How To Throw One Party With Two Themes

One of the advantages of having my girls’ birthdays be two days apart is that I can throw them a joint party every year until they’re too old to allow it. Since I wanted E to have her own party for her 1st birthday last year, this year was the first time we did the joint party thing. I had it all planned out in my head until A decided she had a theme in mind: Hello Kitty. She mentioned it months before her birthday and never gave up on it despite my attempts at convincing her. Why would I try to change her mind, you wonder? Because A has like 2 Hello Kitty things and I still have no idea where she got that idea from and/or why she was so dead-set on it. The problem is that E is obsessed with Minnie Mouse. A likes her, too, so that seemed like the easy choice. But, nope. A wouldn’t let up. So, I had to figure out how to do both in one party. Here’s how I did it.


Keep it simple. For both of their first birthdays, I did a lot of DIY and poured my heart, time, and soul into them. This year’s weren’t milestone birthdays so we kept it small – family only with pizza for dinner. Being a busy, working, blogging mom, I didn’t even consider doing any DIY this time (and probably won’t ever again). Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Pick a base color. For me, it was pink (obviously). I used solid color pink decorations anywhere I could. The tablecloth, cups, forks, and balloons were all pink. I tried to keep things as non-specific as possible where I could.

Coordinate as much as you can. But don’t try to be perfect. My goal was to blend as much as possible but still have two distinct themes. I did that by finding them outfits that were as similar on Etsy (I ended up making A’s shirt myself the night before because the one I ordered got lost in the mail) but still true to their respective theme. I also found Minnie Mouse plates and napkins and Hello Kitty plates and napkins that had the same color scheme; the colors weren’t exact matches but they were close enough.

Cupcakes > Cake. Instead of buying two cakes that would end up as leftovers in the trash, I ordered cupcakes with pink icing and used character picks that I ordered online. It was fun for my family to pick which character they wanted and it was a joke the whole time.

My girls loved it and I’m so happy with how it came out. When E woke up from her nap and saw all the decorations before the party she could barely contain herself. She wanted to grab everything! Side note: A’s big gift was a new “big girl” bike and E’s was a ride on Minnie Mouse scooter that she can’t get enough of.

Here are a few shots from the day. Enjoy!

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  1. October 16, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Adorable decorations! Great tips! 🙂

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:25 am

      Thank you so much!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:25 am

      Thanks! I’m a sucker for tutus!

  2. October 15, 2016 / 8:14 am

    This party is the cutest! I love all the pink and how you incorporated the two themes. So cute!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:25 am

      Thanks so much, girlfriend!!

  3. October 15, 2016 / 7:28 am

    This is such a creative solution to your dilemma! I love the ideas. Pink tutus are an adorable touch (as are the shirts!)

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:25 am

      Thank you! I feel like you can never go wrong with pink tutus!

  4. October 14, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    The theme is so adorable and the pictures are absolutely beautiful! nice job Mama!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:26 am

      Aww thank you so much!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:26 am

      Thank you, Angela! I’m just glad I could use the same base color!

  5. lovelyluckylife
    October 14, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Super cute! Love how their themes complimented and coordinated while staying distinct and “them”. Nice job momma!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:26 am

      Thanks so much! Hooray for pink!

  6. October 14, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    Thank goodness they both picked themes with somewhat similar colors! Would have been disastrous with like, Hello Kitty and Paw Patrol! 😉 Great job!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:27 am

      Right?!? We would’ve had to figure it out somehow!! LOL

  7. October 14, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    These are great tips! Hello Kitty & Minnie Mouse are great themes to combine! For my daughters 3rd birthday, I merged a tea party (that she was obsessed with having) and dinosaurs! I found a book about a tea party with a dinosaur! The girls got tea sets and the boys got plastic dinosaurs! It worked out well.

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:27 am

      That’s perfect! What a great find! I love it.

  8. October 14, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    Awesome job! I love all that pink! Izzy loves hello kitty and minnie!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:28 am

      Thank you! I’m still not sure where A gets her love for Hello Kitty from!

  9. October 14, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    This is a great party idea. Way to figure out how to mesh the two themes together!!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:28 am

      Thanks so much! Thanks for reading!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:28 am

      Aww thanks! She had tulle Minnie ears with pink bows in the front!!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:29 am

      You might have to if he’s that indecisive! 🙂

  10. October 14, 2016 / 9:03 am

    Love it! both my girls are 3 years and 2 weeks apart so I love throwing one party. Great ideas 🙂

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:29 am

      Thank you! Yes, lots of joint parties in your future! Thanks for reading!

  11. October 14, 2016 / 7:54 am

    You did a wonderful job, Shannon! I love the idea of combining their parties. Since they are girls with close birthdays it makes so much sense!

    • October 14, 2016 / 8:33 am

      That’s a high compliment coming from the party planning queen herself! Thank you!! xo

  12. October 14, 2016 / 7:48 am

    Great idea!! I love their shirts!

    • October 14, 2016 / 8:34 am

      Thank you! I still can’t believe I made A’s shirt!

  13. October 14, 2016 / 4:07 am

    You done an amazing job. They both look so beautiful and by the looks of it then decorations covered perfectly both themes. Bless both of them

    • October 14, 2016 / 6:45 am

      Aw thank you so much! I certainly tried!!

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