Everything old is new again and that is certainly the case with neon which is shedding its image as an 80s cliche and enjoying a stylish revival. Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, the sisters behind letterpress company Hello!Lucky, chose it as the theme of a super fun party for six two-year olds. Not only did Eunice and Sabrina choose a very hip, of-the-moment theme, neon is perfectly suited for kids (happy, bright, fun!) and is flexible enough for any budget or crafting ability.
The tone of the party was set with the playful Hello!Lucky-designed party invitations (the company's latest product line) and each little birthday boy and girl wore a white shirt stenciled by Eunice with a neon "2" in different fonts. Eunice, Sabrina and the other birthday kids' parents worked on the party ahead of time during some crafting nights to make the stenciled polka dot tablecloths, the streamer doorway curtains, poster board party hats and washi tape cupcake flags.
Hello!Lucky designer Anna Hurley showed off her baking chops with the rainbow cake and cupcakes and the neon pink cake topper was designed by Eunice and cut out by the folks at Because We Can. The eye-catching cake towers (below) were handmade by Eunice (they include a tutorial for this project in their book Handmade Weddings).
Here, they describe all the activities they devised to keep this toddler set busy and happy:
Activities at the party included magnetic fish, sensory bottles which were clear bottles filled with colorful bits of pipe cleaners, a Playdoh station, hopscotch with homemade bean bags, a sticker wall which the kids loved and just required putting up white sheets of paper on the wall and providing the kids with neon circle stickers. There was a balloon wall which served as a photo backdrop, a cardboard castle made with neon duct tape which was also a huge hit.
And we accidentally discovered the most genius balloon action: we had 17" giant white balloons and we tied big tails to them made of plastic safety ribbon - the stuff they use to mark off trees in parks etc.These were heavy enough that they made the balloons sink, but it was actually genius because they sank to kid level and the kids could toss them really high into the air and they would sink back down.
Fun was had by all! And with six parents working on the party the prep was both fun and not too time intensive for any one parent!
Thanks Eunice and Sabrina!
(Images: © Modern Kids Co.)