Pink and Gray Elephant Birthday – Real Party

June 20, 2011

I got some fabulous pictures last week from a client, Monica, who had thrown an elephant-themed party for her daughter’s first birthday.  She took a simple pink and grey elephant invite from Swanky Press, and designed a beautiful party around it.  Since we featured a boy elephant theme last week, I thought we should turn this week over to a girl elephant themed party and showcase Monica’s fabulous party!

I’ve also pulled together a style board with shopping resources and inspiration.

1.  The Cake

Monica is a cake baker and food stylist, and she did an amazing job on this cake.  That pink fondant elephant is adorable.  You can find her work at  To go with the elephant theme, the cake was chocolate caramel peanut crunch.

2.  The Invitation

The invitation was Swanky Press’ pink and grey elephant design.  Monica used the invitations as well as coordinating thank you notes and dessert buffet cards.

3.  The decor

Monica used simple tissue poms as a centerpiece in a vase.  She also used them all throughout the house and tent in lieu of balloons.  To learn how to make poms yourself, you can follow our DIY tutorial.

4.  The Guest of Honor!

Luciana looks adorable as she samples her birthday cake.  She is wearing a pink and gray tutu made by Monica’s mother.  She is wearing a custom onsie by MakMayDesigns on etsy.

5.  Elephant Table Runner

Monica used elephant fabric from to make a sweet table runner.  This shows just how easy it is to use coordinating items to really pull a theme together.  TIP: I always check for coupon codes first here.

6. Pink Circus Peanuts

Monica offered pink circus peanuts at the dessert buffet.  They were wrapped in clear cellophane bags.  Each bag had a small elephant tag.  I love how she incorporated this classic candy into the party – too fun!

7. Lollipops

Pink and white swirl lollipops were offered in the dessert buffet.  Monica added party circles with an elephant and pink ribbon to each lollipop.


Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post, where I’ll expand on the pink and gray elephant theme with additional party ideas and shopping resources.

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