I’m so excited to share with you my daughter’s Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party. If you’ve never read the books before you’re in for a treat. Any little girl would love them!
The stories are about a girl named Clover who discovers a Magical Animal Adoption Agency in the woods one day, and volunteers as a helper there. The agency helps magical animals -like unicorns, invisible puppies, dragons, magical kittens and more find new adoptive families. The stories are lovely and made the perfect theme for a birthday party. The main idea of our party was that we would re-create the Magical Animal Adoption Agency at our house and Maddie and her friends could come and adopt a magical animal of their own.
I’ll share all the details of how we made our agency and the magical animals and activities in Part II of this party, but for part I let’s start with the food and the amazing Rainbow Unicorn Dessert Table.
We had so much fun creating a dessert table in a world of magical unicorns and rainbows! Every little girls dream. We started out with the beautiful rainbow flower backdrop.
We’ve made paper flowers a few times, you can see exactly how to make them here at our Paper Flower Making Video. For this party we wanted a rainbow theme, so we made our flowers in a pastel rainbow colours. A lot of the flowers we already had from other parties, and to make them fit this theme we added colour with paint.
To hang our backdrop, we hot glued the flowers to some large pieces of sketching paper that comes on a roll. I reinforced a few spots by hot gluing heavy cardboard to the back. I then used a darning needle to stitch a few pieces of string through the cardboard to hang the paper from. It worked really well.
We created a pastel rainbow of flowers and hung a beautiful unicorn head in the middle.
Since the Magical Animal Adoption Agency books take place in the woods, we wanted a forest feel to the room, so we used two small trees on either side of the dessert table. The trees are real trees that I cut and placed in cement in a galvanized bucket so they wouldn’t tip over. These are actually two of the ones I made for our Christmas dining room forest, and saved for Maddie’s party. For this party I used fairy lights and some pretty butterfly garland in the trees. I covered the cement base with some moss.
To carry on the forest feel, we decorated the table with a moss runner, some fun mushrooms made from air dry clay and more fairy lights.
We were trying to create the magical woods feeling.
On the dessert table we made a few special treats for the day.
In the second Magical Animal Adoption Agency book in the series -The Enchanted Egg, there is a beautiful impromtu picnic where everyone has light as air cupcakes. The cupcakes are so light that they sometimes float away.
So we had a few cupcakes floating up and one in a tree branch. These cupcakes were delicious. They were made with a vanilla cake mix, but for something special some have raspberry jam in the middle, and some have nutella in the middle. Yum.
Another treat inspired by the book where Mr. Jam’s Jam Cookies. Mr. Jam’s runs the Magical Animal Adoption Agency. And in the books he’s always eating jam sandwiches, so we thought some jam sandwich cookies were the perfect addition. You can find our recipe for Jam Cookies here.
We also made some Unicorn Bark.
The Unicorn Bark was really easy to make and all the girls loved it! We started out with some white chocolate melted and spread on some parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Next we added different blobs of pink, turquoise, and purple melted chocolate. Then we ran a toothpick through it while it was still melted to create the beautiful marble effect. Then we added some special sprinkles, and edible glitter. I especially love the little stars. When the chocolate was hardened we broke it into pieces. I love how pretty it is!
Since the whole party was inspired by the idea of rainbows and unicorns, we wanted to include some rainbow food. We made rainbow jello.
Since we wanted pastel rainbows we tried a recipe where you mix some of the jello while it’s still liquid with cool whip to create the pastel layers. We topped the jello with more cool whip and star sprinkles.
It was time consuming, but easy, and looked fantastic.
I also made some of my homemade caramel corn -get the recipe here. It’s such a yummy treat.
We picked up the birthday girls favourite almond cake at Ikea, and made it fit our theme with some rainbow ribbons and playmobile unicorns on top.
Lastly we made some unicorn farts. Maddie made some cute labels and we added them to some cotton candy. It certainly made the little girls giggle.
We did have dinner before all this dessert, but kept it easy and kid friendly with take out pizza and a veggie tray. An easy dinner let us concentrate all our efforts on this amazing dessert table.
When our little guests arrived I heard a few wow’s and saw the look of delight on the birthday girl’s face and it was worth all the effort.
Because really, what’s better than a Rainbow Unicorn Dessert Table for your birthday?
With a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party, life really is a party!