personal, special and gorgeous!! Every detail is so fun and so impeccably executed! I am blown away by your talent once again.

  10. This is seriously TOO SWEET! Once again you created a breathtaking scene! What amazing memories you’ve created for the Birthday Girl…she is blessed!

  11. What a beautiful party Paula!! I love every bit, but that pink cart is too adorable!!

  12. WOW! This is OMG Gorgeous!!!

    Sparkling Events & Designs

  13. Beautiful. Charming. Perfect presentation. My fave deet is each kid getting to blow out a candle. Sweetest. Ever.

  14. Ohhh my goodness…this is the sweetest little party!! Now I am wishing for a Wish Party :)

  15. Simply amazing, stunning, perfect, extraordinary. Love, love, love this gorgeous party!

    xoxo, Latisha

  16. stunning as always! I adore the giant dandelion. I would have made extra big wishes too:)


  18. Absolutely beautiful! In fact, I featured it today on my blog…amazing!

  19. Wow, what a beautiful party made extra special by the love that was shared by everyone! You are soooooo creatively talented! Sharing on my blog today. Great stuff!

  20. Breathtaking! The moment I heard about this party, I knew it would be magical. You have created an unforgettable experience for Maddie and that is what it is all about. I adore every detail! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the special day. Looking forward to many more!

  21. Absolutely in LOVE with this party! It’s wonderful!


  23. wow! this is so beautiful, love your work xx

  24. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  25. Simply gorgeous.

  26. Nicole Richards says:

    Lovely, I have to ask, where did you get the FURNITURE? I love the pink cart and the blue hutch. I assume you painted thrift store finds?

  27. I am completely speechless except for one word… perfection!

  28. This is unbelievably beautiful!!! Smiles~ Noelle

  29. Stunning, Paula! Wow, wow, wow!! I could look at these photos all morning!

  30. I haven’t had a chance to see this until now- I’m blown away! Paula, this party is SO BEAUTIFUL there are no words to describe it. I can’t. I’m speechless. It’s stunning!

  31. WOW! This is the most gorgeous party I have ever seen! Seriously. Stunning.

  32. I love this party! Perfect for a little princess :)

  33. Stefanie says:

    So beautiful. Was this at someone’s home or studio? I love the blue armoire!

  34. Thank you everyone! Glad you enjoy it! I did paint thrift store finds for the furniture; all were very very inexpensive (kid’s birthday party after all!) and it took place in my home. Most of these shots are in my dining room. :)

  35. Oh my goodness! This party is amazing, actually brought tears to my eyes. Just love it! Trying to figure out when I can use the theme! ;)

  36. I am seriously SO in love with this party. Where did you find the charms for the favors?

  37. Jennifer H says:

    This is absolutely STUNNING! I mean, there are no words for how beautiful this party turned out. Great job mama! I wish I were as talented as you, cause you are amazing!!!! My daughter would die for this party, thank you for all your talent and wonderful ideas!

  38. Hi Paula, this is the dreamiest party I’ve ever seen. Not all event designers can make it simple yet elegant and magical. Thank you for sharing. Is it possible for you to make editable partyware available on etsy?

  39. Hi! This is the most beautiful party, and such a creative theme. I love everything about it! I am also completely in love with your blue china cabinet. You wouldn’t happen to remember what paint color that is, would you? I mean I am seriously over-the-top in love with that cabinet. ; LOL Thanks!

  40. Holly–it’s been a common question! :) Krylon Ocean Blue is the color you will be looking for in a spray paint can.

  41. Jennifer M says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous!! Every detail is just amazingly creative.

    Can you tell me where you bought the white and pink pinstriped table linen? love them!

  42. I purchased the stickers from you all and I am wondering where to get the flower type paper things that are pink!

  43. Love all of it!! Where did you get the shot glasses??

    • Cecily – Happy Belated Birthday! Thanks again for spending today with us we can’t wait to see the reltuss! Maddie kept talking about you this afternoon and she smiled tons after you left, of course.August 17, 2007 9:32 PM


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