How To Throw One Party With Two Themes

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. Tshepiso Mokoena
    May 27, 2019 / 6:06 pm

    This is very helpful! I’m planning my son’s 1st birthday, I just want it to be perfect!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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! 🙂

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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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